Game Releases by Score

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 1.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Platform: Xbox 360
November 10, 2009
Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse. An entirely new gameplay mode which supports 2-player co-operative play online that is unique from the single player story campaign. Special Ops pits players into a gauntlet of time-trial and objective-based missions. Rank-up as players unlock new Special Ops missions, each more difficult. Missions include highlights from the single player campaign, fan favorites from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and all new, exclusive missions. Setting a new bar for online multiplayer, Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer delivers new capabilities, customization, gamestates and modes, including: Create-a-Class Evolved. Secondary Weapons - Machine Pistols, Shotguns, Handguns, Launchers. Riot Shields. Equipment - Throwing Knives, Blast Shield, Tactical Insertion. Perk Upgrades. Bling (Dual Attachments). Customizable Killstreaks - AC130, Sentry Gun, Predator Missile, Counter-UAV, Care Package. Accolades (Post match reports). [Activision]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
6.5
Street Fighter IV 2.

Street Fighter IV

Platform: Xbox 360
February 17, 2009
Street Fighter IV features a mix of returning favourites such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile along with new characters created exclusively for this game such as Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus. Characters and environments are rendered in high definition 3D, while the game is played in the classic Street Fighter 2D perspective with additional 3D camera flourishes. Six-button controls for the game return, with a host of new special moves and features integrated into the input system. Street Fighter IV also incorporates state of the art online match making and worldwide online gameplay. Mixing classic genre-defining game mechanics the franchise is known and loved for with all-new, never-before-seen gameplay systems, Street Fighter IV brings a brand new fighting game to fans the world over. With the inclusion of Capcom's latest advancements in new generation technology, Street Fighter IV promises to deliver an extraordinary experience that will re-introduce the world to the time-honoured art of virtual martial arts. New special moves that go beyond any Street Fighter fan's wildest imagination, including Focus attacks, Super Combos, and the revenged-fueled Ultra Combo system. Classic Street Fighter characters recreated for a new generation of gamers, including the original cast of Street Fighter II. New brawlers: female super-spy Crimson Viper, lucha libre wrestler El Fuerte, mixed martial artist Abel and more. New gameplay elements provide new challenges for both newcomers and the most seasoned Street Fighter pro. Online gameplay features, including instantaneous online challenges, versus mode, tournament mode, and world wide online gameplay. [Capcom]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.3
Forza Motorsport 3 3.

Forza Motorsport 3

Platform: Xbox 360
October 27, 2009
Whether it's an exotic sports car like the new Audi R8 V10, a classic American muscle car such as the Ford GT, or a hot Asian import such as the Nissan 370Z, everyone has a dream car. The game makes it possible for everyone to experience the thrill of owning the world's most exotic and exquisite cars. Live the most realistic racing experience ever as you take the wheel of more than 400 of the most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road courses from around the globe. With breathtaking HD graphics and the most advanced vehicle performance modeling in a video game, Forza Motorsport 3 includes a host of driving assists and adjustable skill levels to make the game a gripping pick-up-and-play experience for audiences of all ages and skill levels. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.1
Batman: Arkham Asylum 4.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Platform: Xbox 360
August 25, 2009
In Batman: Arkham Asylum, the player assumes the role of Batman as he delivers The Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the imprisoned super-villains have set a trap and an immersive combat gaming experience unfolds. With an original script penned by Emmy Award-winning Batman writer Paul Dini, the game brings the universe of DC Comics' detective to life with stunning graphics. Batman: Arkham Asylum offers players the chance to battle Gotham's worst villains with Batman's physical and psychological strength in a graphically distinct and story-driven game. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.7
Assassin's Creed II 5.

Assassin's Creed II

Platform: Xbox 360
November 17, 2009
Assassin's Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin's Creed brand. In a vast open world environment, the game invites players to incarnate Ezio, a privileged young noble in Renaissance Italy who's been betrayed by the rival ruling families of Italy. Ezio's subsequent quest for vengeance plunges players into an epic story that offers more variety in missions, surprising and engaging new gameplay elements, diverse weapons and a profound character progression that appeal to fans of the original Assassin's Creed as well as entice players new to the brand. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.8
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned 6.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Platform: Xbox 360
February 17, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Johnny is a veteran member of The Lost, a notorious biker gang. Johnny has been creating business opportunities for The Lost in Liberty City, but his first loyalty must be to the patch he wears on his back and to Billy Grey, the club's President. However, when Billy returns from rehab hell-bent on bloodshed and debauchery, Johnny finds himself in the middle of a vicious turf war with rival gangs for control of a city torn apart by violence and corruption. Can the brotherhood survive? Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character, Johnny Klebitz, and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music - all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto. All-new missions and a new storyline that interweaves with the original story arc of Grand Theft Auto IV. Play as Johnny, a member of The Lost Motorcycle Club. Experience Liberty City now with the perspective and lifestyle of a member of a biker gang. Added range of weapons - including the all-new grenade launcher and sawed-off shotgun. New weapons will be available for use in single-player and in all new multiplayer modes. New vehicles - featuring a collection of bikes that include Johnny's own customized heavy-duty chopper. New and improved bike handling and physics. Set of new action-packed multiplayer modes - details coming soon. All-new in-game TV, internet and radio content featuring new radio shows and original music. Plus new side-missions and Xbox 360 Achievement. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.0
FIFA Soccer 10 7.

FIFA Soccer 10

Platform: Xbox 360
October 20, 2009
On the pitch, critical gameplay fundamentals have been enhanced to ensure that FIFA Soccer 10 mirrors real-world soccer, providing more sophisticated ball control, and physical interaction between players. In addition, players now move, behave and position themselves more realistically. On attack, players analyze space more effectively, curve their runs in an attempt to stay onside, create passing lanes naturally, and drive for more variety in attacking options. On defense, new concepts like position priority enable defenders to multitask so dangerous spaces left open by teammates out of position are covered. Plus, slide tackle targeting, press marking, and better-urgency clearance logic provide new options that make defending a tactical skill in FIFA Soccer 10. In goal, a myriad of improvements and refinements to goalkeeper intelligence result in a more responsive and powerful rushing system and ultra-realistic saves. Better balance on lofted through balls, improved goalkeeper intelligence, more realistic shooting mechanics with less shots hitting the goal posts, a practice arena to perfect skills, and a more immersive soccer experience through continuous play and quick free kicks are just a few of the issues raised by fans and addressed in FIFA Soccer 10. Three new innovations revealed today at E3 have been developed to change the player control experience in FIFA Soccer 10. The first-ever true 360 degree dribbling system gives players finer control of the ball, enabling them to find spaces between defenders that previously were not possible. Using an all-new animation technology, skilled dribblers now have the ability to face the defender and use highly responsive lateral dribbling to skip past him. An innovative concept called Freedom in Physical Play enables players to perform wider dribble touches and new collision sharing creates a varied, less predictable, and extended fight for possession between the dribbler and a defender. FIFA Soccer 10 also features a deeper iteration of the ever-popular Manager Mode with more than 50 major improvements, including new match realism, realistic player transfers based on multiple decision points, and true-to-life player growth curves. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.4
Left 4 Dead 2 8.

