What Are Some Good Games For a New 360 Owner?

#1 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (1143 posts) -

It's my birthday today, and my friend who recently got a new 360 decided to give me his old one. I've never owned an Xbox, and the only games I can think to get are Dust: An Elysian Tail, Halo, and Forza. Other than those games, what are some good exclusives?

And are there some multi-platform games that perform better on 360 than they do on PS3 or PC?

#2 Posted by believer258 (13212 posts) -

Shadow Complex and the Gears of War games.

And are there some multi-platform games that perform better on 360 than they do on PS3 or PC?

No game that I can name performs better on the 360 than on the PC*. However, most games perform slightly better on the 360, but some games do better on the PS3. Most of the time, the difference is negligible but you might still want to investigate.

*with the possible exception of Saints Row 2, which from what I've heard has a port that is nearly unplayable because of crashes, or doesn't start, or whatever. But let's be fair - Saints Row 2 does not perform well on any platform.

#3 Posted by C0V3RT (1406 posts) -

If we're just counting exclusives...

- Fez

- Trials Evolution (or Trials HD)

- Gears of War Trilogy

- Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts

- Shadow Complex

#4 Posted by GunstarRed (5973 posts) -


#5 Posted by DarthOrange (4140 posts) -

Go play Alan Wake!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Super Meat Boy is also fun.

#6 Posted by Rafaelfc (1893 posts) -


#7 Edited by JoeyRavn (5156 posts) -

@C0V3RT said:

If we're just counting exclusives...

- Fez

Phil Fish said that Fez is getting a multiplatform release this year. I have to assume that PC will be one of those platforms. Might wanna wait and see how it all ends before buying it for 360.

@Skyfire543 said:

And are there some multi-platform games that perform better on 360 than they do on PS3 or PC?

He. Hehe. No.

#8 Posted by DrFlapjack (270 posts) -

Viva Pinata! And I just started Bayonetta which is pretty great so far.

#9 Posted by TheRookie727 (142 posts) -


#10 Posted by Morbid_Coffee (974 posts) -


#11 Posted by Oldirtybearon (5542 posts) -

Play Alan Wake. Seriously.

Also most multiplatform games perform better on 360 than PS3. That's what Digital Foundry always says, anyhow.

#12 Posted by Ben_H (3706 posts) -
@DrFlapjack said:

Viva Pinata!

This is all you need. 
Also Dead Rising is pretty good and can be found for super duper cheap now.
#13 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (1143 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon: @DarthOrange: I've played Alan Wake picked it up on Steam a few weeks ago and it was great!

@C0V3RT: All those games seem great, but the joy of Fez seemed to come from the community working together to solve the puzzle of the game. I can't really see myself playing it now.

@JoeyRavn: Well... yeah. PC out performs everything and I have a decent one. Probably just gonna stick to exclusives on the 360.

#14 Posted by p00rdevil (163 posts) -

I think Gears of War is the best exclusive on the Xbox. In fact I think it is among the better shooters to be had on any platform, period. However it is not strictly exclusive to Xbox because Gears 1 ( and only Gears 1) was offered on PC. If you like action shooters Gears is a great one, I liked it better than Halo. I'm talking Gears of War 1, I never played any of the other Gears games and I played it on PC not the Xbox, so my experience is a little different. It was better looking on the PC and had some additional content, but basically the same game.

#15 Posted by Rotnac (928 posts) -

I checked out your Trophy list to avoid listing some 3rd party games you already have played. For retail games I'd recommend checking out:

For XBLA games I'd say these games are worth buying (if you've got the hard drive space for them all):

There's definitely other good games but I either forgot about them or haven't played enough of something to recommend it.

#16 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (1143 posts) -

@Rotnac: Wow. That's a great list. Thanks a lot!

#17 Posted by Rotnac (928 posts) -

No problemo, good sir!

#18 Posted by tunaburn (2016 posts) -

gears of war. start with 1 and play all 3 stories. they are actually compelling for a shooter. some shocking moments.

#19 Posted by big_jon (6249 posts) -

Banjo-Kazooie N&B is great too.

#20 Posted by TheHBK (5664 posts) -

Perfect Dark Zero

King Kong

Need for Speed Most Wanted

#21 Edited by Jeust (11679 posts) -
  • Silent Hill: Downpour 
  • Limbo
  • Super Meatboy
  • Shadow Complex
  • Bastion
  • Nier
  • Gears of War
  • Dead Space 1 & 2
  • Alan Wake 
  • Alan Wake: American Nightmare
  • Deadly Premonition
#22 Posted by phish09 (1114 posts) -

Shadow Complex! You really can't go wrong. That game is just plain amazing.

#23 Edited by MHumphreys89 (766 posts) -

Lost Odyssey and Gears of War, should be able to pick-'em-up cheap now.

