Best Xbox 360 Games (Updated 2021)

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When analyzing the legacy of the Xbox 360 it is a shame that most people choose to highlight the defeat in the console wars to Sony’s PS3. The PS3 may have sold more units however this does not detract from the incredible value of the Xbox 360. Microsoft’s beloved console means so much to so many gamers. This is mostly due to Xbox 360's catalog of great games.

The library of games linked to this seventh-generation console is impressive. There are several Game of the Year candidates and winners on this list and, what’s more, the console catered to every type of gamer. The variety of games is like nothing you’d find on competing consoles. Sport game enthusiasts and fantasy RPG gamers will both feel at home on the Xbox 360. If commercial success cannot measure the value of this console, let the value of the best Xbox 360 games do the measuring.

The immensely successful Rockstar development team known for Grand Theft Auto secures a win yet again with Red Dead Redemption. The foray outside of GTA came as a surprise considering the achievements of that particular franchise. However, Red Dead Redemption can proudly stand on equal footing with the aforementioned franchise.

Just when the world thought the Xbox 360’s performance peaked, this game came around to remind everyone that the seventh generation of consoles still had a lot to offer.

Red Dead Redemption is very much a campaign-centric game. The story plays out like a feature film and it is a joy to step in the boots of main character John Marston. The game is a western themed action adventure that relies on the strength of its gameplay and storytelling. Those expecting game mode variety or quality multiplayer will be a touch disappointed. In fact, the multiplayer mode is the game’s worst aspect. While the campaign showcases depth and hours of gameplay, the multiplayer feels somewhat hollow in comparison.

Players progress through the game by completing missions. Missions feel fun and refreshing mostly due to the camera angle. This is a third-person adventure game. Traveling through the open-world environment via horseback has never looked so beautiful. The intuitive controls and third person camera combine to form a dynamic duo. Gunfights feel smooth and reward players who have mastered the aiming mechanic. The graphics are beyond what was expected of the console at the time of release.

Highly textured surfaces and landscapes will leave you breathless. Red Dead Redemption’s characters are its defining feature. The game utilizes a morality meter that fluctuates depending on your in game actions. The flawed human nature on display was a realistic depiction that made this game a unanimous choice for Game of the Year in 2010.

Key Features
  • Third-person view
  • Open world setting
  • Cinematic narrative
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Morality meter mechanic
  • Western theme
  • Hours of gameplay
  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Fluid controls
  • Poor multiplayer mode

No game is quite as synonymous with the Xbox 360’s legacy like Halo is. At a point in time it felt as though Halo was the hottest franchise on the planet. After the success of Halo 3, Halo: Reach was destined to fall short of the mark. Halo 3 is commonly brought up in conversation regarding the greatest video game of all time. To put things into perspective, Halo Reach is far from a disappointing game. In fact, it is a superb game, despite not quite reaching the notoriety of Halo 3.

Instead of taking the franchise in a new direction, Halo: Reach combined all of the things that made its predecessors great. This streamlined experience worked mostly due to the fact that Halo: Reach is the final Halo installment on the Xbox 360. Pushing the franchise into new territory would be put on hold for the next generation of consoles.

The gameplay remained classic Halo: a futuristic first-person shooter, weapons, equipment and vehicles. Halo games have mostly been praised for their multiplayer modes. It came as a surprise to everyone when Halo Reach’s campaign earned high praise. Some have gone on to say that it is the most interesting narrative the franchise has produced to date.

There were never going to be any complaints regarding the multiplayer therefore a fantastic single player mode is a welcome surprise. The multiplayer is as addicting as ever. The amount of customization options catered to countless gamers, allowing for several styles of play.

Finally, a special nod must be directed toward the game’s incredible audio. Halo’s cinematic music has forever been a staple of the franchise and is the case once more with Halo: Reach.

Key Features
  • Futuristic shooter
  • Original score
  • Extensive multiplayer
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Captivating narrative
  • Addictive multiplayer
  • Allows for several styles of play
  • Cinematic music and cutscenes
  • Fails to draw in new fans

Skyrim is the fifth game in The Elder Scrolls franchise. Technically a direct sequel, it is not necessary to have played previous Elder Scrolls games. The gameplay depth on display is truly astounding. The expansiveness does not stop there. In addition to detailed gameplay, the setting and countless hours of playtime are some of the most robust features you will ever see in a video game. Due to the commitment required to complete this game, it is true that Skyrim is not for everyone. Those brave enough to take on the task are rewarded with a luxury of high quality aspects.