Left 4 Dead 2

Platform: Xbox 360
November 17, 2009
Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead. This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns. Play as one of four new survivors armed with a wide and devastating array of classic and upgraded weapons. In addition to firearms, you'll also get a chance to take out some aggression on infected with a variety of carnage-creating melee weapons, from chainsaws to axes and even the deadly frying pan. You'll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected. You’ll also encounter five new "uncommon" common infected, including the terrifying Mudmen. Helping to take L4D's frantic, action-packed gameplay to the next level is AI Director 2.0. This improved Director has the ability to procedurally change the weather you’ll fight through and the pathways you'll take, in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match your performance. L4D2 promises a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience every time the game is played, custom-fitted to your style of play. [Valve]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 9.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Platform: Xbox 360
October 29, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Grand Theft Auto IV's second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
The Beatles: Rock Band 10.

The Beatles: Rock Band

Platform: Xbox 360
September 9, 2009
The game represents the first time fans will be able to experience The Beatles’ musical career for themselves. From the early touring days in 1963 Liverpool to the immortal, final performance on the Apple Corps rooftop, fans can follow in the band’s footsteps as they traverse the globe during the height of Beatlemania. Adding to the experience is the introduction of three-part vocal harmonies to game play, allowing gamers to revel in the unparalleled vocal stylings of the Fab Four. Beatles fans will also be thrilled to hear previously unreleased authentic voice recordings from John, Paul, George and Ringo chatting between takes during studio sessions recorded at Abbey Road more than four decades ago. The game begins during the band's earliest days at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Gamers then travel across the Atlantic to experience the band's unforgettable 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the sold-out concert at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965, and conclude at The Beatles’ memorable concert at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. The Beatles' studio years come to life in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. Highlighting the studio years are inspired artistic visual expressions known as Dreamscapes, intended to transport players to imaginative environments that capture the essence of The Beatles’ genre-busting musical and fashion transformations during their later years. The game follows The Beatles to 1969 where story mode culminates with their final performance on the rooftop of the Apple Corps Headquarters. The Beatles: Rock Band offers a new set of hardware representing the instruments made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Featured in the set are the Rickenbacker 325 and Gretsch Duo Jet guitars - hailed as two of the celebrated, signature instruments played by John Lennon and George Harrison throughout their careers. Also included is a Höfner bass controller - a large-scale version of the bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney. Rounding out the set is a Ringo Starr inspired, Ludwig-branded Rock Band 2 drum set with a classic pearl finish and vintage remake of a Beatles kick drum head. [MTV Games]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Peggle 11.

Peggle

Platform: Xbox 360
March 11, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Experience the ball-bouncing, peg-busting phenomenon sweeping the globe, now on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Do you have what it takes to become a Peggle master? Conquer dozens of levels with 10 different characters, each with a unique special power. Face off against two to four friends in multiplayer play over Xbox LIVE, and test your skills with the Grand Master Challenges. Take your best shot. Game modes: Enjoy multiple game modes like Adventure and Quick Play. Multiple challenges: Play through more than 55 levels and 75 challenges, using 10 Peggle Masters with unique abilities. Multiplayer: Join with friends for 2-4 way multiplayer over Xbox LIVE plus local multiplayer, co-op, and party game modes. [PopCap Games]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.8
Shadow Complex 12.

Shadow Complex

Platform: Xbox 360
August 19, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] From blockbuster developers Epic Games and Chair Entertainment comes the next evolution in Xbox LIVE Arcade games. Powered by the industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, Shadow Complex is the height of old-school side-scrolling design combined with modern, cutting-edge gameplay. In Shadow Complex, gameplay is centered on exploration and fast-paced combat as you gather game-altering power-ups and an arsenal of futuristic weapons to overcome obstacles, thwart legions of enemies, and delve into a mysterious open game world. The original single-player adventure is set in a compelling universe based upon the best-selling novel, Empire, by Orson Scott Card. This completely original game features full 3-D side-scrolling action. The incredible next-gen graphics and robust physics combine with an open, evolving world design mixed with an awesome, compelling action-thriller story. Seek out 17 unique game altering power-ups, with more than 100 additional items and modifiers to discover and use. Fight against a large variety of enemies and experience massive, jaw-dropping boss battles. Pick up and play: The super-tight controls are simple and intuitive but also allow advanced players additional depth and precision. Noted scriptwriter: Shadow Complex features a script written by Peter David, one of the most popular comic book writers of all time. It's the first game to be set in Chair's Empire universe and based upon the best-selling novel by Orson Scott Card. [Chair Entertainment]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
NHL 10 13.

NHL 10

Platform: Xbox 360
September 15, 2009
The NHL franchise that has won 19 sports game of the year awards over the past two years begins a new era with gameplay innovations that promise to deliver a new standard of toughness, the emotion of playoff hockey on the ice and in the arena, and over 200 gameplay refinements that replicate the skill and finesse that every fan sees throughout the NHL playoffs. A new first-person fighting engine enables players to trade punches with an NHL tough guy. Feel what its like to be on the ice in the skates of an NHL player to throw and dodge punches. Grab and tug an opponent's jersey to land a punch that ignites the fans and sparks your team to victory. Challenge a skill player and an opposing team tough guy will step in to settle the score. On ice toughness and intimidation is taken to a new level in NHL 10 where winning one-on-one battles for possession of the puck along the boards becomes a test of will and skill. Utilizing an all-new board physics engine, players can use their body to shield the puck on the boards and then kick-pass it to teammates. Bigger, stronger players pin opponents to the boards while fanatical fans bang on the glass, just like real life. Fore-check defenders, pressure the puck and finish checks to intimidate your opponent into mistakes. Players fatigue, bobble passes, and avoid collisions under threat of constant physical pressure. Inspire teammates, ignite the fans and change the momentum of a game by instigating scrums, drawing penalties, and mixing it up - all after the referee blows the whistle! [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition 14.

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Platform: Xbox 360
July 15, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Pirates! Adventure! Monkeys! Relive the hilarious swashbuckling misadventures of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he attempts to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean! Back by popular demand, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition faithfully re-imagines the internationally-acclaimed classic pirate adventure game from LucasArts in gorgeous HD detail. Featuring an all new re-imagined contemporary art style, hand-drawn and presented in 1080p, complete voice over by members of the original Monkey Island - franchise cast, a re-mastered musical score using live instruments, plus scene-for scene-hot swap to seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime. Embark on a bumbling misadventure in an attempt to become the most infamous pirate in the Caribbean, win the heart of the beautiful governor, Elaine Marley, and confront the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck! The game is all-new and re-imagined with a contemporary art style, hand-drawn and presented in 1080p. Complete voice over using original Monkey Island franchise cast members brings the story and characters to life like never before. Enjoy the re-mastered and re-recorded musical score using live instruments. Scene-for-scene hot swap lets you seamlessly transition between Special Edition and Classic modes at anytime during gameplay. The all-new intuitive game interface and controls provide a more interactive gameplay experience. Hint system: Not sure what to do next? The in-game puzzle hint system keeps the puzzles fresh and fun. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Fight Night Round 4 15.

Fight Night Round 4

Platform: Xbox 360
June 23, 2009
Featuring a re-written gameplay engine, EA Sports Fight Night Round 4 adds a variety of fighting styles and boxer differentiation to authentically emulate the greatest fighters of all time. Pressure your opponent with the brawling inside style of young Mike Tyson, bobbing and weaving to set up powerful hooks and uppercuts. Capitalize on Muhammad Ali's reach, hand speed and fleetness of foot to bewilder your opponent with lightning fast jabs and straights from the outside. For the first time, EA Sports Fight Night Round 4 gives you the opportunity to pit these legendary heavyweights against one another and name a true champ. No fight will be the same with an all-new physics-based animation system that recreates the full spectrum of true-to-life punch impacts, giving boxers a devastating arsenal of punches, blocks and ring movement. The new physics system allows for missed punches, glancing punches, knockout blows and for the first time ever, rough and tumble inside fighting. Fatigue, adrenaline, footwork and timing all come into play as you hammer away at your opponents. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
DiRT 2 16.

