Top 10 best Xbox 360 exclusives

While the Xbox 360 has had its fair share of hardware problems thanks to the infamous Red Ring of Death inconsistency, there’s no denying that the Microsoft’s platform currently has some unbelievable games six years into the console’s lifespan.

The production values of video games have definitely increased throughout this current generation, and the Xbox 360’s highest rated exclusives are a testament to that.

So whether we agree with them or not, here are the Xbox 360’s best exclusives in terms of ratings (excluding Arcade, re-release and ported games).

11. Project Gotham Racing 3 – Metascore: 88 / GameRanking: 88.69%

10. Fable II – Metascore: 89 / GameRanking: 88.27%

9. Forza Motorsport 2 – Metascore: 90 / GameRanking: 89.85%

8. Forza Motorsport 4 – Metascore: 91 / GameRanking: 90.50%

7. Mass Effect – Metascore: 91 / GameRanking: 91.15%

6. Gears of War 3 – Metascore: 91 / GameRanking: 91.32%

5. Halo: Reach – Metascore: 91 / GameRanking: 91.71%

4. Forza Motorsport 3 – Metascore: 92 / GameRanking: 92.13%

3. Gears of War 2 – Metascore: 93 / GameRanking: 93.32%

2. Halo 3 – Metascore: 94 / GameRanking: 93.53%

And (unsurprisingly) the best Xbox 360 exclusive is…

1. Gears of War – Metascore: 94 / GameRanking: 93.89%

Epic Games’ third-person shooter launched the Xbox 360 with some serious style, not to mention innovating in the third-person shooting scene with some genre-defining cover mechanics and features that were set to be replicated right up until games releasing this very week.

The Unreal Engine 3 shone on Microsoft’s new console and treated our eyes to visuals that we literally had never seen before; and even though it may look a little washed out these days, the graphical quality still stands up against the most recent eye-candy powerhouses.

Critics and gamers alike were also expecting a clean and shiny game to show off the console’s capabilities, but Gears surprised everyone by delivering the grittiest, meatiest and goriest experience seen in gaming, with its chainsaw-bayonet Lancers, curb-stomping action and no-holds-barred attitude.

Despite some gamers feeling that the sequels didn’t live up to the original, the fact that the series’ two other instalments lie within the top 10 exclusives list is a testament to the franchise maintaining its high-quality on the Xbox 360.

Gears of War did eventually reach the PC, but with added features and an extra mission pack, it’s not quite the same bare-boned and bloody Gears that hit the 360, hard.

What are some of your favourite Xbox 360 exclusives? Are there any that you think should be in the highest rated list? Let us know in the comments below and on the MyGaming forum.

Update: Article amended to include timed exclusive Mass Effect 1.

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  • If everyone says that ME1 is not an exclusive because it`s on PC then i think Gears Of War should be removed from the list as it is on pc as well.

  • Well then i stand corrected and gracefully submit

  • PanthisZA

    Dude… try take legendary on solo… it took me nearly 2 months and 4 prescriptions for stress pills

  • PanthisZA

    Gears 1 and Mass effect 1 both made it to PC, but GoW 2&3 were exlusives, so its a bit of a grey area for gears if you ask me but mass effect is not an exclusive by any means

  • Rudi van der Walt

    I’m sorry, but no. Was taxing as it is with a friend!! 🙂

  • PanthisZA

    the first time i did legendary i did it with my little brother (ok he’s not so little now) second time it was a personal challenge 😛 only halo game i havnt clocked legendary is Halo Wars… that game is kak hard

  • “Shone” sounds better than “shined” in this context. Just saying.

  • I also played Mass Effect 1 on PC 😀

  • I agree with the comments. Mass Effect 1 and Gears of War 1 were timed exclusives, so I have added ME1 to the list.

  • Marius du Plessis

    ME1 was an XBox 360 exclusive for a year or so until its PC release, so I’d say it warrants a position on this list, even if its just for being uber awesome! One of the few games I remember watching the trailer….and being very peeved when I saw it was 360 only…

  • SH

    @Marius du Plessis:
    Xbox release : 20/11/2007
    PC release : 28/05/2008

    So that’s a 6 month gap between the releases.

    Either way, perhaps the list should rather be called “top 10 best Xbox 360 exclusives and/or timed exclusives”.

    At this point in time, ME1 and Gears 1 definitely isn’t exclusive. Just like Alan Wake and Fable III isn’t exclusive anymore either.

  • Jerry Curlan

    Are you an idiot, or just illiterate? Mass Effect is right there at # 7.

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