Top Six Picks of Xbox 360 Games

By Taylor H. Thomas

Everyone knows about the Xbox 360. Not only is it the most innovative gaming system to date, it also has the largest library of games, estimated at close to a thousand. With so many games, however, finding the ones that give you the most game for the buck can be difficult. Fortunately for you, you can purchase the top six picks of Xbox 360 games rather than relying on slickly advertised packages.

1) Successor to the highly-rated Oblivion, Fallout 3 has gained many positive reviews. Set sometime after World War II, it combines the best three elements of a classic action game: fast-paced gameplay, realistic perspective, and intelligent survival in a harsh, post-apocalyptic setting. Don't worry if you haven't played the other two games in the series. Including a gripping storyline and amazing graphics, Fallout 3 is a game anyone could enjoy playing.

2) Next on the list is Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Damned, a trailblazing game and the first in the GTA series to offer an online multiplayer mod with 15 different games to chose from. The visuals for Liberty City, along with a detailed story-line and large cast of characters have earned it several "Game of the Year" awards. Many new features have been added, such as new cars, weapons, and story lines.

Yet another multi-awarded game is Dead Space, which reviewers have rightfully deemed as the "World's Scariest Game". This intriguing description alone should be sufficient reason to purchase the game although it must be said that if you are afraid of the dark and the unseen monsters it can yield, then this might not be the game for you. If you like third-person horror-action games, then Dead Space is the one and only game for you.

4) If you're looking for a third-person shooter that is challenging and without the horror, than gear up for Gears of War 2. Multiplayer options allow you to form teams ranging from 2 to 10 players, and with many improvements to gameplay and visuals, this game has truly earned its awards, including "Best Xbox 360 Game of 2008." That alone should be reason enough to go out and buy it.

5) If you haven't heard of Halo 3 and Master Chief already, then you don't know what you've been missing. Part three of the internationally award-winning series, Halo 3 stands on its own. Three features of note: The multiplayer map lineup, the ability to save your films, and the Forge level editor. And don't forget the advanced AI! For veteran players and new players, Halo 3 is a must have for anyone who loves games.

6) The Beatles: Rock Band, for people who aren't into shooters, for people who aren't into horror and gore, and for people who are into music ...for anyone everywhere who has ever wanted to be a rock star, here is your chance. The world's best music game finally lets you play with the Beatles themselves! You can play 45 songs, from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to "I Am the Walrus," this game is a game for everyone.

There are so many other good Xbox 360 games out there, many worth playing. Just be careful to read all the reviews, and pay attention to notes about bugs or patches. But with so many games to chose from, you should have no trouble finding your own top six picks. - 29872

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