This year, we’re putting together a list of all our favourite games. We’re going to be doing two sets of lists: a couple of 2013-only Best Ofs and a couple of generational ones.

We’re going to start with a generational one today. With the help of John, Brent, and Erika, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Xbox 360 games since the console’s inception in 2005. This list includes only titles exclusive to the console, as we’ll be doing a list of multi-platform bests soon.

10 ) Dance Central 2 – The game that proved Kinect as a viable accessory and tool for new games with new play styles and revolutionary controls, Dance Central 2 just expanded on the success of its predecessor, earning it a spot on this list.

9 ) Crackdown – Offers some of the most brilliant concepts in Xbox history, giving you both superpowers and government jurisdiction, then letting you tear the world apart!

8 ) Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 – Relentless arcade shoot ’em up action at its finest, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is an Xbox Live Arcade addiction that never lets up!

7 ) Forza Motorsport 3 & 4 – Microsoft has redefined the racing genre twice, first with Project Gotham Racing on the original Xbox, and now with Forza Motorsport 3 and 4, they’ve perfected the series.

6 ) Alan Wake – A dark, brooding, mentally-engaging adventure, Alan Wake laid the groundwork for an incredible franchise, though it looks like it’ll be one we’re waiting on for a little while.

5 ) Gears of War 3 – An intense and emotional resolution to the war for Sera, Gears of War 3 takes the series’ gameplay sensibilities and maxes out their appeal in every respect!

4 ) Halo: Reach – Bungie’s farewell effort is the ultimate experience for Halo fans, telling one of the most compelling and tragic stories that the saga has seen to date.

3 ) Shadow Complex – Like Super Metroid in a modern setting, powered by modern technology. Does more need to be said?

2 ) Halo 3: ODST – We love shooters with heart and story, and Halo 3: ODST delivered the quintessential filmmakers’ version of the Halo story, wrapped up in a mysterious, film noire aesthetic that is entirely new but still entirely Halo.

1 ) Halo 4 – When a franchise is taken in an entirely new direction but manages to retain every tiny detail that made it great, and it’s all done by a studio that has never made a game before, that’s magic. When it happens to Halo, it’s beautiful, too.

About The Author

Christopher Kalanderopoulos founded Eggplante in 2009 to cover one event in Los Angeles. It never occurred to him that it would make him the Editor of an online magazine for the next decade. He spends most of his time gaming, backing cool Kickstarter projects, and hanging out with his wicked cool nieces and nephews.

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