The must-own games on every platform

Bought a new system recently? Planning on dipping your quivering toes into the icy waters of another platform? Or maybe you just want to make sure you own the platform-defining titles and be able to say yes, you know your chosen system? We’ve laid out the must-haves for every current platform: 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP, and even mobile phones. For the most part these are the best games out there, but we’ve also picked a few that while flawed, take advantage of their platform’s greatest strengths.

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360 (scroll down, dur)

The must-own 360 games

Open world
Grand Theft Auto IV

A tale of gangs, guns, cars and corruption. This is the definitive sandbox game.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

The best superhero game ever made – it actually makes you feel like Batman.

Super Street Fighter IV

The ultimate version of the ultimate fighter is accessible and deep. A masterpiece.

Survival shooter
Left 4 Dead 2

The infected are coming and only you and three friends can stop them. Awesome multiplay thrills.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

With superb single-player, multiplayer and co-op, this is the best shooter on 360.

Gears of War 2

The best for cover-based co-op, Gears 2’s campaign and multiplayer improve on the sci-fi original.

Fable II

Make your fortune, raise a family and wreak bloody revenge in this epic fantasy adventure title.

Forza Motorsport 3

The best racer on any console bar none, with the best selection of cars and tracks.

Assassin’s Creed II

A huge improvement on the original, this epic tale is as huge as it is ambitious.

Mass Effect 2

A superb sci-fi romp combining gripping RPG elements, brilliant shooting action and a top notch script.

The best XBLA games

1. Braid
2. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
3. Banjo Kazooie
4. Shadow Complex
5. Puzzle Quest
6. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
7. The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
8. Trials HD
9. Marvel vs Capcom 2
10. Chime

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  • meatsheild41 - May 23, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    cute article, but MW2 should be replaced with Bad Co. 2, and I like how SOCOM FTB3 isnt in the PSP section, and yet there r like 5 GTA games in there. Keep up the good work u biased douche
  • Zzombie99 - May 23, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    No Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops for PSP? I'm still playing that one!
  • Pumbli - May 23, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    Way too much MW2 and no Starcraft for PC... Seriously... Not even a Civilization game. At least you put a Total War game on there. (Napoeon should've been an expansion to Empire TW.) Bad PC list, shame on you! The rest aren't much better. Fallout 3, for example should not be on the "must have for PS3" list (don't get my wrong though, Fallout 3's a great game). Replace that with Killzone 2 and that list's pretty good. I also detect a lack of Halo on the 360 list, Halo is not really my cup of tea but in my experience it's a game every 360 owner needs to own.
  • arodwr87 - May 22, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    are you kidding me. this is the worst article done by gamesradar. not one title from the halo series is included on the xbox 360 list? ridiculous.
  • Zerogs - May 22, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Where Dead Rising? I think every xbox360 player should have Dead Rising!
  • BigLandoz - May 21, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    Surprised Castle Crashers wasn't one of the Top 10 XBLA games. Oh well, to each his own.
  • TURbo - May 21, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    Seriously, COD 4 is better than MW2.
  • pappernackles - May 21, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    wtf, where's Halo!, undoubtedly the other games on this list are all very good, but halo practically defined the xbox 360, i mean come on. it's been in the top 5 play xbox live games since launch. its exclusion from this list is absurd. it like listing the top seven books including wizerds with out mentioning harry potter. like or not it deserves a position on this list
  • Biggen - May 21, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    They need to add Red Dead Redemption
  • thefarkinator - May 21, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    dammit candiedjester. Here I was going to make a helpful post and then BAM you posted it for me.
  • Sabtos - May 20, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Crisis Core SUCKS!!!!!!!! I played through the entire game, yes, and it sucks, everything, everything, everything about it. Puhlease putting it on this list.
  • paganmandave - May 20, 2010 11 p.m.

    I don't know if these have been mentioned, but there are two PSP titles that should have been on your list: Syphon Filter-Dark Mirror & Syphon Filter-Logan's Shadow. At the very least, one of them should have made it. I mean come on, three Grand Theft Auto titles. Why the ass kissing?
  • Pocotron - May 20, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Hmmm, after reading a bit, I've made up my mind. This is only for the PS3 as its the only one I know like an expert. I'm afraid your own bias got in your way, since games like InFamous and Heavy Rain should be on there. Not because I'm a fanboy or because I'm biased, but because they were different and they are exclusives. At first glance, HR looked like something I wanted to avoid, but then a friend brought it over, and I couldn't get enough of it. Not a "bad" list, but not a revolutionary list. It seems too safe and it doesn't want to push the envelope much.
  • Bobic - May 20, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Modern warfare 2 better than deus ex? REALLY
  • HumorTumor - May 20, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    Good read, as I recently bought a PS3.
  • infernox - May 20, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    im pretty sure deus ex is a better first person shooter then call of duty:modern warfare 2. i would even say its better then half life 2.
  • MetalDooley - May 20, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    GTA 4 - This is the definitive sandbox game....yeah unless you happen to like having fun that is.Saints Row 2 is much better No Castle Crashers in the XBLA list? The best XBLA games but no lists for WiiWare and PSN?Some great games on both those services How does No More Heroes not count as a mature Wii title?
  • Strangleme - May 20, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    WOW!!! Now this is the list I've been yearning for!! Thank you so much Gamesradar.
  • Clovin64 - May 20, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    I applaud your choices for the PSP GR! God of War, Silent Hill, Crisis Core and Soul Calibur? Hell Yes! By the way, too much GTA. GTA games have felt just so bland and recycled since San Andreas.
  • blodden1 - May 20, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    Wheres Bayonetta??