Five Xbox 360 Games You Need To Play Before You Upgrade
I know, I know. Xbox One was released nine months ago, so why should you care about games on a system that will soon be obsolete? Though this point is valid I still find comfort and nostalgia in my 360 and am not quite ready to accept that games I love so much are going to be unplayable on my new system. Yes I know that there are talks of streaming games much like the PS4, but I am going to miss the feel of this controller in my hand and the experience I got from this console. So I guess I’m talking to the fellow gamer who is still holding out for a little more time with an old friend that took them to unseen worlds, and led to more rage quitting, blatant obscenities, and crying (yes giant tears of anger and confusion) than previously known to the new world. This is also for those who aren’t ready to drop $400 on a system that we aren’t completely sold on yet. So here I give you Kara’s top 5 games to play if you haven’t, or play again because they deserve it.
Bioshock – First Person Shooter, Horror Survival
“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us” – Andrew Ryan
Rapture is a world built entirely under water….the bottom of the ocean to be exact. Here Andrew Ryan secretly constructed his world without restraints, without laws and religion holding people back from reaching their true potential. What started out as a great aspiration quickly turned into a complete dystopia mayhem over run with gene splicing lunatics.
You play Jack a man whose airplane crashes next to a lonesome light house. Little is known about Jack who quickly finds himself questioning every step and being constantly attacked by people with abilities to manipulate fire, water, even bees thanks to a mysterious substance called EVE. You encounter brainwashed Little Sisters and their mechanical drill welding counterparts the Big Daddies. You find yourself evaluating whose friend or foe with plot twists and intense decisions around every corner.
I don’t want to give too much away but Irrational Games truly won over a part of my heart with this title. Everything from the writing, acting, characters, score, even the scenery was perfectly placed in this world. I have played this game a dozen times and never find myself less involved with the amazing world of Rapture or of Ken Levine’s brilliant writing. If you play one game off this list “Would you kindly” play this one.
Borderlands – RPG, First Person Shooter
If you follow me on social media, you have probably heard about this title once, or twice…a day. I could play this game forever without stopping. For example if Chris Hemsworth arrived at my door tomorrow and said “Kara, let’s get it on, but never play Borderlands again.” I would have to tell him thanks, I love you and you’re beautiful, but I have some Skaggs to murder. This game is just SO much fun! The characters, the weapons, the inappropriate descriptions of what the planets inhabitants want to do to me. I loved this game so much when it launched, I called my job and told them I had food poisoning so I could stay home and play.
You arrive on a plant called Pandora and from here you get to decide from one of four different Vault Hunters to play as. Siren, Hunter, Soldier, or Berserker each has their own special ability and skills to upgrade as you progress thru the game, and believe me each one has their own personality, and plays completely different from the others. After making the hardest decision of the game you set out in search of the ever sot after, crazy protected ancient vault filled with bad-ass alien weapons. With the help of a mysterious girl simply known as Guardian Angel you embark on a not so heroic adventure that introduces you to one of the most ragtag, hysterical group of allies and enemies. This game is sure to make you never forget that Nine Toes has three balls or Claptrap wants you to check him out while he’s dancing. This bandit murdering spree by Gearbox and 2K definitely takes insults and the appropriate amount of guns in which to blow someone’s face off to another level.
Batman Arkham City – Action Adventure
Before you say it I am very aware of the existence of the title before this (Arkham Asylum), however; I felt that this title offered players a more intriguing story and the extent of the exportable world really took the Batman franchise to another level. I definitely admire the first one for paving a new path for superhero inspired video games, and I recommend playing it because it’s amazing, but Arkham City really expands on the original’s strong points and improved minor flaws.
In this title you play as everyone’s favorite Dark Knight as you find yourself in a world where Blackgate and Arkham Asylum could no longer hold Gotham’s most notorious criminals. Your mission is to stop Dr. Strange from initiating Protocol 10 while juggling a potential hospital poisoning by our favorite clown. Along the way you uncover more twists and side objectives from more friendly and not so friendly faces from the Batman franchise. The ending to this amazing game was truly one of the best I have ever played. Rocksteady truly creates one of the greatest atmospheres and with the help of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy’s voice work, tells a truly amazing story you don’t want to miss.
Alan Wake – Survival Horror
When this game was first released I was working for a gaming company and had not had a lot of hands on experience with Remedy Entertainment or Microsoft Studios, however; the back of the box intrigued me so I picked it up and was definitely not disappointed with my choice.
Alan Wake is a well-known psychological thriller author who is taking a holiday with his wife Alice after a two-year stint of writers block. Everything seems to going well in the small Washington town of Bright Falls until Alice goes missing and Alan regains consciousness after a week of being in a coma. Unsure of the path that lead him here Wake starts on a journey to piece the events of the week together when one of his own stories seems to be coming to life, and a mysterious darkness begins consuming everything around him. His only source of salvation…the light. This game seems straight out of a Stephen King novel and is not one to miss out on if you are a fan of mystery and suspense. Alan Wake is a truly sleeper hit.
Left 4 Dead – Cooperative first person shooter, Horror Survival
Valve is like the gift that keeps on giving. After giving us games like Half-Life and Portal they took a step to the zombie apocalypse with the Left 4 Dead series, and as always they knocked it out of the ballpark.
This game is incredibly co-op driven and I recommend playing as such, though you can play through by yourself if you want to rage quit all over the place. You play as one of 4 survivors trying to make their way to safety. There are 5 different campaigns to choose from and multiple safe stops throughout each one. You fight off an array of horrifying zombies throughout each one, and let’s talk about the zombies in this game shall we, they aren’t your run of the mill slow incoherent bags of flesh, no they are fast, and hungry, and come in different types. Some will spit acid at you others are the size of small buildings and beat you to a pulp. The only thing better than the undead in this game are the weapons you can destroy them with. The first game in the series only has firearms as a means to stay alive along with Molotov’s and pipe bombs. The second game allows you to use melee weapons which I found to be the most fun. Regardless this game is a perfect way to waste away an afternoon with your bros.
I hope you guys find these games as enjoyable as I did. I know there are a lot more fantastic titles I didn’t mention, but this is my list and these are my favorites. I’m always up for recommendations of new games to devote unneeded attention to! I’m really sad to see the 360 go, but I hope to have just as much fun with the new generation.