6. Red Dead Redemption
There was a time--not too long ago--when Westerns were to films what World War II shooters were to games. America’s love affair with cowboys, indians, horses, and six-shooters was paramount, but faded as the market became oversaturated (sound familiar, pilgrim?). Sadly, that was some time before the advent of the online multiplayer shooter, and as such, gaming hadn’t really seen many successful games head out West. Red Dead Redemption, a pseudo-sequel to Red Dead Revolver, changed that, and included an amazing story and an equally strong multiplayer.
Joining with a friend online meant being tossed into the game’s massive world, where up to 16 players could travel around and complete objectives to earn experience and upgrades--and that was just the lobby. Besides simply causing havoc in the open-world, there were also plentiful competitive and cooperative options spread throughout varied environments. When the Undead Nightmare expansion unleashed a zombie horde on the Wild West it brought with it new multiplayer modes, turning it into an 1800s version of Left 4 Dead and giving you even more reasons to hit the old dusty trail.