It’s no shock that this game unanimously took home game of the year back in 2011. In this fictional world, Bethesda does not shy away from content. In fact, the player is drowned in content. As a role-playing game the player is tasked with traversing a vast territory all while ranking up certain abilities. As the game progresses the player gains access to better, abilities and equipment. The countless fantasy elements from dragons to giant axes are sure to make any fan of the genre gleam with joy.

For a game that must render several unique environments it is truly stunning how gorgeous this game looks. The graphic quality is superb and the attention to detail is beyond that. The ability to choose how to play is what makes this game so unique. No two playthroughs will feel the same, and the lack of linear gameplay completely surrenders the narrative to the player. This takes open world gameplay to the next level. Your journey is entirely up to you. Finally the medieval themed soundtrack perfectly crafts Skyrim’s atmosphere.

Key Features
  • Intricate combat system
  • Vast setting
  • First or Third person camera
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Most expansive game you'll ever play
  • Gorgeous open world
  • Unique scenarios mean different experience for everyone
  • Fantasy elements
  • Leveling system is phenomenal
  • Playing this game is a serious commitment

The Call of Duty franchise is the most successful firsts person shooter series of all time. Due to the success of its second title, Call of Duty games now release on an annual basis. As of 2005 there has been a new Call of Duty game every single year. With constant international releases, the pressure to up the ante is prevalent. The Xbox 360 ushered in seven different Call of Duty titles. As the second to last Call of Duty title on the console, Call of Duty Black Ops II is fondly remembered as one of the greatest in the franchise.

Gameplay versatility has always been a selling point for the franchise. There is truly something for every type of gamer. Players can decide between three primary game modes: the ever-popular multiplayer, the campaign that plays like an action movie, and the arcade style survival zombie mode. All three modes flourished due to developer Treyarch’s refusal to play it safe. For the first time ever, the campaign features a non-linear story. This exciting new feature means that the outcome of campaign mode rests heavily upon the decisions you make throughout the run. The zombie mode is more of the traditional fun one could expect from the fan favorite mode. Playing with friends offers countless hours of entertainment.

The biggest change yet arrived via the multiplayer mode. Treyarch implemented a point system that essentially replaced the traditional “create a class”. Users are given ten points to equip weapon attachments, perks and equipment, and online multiplayer weapon customization now displays more depth than ever. This appealed to a casual fan base as well as helped nurture the competitive scene.

Key Features
  • Returning characters
  • Multiplayer progression
  • Non-linear campaign
  • Genre: First-person shooter
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Treyarch, Activision
  • Innovates the franchise
  • Gameplay versatility
  • Great playing with friends
  • Weapon class customization
  • Campaign conclusion

Few video game franchises boast the historical relevance on par with the Sonic franchise. A household name in the 90’s, Sonic came to prominence on the Sega Genesis. Modern times have not been kind to the blue blur. As the popularity of 3D gameplay emerged, Sonic slowly delved into irrelevance. Where most modern attempts at 3D Sonic games have been met with resounding failure, Sonic Generations attempts to right past wrongs and get the speedster back on track.

Sonic Generations offers both 2D and 3D gameplay. This wonderful array of gameplay elements makes for a worthwhile experience. The Sonic development team came up with a wholly original concept to conceptually influence the revisiting of classic Sonic levels. The time travel-themed plot involves the meeting of modern Sonic and past Sonic. Together, they must put an end to Dr. Eggman’s evil scheme. This is an interesting way to present the player with nostalgia by playing through iconic levels such as Green Hill Zone. The graphically enhanced versions of past levels look gorgeous. Couple this with the immediately recognizable Sonic music and the bone chilling nostalgia is palpable.

In addition, several characters that have appeared throughout the series’ long lifespan return. Although Sonic remains the one playable character it is nice to see old friends reunite. This game ultimately acts as a tribute to the Sonic franchise. The speedy gameplay that once innovated the gaming industry is back in full force. Taking control of Sonic and speeding through levels is a ton of fun. Unfortunately, the modern levels incorporated do not do much to innovate the gameplay. Controls exhibit lag at times when in 3D levels, which is immensely frustrating. Due to its failure to include new aspects, Sonic Generations will unlikely garner new fans. However, this is a solid addition to any Sonic fan's library.