DiRT 2

Platform: Xbox 360
September 8, 2009
(Also known as "Colin McRae: DiRT 2" in the UK/EU) DiRT 2 takes racing games to a new level with thrilling new race types, striking locations, big event atmosphere, and a peerless line-up of super-charged speed machines, each selected to deliver spectacular, fast-paced racing. Taking players on an exhilarating World Tour, DiRT 2 delivers over 100 stunning events, including aggressive, multi-vehicle races and intense solo challenges, set in the most diverse and demanding real-world environments. From the muddy tracks of the Malaysian rainforest to spectator-packed stadiums in London and Los Angeles, racers compete in contemporary off-road race disciplines covering Rallycross, Trailblazer, Raid, Landrush, and Rally. Embracing the culture and new heroes of modern off-road racing, DiRT 2 features an exciting line-up of the best new rally drivers - including the multi medal-winning Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block alongside Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, and Tanner Faust, who help players build their racing career. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 17.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

Platform: Xbox 360
June 30, 2009
In the 13th hierarchical city, Kagutsuchi, the Librarium regulates the amazing power of Armagus, a fusion of magic and technology. Currently they are after a wanted criminal named Ragna The Bloodedge, also known as Death, who wants to destroy the Librarium. Due to Ragna possessing a powerful form of Armagus known as the Azure Grimoire, people far and wide are after not only his bounty, but his grimoire as well. This is where our story begins. BlazBlue Key Features: The first hi-res 2D fighter from the creators of the Guilty Gear series! Experience the beauty of high-resoluti on, hand-drawn sprites on 3D backgrounds, all in glorious high-definition. Online Battle Action. Get ready to take the action online and battle the best players from all over the world! Console Exclusive Modes. BlazBlue features the following console-only modes: Arcade, Vs, Practice, and a completely fleshed-out Story Mode that tells the tales of each character. Over 10 unique combatants to choose from! Choose a character that represents your own fighting style, like the lightning-fast Taokaka or the wickedly powerful Tager. Drive your way to victory! Use the unique "Drive Attacks" specific to each character to decimate your opponent. Depending on the character, control the elements like wind and ice, or even absorb the life force from your opponents. A plethora of offensive and defensive options at your disposal! Take advantage of Barriers, Counter Assaults, Rapid Cancels, and Distortion Drives to turn the tide of battle! [Akys Games]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Dragon Age: Origins 18.

Dragon Age: Origins

Platform: Xbox 360
November 3, 2009
As the spiritual successor to BioWare's "Baldur's Gate", one of the most successful role-playing games in the industry, Dragon Age: Origins represents BioWare's return to its roots, delivering a fusion of the best elements of existing fantasy works with stunning visuals, emotionally-driven narrative, heart-pounding combat, powerful magic abilities and credible digital actors. The spirit of classic RPGs comes of age, as Dragon Age: Origins features a dark and mature story and gameplay. Epic Party-Based Combat – Dragon Age: Origins introduces an innovative, scalable combat system, as players face large-scale battles and use their party’s special abilities to destroy hoardes of enemies and massive creatures. Powerful Magic – Raining down awesome destruction on enemies is even more compelling as players apply "spell combos," a way of combining together different spells to create emergent unique effects. Players develop their characters and gain powerful special abilities (spells, talents and skills) and discover ever-increasing weapons of destruction. With its emotionally compelling story, players choose with whom they wish to forge alliances or crush under their mighty fist, redefining the world with the choices they make and how they wield their power. Players select and play a unique prelude that provides the lens through which the player sees the world and how the world sees the player. The player's choice of Origin determines who they are and where they begin the adventure, as they play through a customized story opening that profoundly impacts the course of every adventure. [BioWare]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
Trials HD 19.

Trials HD

Platform: Xbox 360
August 12, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Trials HD is a full-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing game with over 50 tracks in two unique game modes. Race Mode emphasizes balance, skill, and control as you tackle indoor obstacle tracks. Skill Mode features extreme stunt tracks in which explosions, crashes, and injuries cannot be avoided. A level editor enables players to create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks. The game features stunning full HD graphics, rider customization, unlockable bikes, global rankings, all new in-game friend scores, and many other fun features. Can you handle the bruises and broken bones - and take part in a truly unique racing experience? [Microsoft]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Madden NFL 10 20.

Madden NFL 10

Platform: Xbox 360
August 14, 2009
Experience first-hand what it's like to Fight for Every Yard in Madden NFL 10. With the all-new Pro-Tak animation technology, players have more control over the outcome of each play. Whether driving a receiver towards the first down, or battling for a fumble at the bottom of a pile, the play won't end until the whistle blows. Add to that the most immersive broadcast presentation and online innovation to date, and Madden NFL 10 captures the authenticity and emotion of the NFL like never before. Pro-Taks's all new animation technology provides unprecedented control over the outcome of every play. Drag defenders towards the first down marker, including up to 9-man gang tackles, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and evade the rush with all-new quarterback avoidance actions. Enhanced play at the line of scrimmage features a new blocking system that allows the quarterback to step into the pocket and gives the defensive line more control over the rush. Authenticity - Referees peeling players off a fumble pile, the chain gang rushing in to measure for a key first down, and all-new player equipment ensure that if you see it on Sunday, you’ll see it in Madden NFL 10. Fight for Online Dominance - Delivering the most comprehensive online offerings in franchise history, Madden NFL 10 includes new modes to satisfy the competitive and cooperative football gamer. New TV broadcast-style presentation and cinematic cameras bring the suspense and intensity of the NFL to your living room. Enhanced Franchise Mode - Run each aspect of an NFL franchise: draft players, sign free agents, manage the salary cap - just like a real GM. Enjoy all of the action throughout the league via a new, network inspired highlight show. The most customizable version of Madden NFL to date. Alter gameplay options to adjust the experience to your liking. A revamped play calling system and menu takes you to kickoff faster than ever before. Speed up online matches with accelerated clocks, streamlined presentation and more. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.1
Guitar Hero 5 21.

Guitar Hero 5

Platform: Xbox 360
September 1, 2009
For the first time ever, players can customize the make-up of their band by rocking with any combination of instruments in-game: whether it be two guitars and two drums, or three guitars and a microphone, any combination is possible, allowing players to experience music their own way. Brand new, innovative, easy-to-use gameplay modes like Party Play and RockFest put fun, competition and control at center stage as fans tailor the Guitar Hero experience to match their personal style and interests. For extended hours of entertainment, downloadable content from Guitar Hero World Tour is compatible with the game and can automatically be updated to include all of the upgrades and enhancements of Guitar Hero 5. Guitar Hero 5 features the strongest, most varied set list to-date comprised of master tracks from 85 of the hottest bands of today and the biggest classic acts including; Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, plus more than 25 artists from a variety of music genres that are making their music video game debut. Among the first-time-ever features of Guitar Hero 5 are: Party Play, where players can jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly; RockFest, a comprehensive competitive experience available featuring five new head-to-head modes playable online or in your living room; and the ability to play the entire set-list from the first time the game is turned on. Guitar Hero 5 refines the player experience, enhances the art style and redesigns core features such as GHMusic StudioSM, making it the most accessible, fun-to-play and authentic experience for seasoned music gamers as well as first-time players. New innovations such as Band Moments, where bands are rewarded for hitting special note streams together and song challenges where gamers are tasked to play through a song a specific way, add a new competitive layer of excitement and accomplishment to the music rhythm genre. [Activision]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
6.9
Red Faction: Guerrilla 22.

