Top 10 Xbox 360 Shooters

The showcase genre on the Xbox 360 is definitely the shooter genre. Whether third-person or first-person, shooters dominate the Xbox Live charts as well as the sales charts for months at a time. It isn't exactly a family friendly genre, however, as most of the games are rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB. For gamers mature enough to handle them, however, shooters can be a lot of fun. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Xbox 360 Shooters.

BioShock is a great game. It is one of those rare games that combines not only amazingly polished graphics and sound, but very solid, deep, complex gameplay, a great story, and an overall feeling of immersion that sucks you in and keeps you playing that few other titles can match. BioShock is a must play game for Xbox 360 owners.  The sequel, BioShock 2, is also highly recommended, but not quite as good as the original.

Halo 4 is easily the best looking Halo title on Xbox 360, but the quality of its gameplay is up to more debate.  It still plays amazingly well, but the level designs and missions were a little simplistic.  It also made drastic changes to multiplayer that, while still fun, didn't appeal to longtime fans of the franchise.  Overall, however, it is still a highly polished and fun game that shooter fans shouldn't pass by.

Call of Duty 4 took the series out of World War II and into the modern day in nearly flawless fashion.  It totally changed the landscape of multiplayer shooters on Xbox 360 and PS3 and the single-player campaign stands as arguably the best in the franchise.  It is a bit dated compared to some newer games in terms of depth and presentation, but it still more than has it where it counts.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was one of the best selling games of the HD generation and Modern Warfare 2 improves on that winning formula in just about every way. A bigger more bombastic campaign.  Bigger and more polished multiplayer.  The core shooting mechanics have always been great in COD, and MW2 is no exception.  This is still a fantastic game all around.

Halo Reach was Bungie's last Halo, and they definitely went out with a bang.  It maintains the fantastic Halo gameplay we know and love, but added new mechanics like piloting a fighter craft in a space battle that haven't been done in Halo since.  It looks awesome and plays incredibly well and has a ton of features to keep you busy in solo or multiplayer.  Any discussion of the best Halo game has to include Reach.

Still the reigning champ of gaming value, The Orange Box gives you Half-Life 2, HL2 Episodes 1 and 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 all for a pittance these days.  Half-Life 2 still stands as one of the best shooters of all time and the expansions are even better.  

Gears of War 3 has a full campaign playable co-op and solo.  A full suite of traditional multiplayer game types.  Wave-based horde and beast modes (both playable with A.I. bots).  It is easily the most fully-featured shooter on Xbox 360.  It plays fantastically and looks and sounds amazing to boot.  You can't go wrong here.

Left 4 Dead 2 got some flack at release for coming too soon after the original game, but in the years since there is little doubt that this is the superior of the two.  Everything is bigger and better and more polished and it is just a better game overall.  Fighting your way through zombie hordes with co-op buddies is a total blast and L4D2 does it just about perfectly.

One of the few family-friendly shooters on Xbox 360, PVZ Garden Warfare is a fun, funny, easy to get into multiplayer shooter that players of all skill levels can enjoy.  It offers a ton of content and really is a blast to play.  If other shooters are too hardcore or you're intimidated by their communities, Garden Warfare's easy going attitude and friendly community is for you.  The sequel is exclusive to next-gen, which means the 360 community for the first game should stay strong.

Bulletstorm is over the top and goes the extra mile to earn its "M" for Mature ESRB rating, but the core shooting underneath the swearing and innuendo is actually really good.  The game is just plain fun to play with great mechanics and an arcade-like high score style that is a ton of fun.