Key Features
  • Remastered levels
  • 3D and 2D gameplay
  • Returning characters
  • Genre: Platform
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Everyone
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Plot concept
  • Iconic music
  • Speedy gameplay
  • 2D levels are a blast
  • Controls lag on 3D levels
  • No new gameplay aspects

For many, Need for Speed: Most Wanted was the last great game to be released for the acclaimed racing franchise. As the first Need for Speed game on the Xbox 360, it set the bar of expectations quite high. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts failed to recapture the things that made this game so great. The great news is that we got to play Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

For the first time, the franchise placed an emphasis on the narrative. In previous installments, the plot was far from significant, as the focus was primarily on car customization. Most Wanted retained the customization depth that made the franchise a must try and incorporated a captivating story mode. The story involved a group of 15 drivers that made up the “Blacklist." The player is tasked with beating each member of the blacklist from 15 to 1 in head to head races.

As you defeat the members of this crew, more cars and parts become available, and customization options grow. This sense of progression is one of Most Wanted’s strongest features. The action doesn’t end there. All while the player is trying to make a name in the underground racing scene, police forces are hot on the tail of these illegal events. Police chases play a large role in the outcome of races. Enemy AI can be difficult to deal with. Thus, not only are you tasked with winning a race; you must also evade law enforcement.

The graphics used to depict the gritty underground racing scene is a highlight. Cars effortlessly gleam off the neon lights during night races. Add a stellar soundtrack to the mix and you can’t help but feel like a cool rebel figure navigating the streets of Rockport. Although the game was a commercial success and tons of fun to play, the multiplayer aspect held the game back. Connectivity issues were too much of an influence over online races.

Key Features
  • The Blacklist
  • Police chases
  • Car customization
  • Genre: Racing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Excellent story
  • Difficulty level
  • Gritty setting enhanced by gorgeous graphics
  • Soundtrack
  • Connectivity issues hindered online races
  • Short single-player mode

With Skate 3 we have a video game that has reached cult classic status due to the support from passionate fans across the world. Prior to Skate 3’s release, expectations were similar to that of previous games in the franchise. Something unexpected occurred and fans clamored to play the new Skate game. Looking back on the event we now know the rise in popularity of skate culture is heavily linked to the success of Skate 3.

Fans have been demanding a follow up for years. Ten years later, Electronic Arts has finally broken their silence by announcing Skate 4 is in development. There is no better time to recapture the glory of Skate 3 than right now.

Skate 3’s wonderfully designed environments are the backbone of its success. First and foremost, the open world is brimming with life. The vibrant colors on display are a joy to witness via the third person camera. It is no coincidence the gameplay takes place in an open world. Not having access to certain areas would be a shame amongst the gorgeous landscape.

Players skate around a variety of environments, urban otherwise, executing numerous tricks to stack up points. If you get bored from the cityscape, you may venture into an industrial area. For a game that essentially forces you to repeat actions while skating, it is important to include some variety via different locations.

Difficulty levels are also a great way to freshen up the game’s feel when things get repetitive. It is disappointing that the multiplayer mode must be purchased separately seeing as it is a resounding success. The depth and hours of gameplay multiplayer offers is well worth the purchase.

Key Features
  • Difficult gameplay mechanics
  • Open world setting
  • Third person camera
  • Genre: Extreme sports
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: 16+
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Setting variety
  • Vibrant colors and aesthetic
  • Repetitive gameplay never feels boring
  • Multiplayer purchased separately

The Valve development team capitalized on one of the biggest trends at the time of Left 4 Dead’s release back in 2008. The zombie craze was taking over the entertainment industry and Valve did not shy away from this trend. In fact, Valve knew they had such a hot property after the release of the original game back in 2008 and immediately worked on developing a sequel. Left 4 Dead 2 released exactly one year after its predecessor and improved on it in every way imaginable.

Survival horror games were nothing new, however, Left 4 Dead 2 took the genre to new heights off the back of its innovative cooperative gameplay. The story follows four survivors of an apocalyptic scenario that has turned the majority of humans into zombies. There are five different campaigns worked into this single title. The idea behind each campaign is to reach a safe point where the survivors can rest.

Navigating areas becomes a real challenge and more importantly the first person camera creates a genuine frightening quality. Due to this game being a first-person shooter, the action appears up close and personal. The game is no stranger to scenes of gore and violence. In fact, the game has been banned in several countries.

Left 4 Dead 2 is made for cooperative play. It is simply not as fun to play any other way. You can still run through levels on your own, as any of the survivors not controlled by players will revert to acting as friendly AI.

