Ten of the best Xbox games ever made

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It’s technically still 2021 for a little while, which means we’ve gone under the wire on this one. The Xbox turned 20 this year. He’s almost old enough to know exactly how much of a difference his vote makes. Before that harsh reality sets in, however, we thought we’d take a look at ten of the best video games on Xbox.

And, by extension, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even Xbox Series X. There’s not much point in a list where you can’t play any of the games anymore. Microsoft backwards compatibility is good but it’s not this Well. So for this list, we’ve limited ourselves to games you can still play, even on Microsoft’s most modern console.

This means that we will not include any Kinect games. Microsoft’s motion control system was terribly innovative, but we still haven’t forgiven it Star Wars KinectGalactic Dance-Off Mode. And then the company shot itself in the foot with the launch of the Xbox One and the Kinect 2. It was just a few years too early. If only they had waited, they could have joined Facebook in launching a device that monitors homes without any complaints.

Still, Microsoft persevered. 2001’s Xbox had its hits, and the console series has managed high marks ever since. Here’s a pick of ten existing titles you should have played by now. If you missed something, well…? What are you waiting for?

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox, 2003)



Wait, can you still play Knights of the Old Republic? Yes, of course you can. This massive RPG epic and its sequel are still available on the Xbox Store as part of Microsoft’s Backward Compatibility Program. Coming from a partnership between Lucasarts and BioWare at the pinnacle of their respective games, players could approach this title from any side of the Force. Do you want to be light or dark? It is entirely up to you. KotOR responded by changing the progression accordingly, in one of the best stories ever set in the star wars universe.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360, 2007)



The game that made shooters what they are today was Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare. Introducing explosive set pieces in a more modern setting than any of the previous games, the game’s story was, for its time, groundbreaking. modern warfare ushered in a revolution in online gaming. It has also led to many, many 12-year-olds claiming to have carnal relationships with their opponent’s mothers, which we don’t talk about. modern warfare popularized XP-based progression, something he did so well that we can still hear the deafening sound of another level added after our carefully thrown grenade wiped out an enemy team on Backlot.

Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010)



All BioWare Originals Mass Effect games launched on the Xbox 360 but the first had the Mako and the third had this technicolor ending. Mass Effect 2 was the most balanced of the trilogy, offering a sprawling story and a final mission that considered all of your decisions up to that point. It featured Tali, Garrus, Grunt, Mordin, Samara, and quite a memorable case aboard the Normandy SR-2. It also featured some of the best DLC in the series, although ME 3it is Citadel turned out to be the pinnacle of what BioWare could do.

Gears 5 (Xbox One, 2019)



The trailer may not reveal it, but the armament of war The franchise has, since its inception, featured a surprisingly deep story. It goes even further in Speeds 5, following Kait Diaz as she searches for the origin of the Locust (and makes a few stops along the way. But, yes, the series is also about blowing enemies into a red mist using a gun that’s also a chainsaw Gibs and emotions all in one place Who would’ve seen that coming Oh alright armament of war fans who know what happens to Dom.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X|S, 2021)



Microsoft might as well call the previously PC-exclusive Flight Simulator a travel simulator. The company somehow leveraged its Azure cloud technology to recreate the entire planet in real time. And then, it’s used this recreation for entertainment. Players are given an airplane, a controller, and then are sent to zoom in on sights they may never see in their lifetime (which are definitely there). It might be the only way you’ll be allowed to say, “Hey, I can see my house from here,” but it’s also a wonderful flight simulation to be experienced. On Microsoft’s new Xbox, of course.

Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, 2010)



There is not much to say about Red Dead Redemption it has not yet been said. If you somehow missed it, immediately take advantage of Microsoft’s backward compatibility to play it now, on Xbox One X or later. It shows the conclusion of the events initiated in Red Death 2, with former criminal John Marston being forced to hunt down the remaining members of his old gang. The original is still a gaming masterpiece, introducing all sorts of weird events and missions that unfold over hours of gameplay. It’s a tragic story, but there’s a serious climax – possibly the best surprise DLC ever released. Undead Nightmare is a complete game in its own right, making perfect use of red deathto tell the greatest Halloween story ever™.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One, 2015)



Yes, Witcher 3 was released on other platforms as well, but it was Microsoft that tried CD Projekt’s first Geralt of Rivia on Xbox 360 with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. This brought the previously PC-exclusive series to the masses, which ultimately spawned the Witcher Geralt’s search for Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, better known as Ciri. This sprawling RPG adventure was Things Game of the Year for 2015 and almost won the title a second time in 2016. Because by then the DLC was out and it was just as good, if not better, than the original tale.

Minecraft (Xbox 360, 2012)



Minecraft either you cower in fear in a hole you’ve dug to escape the night creepers, or you’ll find yourself taking on large-scale engineering projects. Probably both. Minecraft wasn’t born out of the sweat of Microsoft’s brow, but they handed $2 billion to Mojang Studios for the rights to the game itself. It’s since become a cornerstone of Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even various Microsoft educational programs that use gaming to teach all kinds of subjects, from STEM to coding.

Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox One/X|S, 2021)



Forza has existed for a long time. It dates back to 2005 when the PlayStation 2 ruled the Earth. But it is with the launch of Forza Horizon in 2012 that the simulation series gave way to something a little more… bonkers. We could have chosen one of five Horizon games for this position, but have opted for the latest and greatest, which takes place in Mexico. She’s the prettiest, after all, but she’ll be replaced in our hearts as soon as the crazy driving series makes its way to Africa.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One, 2014)



If you own an Xbox (any Xbox) and haven’t played a Halo game, we can confidently say you’re wrong. But you can fix this horrible flaw by buying and playing Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It brings together the entire original trilogy, as well as To reach, ODST, and Halo 4. If there’s something you’ve been missing over the past two decades, this unique set will have you making up most of it. And, while you’re playing, it can be fun to think that Master Chief is to Microsoft what Sonic the Hedgehog is to Sega. Just a thought.

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