The Game Tangents crew recently put together their lists of the top 5 PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console exclusives for their milestone podcast - Episode 50: The Big Five-Oh. After a much heated debate, and a few hurt feelings, the team reconciled enough to settle on the following titles that they consider best represents their exclusive platform. They limited the choices to games that can only be played on either the PS3 or Xbox 360, regardless of publisher. Here, Game Tangents discusses their top 5 choices for Microsoft's Xbox 360 listed in no particular order.
Top 5 Xbox 360 Console Exclusives
Top 5 Xbox 360 Console Exclusives
Forza Motorsport 4
There’s something about Forza; something about the physics of how each car handles, and how you are able to distinguish each model based on those physics. These factors help pull this game ahead of all other racing simulation games. The handling just feels right which is important to a game when driving is its only game mechanic. Turn 10 has modeled their cars in such fine detail that you can see individual stitches when you check them out up-close in the Auto Vista mode, all while Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame talks to you about the car. Wrap this with their Apple Store-like interface, and you've got what is easily the best racing sim of this generation.
Halo 3 was thought to be finishing up the series by this point. Earth was in trouble, and Master Chief was going to finish the fight. After a 3 year gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3, we finally got to see what was going to happen. Bungie ended their Halo trilogy without any cliffhangers and in a fashion that was well-done. We saw some changes with this game; the story went back to focusing primarily on Master Chief, no longer allowing the player to control Arbiter as they did in Halo 2; and Forge got its debut in this game, becoming a great outlet for players who like to create levels. Halo 3 had great cinematics, crazy, all-out gun fights, and a story worth following. It was sad to see this story finally end, but the players' saving grace came out of 343 Industries who took the franchise and showed that Master Chief's story wasn't over yet.
Gears of War 3
This title is the last, great Gears of War game that offered many more improvements over its predecessors with its highly competitive multiplayer, addicting Horde Mode, and conclusion in story. Although the original comes very close for the originality and new mechanics it brought to the table, Gears of War 3 managed to fix almost every issue to be had with multiplayer, as well as bring a satisfying ending to the trilogy. It's still one of the best looking games on the Xbox 360 to date and has a lot to offer for almost any player. For this, Gears of War 3 is rewarded with a spot on our list for Top Xbox 360 Exclusives.
In this sequel to the original Xbox's classic fantasy RPG, players found themselves transported into a larger, more open world to explore and discover; a world within which the player decides whether to be the hero or to perpetrate nefarious acts of mischief. With its elegant and simplified melee and magic control system, along with its more colorful and detailed graphics engine, Fable 2 is considered by many to be the best Fable game of the series, and one of the better exclusives on the Xbox 360.
This game is a vestige of the classic JRPGs of yesteryear which has become somewhat of a lost art in modern times. With its satisfyingly strategic combat system, beautiful graphics, and mature and well written storyline, Lost Odyssey is one of the best Final Fantasy-like games of the current generation without even bearing the Final Fantasy name. And why wouldn't it be? – it was created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the father of the Final Fantasy franchise. It is even more surprising that one of the greatest JRPGs of our time is an Xbox 360 exclusive.