The games that shaped a generation: Xbox

15. Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Gearbox Software | Ubisoft | 2005

A World War II shooter for sofa soldiers that like to think tactics before brainlessly pulling the trigger

What made it so great?
God only knows how many times we've single-handedly won the Second World War by cutting through wave after wave of the Nazi plague, marching relentlessly on through the bloody wastelands like a possessed, bloodthirsty super soldier, never stopping to think, just focused on kill, kill, KILL!

And then Brothers in Arms rolls into town, teaching us to do things differently and that, actually, war is a team game where unilateral thinking gung-ho heroes tend to end up getting their guts shot out. Road to Hill 30 has plenty of intense Hun-in-the-crosshair action, but it is also focused on smartly paced, squad-orientated tactical masterminding, effectively ambushing us with a refreshing approach to Jerry hunting.

Get ready to play
Tactics and team work are your allies - if you join the fight thinking that you can conquer Road to Hill 30 alone and with an over excited trigger finger, you're going to get fried like fresh Hun burger.

Been there, done that?
If the tactical side of Brothers tickled your fancy but you'd like a more omnipotent overview of the battlefield then Commandos 2: Men of Courage offers more than enough of a challenge to satisfy even the most masochistic strategist.