Red Faction: Guerrilla

Platform: Xbox 360
June 2, 2009
Red Faction: Guerrilla is a 3rd person, open-world action shooter set on Mars, 50 years after the events of the original Red Faction. Players assume the role of an insurgent fighter with the newly re-established Red Faction movement as they battle for liberation from the oppressive Earth Defense Force. Throughout their fight for freedom, players carve their own path, wreaking havoc across the vast, open-world environment of Mars, from the desolate mining outpost of Parker to the gleaming EDF capital city of Eos. Utilizing improvised weapons, explosives and re-purposed mining equipment and vehicles, Red Faction: Guerrilla allows players to tear through fully destructible environments in an unforgiving Martian landscape swarming with EDF forces, Red Faction resistance fighters, and the downtrodden settlers caught in the cross-fire. Red Faction: Guerrilla also features a robust multiplayer component, including several modes focused on destruction-based gameplay. [THQ]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
'Splosion Man 23.

'Splosion Man

Platform: Xbox 360
July 22, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden. For what emerged was not a man - it was Splosion Man. "And all who saw him were 'sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat." Able to 'splode himself at will, Splosion Man launches his way through levels, an uncontainable force. From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award-winning The Maw, comes a single- or co-op multiplayer experience that 'splodes like no other. Play through 50 single-player levels split into three environmentally different chapters as Splosion Man escapes the underground Big Science Labs where he was created. Multiplayer action: Jump into 50 multiplayer levels supporting up to four player co-op split into three different chapters. Bonuses: Get free unlockable premium dashboard theme, gamerpics, and Avatar accessories. Visual style: The personality and humor shine through in film-like cinematics and hundreds of in-game animations. Vivid and colorful graphics advance character animation and emotion. Hours of fun: Splosion Man is a retail game's amount of content that can be downloaded from the comfort of your own living room. Musical talent: The original music score is from award-winning composers Joshua R. Mosley (single-player levels) and John DeBorde (multiplayer levels). [Twisted Pixel]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
Guitar Hero: Metallica 24.

Guitar Hero: Metallica

Platform: Xbox 360
March 29, 2009
Guitar Hero: Metallica takes music fans through the band’s fabled library of songs, plus the music and musicians who influence them. When the house lights go down, virtual rock stars across the globe will shred, drum and wail to an explosive set list featuring over 45 tracks from Metallica’s illustrious career and a wide variety of other legendary artists personally selected by the band, such as Queen, Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer and Judas Priest. Featuring tracks from every Metallica studio album, the complete Guitar Hero Metallica on-disc set list includes their following hits: All Nightmare Long, Battery, Creeping Death, Disposable Heroes, Dyers Eve, Enter Sandman, Fade To Black, Fight Fire With Fire, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Frantic, Fuel, Hit The Lights, King Nothing, Master of Puppets, Mercyful Fate, No Leaf Clover, Nothing Else Matters, One, Orion, Sad But True, Seek And Destroy, The Memory Remains, The Shortest Straw, The Thing That Should Not Be, The Unforgiven, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Wherever I May Roam, and Whiplash. Complementing Metallica’s intensity are 21 rockin’ tracks personally chosen by the band, including "War Ensemble" by Slayer. [Activision]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Worms 2: Armageddon 25.

Worms 2: Armageddon

Platform: Xbox 360
July 1, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Ten years on from Worms Armageddon and the turn-based mayhem and destruction continues! Worms 2: Armageddon is the most fully-featured digital version of the game ever. With four player online and offline multiplayer, voice support, a raft of new weapons (including the return of some iconic weapons from the past), all-new high-definition landscape themes, new play modes, hats, skins, speech-banks, loads of other customization and to top it all off, a highly-involving single player experience with tutorials, deathmatches, races, fort games, and puzzles. It's a package as high on fun as it is destruction. [Team17 Software]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
DJ Hero 26.

DJ Hero

Platform: Xbox 360
October 27, 2009
DJ Hero drops the needle with a completely fresh experience and legendary artists including Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Justice, Marvin Gaye, Beck, Beastie Boys and N.E.R.D. DJ Hero features more than 100 individual songs that have been transformed into more than 80 exclusive, original mixes by superstar DJs including DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip, DJ AM, and the legendary Grandmaster Flash. With an innovative, new turntable controller and the hottest music collection of original music, DJ Hero is a unique new social music gaming experience that excite the millions of dance club music fans who can now play along to hit songs from a range of genres including hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and electronica allowing them to rule the party with original mixes. Joining the internationally acclaimed DJ, producer and recording artist DJ Shadow, who has been consulting and contributed several mixes for DJ Hero, and making their video game debuts, DJ Z-Trip, a founder of the mashup movement who’s known worldwide for his sold out shows and eclectic style, and DJ AM, one of the world’s premier and most in-demand DJs today, appear as in-game characters and have each created multiple exclusive mixes for DJ Hero. In DJ Hero, faces in the crowd are transformed into the life of the party as the game’s turntable controller - created exclusively for DJ Hero and featuring familiar DJ tools including a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and cross fader - immerses fans into the authenticity of DJ culture and a sea of music. By utilizing and mastering various DJ techniques including scratching, blending, cross fading and sampling, while leaving room for creative expression with a variety of effects and player chosen samples and scratches, gamers rule the party performing music as only a DJ can. Social expression is heightened with euphoric multiplayer gameplay where two DJs can battle competitively or have a player join in to emcee over any track in the game with a mic. Additionally, gamers can rock together as DJ Hero features DJ-guitar exclusive mixes played with a turntable controller and Guitar Hero guitar controller. [Activision]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Skate 2 27.

Skate 2

Platform: Xbox 360
January 21, 2009
Skate 2 picks up five years after the original Skate, a period marred by an unspeakable disaster that left San Vanelona in ruins. Within that time, Mongocorp rebuilt the city but their zealous protection of private property has put a damper on the once thriving skate population. Equipped with double the bag of tricks, gamers are tasked to rebuild their career and revive the New San Vanelona skate scene. With their ability to get off-board to move objects around and with help from a crew of locals, players embark on a mission to take back the city, one spot at a time. Along the way, they need to get coverage, earn sponsorships, own challenges and enter contests, including a coveted invite to etnies GvR competition. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Borderlands 28.

Borderlands

Platform: Xbox 360
October 20, 2009
As the first title in an all-new sci-fi action franchise, Borderlands combines the best elements of Gearbox Software's first-person action titles with player customization and vehicular combat. Borderlands features a unique content generation system allowing for near-endless variety in missions, environments, enemies, weapons, item drops and character customization. Borderlands is a cooperative experience, allowing for multiple players to share the same game experience simultaneously online. Players can freely join or leave each other’s games at anytime, or choose to play in the full single-player mode. Borderlands features life-like character animations, impressive real-time physics, and customizable vehicles. More details to follow. [2K Games/Gearbox Software]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.2
Battlefield 1943 29.

Battlefield 1943

Platform: Xbox 360
July 8, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Using the Frostbite engine, Battlefield 1943 takes players back to WWII. The game offers hours of 24 player multiplayer action over three classic and tropic locations; Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Delivering the award-winning through-the-gun and vehicle warfare online experience DICE is best recognized for, Battlefield 1943 has players battling in ruthless aerial dog fights and intense trench combat. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Fallout 3: Point Lookout 30.

