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Should I get one?

No, it's pretty much dead.

Exclusive-wise, compare this with this. Keep in mind that (as of August, 2013) the 360 has virtually no upcoming exclusives.


Upcoming Games Edit

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Disc Based Edit

Title Genre Description Box Art
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Flight/Combat A fast-paced, action-packed, modern flight 'sim'. Easy to get the hang of. Continues the tradition of missions with GIANT FUCKING UNBELIEVABLE STRUCTURES AND SKYBASES BECAUSE WHY THE FUCK NOT.

Has downloadable content and online multiplayer. A flight stick is available, but is too pricey even for the richfags. Worldwide.

Only game on the list that allows you to dance with the angels.

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Alan Wake Action-Adventure/Horror It's not going to scare a horror game vet, but it is a good starter game for someone looking to get more into the genre. You play as an author who finds pages of a horror novel he's writing come to life. Very atmospheric. Collectibles kill the immersion a bit. Also a cameo appearance by Max Motherfucking Payne. Once you play it you'll realize that the developers have put a lot of effort into this game (they better, it took 10 years to develop).

2 DLC available, the first is free with a new purchase of the game, and the second is 560 points. Both are worth buying.

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Anarchy Reigns Beat 'em up/Brawler It got a $30 price tag at launch.

Single player campaign is alright, but you want to pick this game up for the online multiplayer. Soundtrack is also fucking amazing. Multiplayer however is dying, and there's no split screen mode to speak of, so unless you got a bunch of friends with their own consoles this may be a hard sell. Also available with a more active community on PS3.

Armored Core 4 TPS / Action Build a Core and take part in vehicular combat. Simple structure, easy to learn. Online multiplayer. Worldwide.

Also available on the PS3.

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Armored Core: For Answer TPS / Action Direct sequel to Armored Core 4. Same gameplay. Online multiplayer. Worldwide.

Also available on the PS3.

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Assassin's Creed Action-Adventure / Stealth A series of unrealistic assassinations broken up with repetitive missions in between. Worth picking up now that its price has dropped. Worldwide.

A lot of people hate it because it's unique control system was pretty bad. Can seem really linear at times. The assassination missions are more than worth it, though. If you don't care about the story, go ahead and get the sequel, since it's much better (You can really skip this entirely, the overarching story in the series involves aliens. ALIENS).

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Assassin's Creed II Action-Adventure / Stealth This time you're an assassin back in 15th Century Italy who takes the gig because your family got murdered. A great improvement over the first game, showing that Ubisoft actually paid attention to complaints. The repetitiveness of its predecessor was done away with. It combines stealth, action and platforming very well, while being visually gorgeous. As with the other games in the series, it tends toward a simple 'intuitive' control system that turns some people off and combat, while better, can still be pretty dull.

(If you like this, get Brotherhood and Revelations, since they are all the same game with minor tweaks: Brotherhood adds the useful but sadly shallow ability to command assassin recruits, Azio can perform cinematic "chain-kills", which look great but make combat even less challenging than before and increases the diversity of missions\side-missions. Revelations has the best graphics out of the three, allows you to craft your own bombs and adds other minor changes akin to those seem in Brotherhood. Unlike AC1, those are not skippable if you care for the plot, though.)

Also available on PC and PS3.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Action-Adventure / Stealth Sneak around, be Batman. Some beat-em-up portions. Has good implementation of Metroidvania mechanics.

Also available on the PS3 and PC. The PS3 version contains additional content.

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Batman: Arkham City Action / Adventure / Stealth / BEING THE GODDAMMNED BATMAN BATMAN IS BACK! The newest Batman game is taking place in Gotham City more than just Arkham island. New features includes sum Tree D features as well as new friends and enemies joining the game. Another badass game to say the least.

Game of the Year Edition is out now, comes with every piece of DLC, including preorder outfits. Also includes the just released Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC. Best bang for your buck.

Also available on PS3, Wii U and PC.

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Bayonetta Action-Adventure / Hack n' Slash Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, and God Hand had an abnormally tall baby girl. CAAAAARRAAAAZY combat, glorious boss fights, massive replay value. If you're a fan of Devil May Cry, but DMC4 wasn't for you, give this a try.

Xbox 360 version runs at 60 FPS, while PS3 verison runs at 30 and with framedrops, making 360 version the definitive one.

Also available on the PS3.

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Beautiful Katamari Ball Rollan' It's Katamari. If you've never played one of these, get this. 150px
BioShock FPS Spiritual successor to the System Shock series. it is an action FPS set in a destroyed Objectivist utopia. Focuses on plasmids (like firing lightning from your fists) as much as guns. Great story for those who want to explore it. Fantastic atmosphere. Worldwide.

Also available on the PS3 and PC. The PS3 version contains additional content.

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Bioshock 2 FPS You play as a prototype Big Daddy on a quest to rescue his little sister. While the setting may not feel as new as it did in Bioshock, the gameplay has seen noticeable improvement. Combat is fun, hacking is streamlined and the game has a terrific story with a fantastic ending. Multiplayer can be surprisingly fun.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Birds of Steel Flight Simulation Basically IL-2 with much improved graphics, a smaller plane roster, more pacific maps,and an actual campaign. The campaign takes place on both the American and Japanese sides, with missions including you bombing Pearl Harbor, carriers, and fighting off invaders at Wake Island. Has real footage and good cutscenes, but is a little short and doesn't cover the entire Pacific war. There is also a decal system, with pinup girls, kill marks, squadron emblems, and commonly used decorations like lightning and shark jaws. Also includes good multiplayer, custom schemes from famous squadrons from all sides besides Japan, and a custom mission setup. Works incredibly well with a standard controller, and has 100% custom mapping

Also available on PS3.

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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War Hack and Slash / Real Time Tactics A Dynasty Warriors-style hack-and-slash/real-time tactics game based on The Hundred Years' War between England and France in the middle ages. One of the best of the genre. The gameplay appears fairly similar to Kessen III.

Also available on the PS3.

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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Fighting The spiritual successor to Guilty Gear. Features HD sprites, and 3D backgrounds. This version adds Relius Clover to the table, along with DLC characters from Continuum Shift along with their own sperate storys now. Extend also alters specific movesets and junk to make them better. Also on PS3 and PSVita 150px
Blue Dragon JRPG Mistwalker's first game for X360 featuring design by Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball), story by Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) and music by Nobuo Uematsu. Very traditional JRPG gameplay wise, but with some refinement and cool ideas. Characters are hopelessly one dimensional and the story reaches the top of shonen's cliche but the game is very atmospheric, exploration is fun and there are tons of additional quests and things to do so it's still worth playing.

There are also two sequels released only on the DS.

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Blur Arcade Racer Blur is a new-age cart racer for the mature masses. If Mario and his pals raced in the real world, it'd be Blur. Many different tracks, tons of cars, awesome powerups, online multiplayer (SERVERS ARE NOW DOWN) and a challenging objective based single player make for a great racing title.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Squad-based FPS / WWII Shootan Brothers in Arms makes a leap to the next generation. It takes the squad to Hell's Highway, site of one of the biggest military failures in WWII history. Considered by many fans to be the weakest link in the series so far, but it's still a marvelous game in it's own right. Recommended you play the first two games first so the story isn't confusing.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Brütal Legend RTS Action Adventure (single or Multiplayer) Action-RTS game set in a world inspired by heavy metal album covers, in which you slay demons, drive hot rods, and gather the downtrodden humans into an army to take on a tour of destruction across the land. A little strange in that the single player is basically Heavy Metal Zelda with simplified versions of the multiplayer battles standing in for dungeons, whereas the multiplayer is much deeper and more strategic. In either mode though, it doesn't work if you try to play it like a traditional top-down RTS, you need to get in the battle alongside your troops and put your combat moves, solos and double teams to use.

Multiplayer community is small but nine times out of ten you'll be able to find a game within a couple of minutes. Amazing sound track features music you will recognise and enjoy!

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Bully: Scholarship Edition Adventure / Beat 'Em Up An enhanced port of the PS2 version with additional content. A GTA-style game for those in society who were too much of a pussy to stand up for themselves and now take it out on younger kids. NA, EU.

Also available on the PS2, Wii and PC. The Wii, PC, and Xbox 360 versions contain additional content.

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Burnout Revenge Racing Arguably the best in the Burnout series (some prefer 3 more) and first to hit the 7th generation. Awesome crash physics and a pretty fun racing game carnage excluded.

