The holidays are upon us once more and that means lists have to be filled out and then checked off. The question arises, “What should you get for that Xbox 360 gamer in your life?” Lucky enough, Game Rant is here to help provide a buyer’s guide as to what games and accessories that that special someone in your life would love to have.
This edition covers the Xbox 360, covering the games and accessories that every Xbox 360 owner on your list will love. Read on for our Holiday Guide with every 360 gamer’s wants and needs, right below!
Loved one not an Xbox 360 gamer? Check back with Game Rant later this week as we put up Holiday Gift Guides for the PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, and mobile gaming!
The Xbox 360 has been around for several holiday seasons, but should you have gone through the years without a 360 of your own then there’s no better time to pick one up. Bundles that combine the 360 with quality games like Alan Wake and Project Gotham Racing, or the brand new Kinect are cheaper than ever before.
250GB Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle
The Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle caters a little more to the hardcore than the others, and includes much more than the standard offerings found in the basic packages. For the exact same price as the normal non-holiday bundle gamers get a sleek whisper-quiet Xbox 360 system, a built-in 250GB hard drive, built-in wifi, a controller, a headset, and two games. The games included are the popular Microsoft pack-in Forza Motorsport 3 and a download code for the newly released action-thriller Alan Wake. This is one of the better deals in recent memory and any gamer will be more than ecstatic unwrapping this stellar package.
Kinect Xbox 360 Bundle
Price: $299 – $399
The Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle comes in two hard drive sizes – 4GB and 250GB. The 250GB bundle is the better deal if you plan on using the Xbox 360 for something other than Kinect games, because game dowloads, patches and installs will fill up 4GB very quickly. Then, if you decide to get a hard drive later on it’s going to end up costing you more than the additional $100. The bundle comes with the latest edition of the Xbox 360 S, but also includes Microsoft’s latest gaming innovation — the Kinect. That’s not all though, as you’ll also receive Kinect Adventures absolutely free. It’s a decent deal and it’s certainly a gift that everyone in your family will enjoy.
Sorting through the essential must-own games of 2010 is a difficult task for any holiday shopper, but that’s why Game Rant is here! Here’s a list of the best games of 2010 that any Xbox 360 owner would be happy to own.
Bungie’s last Halo game was certainly one that got people talking. The story is well-considered and the multiplayer is chaotic and very enjoyable. The game has a ton of multiplayer options that will ensure that you and your friends will be playing this title for months, if not years, to come. The game also saw some recent DLC, titled the Noble Map Pack, which only adds even more entertainment to the title. If you own an Xbox 360 then Halo: Reach is a must own.
Alan Wake is a thriller that features a writer of the same name. He heads to Bright Falls to get away from the world so he can focus on completing his novel. Brightness Falls doesn’t stay very bright for long, however, and Alan’s wife goes missing. The town is now surrounded by darkness and it’s up to Alan and his handy dandy flashlight to find out what’s happening in this town and to find his wife before darkness consumes the town and him.
Head back to the kingdom of Albion for a third time Fable 3. The third Fable game in the always enjoyable series, straight from Peter Molyneux and his band of merry man at Lion Head Studios, is an enjoyable one to say the least. As the child of the hero from Fable 2, you must ascend to the throne by gathering supporters. This is done by completing tasks that are given to you throughout your journey. You can go through the game being as evil or kind-hearted as you wish and your followers will treat you accordingly depending on which way you decide to act. Will you rule your kingdom with an iron fist or spread wealth and prosperity among the populous?
Check out our review of Fable 3.
Mass Effect 2
Sure, Mass Effect 2 came out of the beginning of this year and it may be considered a little old by some, but you’d be in the wrong to overlook the title just because it has had a few extra months of shelf time compared to the other games on our list. This game returns you to the boots of Commander Shepard once more as he or she is put on a mission to find out what is abducting entire human colonies. Shepard must work with Cerberus and put together a squad of the best the universe has to offer to find out who or what is behind these abductions and put a stop to it.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Ubisoft’s latest extension of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, is easily the best one yet. The game’s main story re-introduces the player tp the assassin from Assassin’s Creed 2. Ezio is attacked by the Templars and he once again loses everything he holds dear to him, but he’s not alone. Ezio must get a group of other highly lethal assassins together to strike back at the Templar Order. After you’ve managed to get through the lengthy campaign you can head online and play some multiplayer with your friends. This is the first time an Assassin’s Creed has brought multiplayer to your home console and it’s a gargantuan amount of fun.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
The annual blockbuster franchise has returned again with Call of Duty: Black Ops. This year it’s World at War developer Treyarch’s turn at bat and they’ve hit another home run. Black Ops offers an interesting story, which isn’t common for the series, and the same multiplayer that everyone loves with some added tweaks. There are also wager matches that will allow you to put in-game money you earn on the line in an attempt to win back even more. Zombie mode also makes its triumphant return which many fans will obviously be happy with.
Red Dead Redemption
Rockstar, the creators of infamous series such as Grand Theft Auto and… Rockstar Table Tennis have created yet another runaway hit called Red Dead Redemption. Players go back in time to the days of the wild west and land firmly in the cattle hyde boots of John Marston. The ex-gang member will be forgiven for all of his crimes if he is able to track down all of his old friends and either capture or kill them. The government has both his wife and son in their custody and John won’t be able to see them until he’s completed his missions. Steal horses or tie women to rail road tracks, the West is yours in this open-world cowboy game.
Rock Band 3
Ever wanted to rock out on stage, but never took the initiative to actually learn how to play a real instrument? If you answered yes, then you’re going to love Rock Band 3. You and up to three of your friends can take control of drums, bass, guitar, microphone, and now keyboard in Harmonix’s latest music game. Rock Band 3 does require special instrument shaped controllers to play, but odds are you might have a couple laying around somewhere. If you don’t then they are relatively inexpensive, so quit reading this list and go rock out to the massive library of songs from artists like John Lennon, Deep Purple, The Police, Def Leppard, Slipknot, and many, many more.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
It’s baaack. Need for Speed has finally returned in the form of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and it feels like it’s been a long time coming. This critically acclaimed racing game allows players to go through careers as both racer and police officer. Each challenge you complete is sent to a global leaderboard where you can compare your time to your friends’, and a little friendly rivalry is never a bad thing. Connect with friends and race online or play dirty and total their car in some wonderfully diverse locations ranging from deserts and beaches to forests and mountains. It’s your city so race the way you want.
While you’re looking at our fabulous guide you should hop on over to the next page and see our favorite titles available on Kinect and Xbox Live Arcade.