Since the cold season is upon us, that means the gaming season is also here, and if you’ve got a Microsoft gaming console, you definitely need to know what the best new games for Xbox 360 are. It’s a dynamic chart, always changing with the release of new games and with advances made by the competing consoles, but it’s one that you want to keep an eye on. Gear up, get your gaming shoes on and get ready to know what gaming titles you’ll be spending a pretty penny on this fall (that is, of course, if you don’t own them already).
Kicking off our chart of the best new games for Xbox 360 is Rage, a surprising title, in that it’s a first-person shooter… with a personality. It’s set in the wonderfully designed post-apocalyptic universe of the Wasteland. Its characters are full of spunk and very expressive (especially the mutants!) and the racing scenes are so cool, they have the potential to become a spin-off game in and of themselves.
2. Dead Space 2
Not as scary as the first titles in the series, Dead Space 2 gives you a good run for your money. You know the hero (Isaac Clarke), you know the enemy (another Necromorph outbreak) and you’ve got new tools and an upgraded mining suit. Other than the main game, which has Isaac on the run from the Necromorph, Dead Space 2 also features a dedicated multiplayer mode and a co-op campaign based on Dead Space: Extraction, in which you can play for the humans or the opposing forces…
3. Deus Ex: Human Resurrection
It’s been a whopping seven years since the release of the previous title in the franchise, but Eidos Montreal does not disappoint with the latest game in the series, a prequel with open-world gameplay, plus solid stealth and shooter combat mechanics. It’s also an action RPG, as you need to invest into upgrading protagonist Adam Jensen’s bio-mechanical abilities. Level missions and dialogue are both open, so there’s plenty of interaction to be had in this great addition to the list of best new games for Xbox 360.
4. Portal 2
Portal is a very special title – a pack-in game that was never supposed to achieve the massive amount of success that it did. It’s a simple first-person shooter puzzle, which does, however, boast a cast of memorable characters. There’s a single-player mode, with lots of twists and turns for female protagonist Chell, as well as a co-op campaign with challenging bonus rooms.
5. Mass Effect 2
Not only is Mass Effect 2 one of the best new games for Xbox 360, it’s also a top role-playing game for any console out there. It features the impeccable storytelling that BioWare have gotten us used to, impressive graphics, action-oriented gameplay and diverse missions. It’s a tough game to beat, with a wide enough array of options in terms of action and dialog, which means it will be hard for you to get bored with it.
6. Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is a true-blue Western title, with all the good things you’d expect to find in it: bandits, robberies, cattle-herding and tales of honor and betrayal. You play as outlaw-turned-drifter John Marston, set in a world that responds to his every action, turning him into a hero to be worshipped or a loathed outlaw. There is also a cool multiplayer mode, in which you can form a gang of bandits, and awesome mini-games in which you can play poker or go for hunting missions.
7. Dark Souls
In a way, Dark Souls is a continuation to Demon’s Souls – a massive world filled with secrets, which can take up to 80 hours to explore. In an innovative twists, it integrates online and offline gameplay. This means you can form alliances with other players or bloodily bludgeon them to death. It is safe to say that this is one of the most innovative games of its generation.
8. Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 is the latest and final title in the Marcus Fenix saga. As seasoned players would expect, it is bloody, explosive and violent to the extreme. To keep things fresh, the developers have the game featuring a four-player co-op and several completely revamped multiplayer modes. By far the toughest to beat is ‘Beast Mode,’ in which players find themselves attacking COG Soldiers as the invading Locust. Also, there are now female COGs in the game.
9. Halo: Reach
Yet another final title in a long-lasting, cult classic series, Halo: Reach is an action-filled swan song. It features new gameplay ingredients such as improved armor abilities, new types of attacks and equipment power-ups. It, too, is a prequel, as it tells the foundation of the Halo saga. Fights can now be held online, in a highly refined multiplayer system, with several new play modes.
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops
This modern guerrilla war game title takes players, engaged with the world as operative Alex Mason, into the dense jungles of Vietnam and the war-torn fields of Cuba. Undoubtedly the best of the new games for Xbox 360 out there, Black Ops features a completely reengineered multiplayer system, and an awesomely addictive zombie mode.