Also available on Xbox and PS2

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Burnout Paradise Racing Offering a whole new city, Burnout Paradise ditches its traditional roots. It feels like Burnout meets Need for Speed. Love it or hate it, the series has changed. Online multiplayer and downloadble content in North America and Europe.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood FPS Remember the original Call of Juarez? Neither do I. Anyways, this is a fucking awesome Cowboy FPS where you play as a couple of brothers who have to fight their way through good ol' Mexico. Best played with a bro in bro-op. It came out 11 months before Red Dead Redemption, but no one played this because everyone was waiting for RDR and thus they missed out. You can get it for fucking cheap too nowadays.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Action / Horror The latest Castlevania title and a reboot of the franchise. It borrows quite a bit of it's mechanics from other games (a little God of War and a little Shadow of the Colossus to name a couple) but does so in a very good way. Overall it's a very good action game with beautiful graphics, polished gameplay and a good story. Oh, and did we mention Patrick Stewart narrates the entire game and voices one of the main characters?

Also available on the PS3.

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Catherine Puzzle / Horror Atlus' first next gen game is a puzzle game with a storyline? Cheat on your girlfriend, drink yourself to death at the local bar and climb block towers at night. It's all very Qbertian in nature. Don't let this stop you from at least trying the demo. It's quite fun actually. If you dislike puzzle games and anime art in general, stay away.

Also availale on the PS3.

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Condemned: Criminal Origins FPS / Horror An action-packed horror game with a strong focus on brutal melee combat. Hard to fault, even if the story falls apart later on. North America and Europe.

Also available on the PC.

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot FPS / Horror Although considered inferior to its predecessor, it keeps some of the good, but loses lots of it in favor of a horrible story choice. You fight a bear. North America and Europe.

Also available on the PS3.

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Crackdown TPS A free-roaming sandbox style game with no strong mission focus. Various tasks available, usually to kill, kill, kill. Downloadable content. North America and Europe.

A sequel was released in July of 2010 that's better than the original. Haters gonna hate.

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Crackdown 2 TPS Great sandboxy type of game in which youre a fucking bear ass muscleman who can pick up cars like nothing and online with vocie chat can be pretty fun and you'll never know who you'll meet. Real cheap at gamestop, so thats cool too. 150px
Culdcept Saga Card / Board Game Engrossing mix between Magic the Gathering and Monopoly. Tons upon tons of cards and limitless deck potential. Ragequit-inducing losses and brofist-inducing wins. Horrible story. Awesome multiplayer. File:CuldceptBox.jpg
The Darkness FPS A neat FPS that debuted fairly early in the current gen. Play as a mobster kid who just turns 21 and discovers he has the power to control two snakelike demons from his back and summon little Overlord style demons from underground. Based off cult comic. You can find it for 7 bucks used now.

Also available on the PS3.

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Darksiders Action / Adventure If God of War, Zelda, and Portal had a baby, that baby would be Darksiders. You play as one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and fight angels and demons in order to restore humanity and regain your lost dignity. Has an amazing artstyle and extremely impressive level and enemy design. Overlooked because it came out the same day as Bayonetta and a few weeks before Mass Effect 2.

If you like Zelda games at all, you will no doubt love this.

Also available on the PS3 and PC

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Dark Souls Action RPG Spiritual Successor to Demon Souls, and arguably harder. It improves over every aspect of its predecessor, being at least twice as big and featuring a fully streamlined world, scarcer resources (no more carrying 99 of each grass). The tendency system gave way to a new faction system, with each of the 9 covenants having it's own mission and thus expanding a lot the way the multiplayer system works. A world of both frustrating and rewarding challenges awaits as you fight your way through tons of incredibly atmospheric dungeons. And you will die in every one of them, multiple times. And you will like it. A lot.

Also available on the PS3 and PC. The PC version contains additional content.

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Dead or Alive 4 3D Fighter Awesome 3D fighter. An early title for 360, so nowadays will look sub-par compared with SCIV, SFIV, MK or any other recent fighting game. As usual, this series is focused on fast-paced combat featuring a rock-paper-scissors system, counter holds, and obviously showing off some clad ladies in suggestive clothes. Don't be turned off by that, the game itself is quite competitive and has an active online community too. 150px
Dead or Alive 5 3D Fighting Newest entry on DOA series. New characters, new stages, revamped move lists, revamped frame data, and all that you'd expect from a sequel in FG. It's vastly superior to DOA4 on pretty much every aspect, but specially gameplay wise. Why is that? Well, this isn't a hold fest anymore (they got nerfed). Now you can play a more traditional 3D FG with guaranteed setups, working sidesteps, wall game, ground game and stuff. The game itself is accessible, fun and flashy for newcomers; and for veterans it has to offer a deep and solid fighting game. Also, Amazing visuals. Wanna learn how to play? head to FSD. The actual patch version (1.03a) ironed out lots of issues. Avoid the overpriced DLC costumes, tho. Also on PS3 and PS Vita

Note: an upgrade to DOA5 is going to be released on Sept 2013. DOA5 Ultimate will have a free-to-play version (not yet confirmed for Xbox 360, tho) that will include all offline and online modes (except story mode), and only 4 playable characters (Hayabusa, Hayate, Ayane, and Kasumi). DOA5 and DOA5U won't be compatible for online play. Save files and DLC costumes will transfer over. That said, if you're interested in playing DOA5, you'd better wait until September and pay $40 for a newer and improved version.

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Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2 Sports / Mini Games / Boobs Fanservice heavy game that revolves around mini games played by the DOA girls as well as watching how fast their big tities bounce and whatnot. Recommended if youre bored and want to play some minigames or if you're into boobs n shit. Maybe Xtreme stand for Xtreme erection? 150px
Dead Rising Action-Adventure / Horror A zombie kill-'em-dead, remembered for its various murder techniques. Somewhat repetitive later on. Saving is retarded. Downloadable content. Worldwide. He's covered wars, you know.

The title has also been available on the Wii in a heavily altered port, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, that reduces the amount of zombies on-screen and features Resident Evil 4-based gameplay.

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Dead Rising 2 Action-Adventure / Horror A sequel to the original Dead Rising presently set in the fictional Fortune City which has been modeled after Las Vegas, Nevada. Chuck Greene, a former motocross champion, serves as the protagonist instead of journalist Frank West. This latest installment includes co-op, a satirical multiplayer mode and a dramatically increased number of zombies based roughly around 7,000 according to Joystiq. An exclusive downloadable episode was released a few weeks before this, set three years before the game. A new "episode" of this game is coming soon and has improvements and Frank west, if you haven't got this, wait for that.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Dead Space TPS / Horror Action-heavy survival horror. A few jumps and a fantastic atmosphere, which it often wastes. A fun third-person shooter nonetheless. Designed to have immersive UI.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Dead Space 2 TPS / Horror Issac's back, and this time he has a face and a personality. This time the game takes place in a Bioshock-esque abandoned and ruined civilization. Just as good as, if not better than, the first one.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution FPS / RPG Prequel to the first Deus Ex. Everything you could ask for is in it. FPS/RPG action, multiple ways to complete and objective, hacking, stealthing, conspiracy theories, take downs, incredible detail, etc. Slightly more linear then the original, but definitely worthy of the Deus Ex title.

Also available on PS3/PC/Mac.

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Deadly Premonition Survival Horror A Survival Horror game in the same sort of set-up as Silent Hill. Opens with the main character talking to himself about how Tom and Jerry are an analogy for abusive homosexual relationships. Very silly in a way, but still fun and interesting. Might not be the nicest looking game out there, but still absolutely worth your time if you like a good story. Was released on the PS3 but only in Asia/Japan. An "Enhanced" PS3 version is in the works. 150px
Deathsmiles Shoot 'em Up Because it's made by Cave, you can expect HUNDREDS OF BULLETS ON SCREEN AT A TIME in this solid STG. Featuring delicious Lolis, delicious graphics, and a nice transition to a horizontal screen, rather than a vertical in DoDoPachi or Touhou, and a limited-edition box which includes a KAWAII Faceplate for your 360 to embarrass yourself in front of your games. Or, if you're horribly alone, THEN HOW THE FUCK IS THIS NOT YOUR FACEPLATE? 150px
Dennou Senki Virtual-On Force Robot Fighting The Japanese only arcade game gets a home version after 9 years. It is slower paced than the XBLA VOOT but, has up to 4 player battles. Has online and offline play.The game is Japan only but it is region free so you can play it on your non JPN Xbox. 150px
Devil May Cry 4 Action-Adventure / Hack n' Slash

It's Devil May Cry, but now you play as new protagonist Nero as well as everyone's favourite smartass demon hunter Dante. A solid combat system that can be used to rack up frankly insane combos (if you're good enough), hilariously cheesy cutscenes and dialogue (as is apparently standard in DMC) and a fair bit of replayability make this one to consider. Worldwide.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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DiRT 2 Rally / Offroad Racing The best rally racing experience of this generation. It has a fuck ton of cars and tracks, plus the style and music make this one impressive package. Pretty cheap now that it's been out for a year or so.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga Action RPG Imagine if you took Diablo's loot and combat and Baldur Gate 2's roleplaying, and put it into a game. Now you've got Divine Divinity (aka Divinity I). Now add in hints of Fable and give it current-gen graphics. You've got yourself Divinity II, one of the most fun and amusing RPGs I've played in quite a while. Exploration is heavily rewarded, and you'll get your ass kicked if you're not careful. Beware, Divinity II: Ego Draconis is the unfinished, rushed-out, crappy version, but was remastered for Dragon Knight Saga. The 360 version also comes with a 52-page artbook and soundtrack, and launched at $40 retail.

