Top Xbox 360 Games of 2014

In the first full year during which the Xbox 360 had to play second fiddle to a new generation of home consoles there was always going to be a drop in enthusiasm around the platform. However, that doesn't mean 360 gamers had nothing to play.

In fact the Xbox 360 actually boasts a host of titles which didn't make it to the next generation systems, including some of the year's best games. We're talking about Bandai Namco's wonderful Dark Souls 2 and Ubisoft's South Park: The Stick of Truth, both of which are only available on last gen hardware.

Other titles too made clinging onto the older console worthwhile. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 didn't repeat the success of the original, but did offer a next-gen like spectacle. Elsewhere Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, GRID Autosport, World of Tanks and Ultra Street Fighter IV couldn't be found on next-gen platforms.

Even in the busy holiday season you'll find a few old-gen exclusives, such as Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Take-Two's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Codemasters' F1 2014.

Sadly for Xbox 360 owners, 2015 doesn't look likely to produce as many must-have titles, emphasising the need to make the jump to a new generation system.

  • 30.

    Destiny Review

    Destiny

    Flawed, yes. Fun? Certainly. A total failure? Not really. For a game of such broad ambition, of literally planetary scale, Destiny... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 29.

    FIFA 15 Review

    FIFA 15

    There's a sublime game of football in here, but overpowered goalkeepers and a lack of innovation sour the experience. FIFA 15 can play a great game of football. The players and pitch look better... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 28.

    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Review

    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

    A confident reinvention, despite the obviously low budget. Playing at home in Selhurst, down the road from where Conan Doyle once... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 27.

    Skylanders: Trap Team Review

    Skylanders: Trap Team

    Activision's toys-to-life series is still wonderfully entertaining, but Trap Team's relentless encouragement to buy new toys can be draining on your enthusiasm – and your wallet. As much as I try and tell myself otherwise, it is a kids game, and if you're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Assassin's Creed: Rogue Review

    Assassin's Creed: Rogue

    Being more of an epilogue than a sequel, Rogue falls short of delivering a full-fat experience. Generalisations incoming: It seems that there are two types of Assassin's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 25.

    Titanfall Review

    Titanfall

    A very good first instalment, but the best is yet to come. An evolution of the core Call of Duty concepts rather than a revolution for... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 24.

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Review

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

    Fission Mailed? A superb introduction to Metal Gear Solid 5's world and systems, Ground... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 23.

    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review

    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut

    Oh winged death, how we’ve missed you... "Take out those turrets!" I swoop toward the underside of the enemy carrier... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 22.

    EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Review

    EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    An enjoyable stopgap which bodes well for the series’ future. EA's international tournament entries are often treated as fun, if... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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  • 21.

    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King Review

    Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King

    A great amount of content, if a little unbalanced and with a high entry barrier. Crown of the Sunken King fits right into Dark Souls 2: it's infuriating,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Madden NFL 15 Review

    Madden NFL 15

    Madden NFL 15 is an excellent return to form for the series - an essential purchase for longstanding fans and a great starting point for players looking to jump on board. Madden NFL 15 feels like a reboot for the series. Defence, which previously... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 19.

    Forza Horizon 2 Review

    Forza Horizon 2

    There are few other racing games that can boast such impressive fundamentals as Forza Horizon 2, and certainly not very many with a world like this wrapped around them. Far more worthy of the subtitle "The Real Driving Simulator" than Gran... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 18.

    The Evil Within Review

    The Evil Within

    A Mikami megamix of sorts that doesn't hit the heights of the director's previous work, but is enjoyable all the same. Note: the embargo for media that received The Evil Within from Bethesda is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 17.

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    Does exactly what a Borderlands game should: offer great shooting and fun looting, and the introduction of moon-based combat has added some spice to general gameplay. It would be very easy to dismiss The Pre-Sequel. It is, after all, a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 16.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Mixing futuristic tech with established fundamentals, Sledgehammer has created the first truly impressive Call of Duty in years. Note: This week Activision held a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 15.

    PES 2015 Review

    PES 2015

    A superb football game held back by a frustrating flaw in its passing game, this is the best football title on new-gen. But it could have been the best of all-time. PES 2015, like Gazza in Euro 96, is inches away from greatness. That... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 14.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    Dragon Age: Inquisition

    A worthy addition to the Dragon Age series, but it takes some time to prove it. Dragon Age: Inquisition had me worried. As soon as the prologue wrapped up... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 13.

    Far Cry 4 Review

    Far Cry 4

    Evolution rather than revolution, and better for it, Far Cry 4 is the best the series has to offer. A Far Cry 3: Brotherhood of sorts, the latest Open World Ubisoft Game (this... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 12.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 11.

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster. I stuck my middle finger up at my TV within five minutes of playing Geometry... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 10.

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided Review

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided

    A superior episode, and one that bodes well for the rest of the season. You'll be especially thankful for the "Previously on..." introduction in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 9.

    Trials Fusion Review

    Trials Fusion

    A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx’s creation is a wonderful thing. The Trials series increasingly faces a common creative challenge. Just how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 8.

    Child of Light Review

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 7.

    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way Review

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3: In Harm's Way

    Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you’ll go to escape. It's unsettling to look back at the choices I've made throughout my time in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 6.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition Review

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

    The best (console) version of Diablo 3 money can buy. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition brings a welcome list of new features,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back Review

    The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back

    Episode five, thankfully, gives you the room to decide where Clementine ends up and suggests that your decisions are going to have a permanent effect on her future. In my mind, this second season of The Walking Dead is all about figuring out... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 4.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    A triumph of emergent gameplay, slightly let down by a heavily scripted ending. Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 3.

    Alien: Isolation Review

    Alien: Isolation

    CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years. A masterwork of atmosphere and environmental design, Alien: Isolation may be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Dark Souls 2 Review

    Dark Souls 2

    A refined, slicker version of one of the greatest video games ever made. Dark Souls. That's the really hard one, right? Sure, but the difficulty is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360