Valve put a ton of attention to detail in their weapons, which are a huge appeal of Left 4 Dead 2's strategic gameplay.

Not all of the game modes are a success. The campaign is the clear frontrunner and all else hollows in comparison. All in all, Left 4 Dead 2 is a highly enjoyable game geared for brilliant cooperative play.

Key Features
  • Cooperative play
  • Gore
  • Zombie apocalypse
  • Genre: Survival horror, First-person shooter
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Genuinely scary
  • Excellent replay value due to cooperative campaign
  • Weapon strategy
  • Lackluster secondary game modes
  • Not as fun playing alone

The third iteration of Guitar Hero launched the franchise into the stratosphere. This game was released to the public at the peak of the rhythm genre craze. The concept is quite simple to grasp. The player uses a controller shaped like a guitar in order to play the correct notes at the right time as they scroll across the screen. The pick-up and play aspect of the game as well as its arcade-style feel are heavily credited for the game’s immense success.

Three core elements make this game a must-play. The first is the catalog of songs. Players can dive into a whopping total of 73 songs. Activision managed to secure the rights to mega-hits including songs from the Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Not only is the catalog filled with memorable songs at launch but the developers also offered continued DLC content. Players could download additional songs of their choice after launch.

The second aspect that drew gamers into the world of Guitar Hero is the game’s difficulty level. There’s no doubt that newcomers would struggle straight away. However, once you get a few games under your belt you can comfortably tackle easy mode. The varying modes on offer were perfectly spaced out. Players could choose from easy, medium, hard, and finally expert. Each level would perfectly test the player's skill. Only the masterful gamers would reach expert mode.

Lastly, the varying game modes meant that the game never felt stale. Players can enjoy the short albeit extremely fun career mode in either single-player or co-op. Finally, the multiplayer mode offered players a ton of replay value. With how addictive the gameplay was, it’s easy to see how players would be enticed to challenge other players in the online battle mode.

Key Features
  • 73 song catalog
  • 4 difficult levels
  • Online battles
  • Genre: Music, Rhythm
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Excellent replay value
  • Addictive gameplay
  • Perfectly spaced out difficulty levels
  • Classic songs
  • Difficult for beginners
  • Requires guitar controller

Fable III is the third installment of the franchise and is oftentimes remembered as the greatest. Players truly witnessed a compelling narrative develop before their eyes. The protagonist is tasked with overthrowing an evil King. However, the story doesn’t end there. Once the successful uprising is complete, the player then assumes control of the throne. It is an all-encompassing story that begins as a revolution and continues as you command an entire kingdom.

As you could imagine with a game that delivers such an extensive narrative, it does take some time to build up. However, this slow buildup is certainly worth the wait. The environments are imbued with such vibrant personalities. From a small village to castles every detail looks fantastic. Fable III is all about building relationships and alliances. Therefore, interacting with characters is a vital aspect of the game. What makes Fable so special is that you are always in control.

As your journey progresses you’ll have to make decisions that impact the future. A morality system is in place to dictate whether your actions are “good” or “evil”. Depending on what your status is, you’ll have different possibilities arise before you.

Although combat is not the main attraction, it does occur often. Players can attack with short-range, long-range, or magic options. Different weapons will be available to you throughout the game. Unfortunately, the combat mechanics were criticized for being overly simple. In truth, the game would have benefited from a more complex system.

Fable’s main attraction is the story it tells and how it tells it. Thus, the voice acting is a major selling point of the series. Standout voice actors including Michael Fassbender, Simon Pegg, Stephen Fry, and Naomie Harris can all be heard in Fable III.

Key Features
  • Morality system
  • Three attack options
  • Fantasy setting
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Microsoft Games Studios
  • Voice acting cast
  • Extensive narrative tale
  • Decisions impact the story
  • Emphasis on relationship building,
  • Combat mechanics lack complexity
  • Slow buildup

It seems as though the Batman: Arkham series appeared out of thin air. It is safe to say at the time nobody was truly asking for a Batman video game series. However, WB Games delivered a truly spectacular video game experience with Batman: Arkham Asylum. Its sequel Arkham City quickly became a highly anticipated instalment.

As a stealth game, the camera angle was always going to be a legitimate concern. It is no surprise that a third-person perspective is utilized. This way, players control Batman as the camera freely rotates around him. The camera motion is smooth and rarely hinders stealth gameplay. Even in the shadowy locations, enemies remain visible.

