Now that the Xbox 360 is no longer a top of the line console, there are many classics for sale at bargain prices. Here is our top five Xbox games in no particular order:
1. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
This is the game which brought the legendary franchise and the one-one-one fighting genre back to life at the same time.
The reason for the success Street Fighter IV lay in its simplicity; it peels back years of complication in the video games market as a whole. Like its legendary predecessor on SNES, the game is accessible to players of skill levels, but mastered by only a select few. The Arcade Edition gives you 10 extra characters, as well as four minor fighters.
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The fact that Call of Duty 4 has been remastered for PS4 is proof of its classic status. While other games in the Call of Duty all won many plaudits, we reckon this is the best of the lot. Not only did it change multi-player gaming forever, but it also represents the perfect balance between single and multiplayer modes. This is the game to which the series owes its classic status and success.
3. World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
When it came to digital poker a few years back, you had to choose between the playability of gameplay, or realistic graphics. World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets gives you both of those things in one awesome package. In terms of gameplay, this is as close to being in a real casino as you’re likely to get.
As a video game of course, the game is purely fictitious. If, however, you prefer to stake a few quid for real, there are plenty of other related titles to choose from online. The European Blackjack Gold or Tens or Better Power Poker games, for example, will give you an immersed playing experience, as well as a new starters welcome bonus. Best of all you can use your Xbox to go online and play.
4. Red Dead Redemption
While Grand Theft Auto can be hampered by its tendency to overdo the satire, Rockstar got it so very right with Red Dead Redemption. While this game obviously has plenty of violence in it, it is also blessed with nuance and respect for the western genre. In this case, the game is less about the action than it is about what becomes of you when the shooting stops.
5. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX strikes a perfect balance between retro and modern gaming, as reflected by its 93/100 aggregate score on Metacritic. On the retro side, the basic gameplay and design is pretty much the same as the original 80’s arcade classic. Yet on the modern side of things, you get a new emphasis on time attacks and high scores, as well as great touches like the slow-motion effect.
Contributed by Dennis Star