#24 Posted by Vinny_Says (5911 posts) -

listen mayne....I just played through Gears of War 1 twice in the span of like 2 days (my save was fucked up and I could not play on insane difficulty until I beat the game at least once) and that game totally holds up. I know it's an easy answer but seriously you should try Gears. If you don't enjoy it that's fine but if you end up liking it you got another 3 whole games to enjoy as well.

Also I don't know if you've already played it but Metro 2033 is also great.

#25 Posted by mlarrabee (3343 posts) -
#26 Posted by RE_Player1 (7963 posts) -

The original Lost Planet. The PS3 and PC versions were too buggy for me.

#27 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3427 posts) -

Well, excluding the main games like Halo, Alan Wake, Gears.
Kameo Elements of Power: Best launch game for the console. Really thought this was a great new IP from Rare. (RIP) You can easily obtain this game for a couple bucks. 
Perfect Dark Zero: Pretty good FPS. I think a lot of people hate it just because it has Perfect Dark stamped on the box.
Halo Wars: You probably don't have this on your hit list. It's a really great spinoff and I could see so much potential in a sequel. 
Crackdown 1 and 2: The latter gets a ton of shit, but I thought it was better than the original in every way. Wicked fun open world games especially if you have friends to play the game with.
Xbla: *Deep breath*
Perfect Dark HD: Easily the best XBLA port of a game I've seen. If you have some homies to play against it's like the best game ever.
Trials Evo: Don't bother with HD. This game blows it out of the water. Can't think of a better "bang for your buck" game.  
Happy Wars: Cute little Free game. Really enjoyed this game back in the beta, haven't spent to much time with the final version.
Spelunky: This game beats you the fuck down and you just keep getting up. Very replayable little game.
Raskulls: Cute casual game. Very fun online with friends.
Bangai-O! HD Missile Fury: This game is really fucking great, and I never hear anyone talk about it. Download the trial and play Stage 3 and tell me what you think you experienced. 
Joyride Turbo: Don't confuse this with that Kinect crap. Really fun racing game not many people bought. 
Snoopy Flying Ace: You don't even understand how fun the multiplayer in this game is. 
Hope that helps!

#28 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (4034 posts) -

I was gonna say Alan Wake but it looks like you played it. Fantastic.

The Gears series is definitely worth playing, those games are a hell of a lot of fun.

#29 Posted by xMEGADETHxSLY (484 posts) -
#30 Posted by ez123 (2029 posts) -

Shadow Complex, PGR 4, Geo Wars 2, Hydro Thunder, Nuts & Bolts, Viva Pinata: TiP, Ms Splosion Man, and, of course, Crackdown.

Try the Ninja Gaiden 2 demo, that game is supposedly different on 360, I think it's awesome. Comic Jumper is awesome too but doesn't stand next to the rest of these gameplay wise. I don't know if Crash Course is still free on the marketplace but that's pretty good.

#31 Posted by OGred (201 posts) -

Castle Crashers (if you have friends who also own the game) otherwise Alien Hominid HD, both have great humor and are a ton of fun.

#32 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (2187 posts) -
#33 Posted by jaycrockett (626 posts) -

I don't know if it came out anywhere else, but Rez HD is my favorite XBLA game.

You picked a good time to get 360.

#34 Posted by Raven10 (2098 posts) -

I think people have covered most of the bases. Halo, Gears, and Forza are the big three. Fable 2 and 3 are fun for what they are. Not brilliant but enjoyable. PGR3 and PGR4 are also good. I also really enjoyed the Dishwasher series of XBLA games. IloMilo is good. Bayonetta isn't an exclusive but it is vastly superior on 360 so even if you've played the PS3 version I'd recommend trying the 360 one as it is just vastly superior. Most other 3rd party games are better on PC. Let's see. Viva Pinata is a great farming sim. A lot of people really like Lost Odyssey although I haven't played that one. All the Mass Effect games are now on PS3 and they are best on PC, but if you haven't tried them yet they are great. That's about all I can think of. Microsoft honestly has much fewer exclusives than Nintendo or Sony. Once you've played Halo and Gears you've pretty much played all the essential games unless you really like racing sims.

#35 Posted by Morningstar (2335 posts) -

There is a library of quick looks here, have a look around.

#36 Posted by manicraider (120 posts) -

The Gears of War Trilogy is a must. Great gameplay and tons of interesting characters. Plus you get to kill monsters with chainsaws connected to your gun.

#37 Posted by squidraid (139 posts) -

Piping in for Super Meat Boy and Trials Evolution.

#38 Posted by LordOfPoms (6 posts) -

Give the Mass Effect Trilogy a go! Three amazing games and now they're bundled together. If you've got the cash for it, you can't go wrong.

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