Also available on PC.

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Earth Defence Force 2017 TPS A healthy combination of Starship Troopers and Serious Sam. You play as a glorious azn Insect eliminator. Battles featuring literally hundreds of enemies and kilometer wide motherships. Over 150 weapons and 5 difficulty levels. Has splitscreen support. Worldwide. Most underrated title on 360. 150px
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Action-Adventure/Tactical Was originally supposed to be a CG movie made with the Unreal Engine 3. A game that went unnoticed but received favorable reviews. With a script written by god damned Alex GARland (28 days later, The Beach), it is set in a post-apocalyptic world 150 years into the future after a nuclear war with wild robots roaming around. Expect a great story about 2 dissimilar characters, Trip, a tech-savvy chick and Monkey (voiced by Andy Serkis AKA Smeagol in LOTR), a bulky loner who is forced to help Trip make her way back home after she puts a slave headband on him. Focuses on the growing emotional bond between the characters rather than shoving the story down your throat. A beautiful and interesting premise, good voice acting, fun enviromental puzzles, satisfying and tactical combat that requires teamwork and a decent upgrade system makes this a short but amazing adventure. The climbing/parkour aspect feels like a more streamlined Uncharted game, so if you liked that series, definitely give this a try too.

Also available on the PS3.

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Espgaluda II Shoot 'em Up Cave's sequel to the classic Espgaluda hits the 360! This is an awesome STG in which you score points by collecting gems and using them to temporarily slow down the entire stage. This may sound like it's easy, but not when all the bullets on screen aim at you once you kill the enemy they came from! Great game with an awesome soundtrack.

IMPORTANT: only the standard edition of the game is region free. The collector's edition that comes with the faceplate will not work in a US/EU 360.

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Eternal Sonata JRPG Tradition action-JRPG, featuring Chopin as a character, along with some of his work. Similar to the Tales series. Lots to see, do, and explore. Worldwide.

Also available on the PS3 with extra content (extra characters and increased difficulty).

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F.E.A.R. FPS Fast-paced FPS with slow-motion. Few horror elements will make those less experienced in the genre jump. Online multiplayer. NA, EU.

Also available on the PS3 and PC. A direct sequel has been released on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 simply titled F.E.A.R. 2. An expansion for the original title has also been available on the Xbox 360 called F.E.A.R. Files. Stay far, far away from the third title.

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Final Fantasy XI MMORPG One of the most popular mmorpg's in the world. Has still a very dedicated community. It's a huge and very deep game with tons of areas, quests and challenges that will give you work for weeks.
Also it features cross platform gameplay, you can play together with your PC/PS2/PS3 friends, something you may never again see on the Xbox 360.
If you want a MMO, this one is perfect (especially now, after years of development), besides the only alternative on the Xbox 360 is Phantasy Star Universe, so...yeah..
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Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage Action/Beat Em' Up/ ATATATATATATA Simulator A spin-off to publisher Koei's Warrior series, based on the manga series The Fist of the North Star.

Also on the PS3.

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Forza Motorsport 2 Simulation Racing Gran Turismo for 360 owners and the only good sim racer this gen until GT5 comes out. Hundreds of cars from all major and a few minor manufacturers to tune up and customize. And holy crap can you customize it. Add different manufacturer parts and paint it using tons of layers. Also an auction house to buy and sell cars online. 20 or so different tracks to race on. Also, unlike all previous GT games, it has damage physics and visuals! 150px
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Action Bust ghosts with the original bustas as the newest member of the team. Funny story that was actually written by Ramis and Aykroyd. Even better, everyone is voiced by the actors who played them in the old movies! This is the ultimate fanservice for fans.

Also available on pretty much everything, but the 360/PS3 versions are the best.

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Grand Theft Auto IV Sandbox A very popular entry to the GTA series, this time you control Niko Belic, a war veteran from Serbia, who just followed his cousin in the search for the 'American dream'. Overall, it's a well done free-roam game with a big city and plenty of things to do in it, even if some people prefer San Andreas or Vice City. 150px
Hitman: Blood Money Stealth/Action Fourth in the Hitman series, Hitman: Blood Money is almost as much of a puzzle game as a action/stealth, as there are tons of ways to accomplish your goals in each mission. If you have a small attention span, look elsewhere; this game is for perfectionists. Blood Money introduces a payment system, where the amount of money you make from a mission is dependent on how well you do on your objectives. This money is then used to upgrade your weapons and equipment in different ways. Also has multiple difficulties that actually change the AI, change the difficulty, and reduce how many quicksaves you get, which allows for tons of replayability. 360 version is superior to 6th-gen versions.

Also available on the PS2, Xbox and PC.

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Import Tuner Challenge Racing Okay, I know what you're thinking: "What's this shovelware trash aimed at 12 year olds doing on here?".

But, it's not shovelware at all. It's in fact Genki's "Shutokou Battle X" wrapped up in a cynical marketing ploy of Ubisoft's. So if you liked the old school Tokyo Xtreme Racers, you'll like this game too.

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Infinite Undiscovery Action RPG The first of Tri-Ace's rpg's for HD consoles. Received mixed (of course) reviews. In reality it's pretty good, light-hearted game. The story is surprisingly decent (even if poorly executed at times) and the interactions between characters are often very lulz worthy just say 'funny'. It's really a hack'n'slash with a big dose of action and it's very easy, except for the additional dungeon on bigger difficulties, so don't expect a real challenge, but if you are a fan of jRPG's and already played through FFXIII, ToV and LO you may give it a try, it has its flaws but you may find it enjoyable. File:Infinite-undiscovery-european-cover.jpg
Just Cause 2 Action/Sandbox If Saints Row 2, Ace Combat and Spiderman had a horrible mutant baby, this would be it. Unbelievably fun and addictive, with a free-roaming mode based around dicking around and flying around with a parachute. DLC gives you new weapons and vehicles.

Ignoring that, you should probably know that it's possible to grapple your car to a cargo plane (while riding on either) and either hijack said plane or fall for 10 Kilometres in the car. (and survive). Arguably the best 'free roaming' game on principle.

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Kameo: Elements of Power Action-Adventure

A fun launch title from Rare, with  colourful graphics and good action. Transform into a variety of creatures and combine their powers for battle and to solve puzzles. It's pretty short and easy but while it lasts it's very fun. Has a god-tier soundtrack too.

Originally a Gamecube game, the sequel was recently canceled in place of avatars and 'experimental' games (fucking casuals, this is why we can't have nice things).

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Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Tactical TPS Cool third person buddy-criminal game. You play as Kane, a formal criminal, who's been broken out of jail by Lynch, a crazy murderous motherfucker, who escorts you into a revenge and redemption plot. You fuck a bunch of shit up to get where you need to go. Great story. The first half of the game is a gritty stylish shootout style game where you do many things like rob a bank, kidnap the leader of a japanese nightclub(the shootout through the club is awesome), and rappel down the side of a skyscraper in order to plant a bomb next to the CEO of a major company. The second half of the game becomes a shitty jungle based shooter that dips into some carribean island. The first half of the game is amazing, the second half is shit. Also the game is filled with profanity, almost to the point of being hilarious.

The multiplayer is where the game shines. Team up with a group of 5 to rob a bank/mall/donut shop, and fight swat members, then escape in a vehicle. You can betray your teammates and take their cut of the steal, but then you'll be labeled as a betrayer. A lot of people still play online, even with the sequel now out.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Left 4 Dead FPS Don't even bother with this game. The 2nd one is all you need.