Fallout 3: Point Lookout

Platform: Xbox 360
June 23, 2009
(Downloadable Content) Buy a ticket and hop onboard the Duchess Gambit, as Tobar the Ferryman takes you to the strange seaside town of Point Lookout. What secrets does the dilapidated boardwalk hold? Who lives in the sprawling mansion? Why is the Punga Fruit so important? And what horrors lie in the depths of the murky swamp? Point Lookout is the most open-ended DLC yet, and allows you to explore an entirely new and expansive gameplay area any way you’d like. A completely new questline allows you uncover the town’s hidden secrets, and wield powerful new weapons like the Double-Barrel Shotgun against the swamp’s dangerous, and deformed, denizens. So venture to Point Lookout, if you dare. Just pray it’s not a one-way trip. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Halo 3: ODST 31.

Halo 3: ODST

Platform: Xbox 360
September 22, 2009
Halo 3: ODST returns players to familiar ground on a vital, top-secret mission. The gripping story, cooperative campaign and new multiplayer content will have Halo fans "Preparing to Drop." The new game brings the perspective of new characters to the Human-Covenant struggle, as it explores the ODST, or Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. Follow the story of the legendary ODSTs or Orbital Drop Shock Troopers as they drop into the ruined city of New Mombasa, looking for clues behind the Covenant's catastrophic attack on the city. A new hero: Prepare to drop. Known for their courage, valor and at times, insanity, Orbital Drop Shock Troopers are among the fiercest UNSC soldiers, priding themselves on being the first unit deployed into hostile situations. While not as large or supernaturally gifted as their Spartan comrades, these Hell Jumpers more than compensate with their ferocious attitudes and unwavering nerve. Multiplayer: All the traditional features of Halo 3 multiplayer will be included in the new game, including full-featured integration with the Forge map editor. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.4
Resident Evil 5 32.

Resident Evil 5

Platform: Xbox 360
March 13, 2009
The biohazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down players' spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. He is joined by a new partner, Sheva Alomar, who lends her strength, intelligence and sharp-shooting skills to the mission. In order to survive, Chris and Sheva must work together to take on the challenges of discovering the truth behind this evil plot. Utilizing a revolutionary new 2-player co-op mode of gameplay, players assume control of either Chris or Sheva and experience Resident Evil in new ways. In Resident Evil 5, Capcom has players fearing the daylight as much as they have feared shadow in previous games. [Capcom]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.5
Need for Speed: Shift 33.

Need for Speed: Shift

Platform: Xbox 360
September 15, 2009
Need for Speed SHIFT brings a true driver's experience to some of the world's most iconic racing tracks, including the storied Brand's Hatch in the UK. The game also features the largest roster of high-performance cars in Need for Speed history including race cars such as the Pagani Zonda F, Porsche 911 GT2 and Lotus Elise. Players are thrust into the loud, intense, and athletic experience of racing a car from the driver's perspective through the combination of perception based G-forces, the hyper reality of the cockpit view, and the all-new brutally disorienting crash dynamic. Need for Speed SHIFT features an accurate, accessible physics-based driving model that allows you to feel every impact, every change of track surface and every last bit of grip as you push yourself to the edge. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.4
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection 34.

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

Platform: Xbox 360
September 22, 2009
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection faithfully recreates eight of the most memorable tables from the golden age of pinball in photorealistic 3D. Working closely with Williams to ensure authenticity of each of the games, the collection is highlighted by some of the most popular and innovative Williams pinball tables, including Gorgar, the first-ever talking pinball machine, Black Knight, which introduced "Magna-Save" and Bonus Ball, and Space Shuttle, which took the pinball industry by storm in 1984. Every table has been meticulously recreated to bring players the visuals, sound effects and gameplay that made these games legendary successes. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection harkens back to the arcades of the 1980s. Players begin Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection with access to four pinball tables, and the remaining four tables are unlocked as the game progresses. Players can spend as little as two minutes on a quick pinball challenge, or delve deeper into the game, gaining rewards in a token-based system as they unlock each of the pinball tables. Single-player Arcade and Challenge modes provide hours of solo entertainment, and a Multiplayer mode lets players face each other head-on. [Crave Entertainment]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
NCAA Football 10 35.

NCAA Football 10

Platform: Xbox 360
July 14, 2009
NCAA Football 10 brings the excitement of college football to fans across the nation like never before with its newest feature, Season Showdown. In this new mode, every game counts as fans declare their loyalty to a favorite school and give the ultimate show of support in a nationwide competition. All college football fans have an opportunity to participate in Season Showdown, as credits not only accumulate in-game but players can also earn credits for their school via new web-based games. Millions of college football fans around the country will be on a mission to prove their school is number one with NCAA Football 10’s Season Showdown. NCAA Football 10 envelopes the excitement and pageantry of college football at its best. Enhanced stadiums filled with school colors, cheerleaders and mascots bring the college atmosphere to life. Enjoy the sights of game day with new field goal nets, flags waving in the wind and camera flashes exploding during pivotal moments. With all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools represented in the game, NCAA Football 10 offers fans an exciting way to experience the thrill of authentic college football year-round. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.7
UFC Undisputed 2009 36.

UFC Undisputed 2009

Platform: Xbox 360
May 19, 2009
UFC 2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game that details the action, intensity and attitude of a UFC live event. Players explore a deep roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC competition across all five weight classes. In addition, they enter the Octagon surrounded by the sport’s popular commentators, announcers, referees, trainers, Octagon girls and more. Photorealistic models are at the forefront, as players view amazing ripple effects across the faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating punches and kicks. A brand new fighting game engine designed specifically for next generation systems delivers innovative, responsive and easy-to-play controls that give unparalleled command of fighters, as players take down opponents with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines like Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In addition, the game’s Create-A-Fighter system jumpstarts the careers of future champions through character customization and training management, while a robust Career Mode develops a fighter's attributes and skill sets while fighting to enter the UFC Hall of Fame through a series of dynamic storylines. Furthermore, players can enhance their UFC 2009 Undisputed gameplay experience through online support, including downloadable content. [THQ]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.9
Defense Grid: The Awakening 37.

Defense Grid: The Awakening

Platform: Xbox 360
September 2, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Strategically place your towers on the map to prevent alien enemies from stealing your power cores. Play for just fifteen minutes or several hours! This award-winning game includes 10 hours of story play with 20 unique maps in the Awakening campaign, four bonus Borderlands maps, a wide variety of tower and enemy types, an interactive soundtrack, plus over 100 unlockable challenge modes adding dozens of hours of additional fun. Protect the Cores. [Hidden Path]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
NBA 2K10 38.

NBA 2K10

Platform: Xbox 360
October 6, 2009
NBA Today - All the real world matchups, news and stats are automatically streamed right into your game. No longer will your commentary and overlays be stale and out of date. NBA Today keeps everything fresh and up to date based upon what is really happening in the NBA. My Player Mode - Create the ultimate NBA player and guide his every career move. Start as an undrafted rookie in the Summer Circuit; work hard enough and you may get an invite to participate in an NBA team’s training camp, or you may end up in the D-League. The road to being an NBA star is a long and hard battle. Living Rosters - The 2K Insider and his team of NBA analysts continue to keep NBA 2K10 fresh with up-to-date team and player information, including roster and lineup moves, trades, injuries and player ratings. Now track all of the changes through the season with interactive menus and analysis. Seamless Online Experience - Forget the past, with NBA2K10 online play is fully incorporated into every mode of the game. Now you can play the AI, challenge the friend sitting next to you or play your buddy across town anytime, from anywhere in the game. Signature Play - Signature Play pulls together all of NBA 2K’s player Signature Styles and adds in all-new Signature Tendencies and facial expressions, creating NBA 2K10 teams that play and react like their real life counterparts for an unbelievably realistic NBA experience. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Brutal Legend 39.