Combat is immensely satisfying this time around. It is up to the player to counter blows and attack in real time. Striking down enemies is tons of fun. It hits the perfect balance between button mashing and strategy. Certain enemies can only be taken down in specific circumstances. Therefore, combat variety is also taken into account. Utilizing Batman’s equipment is a key component of dispatching enemies efficiently.

For a campaign centric game, Arkham City has surprising replay value. In addition to its 40 hours of core gameplay, a new game plus mode is unlocked after completing the game. This mode sees an increase in difficulty, as enemies are stronger. Luckily you can keep the equipment used in the first play through. As expected for a game based on comic book material, most of the voice acting borders on corny and ridiculous. Often times the dialogue will have you cringing. The one glaring exception to that statement is Mark Hamill’s portrayal of the Joker. This leads into the following issue of too many characters. The number of characters distracts from the storytelling. It feels as though most are thrown in for fan service purposes.

Key Features
  • Open-world Arkham city map
  • 40 hours of core gameplay
  • Stealth themed
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Teen
  • Publisher: WB Games
  • Mark Hamill voice acting Joker
  • Camera is smooth
  • Satisfying combat mechanics and variety
  • Excellent replay value
  • Corny dialogue and voice acting
  • Sheer number of characters

Fallout 3 is credited with reviving the franchise after being dormant for ten years. Most people are unaware that the Fallout franchise debuted back in 1998. The franchise never broke through the mainstream. That is until the release of Fallout 3. The game released in 2008 would propel the franchise into much deserved critical and commercial success.

As a survivor of a nuclear apocalypse the protagonist lives underground as most survivors do. Forced to flee his safe haven, the protagonist must venture to the world above to find his father who mysteriously disappears. This plotline sets up the perfect premise for an open world game. The first-person camera and open-world environment work extremely well in tandem. However, Fallout 3 provides the unique option to let the player decide between first person or third person camera. Very few games allow for this optional preference.

The desolate wasteland is truly a shocking sight to see whether in first- or third-person. Strangely enough, the combat system is Fallout 3’s weakest aspect. Due to the repetitive nature of combat and enemies, combat quickly feels stale after a few hours of gameplay. Thankfully, the desire to level up your character pushes you through the majority of combat and eases the pain of repetitive battle.

Fallout 3’s in game audio is a standout feature. This has more to do with the sound effects than it does the in game music. The creepy noises that can be heard throughout the game add to the loneliness of your surroundings. With the human population nearly extinct, the world is a hollow ground and the soundtrack perfectly captures this feeling. Although Fallout 3 won Game of the Year in 2008, a disappointing ending keeps it from being one of the greatest games of all-time.

Key Features
  • Nuclear apocalypse
  • Third- or first-person camera
  • Extensive equipment inventory
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: Mature
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Great for those who love to explore
  • Desire to progress and level up
  • Excellent use of sound effects help create lonely atmosphere
  • Intricate menu screen
  • Combat system becomes repetitive over time

Aside from the fittingly named “Red Ring of Death”, the biggest worry on the minds of Xbox 360 gamers was, and is, what game to play next. One thing is true; there is no shortage of stellar games to choose from. The dilemma arose from the countless options. Having too many options is definitely a modern problem. However, it is a problem nonetheless. These categories might be able to help shape your decision.


Oftentimes, presentation is the first aspect that gamers notice, making it an extremely important component. It is essential to nail that first impression.

"Presentation" is quite a vague term, however, it is meant to encompass how the game is presented to you. This includes several aspects such as graphic style, menu layout, and aesthetic. Presentation has a lot to do with how a game makes you feel. For example Fallout 3 is a game that flourishes due to its presentation's quality. Its vast open world may not have all the detail of a more modern title, but it nevertheless presents an apocalyptic version of Washington D.C. in a deliciously interactive format.

Another great example of high-quality presentation can be found in the RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The graphics aren’t mind blowing for their clarity however the style oozes personality. Graphical style is an important piece of the world-building puzzle. The game is given a personality through the presentation of its visual style.


"Gameplay" isn’t as vague a term as presentation, though it is much easier to identify. It also has a larger impact on the game’s overall quality, as gameplay must walk a tight line between addictive without ever being repetitive.