Also available on PC.

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Left 4 Dead 2 FPS

I have no idea why you'd wanna play this title on a console. Valve has released a ton of free DLC for the Steam version. Also there are mods you can play with now thanks to the workshop.

Don't bother with this version. Get it on steam. It's usually on sale for less than 7 bucks.

Also available on PC.

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Lost Odyssey RPG A traditional JRPG developed by Mistwalker about a man who has lived for 1000 years. If you can get past the very "traditional" JRPG battle system, you'll find a very engaging and emotional story, complete with interesting characters and unlockable short stories exploring the main character's past. Combine all this with top-notch English voice acting (particularly in the case of Jansen) and a fantastic soundtrack by Nobuo Uematsu and you have an under-appreciated gem. 150px
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition: Colonies Edition TPS Fight giant bugs and monsters on foot or in mechs. Awesome cross platform with PC multiplayer. Colonies Edition is the most complete version. Sequel was undeservedly panned by critics and is still good in its own right, but the first game is better for singleplayer campaign.

Also available on the PC. Non-Colonies Edition available on PS3.

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Lost Planet 2 TPS Expect all those massive boss fights, and stuff from the first one, but take in mind LP2 is all about the multiplayer. Could be co-op or competitive, but in that regard it's vastly superior than its predecessor. It features a deeper character customization, more Vital Suits (those mechs you can ride), weapons, etc. Also has skins for your character like Wesker, Marcus Fenix, and Frank West.

Also on PC and PS3

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Mass Effect RPG/TPS The story is about Commander Shepard and his/her favourite shop on the citadel fight against the Reapers, the greatest threat that ever occurred in space.The player can model Shepard after his likings, adjusting things like gender or look. The decisions of the player are also of importance, influencing not only the story of Mass Effect, but also it's successors, Mass Effect 2 and 3.Also available on PC. 150px
Mass Effect 2 TPS/RPG Continuing the story of its predecessor, Mass Effect 2 debuts with a more streamlined UI, tighter TPS combat, more characters to choose from and the use of heavy weapons. All the decisions you make, mind you, still carry out to Mass Effect 3 (don't expect it to use them in a thoughtful way, though).

Also available on PC and PS3.

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Metro 2033 FPS/Horror You are a Russian soldier in a world decimated by nuclear war. Fight demons made from radiation. Hoard whatever you can because food and ammo is scarce. Certain ammo is used as currency. Awesome but scary, very atmospheric, very beautiful.

PC version also available.

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Mirror's Edge First-Person Running Very love-it-or-hate-it game made by the Battlefield devs. If you can get a hang of the controls and keep your cool whenever you mess up, it can be an amazing experience. Not for the ADD gamer. Beautiful music. Alongside Dead Space, helped EA shed the "rehash the same game every year" moniker it had earned that now belongs to Activision. [strike]Sold poorly so a proper sequel isn't expected[/strike] Mirror's Edge 2 confirmed.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Mortal Kombat

Fighting/ MORTAAAAAAAAL KOMBAAAAAAAAT!!!

Challenge your bros in Mortal Kombat with Sub Zero, Scorpion, Raiden, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang and many more fighters. A really good, well balanced fighting game where you can beat the living shit out of your buddies. It has a challenge tower with 300 challenges that should keep you busy for hours on end. Fatalities are as gruesome as ever and feel satisfying as fuck. Tech-wise the Street Fighter series are superior (>OPINIONS), but, don't get me wrong this game can be played competitively and requires an amout of skill and practice. Also, its FUN. DLC includes downloadable characters like Rain, Kenshi and Freddy Motherfucking Krueger along with classic costumes that look swag as fuck. Best MK to date.

Also available on the PS3.

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Nier Action RPG

An action RPG by the now dissolved Cavia and published by Square Enix about a man who's trying to find a way to cure his daughter of a strange disease in a dark and melancholic post-apocalyptic world. Sequel to ending E of Drakengard. A must-play if you're looking for something different in the JRPG genre. Plays a lot like a Zelda game would. Two versions of the game were released, Nier 'Gestalt' and 'Replicant'. Replicant was released exclusively for the PS3 only in Japan and features a younger-looking version of the protagonist who is trying to save his sister instead. Everything else is identical on both versions, so if you know Japanese and would prefer to play as a pretty boy, there's that version. Besides the four different endings, it does something very different to add replay value since you NEED to play the game at least twice to get the most out of it, especially story-wise, where you restart from a pivotal point in the game rather than the usual New Game+.

Also has one of the best soundtracks ever heard in video game history so grab that as well.

Also on PS3.

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Ninja Gaiden II Action-Adventure / Hack n' Slash Jump around, stab people. Kind of difficult, as the Ninja Gaiden series is known for.

Enhanced version available on PS3. It kinda sucks though since they took the fucking blood out.

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Perfect Dark Zero FPS Prequel to the first game for the N64. While if you go in expecting it to be exactly like the 64 game you will most likely be disappointed, it's still a fairly solid title and worthy addition to anyone's library. One of the few truly good Xbox 360 exclusives. 150px
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Action-Adventure / FPS That's right, a good movie tie-in! Made by Rayman/Beyond Good and Evil creator Michel Ancel. Apparently Peter Jackson liked BG&E so much he chose Michel's team to create the game!

Play in first person as Jack, or in third person as Kong himself. Really fun, really atmospheric and very faithful to the movie, with some great voice acting from the movie's cast. One of the first games to throw away the HUD and rely on visual/audio cues to let you know what's up. While it's short (4-6 hours) and could use a few more Kong levels it's a great game and worth checking out.

Also on Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC. The Xbox 360 version is superior due to heavily upgraded graphics.

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Prey FPS Tommy is a Cherokee mechanic, stuck on a reservation, dreaming of going out to see the world. Which is kind of what he gets when a gigantic alien spaceship abducts him and a ton of other people to use as cattle. It turns out that his injun heritage plus a little near-death experience equals certain spirit powers that make him the only one who can fight the aliens. Very good graphics (if you like that idTech 4 gloss), nice music, excellent voice acting (the hero and his girl are played by actual native-americans). A bit linear, but it's very intense all the way, and has some fun portal and gravity puzzles. 150px
Pure ATV Racing High-intensity ATV racing. Awesome music, beautiful graphics, and sick stunts to perform in midair amidst an awesome guitar riff for no goddamn reason except for looking badass. All the more surprising is that it was published by Disney of all companies. Only setback is that it suffers from a nasty case of rubberbanding, which makes it artificially harder, but also makes winning extremely satisfying. A sequel was planned but got cancelled due to low sales.

Also available on the PS3.

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Raiden IV Shoot 'em Up THE ROAR OF THUNDER IS BACK! Quite a bit has changed since we last controlled our beloved red/blue, slow-as-molasses fighter jet. You now have a charge shot which unleashes a flurry of whatever missiles you have equipped for massive damage and points. Other ways of getting points include killing enemies as fast as possible and scraping your ship against their bullets, a fun and simple scoring system, just the way it should be with these games. You also have an alternate to the toothpaste laser which is just as impressive looking but useless. And lastly, you now start with the 3-way spread shot which makes powering up much quicker. Soundtrack (HERE) is comprised almost entirely of remixes from the Raiden games you grew up with for maximum nostalgia. 150px
Red Dead Redemption Action/Sandbox Sequel to Red Dead Revolver, spiritual successor to Gun. Essentially GTA in 1908 1910 1911 somewhere in between 1907 and 1912, except it has bear fightan and cougar out of nowheran. Fairly fucking awesome. Don't expect to have a lot of fun with the Multiplayer (at first), as it leaves a lot to be desired, just like GTA.Features a refreshing plethora of free DLC, as well as a full-on expansion pack (available for download or in a standalone disc that doesn't require the original game) that gently mashes Left 4 Dead and RDR together into a masterpiece. Absolutely incredible voice acting, and just an all-around stunning and fun experience. If you have some buds the free roam mulitplayer is a blast.

Also available on the PS3.

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Red Faction: Guerrilla TPS/Sandbox Open-world sandbox environment with completely destructible buildings, decent variety of weapons and enemies, lots of vehicles with good handling and fun multiplayer? What more could you want? Campaign does get repetitive and the music and story are weak. Difficulty gets easier as it goes on. DLC for more maps online and in wrecking crew mode available, story mode DLC also available.