Brutal Legend

Platform: Xbox 360
October 13, 2009
Brütal Legend is an epic action game from visionary developer Tim Schafer. Jack Black stars as Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie summoned to a world of Heavy Metal where mountains are made of amplifiers, killer spiders spin guitar strings and Rock Legends roam the landscape. As Eddie, crush skulls with a battle axe, ravage the road in a super-charged Hot Rod and unleash the power of Rock to reign down fire from the sky - all to save humanity and become a Brütal Legend. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena 40.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Platform: Xbox 360
April 7, 2009
Taking advantage of new hardware technologies, this package presents a reinvention of "Escape from Butcher Bay", delivering 2004's award winning experience in high definition with enhancements. Also included is the Dark Athena chapter, an expansion of the original game with a new story and new gameplay features. With The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, players are not only be challenged to survive Butcher Bay, but also engage in a new single-player experience and, for the first time in the Riddick universe, take action in intense multi-player combat. The game introduces the ominous Merc-ship Dark Athena, which sits silent like a marauding spider, awaiting helpless prey in the dark reaches of the galaxy. Players must face a large, bloodthirsty operation led by the dreaded Captain Revas and her slaves-turned-controllable combat drones, storm though death-defying events and fight fierce enemies in a battle of malice and gore. [Sierra Entertainment]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 41.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

Platform: Xbox 360
July 29, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 brings legendary characters from throughout Marvel and Capcom history to duke it out in an insane tag-team fighting experience. From Ryu to Wolverine, pit your favorite heroes in dream match-ups thanks to an unprecedented 56-character roster. With all new online play, take the fight across the globe and decide who really has the best "dream team." Widescreen support, enhanced HD graphics, and a robust leaderboard makes one of the best fighting games even better! Unique fighting: Try 3-on-3 tag-team matches, and the new online matching mode, including the "Quarter Match" mode from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Accessibility: Four button controls introduce new players to the joy of fighting games. New visuals: The new optional visual filter smoothes out the game's graphics. [Capcom]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Fallout 3: Broken Steel 42.

Fallout 3: Broken Steel

Platform: Xbox 360
May 5, 2009
(Downloadable Content) Continue your existing Fallout 3 game and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime. Broken Steel moves the level cap for your character from 20 to 30, allowing you to experience even more of the game, including new perks and achievements. Story: You may have dealt the Enclave a serious blow at Project Purity, but their forces are still out there, and still pose a grave threat to the people and security of the Capital Wasteland. In Broken Steel, you'll continue your current Fallout 3 character past the events of Project Purity, and work with the Brotherhood of Steel to eradicate the Enclave threat once and for all. Travel to new locations like the Olney Powerworks, wield destructive new weapons like the Tesla Cannon, and fight powerful new creatures like the Super Mutant Overlord. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Halo Wars 43.

Halo Wars

Platform: Xbox 360
March 3, 2009
Halo Wars is the next big real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios, creators of "Age of Empires." Designed exclusively for the Xbox 360, Halo Wars allows you to take charge of the human UNSC armies and see the Halo universe from a totally new perspective. Halo Wars takes place before Halo 1 during the UNSC’s first deadly encounters with the Covenant. Players lead the crew of the UNSC's "Spirit of Fire" from initial skirmishes to an all out war against the evil Covenant. [Ensemble Studios]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned 44.

Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned

Platform: Xbox 360
November 24, 2009
(Downloadable Content) The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned is an add-on pack for Borderlands with new enemy types, new missions, and new ... surprises. The Jakobs Corporation would like to invite you to experience the splendor of a corporate owned small town known as Jakobs Cove. Any rumors you may have heard about the "undead" walking our streets are completely preposterous and we officially deny them all. If those rumors turn out to be true simply purchase a firearm from the conveniently located Jakobs Brand Vending Machines and aim for the head. Also, would you mind saving our employees? (Non-union only please).
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.0
Rocket Riot 45.

Rocket Riot

Platform: Xbox 360
June 17, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Strap on your bazooka soldier, and get ready for the awesome action-packed side-view shooter Rocket Riot. In this highly stylized eight-bit era style game, blast your way through the environment against enemies or multiplayer foes online. Navigate through a completely destructible environment, uncover special power-ups, or even burrow into different areas of the map. The map regenerates, keeping the action fast-paced, but time doesn't heal all wounds. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 46.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

Platform: Xbox 360
October 20, 2009
CREATE-A-SUPERSTAR REDESIGN - The franchise’s renowned customization interface delivers a new look, improved graphical quality and a host of new parts, allowing players to create Superstars who are comparable in quality with their WWE counterparts. Take creation one step further with a new Paint Tool to detail created Superstars with original tattoos, logos and other unique designs. SHARE THE CREATIVITY - Share created content with the WWE Universe by uploading created Superstars, entrances, finishing moves, highlight reels, created storylines and more. Utilize the keyword search engine to view created content from around the world and download for use both offline and online. SUPERSTAR THREADS - For the first time in franchise history, create alternate ring gear for Superstars by customizing the colors of shirts, logos, face paint, elbow pads, boots and much more. Save the alternate looks for use throughout the game and online to show off the Superstars in grand fashion. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 47.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10

Platform: Xbox 360
June 8, 2009
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 takes golf fans inside-the-ropes to experience the drama and emotion of tournament golf. In addition, the U.S. Open, a USGA championship, and the USGA’s Rules of Golf is available in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 for the first time in franchise history. As you hear the roar of the crowd from the next hole over, can you handle the mounting pressure while you stand over your tournament-winning putt? Expanded crowds surround every hole; adding to the tension and excitement of each shot. A first for the franchise, real-time weather is reflected on every course, ensuring the in-game experience matches that of the current weather conditions. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 also features a television broadcast style presentation, which include instantaneous updates and a new announcer team of ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.9
Space Invaders Extreme 48.

Space Invaders Extreme

Platform: Xbox 360
May 6, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Space Invaders Extreme is a total reinvention of the classic Space Invaders, offering a true high-definition experience with upbeat electronic tracks, and dazzling new graphics and gameplay. Multiplayer features are now expanded with four-player versus and co-op multiplayer modes for even more Xbox LIVE fun. There's something here for fans and new players alike. Space Invaders Extreme stays true to the simple, yet highly addictive core gameplay of the classic Space Invaders arcade game and its 2-D aesthetics, while introducing innovative new features, faster gameplay, and new modes for an even more fun and intense game. [Taito]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey 49.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

Platform: Xbox 360
September 8, 2009
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of World War II. Players can participate in some of the war's most famous battles piloting fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers across a range of thrilling missions. There are five theatres of war to engage in 0 The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun' representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey also boasts an all new damage effects engine as well as advanced environmental visuals enriching the game play. Players can see real time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey features hundreds of airplanes taking part in air battles. The unique environmental engine also produces highly detailed, realistic landscapes that allow players to see breathtaking ground support actions. [505 Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Tekken 6 50.

