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.