Also available on the PS3 and PC (PC version can be a bit broken, but has a small modding community).

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Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition TPS/"Survival Horror" The fifth instalment of your favorite argument-inducing franchise. This time you control Chris Redfield and his new partner Sheva Alomar. The game is set in Africa, so is not as 'atmospheric' as previous entries. Follows the path of RE4, with more action than ever, and barely any survival horror. That won't stop you from having fun, tho. The game truly shines played on co-op. It has a lot of cheesy moments that are kind of a trademark of RE series. Anyway, Gold Edition expands the experience with two new episodes, new multiplayer modes, extra characters for the Mercenaries mini-game, extra costumes, and more little stuff that's nice to have. Suffers from extreme screen tearing when your console is set to 1080P. Setting to 720P seems to fix it. Must be a problem with your TV/monitor. I don't have such tearing issues :S

Also on PS3 and PC (regular version only, not Gold Edition).

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Saints Row 2 Sandbox This game ends with your best friend shooting at cops with a rocket launcher, waving and smiling at you while you fly away in a helicopter. Undoubtedly one of the most fun games available. It's two years old, so you can pick it up cheap. Be prepared to spray people with poop and rampage through Labratories on a 4 wheeler. Basically what GTA 4 could have been if they focused on fun instead of BEEG AMERICAN TEETEES.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Shadows of the Damned Action/Third Person Shooter Killer7, Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill, and Devil May Cry had an orgy and this popped out. Gaming's crazy rapist uncle Suda51 (Killer7, No More Heroes) teamed up with Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil, Vanquish, Devil May Cry, Viewtiful Joe, Ace Attorney) and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill) to bring us Shadows of the Damned.

You play as Garcia FUCKING Hotspur, demon hunter extraordinaire. Garcia's hot girlfriend is kidnapped by the Lord of the Underworld. Garcia follows the lord to hell in order to save her. With Johnson, his British former-demon sidekick who also serves as his gun/motorcycle/tourguide through hell, Garcia must save his girlfriend before satan fucks her. The game is full of sexual innuendo and plenty of other jokes. It plays like Resident Evil 4 and Killer 7, only better. It is worth a buy for sure.

Warning: You cannot skip cutscenes, even in subsequent playthroughs. It makes the harder difficulties a chore to play through at some times.

Also available on the PS3.

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Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution Turn-Based Strategy A wonderfully simplified console port of your average Civ game. Lacks the intricacies of a PC version, but still extremely fleshed out. Online multiplayer is a blast. Matches can stretch for hours at a time. Plus it has a textbook's worth of historical info in the extras section.

Also available on the PS3.

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Skate 3 XTREEM Sports/Simulation Take Tony Hawk, make it more realistic, more slow-paced, and less arcadey, and you've got the Skate series.

Note to anyone who played the demo and is interested in buying the game: the recent patches made hardcore mode way better. The grinding feels a lot better. If you intend on buying DLC; get After Dark (free), and the Skate Create upgrade pack (not free). Supposedly there is an upcoming DLC similar to the Skate 2 Classic Pack, get that too when it's out. There is DLC that has the San Vanelona Art Gallery including Reg's and the new Maraffa Skate park. Probably the best of all of the DLC. Get it.

Also available on the PS3. The superior 360 version has a bigger community, with more user created parks.

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Sleeping Dogs Action/Sandbox A sandbox game. You play as Wei Shen, undercover cop who has infiltrated a Hong Kong triad. The game takes place on a fictionalized version of the island. Solid story. The gameplay has quite some variety but none of the missions/activities really stand out as being particularly bad. The combat is pretty good. It takes elements from the recent Batman games like how the enemies attack you one at time and the and the counter system is overpowered. Has about 15 hours worth of story (10-12 if you have ever played a game before) and another 15 if you want to 100% the game. Makes references to some of the classic martial arts action flicks. Doesn't do anything really new or different aside from the setting, but it's still a lot of fun. 150px
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Racing Basically it's Mario Kart but with a Super Smash Bros. style collection of Sega Characters. There's Sonic, Billy Hatcher, Ryo from Shenmue, Beat from Jet Set Radio, and about 15 other racers. 360 version is superior because it also has Banjo and Kazooie, even if it is their mutilated Nuts & Bolts versions. Fun as hell, and a refreshingly good Kart game in comparison to MKWii. Sequel is now out and is also great.

Also available on the PS3, Wii, and PC. A DS port is also available with added characters but is overall inferior.

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Sonic Generations GOTTA GO FAST SIMULATOR

Play as both the Sanic you know and love as well as retro Sanic. You play through some good ol' nostalgic levels in this one in a quest to save the world from The Time Eater. Basically did a good job of putting Sonic back in the charts in terms of gameplay, even if nostalgia was a major part of this game.

Also on the PS3 and PC.

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Spiderman Shattered Dimensions Spiderman, Spiderman Got some crap for not being all open world like its predecessors, but its still a damn good game on its own regard. Plays more reminiscent of the PSOne games, with some Arkham Asylum-like stealth for good measure.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Spiderman Web of Shadows Doing whatever a Spider can You can literally spend hours just swinging around the huge recreation of Marvel's version of New York City(complete with Stark Tower). When you aren't doing that, there's a good spidey game in there too.

Also available on the PS3, PS2, Wii, PSP, DS, and PC.

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Split/Second Racing/Blowing Shit Up An awesome title from Blackrock, the guys who made Pure. It's a racing game, but instead of trying to pass your opponents through driving skill, you can instead blow up the environment around them, destroying their car and knocking them out of the race momentarily. Amazing set pieces to alter the track you are racing on, made all the more amazing by its beautiful graphics engine. There are only 11 tracks but no race is the same no matter now many times you race on it, so its not an issue. Online multiplayer is also a blast(literally and figuratively).

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Street Fighter X Tekken 2.5D Fighting

An awesome cross-over between two of the greatest fighting game franchises around. Plays like and ol' Street Fighter game, with the same sort of gameplay as SSFIVAE, but with some new mechanics like 3 different ways to recover from being knocked down and such.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition 2D Fighter The newest installment in the Street Fighter series. Adds even more characters than before with basically all of SSFIV but with Yun. Yang, Oni, and Evil Ryu. Obligatory version making Super obsolete. But if you do have Super, there's and upgrade option to upgrade to AE virally, which is the better option IMO.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Rockstar Games presents: Table Tennis Ping Pong Rockstar trolled the gaming world when it announced that it's first foray into the newest generation would be...ping pong table tennis...As it turns out, it happened to be an amazing sim of the sport. You could use actual techniques like trick shots and putting spin on the ball. It still had that Rockstar charm though. The french player is the biggest asshole in gaming history. Also available on the Wii in a mediocre port, surprising since the Wii looks like it'd be perfect for the game. 150px
Tales of Vesperia RPG

What are you, some kind of idiot? This game is awesome.

Word of advice though, this game is hard as balls on the default difficulty setting (which stupidly enough is Normal). If you're new to the "Tales of.." series or are playing this game for the first time, do yourself a favour and play it on Easy the first time around, trust me. It will prevent you from throwing the controller at the TV in some boss battles.

Also available on the PS3; however, the PS3 version contains additional content and is currently unavailable in NA/EU with no announcements regarding any western release. Worth it only if you know moonrunes and are willing to pay the very expensive import. Also available with Games on Demand.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Fighting  SUPERIOR LIMB-BASED COMBAT

Well it's Tekken...with tag teams. Virtually every character ever to have been included in Tekken games (except Gon, cause one boxing dinosaur is enough awesome for one game), all the game modes you expect, including tag modes, single fighter modes and 2 on 1 mode.

The boss at the end of Arcade mode is as much of a total bitch to beat as usual,  but end movies can be unlocked by playing Ghost mode.

Jugglan as standard.

Test Drive Unlimited Driving Drive around being rich: The Game. You can explore the roads of Oahu, Hawaii, which was actually put in game form almost to it's fullest. Real good job done there.

Also available on PS2, PSP and PC.

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Test Drive Unlimited 2 Driving You play as a rich douchebag who impresses whores with his nice house and many luxury cars. Fun to drive around on the big ass island though.

Also available on PS3 and PC.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Modern Tactical TPS/Squad Based The first squad based shooter of the 7th generation, and also one of the best early release titles. Also the first Tom Clancy game. You have an arsenal of weapons and gadgets, not to mention a some of the best allied AI ever. The enemy AI is even better, and will use real military tactics to kill you. Story is generic Clancy tripe, but the gameplay is amazing. Awesome set pieces and firefights. People still play the online today. Only a few bucks now at retail.