Repetitive gameplay can turn a 40-hour campaign into a snooze fest. Great video games grasp your attention and don’t let go until the game is complete. Many developers choose to implement variety to freshen things up, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the perfect example. Three core game modes help deliver an experience that will keep most gamers satisfied for a full year. It’s not about adding game modes for the sake of extending the game’s shelf life but quite the contrary. It takes careful design to make game modes that act as a cohesive unit within the game’s universe. Not only must they make conceptual sense but the modes should be fully fleshed-out experiences.


Often overlooked, audio’s impact on a video game should not be underestimated. As video game standards increase, more and more gamers expect a cinematic experience from their beloved series. Many things from original music to sound effects help craft the game’s atmosphere. The right score can imbue scenes with a sense of larger-than-life grandeur.

Take the Halo franchise, for instance. This iconic franchise is renowned for wonderfully composed music that appears throughout the campaign. That is definitely the case with Halo Reach. The cutscenes play like an actual Hollywood movie in large part due to the high-quality soundtrack. Although their influence is on the subtle side in comparison to music, sound effects have just as much of an impact on a game’s aesthetic.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is one of the games on this list that features intricate sounds effects. Racing exotic cars wouldn’t feel the same without the roar of modified exhaust pipes.

All in all, there are many facets that go into a classic Xbox 360 game, and the ones here are easily the best of the best.


Q: What is the red ring of death?

The Red Ring of Death also known as the RROD is the last thing an Xbox 360 owner would want to see. Unfortunately, the console was subject to various technical issues. On the bright side, these issues would be easy to identify thanks to the console’s lighting system around the power button. For example, an AV cable error would light up all four quadrants of the circle in red lights. However the most infamous without a doubt was the occurrence of three out of four flashing red lights. This indicated a general hardware failure. Unfortunately for gamers, this meant that the console would need to be replaced. Just like that, it became unusable. This would occur seemingly at random. Thankfully, a warranty would protect users from losing out on an entire console. The user would need to send the console to Microsoft who would either provide a replacement or fix the issue.

Q: What are the best-selling Xbox 360 games of all time?

The list of best-selling Xbox 360 games will surely surprise many gamers. For starters, there are very few Xbox exclusives on the list. The notable exclusives can be found at number one with Kinect Adventures selling 24 million copies. Next, the Halo franchise takes up the 9, 12, and 13 spots with Halo 3, Reach, and 4 respectively. This is surprisingly low for a franchise that is synonymous with the best Xbox 360 games around. The final notable exclusive would be the Gears of War franchise which occupies the 14 and 15 spots with 5 million units sold. The majority of the top ten is made up of non-exclusive franchises such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

Q: How many units did the Xbox 360 sell?

Interestingly enough, the Xbox 360 finds itself in the top ten gaming console sales of all time. It sits comfortably in ninth place with over 84 million units sold. This is far and away Microsoft’s best-selling console of all time. In comparison, the predecessor to the Xbox 360 sold only 24 million units. In addition, the Xbox One failed to reach the heights of the Xbox 360. As a successor to the Xbox 360, it sold around 51 million units. It remains to be seen if the brand new Xbox Series X can dethrone the 360 as Microsoft’s best-selling console. The seventh generation of consoles is the one time that Microsoft succeeded in challenging Sony for the top spot. The Xbox 360 kept up with the PS3 that sold a reported 87.4 million units.

Q: How many iterations of the Xbox 360 are there?

There were numerous upgrades and hardware changes that came about during the Xbox 360’s lifespan. However, in order to keep things simple, we’ll focus on complete redesigns. In addition to the original version available at launch, the Xbox 360 earned two redesigns. The Xbox 360 S. The S is meant to signify slim. As you may have guessed the model sports a thin redesign. This slim model was not only physically lighter but it also reduced the chances of internal overheating which plagued the past version of the console. Next, we have the Xbox 360 E. The E model was the last model to release and therefore the most technologically advanced. It featured Kinect compatibility. Not only was this model faster but it also featured a brand new black color model. Regardless of which model players own, they can always enjoy the best Xbox 360 games.

Q: How did the Xbox 360 get its name?

Two factors influenced the naming of Microsoft’s most iconic console. The first was a result of the fierce console war going on between Sony and Microsoft. The Xbox 360 is the successor to the original Xbox. Thus many have suggested it could have been called Xbox 2. However, the 360 would be competing with the PlayStation 3 upon release. Naming the console Xbox 2 would suggest that Microsoft is one step behind their rivals at Sony. The “360” moniker is derived from Microsoft’s attempt to place the player at the center of the gaming experience.

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