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Best Xbox 360 games of all time

20. Gears of War 2

Gears of War 2 was a bigger, better, and all around gorier package than its predecessor, which resulted in a game that was a blast to play with friends cooperatively or even alone. While Gears of War 3 made significant improvements to the multiplayer modes, Gears 2 holds a special place in our hearts because it was our first introduction to horde mode. Everyone always remembers their first time.

Even the story was more powerful in the sequel, shifting the focus to Dominic Santiago, who searches desperately for his wife Maria. When they are finally reunited, the subsequent scene left us stunned, and even made a few of us cry. For a game that centers itself around big, tough, beefy men, it was definitely something we werent expecting, and will likely never forget.

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19. FIFA 12

FIFA has been through so many iterations, youd expect the formula to be perfect by now. Well, it isn't. FIFA 13 tinkered too much with the tried-and-tested, which actually took it back a step. Which means the best FIFA on Xbox 360 is FIFA 12. And seeing as PES has failed to match its rival for pretty much the entire generation, that means its the best football game on the system.

What makes it so great? The officially-licensed teams, recognisable player likenesses, realistic stadia full of spectators, superb ball physics, move lists, skill commands and a brilliant online mode. Its fast, flowing, organic its simply an incredible package. And one that sounds almost like real-life thanks to the amazing commentary. 

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18. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Geralt of Rivia isn't a guy you want to mess with. First of all, he is a genetically altered super mutant who has the skills of a master swordsman, has command over arcane powers, and takes down the most dangerous mythical beasts single-handedly. In The Witcher 2, Geralt continues his quest to find answers from his mysterious past - because one day he rose from the dead with amnesia.

Witcher 2's plot revolves around Geralt embarking on a mission to prove his innocence for the crime of regicide, and as you progress through the story every major plot twist is under your control. Should you help the downtrodden elves and dwarves against their human oppressors, or leave them to their fate and focus on your quest? With a challenging and deep combat system, an enchanting world to explore, and an unforgettable tale, The Witcher 2 is an RPG you won't want to miss.

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17. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Ok, so there have been about a bajillion Call of Dutys that have come out since the release of Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, we know. But one of the most recent titles has to surpass the original MW in gameplay, story, and multiplayer features right? Well, yes and no.

In our eyes, Call of Duty 4 is the definitive CoD that every shooter fan should pick up and play. It still has the best narrative of all of its predecessors and successors, it controls just as well as you remember (because IW got the controls perfect), and MW still has a loyal following that has been keeping the multiplayer servers warm. That isn't to say that there haven't been significant improvements on the multiplayer front--in fact we recommend that you just pick up the latest CoD if multiplayer is all you're looking for. But as a full package, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is still the single best title in the series.

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16. Dead Space 2

The first Dead Space is a frightening experience that echoes the brilliance of the original Alien film, but Dead Space 2 ends up besting it in ways we didn't expect. DS2 ramps up the action - often a mistake with a horror sequel - and it pays off thanks to a deeper story that's more interested in character development than the first game.

After Dead Space lead Isaac Clarke lost everything he ever cared about, he spends the sequel coming to terms with his grief and learning to live again - right as everything around him is being torn to shreds. The scary tension remains, only now it pays off in extraordinary action set pieces and a more involved story that actually feels hopeful at times. DS2 is more of a crowd-pleasing blockbuster than its predecessor, but so was Aliens, and we dont hear people complaining about that movie.

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15. Halo 4

What is Halo without its creator? Quite a bit, actually. As the first project for Microsoft's newly formed internal studio 343 Industries, Halo 4 proved that Master Chief was in capable hands in this post-Bungie world.

Easily one of the most graphically proficient Xbox 360 games, Halo 4 brought a wealth of new gameplay changes to the established interstellar shooter formula. The new Promethean constructs, in particular, offered a welcome change to the well-trod Covenant-Human war. The new in no way diminished the old, though, with Halo's proven multiplayer component and vivid storytelling remaining in full effect.

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14. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Here's a free tip: Don't name any of your soldiers in XCOM: Enemy Unknown after people you care about. While that might be your initial inclination upon learning you can name them, it's a bad idea, and will almost undoubtedly end in tears as you see your friends and family members torn the hell apart by aliens. And it'll always feel like it's your fault.

That's because despite being unrelenting and brutal, Enemy Unknown's remarkable, strategic gameplay is always fair. If your squad is wiped it's your fault for giving them bad orders. If your soldiers fail to do damage it's your fault for neglecting to upgrade them enough. If the world falls into chaos it's your fault, which makes for an incredibly satisfying experience.

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13. BioShock Infinite

As soon as you step into BioShock Infinite's floating city of Colombia, the atmosphere sucks you in and never lets go. Just walking through the city streets at the start of the game will have you mystified, and by that point you haven't even scratched the surface of what mindblowingly insane moments you'll experience by the end.

Once again, you're pitted against an entire community of murderous psychopaths with your arsenal of firearms and vigor powers. On top of the classic BioShock combat, giving you the ability to mix powers, the environment, and your weapons to decimate enemies in various ways, you also get a handy hook device that lets you snag Colombia's transport rails and turn every battle into a rollercoaster. With such intense gameplay and an ending that will stick with you for years to come, Infinite definitely earns its place as one of the best 360 games you can buy.

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12. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

If you haven't been keeping up with the complex (and at this point, incredibly confusing) plot of the Assassin's Creed series, well, good luck trying to catch up. While other games in the series split the story between Desmond and his respective ancestor, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag gives us exactly what we want: a chance to be a badass assassin pirate plundering the open seas.

It's true that AC4 makes a better pirate game than an Assassin's Creed game, but Edward Kenway's story is one of the most engaging the series has seen yet. You are a pirate captain doing what scurvy pirates do best. You'll loot and plunder on the open water in your very own upgradable ship, as you participate in ship-to-ship battles, boarding parties, and trying to navigate deadly storms. Of course, there's also plenty of assassin stuff to do and buildings to climb, but anyone looking for the quintessential pirate experience can't go wrong with AC4.

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11. The Walking Dead

From a gameplay standpoint, The Walking Dead may appear weak when viewed next to the likes of Street Fighter and Arkham City. Most of the actual action centers around relatively simple puzzles and average QTEs. But if it's so plain, why do we feel such intense emotions when playing all five episodes of this deceptively simple title? Because the games storytelling makes almost every other game seem childish by comparison.

The Walking Dead captures the feeling of the comics brilliantly, taking you through a number of heart-wrenching choices that have no obvious solution. Life-or-death scenarios crop up when you least expect them, and you feel so taxed by them because the writing makes you so heavily invested in your friends survival. The games continual conversations make you more connected to these fictional people than many living people you know, which makes it that much more painful when you have to choose who dies next. If Walking Dead can pull that off, who cares if it has precise shooting or brain-busting puzzles?

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