Also available on the Xbox, PS2, and PC.The PC version plays in first person, and involves micro-management of your squad like the older Ghost Recon Games; it is the better version.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Modern Tactical TPS/Squad Based The story mode takes place not even 24 hours after the first one ended. Still Clancy crap. Combat has been vastly improved, and the AI is even better. A fuck ton of people still play this online as of September 2010. Get this version over the original if you can find it, the story is easy to catch on to.

Also available on the PS3, and PC. Like the first the PC version actually has squad management and is considered by to be superior.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas Tactical FPS It's Rainbow Six, but in Las Vegas. In other words it's amazing. Leading a squad down the Vegas strip and through casinos filled with sounds of slot machines does not get old. Plenty of people still play this and its sequel online.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Tactical FPS More awesome Rainbow Six Vegas action with better graphics and multiplayer. Story is on par with the first game but both are worth playing through. Also there's a new terrorist hunt mode where you go around with bros fighting the impressive AI enemies around the multiplayer maps. Much fun to be had. An all-around improvement on an already amazing game.

Also available on the PS3 and PC.

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Tomb Raider: Anniversary Action-Adventure/3D Platformer A "re-imagining" from the original Tomb Raider. Made with the same engine as Legend, so most of it's gameplay mechanics got inherited from it. However, Anniversary follows a more puzzle based and exploration path, much like the classic ones. The story it's the same, but told in a better way with little cutscenes here and there, some added dialogs, and other nice stuff that make this remake worthwhile. Expect treasures, artifacts and lots of collectibles and beautiful landscapes to look at.

Also on PC, PS2, Wii, PSP and PS3 (included in Tomb Raider Trilogy)

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Tomb Raider: Legend Action-Adventure/3D Platformer A few years after Angel of Darkness bombed, the franchise was rebooted and Tomb Raider Legend was born. The story goes around Lara trying to gather fragments of an ancient sword. It's all based on Arthurian mythology, the Excalibur, and all that shit. I won't spoil it, but story isn't that deep anyway. The graphics are quite nice (for a 2006 game). The game controls are now more intuitive and all-around better than previous entries, and it have some balanced doses of action, exploring, puzzle solving and platforming. It's a rather short game to finish, but you may still have missed a lot of secret collectibles. Anyway, enjoy some Laura Cruz adventures!

Also on PC, Xbox, GC, PSP, PS2 and PS3 (included in Tomb Raider Trilogy).

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Tomb Raider: Underworld Action-Adventure/3D Platformer Story-wise, it picks up where Legend left off with a couple of turns to Norse influenced mythology. This is the final game of the rebooted trilogy, and maybe the weakest of the three. While it adds some new moves, weapons, gear and better graphics, the game is a bit buggy but still recommendable. 360's version has 2 exclusive DLC packs: Beneath the Ashes and Lara's Shadow. Both are decent, but not mandatory.Also on PC, PS2 and PS3 (included in Tomb Raider Trilogy). 150px
Transformers: War for Cybertron TPS/Vehicle Combat Do NOT mistake this for one of those HORRIBLE licensed Transformers games. This game does not tie in to any of the movies. It's a unique third-person shooter, coded in the Unreal 3 Engine. Has online multiplayer.

Also on PS3 and PC.

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron TPS/Vehicle Combat Direct sequel to the game above and likely one of the best games based off Hasbro's long-running franchise available. The core gameplay is far from being revolutionary, revolving around you navigating though rather linear stages while taking out enemies with a variety of long-range weapons. However, each mission is played as a different Autobot\Decepticon, which adds a few interesting twists to how the game is played: Optimus has to assign key targets to be taken down, Cliffjumper is a sneaky bastard, Grimlock FUCKS SHIT UP AS A MOTHERFUCKIN' T-REX and so on.

Basically, it's a good TPS for everybody, and a really solid title for any /m/an or fan of the franchise, ESPECIALLY because, again, this has no relation to the awful licensed games based on Bay's shit, and the team developing this actually did their homework, going as far as digging up the comics to come up with stuff such as the reimaginated origin for the Dinobots.

If all else fails to convince you, just watch this.

Also on PS3 and PC.

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Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 2D Fighter IT'S ULTIMATE MAHVEL BAYBEE!!! 12 new characters, bringing up the roster to 48. Rebalanced (except Wesker), and a much, MUCH more playable online, and other stuff, like new stages and a mode where you play as Galactus. What's also new is "Heroes and Heralds" mode, which lets you collect cards of characters that give you insane abilities like Parry and Invisibility. (Coming Soon)

Also available on Playstation 3 and Vita.

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Vanquish TPS A fast paced third person shooter where you play as a government agent in a super suit trying to recapture a space station from Russian forces. The only downfalls are that it's short and the story is laughable. Still an excellent game.

POOOOWWWEEERRR SLIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Also available on the PS3.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Online 3D Fighter It's Virtua Baybee! That just doesn't sound right...

The best port of the game; the 360 port is based on the arcade Version C, as opposed to the PS3's port of Version B. Also, it's online, and the netcode is damn good. There's even some people still playing it, They all moved to new version: VF5 Final Showdown (released digitally on XBLA/PSN). So, this still might be good but it's really outdated and online is deserted outside Japan.

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Viva Piñata

Virtual Life Sim

Woah, as it turns out, Rare has made some decent games after all this generation. In this game, you are a gardener who tends to a plot of land. Changing the landscape (planting short or tall grass, varieties of flowers, trees, building bodies of water) will attract pinatas, shaped like various creatures who end up living and thriving in your garden. There's also an extensive food chain, referred to in-game as "the doughnut of life." Some pinatas have RAGE-inducing requirements, but overall it's an awesome life sim with incredibly addicting gameplay. Plus the mating game is hilarious. If you are turned away by the vivid colors and kiddish nature of the game, then you're insecure in your manhood and you should go back to sqeaking insults at older people in Modern Warfare 2. The game is completely open-ended, with no ending whatsoever; you, as the player, set your own goals to work towards.

Also available on the PC in a shitty port. Stick to the 360 on this one.

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Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise Virtual Life Sim Better than the first game. Features 30+ new Piñata, a pretty good online multiplayer mode and other tweaks. Pretty much everything from the first game is included, so you can safely skip it and start with this if you're new to the series. Because of this it kind of feels like a good expansion pack rather than a true sequel.

Will probably turn out to be the last good Rare game, as they're pretty much fully focused on Kinect and Avatar trash now. RIP.

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Warriors Orochi 3 Beat'em Up East Asian Genocide 3: This Time it's Personal. 120 characters from the Samurai and Dynasty Warriors games, Ninja Gaiden, Bladestorm, etc. Get out there and murder those asians! 150px
WarTech: Senko no Ronde Shooter/Fighting A 2D shooter game that is best described as Change Air Blade bolted onto Acceleration of Suguri. Players control mech suits called Rounders, and shoot BULLETS FUCKING EVERYWHERE. A fun arcade-styled 360 exclusive that sells for less than 10 bucks, definitely worth picking up. File:Wartechpal.jpg
WET Action/Hack n' Slash/Being a Badass

A title that makes it seem Quentin Tarantino and Suda51 collaborated together to made a kickass game! Gun sound makes you want to kill yourself after some hours of playing, other than that the game is really cool, awesome music.

Controls are a bit clunky, to say the least. Also on the PS3.

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Zoids Infinity EX Neo Arcade Style Mecha Combat

A Japanese only (region locked) Zoid fightan game from the arcades. Don't go importing a system just for this but if you already have one you should give this a go. It's surprisingly fun, with a fair amount of customizable Zoids to choose from.

But come on, does anyone really remember Zoids these days?

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Xbox Live Arcade, Indie Games (Downloadable)Edit

Xbox Live Arcade has a good selection of games avaliable, both old and new. Every title has a built in free trial, so go ahead and try out a game if you're interested! 

