Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Awesome Xbox 360 Games from 2011

The Xbox 360 saw a plethora of grade-A titles for the platform in 2011. Here is the pick of the litter for your 360 gamer!


Metacritic: 81Rage

Average Price: $39.99

Post apocalyptia has seen its fair share of titles over the last few years, but Rage brings a fresh approach to the scenario. This first-person shooter features you as the lone survivor of an Ark, a cryo-pod of sorts meant to preserve society’s elite in the face of disaster.

Rage is a top notch FPS for those who enjoy the genre – but hard drive installers beware: This game comes on three discs. Rage is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Metacritic: 89Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Average Price: $39.99

The storied Deus Ex franchise made a triumphant return this year with Human Revolution. The gamer follows the story of Adam Jensen, a security specialist of Sarif Industries, one of the future world leaders of bio-enhancements.

As Adam, you are thrust into an interwoven plot of disguise, intrigue, and betrayal, and must use your newly acquired abilities to accomplish the greater good. Or, you can do what I did, and punch everybody in the face. Just as fun.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is rated Mature for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Use of Alcohol.

Dirt 3

Metacritic: 87Dirt 3
Average Price: $39.99

Codemasters’ off-road racer takes another spin at the wheel with the 2011 release of Dirt 3. Multiple game modes are included in this edition of the series, including capture the flag and zombies.

Additionally, one of the most well-received additions to this installment of the franchise was the ability to upload clips directly to YouTube from the replay mode. Dirt 3 is rated Teen for Mild Lyrics.

Battlefield 3

Metacritic: 84Battlefield 3

Average Price: $49.99

The boys at EA just won’t quit, and they’re at it again with the latest competitor to the Modern Warfare series, Battlefield 3. This hyper-realistic first-person shooter sets you near the Iraq-Iran border, where players are put into combat against the People’s Liberation and Resistance.

Above jokes aside, Battlefield 3 is a legitimate contender against the Call of Duty series, and arguments between the two generally boil down to personal preference. Battlefield 3 is rated Mature for Blood, Intense Violence, and Strong Language.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Metacritic: 96Skyrim

Average Price: $59.99

Bethesda’s latest masterpiece sets gamers in the realm of Skyrim, a province of Tamriel ravaged by civil war, and terrorized by a newly awakened dragon threat.

Players take the role of Dragonborn, and set out to destroy what was once long gone in this massive action-adventure RPG. Skyrim is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, and Use of Alcohol

FIFA Soccer ’12

Metacritic: 86FIFA 12

Average Price: $44.99

The FIFA franchise has established itself as the world leader in soccer games. The series has a devote fanbase worldwide, and frequently sees online players in the tens of thousands.

This year’s installment saw a drastic overhaul to performance, including three key new changes: the Impact Engine, Tactical Defending, and Precision Dribbling, which have all allowed skilled players to feel more in control of the game.

FIFA ’12 is rated Everyone, and is perfect for gamers of all ages.

Dark Souls

Metacritic: 89Dark Souls

Average Price: $59.99

The old fashioned dungeon explorer hadn’t seen the light of day (ha!) for some time, and Namco Bandai aimed to set that straight. Dark Souls is an action-adventure game that sets players in an open world full of paths to explore and enemies to face.

Gamers be warned: Dark Souls is hard. You will die frequently. This game is not meant for the casual player, but hardcore fans will appreciate the challenge and thrive.

Dark Souls is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Violence, and Partial Nudity.

Gears of War 3

Metacritic: 91Gears of War 3

Average Price: $39.99

The epic conclusion to the Gears of War trilogy takes no prisoners, as Epic games have left everything out on the table. Players take on the role of Marcus Fenix, a COG soldier who is attempting to lead his team on their path to defeating the invading Locust swarm.

In addition to a rich single player campaign, Gears of War 3 continues its multiplayer success by expanding on already existing modes including Horde (survival), and co-op campaign. Gears of War 3 is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. Warning: This game is very graphically bloody and violent. Consumer discretion is advised.

Forza Motorsport 4

Metacritic: 91Forza 4

Average Price: $51.99

One of the most widely acclaimed racing titles of the last few years, Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport 4 continued on the success of the franchise’s previous iteration, including the ability for gamers to import profiles from the previous installment.

Forza has always been known for its beautiful graphics and stunning vehicles, and this edition is no exception. Fans will be pleased to see many returning rides and gametypes, and many will also likely enjoy bonus content tied to the hit British television series Top Gear.

Forza Motorsport 4 is rated Everyone and features limited Kinect compatability.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Metacritic: 82Halo: CEA

Average Price: $37.99

The Halo franchise was thought to be over once Bungie handed off the reigns to 343 industries, but how likely was that, right? Halo: CE Anniversary edition takes gamers back one full decade to experience the glory of the original title in all of its HD remake glory.

Players assume the role of the Master Chief, an elite super-soldier who leads the UNSC troops in battle against the alien race known as the Covenant. Along with campaign remake, players are treated to reskinned versions of classic multiplayer maps available via Halo: Reach multiplayer.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is rated Mature for Blood and Gore, and Violence.

About Alex Larrabee

Everybody still thinks "The cake is a lie" jokes are funny, right?

Posted on December 4, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists, IMHO and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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