Tekken 6

Platform: Xbox 360
October 27, 2009
Spanning over a 14 year legacy, Tekken is among the most popular and well-known gaming brands in the world with the entire franchise selling more than 32 million units to date. Displayed in HD detail, a new era begins in the sixth King of the Iron Fist Tournament complete with intense gameplay modes as well as new features and environments. TEKKEN 6 sees the return of many familiar faces as well as new characters to create the largest line-up the series has ever seen. With a growing roster of fighters, each equipped with their own deadly techniques, moves and attack combinations, TEKKEN 6 will be the best King of Iron Fist Tournament yet. Adding to the already rich gaming experience, a deeper character customization feature will only further enhance the incredible fighting intensity as players go mano-y-mano. Players can also take the battle online for classic match-ups and to compete for world domination. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Zero D Beat Drop 51.

Zero D Beat Drop

Platform: Xbox 360
November 11, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The fusion of "rhythm" and "puzzle" creates a completely new kind of game in 0D Beat Drop! Drop pieces along with the beat, and go for the win with explosive chains. In addition to the single player mode with over 100 stages, online play includes options such as playing against a single player, playing with four players total, or having a team battle! The unique "Beat-O-Matic" function analyzes your own songs and lets you use them in the game. Feel the rhythm of the beat! [Arc System Works]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
tbd
NBA Live 10 52.

NBA Live 10

Platform: Xbox 360
October 6, 2009
Featuring several innovations to the core gameplay experience and online game modes, NBA LIVE 10 is bringing a renewed focus to the long-running EA SPORTS basketball franchise. The groundbreaking Dynamic DNA service, driven by Synergy Sports Technology, makes a return in NBA LIVE 10, with significant improvements that allow players to connect their game to the NBA season like never before. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection 53.

Gears of War 2: All Fronts Collection

Platform: Xbox 360
July 28, 2009
[Dowloadable Content] This downloadable content pack features 7 new Gears 2 multiplayer maps and a bonus deleted single-player chapter, "Road to Ruin," from the Gears of War 2 campaign. In "Road to Ruin," Marcus and Dom navigate the treacherous Locust highway, choosing stealth or blazing action to survive. For multiplayer fans, the 7 maps include a new War Machine, the much-requested Gears 1 map; Allfathers Garden, a heavy-weapons battle at a COG landmark; Highway, a fight deep in the Locust Hollow; Memorial, a battle at the Tomb of the Unknowns; Nowhere, a firefight in an old motel; Way Station, an unpredictable battlefield with parallel paths; and Sanctuary, a reimagined favorite from Gears for Windows. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection 54.

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Platform: Xbox 360
February 10, 2009
Take a trip back in time with over 40 titles from the SEGA Genesis era, including your Sonic The Hedgehog favorites. In classic single-player and multiplayer battles, you’ll take down a huge variety of enemies, including Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), shuriken-flinging ninjas, hordes of altered beasts and the world’s greatest fighting champions. [Sega]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.3
Ghostbusters: The Video Game 55.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

Platform: Xbox 360
June 16, 2009
The Ghostbusters are back in an all new story penned by the original creators. With Manhattan newly overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, it's up to you to take on the role of a new recruit joining the original film cast of the famous Ghostbusters team. Equipped with a variety of unique weapons and gadgets, you will hunt, fight and capture a wide range of uncanny phantasms and demons in an all new funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague. To deliver a special gaming experience to the tremendous Ghostbusters’ fan base around the world, the game features the original film cast from the classic Ghostbusters films, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, back again for the first time in more than 20 years. Supporting the ghost busting crew are the talents of Annie Potts, Brian Doyle Murray and William Atherton. [Sierra Entertainment]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
Hasbro Family Game Night: Scrabble 56.

Hasbro Family Game Night: Scrabble

Platform: Xbox 360
March 18, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Join your host Mr. Potato Head as you play your favorite Hasbro games including CONNECT FOUR, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, BOGGLE, SORRY! and SORRY! Sliders, as well as exciting new versions created for Xbox LIVE Arcade in Hasbro Family Game Night. Great family games: Play all your favorite Hasbro games that you know and love so well. Exciting new versions: And play those games like never before with exciting new variants including CONNECT 4 Power Chips, BOGGLE Portal Cubes, Reverse YAHTZEE, and BATTLESHIP Barrage! Customized game room: Choose the game room theme that's right for you. Earn new game themed trophies, furniture, and decorations to customize your game room. Party time: Build a custom Party Game by choosing your favorite games, number of players, and time you want to play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
OutRun Online Arcade 57.

OutRun Online Arcade

Platform: Xbox 360
April 15, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Experience the mayhem and action of OutRun Online Arcade as you test your time, speed, and handling ability, bringing your next-gen skills online with this coin-op classic. Feel the kick as you put your foot to the floor in one of 10 high-performance Ferraris racing your way across the U.S. with an open top and a girl by your side. Winding roads, beautiful beaches and big city lights - it's mile after mile of unrelenting acceleration through 15 action-packed courses, all visually enhanced in stunning high definition. Jump behind the wheel for the ultimate arcade racing experience and push yourself on the road as you race up to six others with online multiplayer. OutRun Online Arcade - it's a beautiful journey! Competition: OutRun delivers online multiplayer for up to six players for the first time on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Courses and cars: Race through 15 glorious courses in 10 licensed Ferrari cars for the ultimate OutRun ride. Arcade modes: The fast-paced arcade action thrills with heart attack and time attack modes. Classic tracks: Catch the cool sounds of OutRun as these smashing tracks feature alongside stunning new visuals. [Sega]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
Hasbro Family Game Night: Yahtzee 58.

Hasbro Family Game Night: Yahtzee

Platform: Xbox 360
March 18, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Join your host Mr. Potato Head as you play your favorite Hasbro games including CONNECT FOUR, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, BOGGLE, SORRY! and SORRY! Sliders, as well as exciting new versions created for Xbox LIVE Arcade in Hasbro Family Game Night. Great family games: Play all your favorite Hasbro games that you know and love so well. Exciting new versions: And play those games like never before with exciting new variants including CONNECT 4 Power Chips, BOGGLE Portal Cubes, Reverse YAHTZEE, and BATTLESHIP Barrage! Customized game room: Choose the game room theme that's right for you. Earn new game themed trophies, furniture, and decorations to customize your game room. Party time: Build a custom Party Game by choosing your favorite games, number of players, and time you want to play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
4.3
Prototype 59.

Prototype

Platform: Xbox 360
June 9, 2009
You are Alex Mercer, the Prototype: a shapeshifter with amazing powers of combat, destruction, and deception. Consume targets for their form and memories to assume a perfect disguise, or instantly transform your body into an array of deadly biological weapons, cutting your way to the heart of the conspiracy forty years in the making. Stalk the streets of New York City, searching for the life you lead before. Take the form of anyone in your path, using an arsenal of identities to confound, exploit or annihilate your enemies. Mankind is your mask. Wage a secret war against factions with complex agendas of their own, out to capture or kill you. They are your greatest threat and the key to the secrets of your past. Confront them, find those responsible and make them pay. Shapeshifting: Attack with brutal and devastating powers; instantly triggering hundreds of power combinations (Attack, Defensive and Sensory). Disguise: Assume the perfect disguise by transforming into any character and assuming the victim's powers, skills and abilities. New York City is your hunting ground! Jam-packed, vibrant, fully interactive city filled with thousands of people and enemies out to destroy you. Delve to the bottom of a conspiracy that has haunted the American government for decades. Who is responsible for your condition?
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Bust-A-Move Live! 60.

Bust-A-Move Live!

