Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013
What are Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013? Are you lost when you go to the game store? The Xbox 360 has really been the choice of console for years now, and with good reason. Its selection of games is quite spectacular and this year is no exception. Even though we may be seeing new consoles on the horizon, it hasn’t stopped developers from releasing some truly great games for this system until the very last moment. After an incredible year of content, we’ve whittled down this year’s Xbox 360 releases to the best of the best.
Gears of War: Judgment
Did you think our list of the Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013 would be complete without a Gears of War title? The Gears of War series is one of the reasons to own an Xbox 360 system. It is the reason a lot of people will buy a new console. With a new cast of characters, Judgment sheds a bit more light on the world of Gears of War and makes emergence day hit a bit more close to home. If you’ve been starved for some sci-fi action, look no farther than Gears of War: Judgment.
Originally planned as a Wii U exclusive, it's a good thing Ubisoft changed its plans and delayed Rayman Legends for a multi-platform release. The franchise found new life this past generation, and Rayman Legends was about as perfect a platformer as we've ever played. The challenge is just right. The graphics are outstanding. To top it all off, there's loads of replayability and plenty of room for co-op play. With all those factors, it's easy to see why Rayman Legends is one of the Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013.
Terraria seemingly came out of nowhere to burrow its way into gamers hearts. With its exceptionally nostalgic graphics and procedurally randomized levels, Terraria has the potential of endless enjoyment. Digging your way through subterranean worlds is incredibly fun and adventuring with friends makes it even more enjoyable. The amount of what you can do in this game is staggering and only second to a certain blocky game also based around digging. If you’re looking for a little bit of exploratory fun, check out Terraria.
State of Decay
Zombies. They're everywhere now. Somehow, gamers haven't gotten tired of the undead, but with the strength of title like State of Decay it's easy to see why. Released on Xbox Live Arcade this summer, Undead Labs' State of Decay didn't just have you running down hordes of the non-living, it had you managing relationships and communities in a world falling apart at the seams. Just don't ask us about the comrades we lost to permadeath. We're still not over it.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
If you've been paying attention to the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace this year, it shouldn't really come as much of a surprise to learn so many of the titles on our Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013 have been downloadable games. With Ubisoft's Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, we were treated to an experience almost as packed full with content as the original Far Cry 3, but one that also featured so many references to '80s action movies we couldn't stop laughing enough to play. When we finally did, we got to take on giant dinosaurs with laser blast attacks in a neon landscape populated with cyborgs and all manner of dangerous wildlife. Coupled with its amazing synth score, Blood Dragon was an experience you just couldn't miss.
Saints Row 4
Volition took its time with Saints Row 4, and it paid off in spades. Coupling all-new content with the superpowered features of the repurposed Saints Row 3 DLC Enter the Dominatrix, Saints Row 4 managed to overtake its predecessor as the most enjoyable entry in the franchise. That's no small task, as Saints Row 3 was easily one of 2012's most outstanding games. In a year in which Rockstar's juggernaut Grand Theft Auto 5 loomed over the release calendar, new publisher Deep Silver had the faith in Volition's product to let it live right alongside the big dog. They were right to do so, and gamers got two outstanding open world action games as a result.
XCOM: Enemy Within
When your expansion for a game is so large it warrants a complete re-release of the original with the new content added in, you're either crazy or a genius. Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Within brings so much new content to XCOM: Enemy Unknown, it's almost like you're getting an all-new game. Already an incredibly addictive and enjoyable strategy RPG, XCOM: Enemy Within's additions to the core formula allow you to fall even deeper into the rabbit hole with expanding your forces. Good luck keeping everyone alive. Nothing says fun like watching all the soldiers you named after your friends die.
The people that brought you Castle Crashers certainly know how to make a great game. Battleblock Theatre is another solid title from that crew that does not fail to disappoint. The island of Hatty Hattington and murderous cats is an intriguing place full of all sorts of blocks. You, and possibly a friend, have to make your way through an assortment of brightly colored levels in order to survive. What makes Battleblock Theatre really exciting is the multiplayer where you can fight your way through a number of game modes against 3 other players. Battleblock Theatre is quite simply fun in a very pure form and well worth checking out.
Grand Theft Auto 5
It is always a momentous occasion when you first delve into a new Grand Theft Auto game. This most recent installment is the grandest and most ambitious title to date. The world is massive beyond belief and you're never at a loss for something fun to do. Swapping back and forth between the three main characters is easy and fluid. It allows you to experience even more of this brand new Grand Theft Auto world. It is epic, awesome, and of course allows you all the freedom to do whatever you want. Hmm, that looks like a ramp, I wonder how many times I can flip my car into the middle of that highway.
Bioshock Infinite is at the top of many best of lists and honestly deserves the top spot on our list of the Best Xbox 360 Games of 2013. It is a singular game that defined this year so far and it simply cannot be overlooked. It turned storytelling on its head and brought to life a whole new, and very messed up, floating city. Bioshock Infinite is not only a good game, but a great piece of reflective art that everyone should experience at least once. It is jam packed entertainment, that will have you thinking about it into the wee hours of the night after you’ve finished it.