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'Splosion Man 2D Platformer Fun platforman'. Exploding is your primary method of doing everything. Up to 4-player co-op, with new stages in co-op mode. The sequel, Ms. 'Splosion Man, is out too. 200px
After Burner Climax Flight/Action/Shoot 'em Up Classic After Burner gameplay, updated graphics and controls. Incredibly addictive and has tons of "EX Options" to change up gameplay, as well as the option to swap out the J-rock soundtrack for After Burner 2's chiptunes. A direct port of the arcade version by Sega AM2. Also available on PS3 200px
Alien Hominid HD Run 'n Gun This game requires quick reflexes and a basic side-scrolling formula while a player controls the alien and defeats FBI agents and their creations. Also on GBA, GC (USA only) and PS2/Xbox. 200px
Banjo-Kazooie 3D Platformer Port of Rare's N64 classic with slightly upgraded visuals. It still holds up well today and is definitely worth checking out, especially if you've never played it before. Stop 'n' Swop is included and is compatible with the XBLA version of Banjo-Tooie (see below) and Nuts & Bolts! 200px
Banjo-Tooie 3D Platformer Port of Banjo's sequel, with similar upgrades from the first game's port (better graphics, Stop 'n' Swop, etc). It's still lots of fun and is highly recommended. 200px
Bastion Action RPG type thing Be the humble savior of a broken, beautifully realized world. Good, exciting gameplay, a nice assortment of weapons to choose from and customize, fucking incredible soundtrack, very well told story. The setting and plot are fleshed out with masterful restraint. This one's a gem, alright. Also available on PC via Steam. 200px
Beyond Good and Evil HD Action/Adventure The cult classic from the makers of Rayman makes its way to Live Arcade with an HD uplift. An action/adventure game with stealth elements, a good style, solid gameplay, and a surprisingly deep story involving a government conspiracy and the photographer bent on exposing it. Seriously, if you don't have a copy/haven't played it, buy it. Let them know that the sequel is wanted. 200px
Braid Pretentious Puzzle Platformer Use some very well-done time manipulation powers to save the princess.  Or maybe it's a girlfriend.  Or candy.  Or the atomic bomb.  Don't pay attention to the story, just pay attention to the myraid time-powers (and the ending is pretty good too).  Also on PC and P33. Wii version canceled due to lack of interest size restrictions on WiiWare. 200px
Breath of Death VII: The Beginning RPG

An indie parody RPG with references to every damned game under the sun. Plays like your old school "Final Fantasy", "Dragon Quest", "Phantasy Star", though it tries to mix things up with its own systems as well. Only one dollar. Buy it, play it, love it. And play it some fucking more until "Cthulhu Saves the World" comes out. It's already out.

Also available on PC via Steam.

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Castle Crashers Beat 'Em Up

4-player online-able roaming beat-em-up set in medieval times. High level of customization and hidden/unlockable content make this the most fun one can have with a 360. Also features an awesome soundtrack. Considered one of the best XBLA games.

Also on the Playstation Network and the PC. Make sure to get the free Pink Knight DLC if you buy it, adds a character and some weapons.

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Comic Jumper Run 'n Gun/Platformer A fun game from Twisted Pixel. Travel between different comic book worlds as the super hero Captain Smiley. The art/graphics style changes in each world! Has a good soundtrack, a ton of bonus features to unlock and is hilarious. 200px
Costume Quest RPG Note: Best played around Halloween. You play as a kid trying to rescue your sibling kidnapped by troll-like monsters. However, this game has a nostalgic childhood-like feel to it. The dialogue, the attitudes, along with the general humor and plot can really take you back. In dealing with obstacles, you find, build, and use costumes and their abilities to proceed, such as a light-up toy sword to scare away darkness phantoms. The battles are a little simple, but play well enough and are rather cute and silly, being hilariously exaggerated through imagination. The game is a little short, but the DLC expansion chapter rounds it out nicely.

Also available on the Playstation Network and PC. The PC version comes with the DLC!

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Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram ver 5.66 Action/Simulator Port of the arcade classic. Fast and frantic mecha action with giant swords, huge lasers and love hearts. Supports online and LAN play. 200px
DeathSpank Action RPG/Diablo-esque A goofy Action RPG by Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame. Do heroic deeds like stuffing annoying orphans in a bag, slaying stoopid chickens, hammering magical poop out of demons, and more as you quest for an ancient, powerful artifact: The Artifact. A bit short, but fun, easy to control and great humor. Gets better with the more weapons and skills you get. A pal can co-op in at anytime as SPARKLES THE WIZARD. He shares your health bar, but has handy magic like ranged damage and healing. 200px
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Action RPG/Diablo-esque DeathSpank ventures to the war-torn land north of last game. Humor and quests are mostly the same, if not better; but now your arsenal is more impressive. Poison bazookas, ice grenades, laser monocles, earthquake shovels, etc. replace the medieval gear before (the new melee weapons act like the old ones, so no worries). The DLC is mostly for fun, but goes cheap anyways. Note: Console versions may sometimes get bugged with a late-game quest, but Hothead is willing to help anyone who encounters it 200px
Doom FPS A landmark FPS released in 1993. This is only Doom though, so no extra levels and such. 200px
Duke Nukem 3D FPS Fairly non-linear FPS with humor and sweet action. Also on Saturn, PS1, N64 and PC.. all with varying degrees of censorship (bar PC version which also has extra mission pacs and even an 'HD' update) 200px
Dust: An Elysian Tail 2D Action RPG A pretty fun game where you play as a Furry. Features a smooth combat system, nice graphics and some decent RPG elements. Really impressive considering one guy pretty much made the whole game by himself. 

Also on PC via Steam.

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Garou: Mark of The Wolves 2D Fighter The most accurate non-Neo Geo version of the game to date, the 360 version of MOTW has pretty much everything you could ask for in a port, with the sole exception of decent netcode. Seriously, when I tried it, it was like watching a slideshow. Play it on GGPO if you wanna play online, but the 360 version is good for training. 200px
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Shoot 'em Up Sequel to the fantastic Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, which is also on the arcade, but the bucket load of extra modes makes this one the game to try. Awesome music, crazy colors, terrific gameplay and just the right amount of challenge add up to an excellent shooting experience. Mode variations will keep you busy. 200px
Geon: Emotions Arcade Navigate a little cube around and collect pellets before your enemy does. 200px
Gunstar Heroes Run 'n Gun A goddamn classic. Check out the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive page here if you don't remember it. 200px
Guwange Shoot 'em Up Cave's arcade classic from 1999 is now on XBLA. Set in medeival Japan, you choose from one of three characters, each with their own main shot and Shikigami, which you use to temporarily freeze bullets. 200px
Hard Corps: Uprising Action Shooter Made by Arc System Works of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame, this "spiritual successor" to Contra: Hard Corps is all you could ask for and then some. The game is beautiful, the soundtrack kicks ass, and you'll be in awe at how smooth the controls are. What are you waiting for, go and get what may possibly be the best Contra game of this gen! 200px
Hydro Thunder Hurricane Boat Racing A sequel to the original that stays true to it's roots. Offline and online multiplayer is in. 200px
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT TDS An awesome indie game about killing zombies in a top down perspective. It's a fucking dollar. Doesn't hurt that it's good. 200px
Ikaruga Shoot 'em up A small nation unearths an artifact that grants them unlimited power, which they use to conquer the world. The sequel to Radiant Silvergun, and one of the best shmups ever. Has an unique puzzle-ish "polarity system": enemies and their fire are either light or dark, and the player changes his ship's polarity at will. Bullets of different polarity kill you, but bullets of equal polarity are absorbed. If you haven't played this one on the Dreamcast, get it now. 200px
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match 2D Fighter This isn't so much of a remake as 98UM was to 98, this is more like an entirely new game that uses a similar engine. A cast of pretty much every pre-03 character you could ask for, a kick ass soundtrack and the best port of the game to date; what more could you ask for? Oh, that's right, decent netcode. :( 200px
King of Fighters 98: Ultimate Match 2D Fighter The classic Dream Match is back! The inclusion of the 96 Boss Team in the 98 engine alone makes this worth getting, if you ask me. In addition, there's been some changes to the existing characters, as well as some new stages. The most accurate port of the game to date, as well; shame the netcode is as bad as it is. And, if you don't end up liking what SNKP changed, it comes with the original KOF98 as well! Just select "NEOGEO MODE" at the main menu. 200px
Limbo 2D Platformer Black-and-white puzzle platforming adventure. 1200 msp. You'll beat it in two hours.

Also available on PC and PS3.

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The Maw 3D Puzzle Platformer Play as an adorable Alien who controls another adorable Alien who likes to eat everything up. Get new abilities by eating enemies Kirby style. Cute and fun, but short.

Also on PC.

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Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalker TCG Good MTG game, best for beginners to the game since decks are pre-made and while you unlock cards, you can't make custom decks. I might be in the minority, but this is what got this anon into the real card game.

