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100 best Xbox games of all time

  • 100 best Xbox games of all time

    The Microsoft video game console is currently in its third iteration with the Xbox One and bolsters an impressive library of titles across genres, with iconic series like Halo, Gears of War, Forza Motorsport, and more. But this video game giant wasn’t always a cultural phenomenon—the original Xbox had modest beginnings as it joined veterans Nintendo and Sony in the console wars in 2001, and soon developed a loyal fan base that would carry it to where it is today.

    With nearly two decades of game titles, it’s easy to overlook classics that were released in the early days of the console—like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Splinter Cell, and arcade titles like Mark of the Ninja. which is why here at Stacker, we put together a list of the best titles across all three consoles as rated by Metacritic's Metascore (with any ties broken by user scores). 

    Did your favorite make the cut? Read on to discover the top Xbox games of all time.

  • #100 (tie). The Beatles: Rock Band

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.6
    Release date: September 9, 2009

    The Beatles: Rock Band marked the third major console release of the hit music video game—where players use instrument-shaped controllers to perform iconic songs in concert. The 2009 installment was the first in the series to be solely dedicated to a single band, and allowed players to play more than 45 Beatles songs such as “Let it be” and “Yellow Submarine.”

  • #100 (tie). Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.6

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss is an expansion to the hugely popular dark fantasy RPG franchise, and takes players on a rescue mission in the land of Oolacile. The expansion acts a prequel to the main story and has players take on the role of a new character to defeat Manus.

  • #100 (tie). Left 4 Dead 2

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.6
    Release date: November 17, 200

    Surviving the zombie apocalypse has never been more fun—team up with up to three friends as you traverse through different stages and game modes on a mission to fight the undead. While the game was released in 2009, the mechanics hold up and the online community is still relatively active.

  • #100 (tie). Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.6
    Release date: March 21, 2007

    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was initially released on the original PlayStation in 1997, but received a full port to the Xbox Live Arcade in 2007—featuring new online leaderboards for players to compare scores, and over 200 achievements for players to unlock. While the first Castlevania tasked players with hunting down and battling Dracula, Symphony of the Night put players in control of Dracula’s son on a quest to defeat the protagonist from the last game.

  • #100 (tie). World Series Baseball 2K3

    System: Xbox
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.6
    Release date: March 10, 2003

    World Series Baseball 2K3 was released over a decade ago but still holds up as one of the staples of the original Xbox by putting players in control of their favorite MLB teams. While it seems standard now for sports games to feature replays and highlights, 2K3 was the one the first games to incorporate the feature, along with team customization.

  • #97 (tie). Dead Space

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.7
    Release date: October 13, 2008

    Science fiction horror has never felt so claustrophobic. Take control of Isaac Clarke, an engineer who receives a distress beacon from a passing spaceship. Upon investigating, Isaac explores the seemingly abandoned ship—but is soon under attack by horrific monsters, and must piece together audio logs left by the crew in order to discover what really happened

  • #97 (tie). Dark Souls

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.7
    Release date: October 4, 2011

    Dark Souls rises to the task of challenging gamers and pushing their skills to the limit with notorious difficulty and a treacherous map to explore. The game features stunning visuals of an artistically crafted dark world that plays trek through and discovery story elements as they build their character through action RPG combat.

  • #97 (tie). NBA Street Vol. 2

    System: Xbox
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.7
    Release date: April 28, 2003

    NBA Street Vol. 2 narrows teams down to 3 v. 3 as players choose from 29 NBA teams and perform trick shots and dunks in a high-scoring game of basketball. The game was met with positives reviews from critics who noted the games fun, over-the-top gameplay, as well as the game's tasteful aesthetic complemented by the soundtrack.

  • #95 (tie). The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left

    System: Xbox 360
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.8
    Release date: November 21, 2012

    The Walking Dead: Episode 5 - No Time Left was the last episode of the Telltale Games Walking Dead series (not including downloadable content) and brings a definitive end to characters story. The game has been the recipient of over 80 Game of the Year awards, being praised for its often heart-wrenching storytelling and resemblance to the original comic book art.

  • #95 (tie). NHL 2002

    System: Xbox
    Metascore: 89.0
    User Score: 8.8
    Release date: December 10, 2001

    EA Sports released NHL 2002 as it the first installment of the NHL series released on Xbox. The cover stars Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux. 

     

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