As someone who got persuaded into buying this game by a friend and spent many hours in it, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  You get about 5 pre-built decks.  The campaign is literally about 8 different opponents.  Each time you beat an opponent with a deck, you get a single card added, so if you complete the game with a deck you get the option of adding those 8 cards in the deck.  You want to customize your deck like any reasonable magic enthusiast would?  Sure but it will cost you tons and tons of points.  Want to multiplayer?  Too bad; that costs more microsoft points too.  The only redeeming quality I found in this game was the puzzle-like mode that throws you into the middle of a critical moment in a battle where you have to find the winning strategy, and there are only a few of them to play through.  Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one. -Anon #2

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Mega Man 9 Action Platformer It's Mega Man. Platforming and shooting. Quite difficult. On Wii and PS3. 200px
Mega Man 10 Action Platformer Same as 9, it continues the series in the lovely 8bit style. A little easier than 9, it'll probably still kick your ass. This one has some more variety in it, with creative mini-bosses (almost 1 per stage) and stages. And playable Bass. 200px
The Secret of Monkey Island Adventure One of the most famous and successful adventure games ever made, this one is considered a cult classic by many. Help the "mighty pirate" Guybrush Threepwood defeat the evil ghost pirate LeChuck, win the love of the beautiful Elaine Marley and uncover the titular secret of Monkey Island. Exceptional writing and humor, this game is a mandatory play for everyone who loves adventures everyone. This is a remake with modern graphics and voice acting. The artstyle is generally agreed upon to be ugly and the controls are fucktarded, but you can also switch to the original graphics and interface easily. 200px
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge Adventure Just like Monkey Island 1, but longer, funnier, and all around better. Get a job by tainting soup with a rat, kidnap two large animals for your twisted machinations, practice voodoo against your foes, and cause two huge explosions while stealing everything that's not nailed down. This is also has a remake with redone graphics and full voice acting. The remake art is better looking this time around, but you can still return to the original style at will. 200px
Monday Night Combat Third-Person shooter/Tower Defense Think DOTA meets Team Fortress 2. Is updated more on PC now. 200px
Mutant Storm Empire Shoot 'em Up Fun as shit. Get it. (No loading screens!) 200px
Mutant Storm Reloaded Shoot 'em Up Just as good as the previous one. 200px
N+ Platformer Jump, dodge, climb and rebound from walls, and collect gold on the way to the exit. You play as a little black ninja. Also on DS (for a low cost nowadays) and PC (the latter being free and better, though not quite as portable) 200px
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum 2D Fighter Port of the Atomiswave game of the same name. Unfortunately, this port was optimized for widescreen LCD's, so there's always an upscale filter over the sprites no matter what you do and the game only displays in 16:9, despite originally being a 4:3 game. Past that though, this port is tops. It's the only SNKP release that has actually good netcode, too! 200px
Pac-Man Championship Edition Maze It's the same Pac-Man you know and love, but with different modes, shiny new visuals, an awesome techno soundtrack, and faster, tweaked gameplay. For example, now you respawn where you died instead of the center of the track. Fun Fact: this was designed by the original creator of Pac-Man and was his last game before retirement. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is out now and is even better. 200px
Perfect Dark FPS Port of N64 classic with improved graphics, and keeps all that was great in the original. Is about special agent Joanna Dark stopping conspiracies. Has multiplayer. (Achievements are glitchy if you care about them.) 200px
Plants vs. Zombies Tower Defence Defend your house from Zombies using a large array of cute Plants. Seriously. Easy to learn, hard to master, and really fun.

Available on pretty much every format. The versions which use the mouse/touch screen controls are the best, but the console offerings aren't a bad alternative.

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Radiant Silvergun Shoot 'em up A mysterious artifact is unearthed and wipes out mankind. As their vital resources dwindle, the only survivors are forced to return from their space station and find that, even so, they are not alone. The predecessor to Ikaruga, and one of the best shmups ever. Has a level system: the more you use any of the six weapons, the more powerful it gets. If you haven't played this one on the Saturn, get it now. 200px
Rez HD Shooter/Other The cult psychedalic shooter from the PS2 and Dreamcast with slick updated visuals and now available for less than $80! 200px
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game Beat em' Up Even if you you're not a fan, this game stands on its own, despite paying tribute to old school beat em' ups like Final Fight and River City Ransom. You level up and obtain new moves, eat food to increase your stats and beat the SHIT out of everyone in an epic 4-player co-op while listening to some really awesome Anamanaguchi music. Only setback is no online services. Online is now included as paid DLC. For the fans, it stays faithful to the aspects of the comics and some stuff from the movie as well. If you love games like Castle Crashers and such then check this too.

Also on PSN.

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Shadow Complex Metroidvania Simply awesome. Definitely one of the best, if not the best game on the XBLA. Cool powerups. One negative is that there is A LOT of backtracking. Basically metal gear metroid. 200px
The Simpsons Arcade Game Beat 'em Up

Regarded by many to be the best Simpsons game ever, and for good reason. A Konami side scrolling beat 'em up originally made in 1991; Maggie has been kidnapped by Smithers and you have to save her. Features 4 player online/offline co-op, bonus features and the option to chose between the American/Japanese version of the game (difference between the two is the scoring system and not much else).

Also on the PS3's Playstation Network.

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Snoopy Flying Ace Action/Arcade Flight Not your typical licensed game, this a fantastic dogfighting (no pun intended) title which feels like a spiritual successor to the Xbox's Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Terrific online multiplayer. 200px
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 2D Platformer Very short, (like every 2D Sonic HERP DERP) but REALLY FUN. The fans were right for once. Same fun 2D gameplay that even the couple of changes, such as lock-on, doesn't ruin it. A (finally) great Sonic game for what it is worth.

Also on WiiWare and PSN.

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Space Giraffe Fixed Shooter Tempest 2000 on an acid trip. Although both games share the same basic mechanics, the emphasis of this game is on trying to ram enemies off the web's rim in order to increase the score multiplier. Notorious for the fact that some stages are so visually psychedelic that it's almost impossible to tell what's happening from mere sight alone. As such, this game's at its most fun when you're playing in "the zone". Also on PC. 200px
Stacking Adventure Double Fine's Industrial Age tale remixes traditional Point-And-Click with Stacking Dolls. As a tiny doll, the young lead Charlie can't do much alone, but he can stack within others and manipulate people using the status, prestige, and abilities of his disguises. This is a bit short, but there are actually multiple solutions for nearly every puzzle and the game encourages/entices you to find all of them in replays. The aesthetics are just delightful, recalling silent movies and plays, but filled with the color and technology seen in the era proper. Definitely try the demo if nothing more. 200px
Super Meat Boy 2D Platformer

Very hard difficulty (which is a breath of fresh air to those gamers that are tired of 'watered down' games. Also quite long. You are made of meat and are trying to save the princess from a fetus in a jar.

Also on PC.

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Trials HD Puzzle/Racing Physics-based dirtbike game similar to Excite Bike. Ride over obstacles and do crazy jumps. Unlock new levels by beating the previous ones with a minimal amount of bails and in short amount of time. Some levels can be absolutely infuriating to get a gold medal in, or even finish. Very addictive. The sequel, Trials Evolution, is out now too and is also great. 200px
Uno Card Game Simple Uno fun. A couple of variations. Extremely active community. You'll occasionally get some guy jerking off or some girl showing tits since the LIVE Vision Camera comes with this game.

Wii version is out too.

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Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown 3D Fighter Latest iteration of VF5, with a shitload of changes from the previous version. Including 2 characters from VF5R: Taka-Arashi (sumo) and Jean Kujo (karate). Move lists from all characters have been revised thoroughly, so if you played vanilla VF5, expect to learn move properties and frame data again. Also, unlike vanilla VF5 or VF4, the learning curve is not as steep, so newcomers should feel more encouraged to give it a try. However, this is still Virtua Fighter, so learning the game and be somewhat decent at it may take a while. 200px
Wolfenstein 3D FPS A classic FPS. Popularized first person shooters on the PC. Kill Nazis. 200px
X-Men: The Arcade Game Beat 'em Up Remember that old X-Men arcade game where you could have up to SIX people on one arcade cabinet? Well now its on XBLA with an HD uplift. Professor X and Kitty Pryde has been kidnapped! Are you, as one of six X-Men, a bad enough dude to save them? Short and repetitive, but co-op with up to four locally, or six on Live, and it's a blast going through an army of Sentinels, villains, and Mag-fucking-neto, "'MASTER OF MAGNETS"' How do they work?.

Also on the PS3's Playstation Network.

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