Platform: Xbox 360
September 30, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade: Also known as "Puzzle Bobble Live"] BUST-A-MOVE, sometimes known as PUZZLE BOBBLE, returns in BUST-A-MOVE Live!, with all of its exciting pick-up-and-play gameplay intact. Dazzling graphics and a surreal soundtrack create a unique fantasy world enhancing the ultimate BUST-A-MOVE experience. Classic gameplay: Fire bubbles at the bubble clusters on each stage to destroy them. It's easy to play, challenging, and fun. Multiple game modes: Clear 135 stages in Single Player mode, play against 8 colorful opponents in CPU Battle mode, or take on the Infinity mode featuring a never-ending cluster of bubbles to destroy. Online gameplay: Multiplayer mode offers frenetic competitive play that can be enjoyed at home or over Xbox LIVE, with or without Voice Chat. Even more stages: Extra Packs 1 and 2 will offer an additional 270 stages for download. [Taito]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
tbd
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 61.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010

Platform: Xbox 360
November 3, 2009
PES 2010 focuses on enhancing the excitement of matches between players, making for a truly challenging experience that constantly tests the player. Intuitive zonal defending covers spaces and players need to look constantly for new ways to attack. PES 2010 focuses on being a real soccer simulation, as it requires both strategic play and quick reactions, as in real life. In addition to key out-field elements, goalkeepers are more versatile and with abilities matching those of modern shot-stoppers. The game's referees have also been reworked, with smarter AI elements allowing them to make more balanced calls during matches. PES 2010 has undergone a major visual revamp, with its celebrated player likenesses and animations now even closer to those of real-life players - including live player expressions to be depicted with an improved lighting system which differentiates between various conditions! [Konami]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood 62.

Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood

Platform: Xbox 360
June 30, 2009
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood transports players from a ravaged Civil War-era Georgia to the Aztec ruins of Mexico. In the wildest West ever depicted, players can embody both McCall brothers in an intense storyline full of greed, lust and lawlessness that takes place during a legendary period of American history. Become a Gunslinger - Harness a variety of weapons from various revolvers to heavy-caliber cannons and machine guns. Every accurate shot increases concentration, which allows players to unleash deadly shooting modes when outnumbered and even deadlier ones when the brothers work together. Dual Collaborative Gameplay - Players choose to embody Ray or Thomas, each with a distinctive gameplay style (close or long range), specific abilities (lasso, dynamite, etc.) and arsenal of deadly weapons (dual guns, long-range carbine, etc.). Take advantage of each of their strengths and join in the fiercest fights imaginable. Never Before Seen Western Experience - Experience the iconic settings full of outlaws - the West before it was tamed. The McCall brothers face a renegade Apache Chief, a greedy Mexican bandit, a vindictive Colonel, and others, all driven by greed with moral disregard. Enjoy a wide variety of situations, using horses, canoes and wagons to explore the vast natural landscapes of the fabled Wild West and its legendary period. Innovative Online Multiplayer - Developed in unison with the single player mode, multiplayer offers numerous modes and maps, resulting in endless hours of Wild West mayhem. Gunslingers, bandits and marshals struggle online for the bounty. Multiple characters are unlocked for team-based objective modes or the straightforward team death match. With a new Bounty system, players increase the bounty on their head with more kills. Get rid of the deadliest among you to increase your bank roll. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising 63.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Platform: Xbox 360
October 6, 2009
Taking gamers as close to war as they'll ever want to get, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is the much anticipated return of the genre-defining military conflict simulator. Set to deliver the total combat experience, Flashpoint: Dragon Rising challenges players to survive the chaos and rapidly evolving situations of modern warfare in a new contemporary theatre. Players experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a modern conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine, a helicopter pilot, a Special Forces officer or a tank commander, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA on a scale never previously experienced in a military action title. Gameplay simulates an immense conflict between advanced forces and provides unparalleled scope with different military disciplines, vehicles and equipment for players to utilize. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
Uno Rush 64.

Uno Rush

Platform: Xbox 360
March 25, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] UNO RUSH is a four-player, social party game that's easy to jump into, but hard to leave because you'll have so much fun playing. Sort your cards (even off-turn) so you can play them sequentially when it is your turn. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the round, and scores points based on the remaining cards in opponents' hands. This fast-paced, family-friendly game is sure to become a hit with you and your friends. Full support: Full avatar, LIVE Party Chat, Xbox LIVE Vision camera, and Big Button Pad support is provided. Multiplayer action: It's couch play for the whole family, with up to four players per console, and full guest support for multiple users per console over Xbox LIVE. Exciting UNO-style gameplay: Several special command cards affect different aspects of the game, including skipping the next player's turn, reversing the direction of play, changing the color of the discard pile, scrambling the next player's hand, or making the next player draw two or four cards. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.2
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin 65.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

Platform: Xbox 360
February 10, 2009
The sequel to F.E.A.R. continues the original game's spine-tingling supernatural suspense story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. At the center of the calamity is the mysterious Alma, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control. Now that she has free reign, the consequences will be unimaginable. [Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Garou: Mark of the Wolves 66.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves

Platform: Xbox 360
June 24, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade; also known as "Fatal Fury Garou: Mark of the Wolves"] The legend grows as this classic descendant of Fatal Fury arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It's been 10 years since the death of Geese Howard. However, Howard's immense martial arts skills have been passed to his son, Rock. The new hero is joined by a cast of 12 new characters plus one returning fighter, Terry Bogard, for this tournament of champions. Representing the world's best, the maulers gather once again to crown the "King of Fighters." Garou: Mark Of The Wolves improves on the Fatal Fury system by adding three new battle formats, creating fights more furious than before. [SNK Playmore]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Left 4 Dead: Crash Course 67.

Left 4 Dead: Crash Course

Platform: Xbox 360
September 29, 2009
(Downloadable Content) Left 4 Dead's latest DLC delivers an all-new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay experience, expanding the game universe with new locations, new dialogue from the original cast, and an explosive finale. At the finale of No Mercy, our four Survivors fought their way to the rooftop of Mercy Hospital, where they were flown away to safety in a helicopter. Crash Course continues the story moments later, taking our heroes from a fiery helicopter crash in the outskirts of Riverside to the escape vehicle that will lead them to the events in Death Toll. While containing both Survival maps and a Co-operative Campaign, one of the primary goal of Crash Course is Versus mode. Crash delivers a complete, streamlined Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes. A recharge timer for infected teammates has also been added, so you can better coordinate your attacks. Item spawn behavior has changed for more balanced gameplay. [Valve]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.5
R-Type Dimensions 68.

R-Type Dimensions

Platform: Xbox 360
February 4, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The coin-op classics, R-Type and R-Type II, are together at last in R-Type Dimensions! Fight through all 14 Bydo-infested stages in original 2-D or all-new 3-D graphics, and swap back and forth on-the-fly. The classic gameplay remains untouched, and a new Infinite game mode allows continuous progression from game start to the final boss. The Bydo will not evade you this time! Game modes can be played as single player or multiplayer missions, either locally or over Xbox LIVE. Pull yourself together, save the Earth, and strike down the evil Bydo Empire! Multiple game modes: Try the Classic game mode with play that exactly mimics the original coin-op experiences, or the all-new Infinite game mode, assuring the completion of your game regardless of skill level. Either mode offers both single player and all-new co-op play (both local and over Xbox LIVE). Switch on-the-fly between 2-D and 3-D graphic modes even during play. Crazy camera: Play from a non-orthogonal camera view, adding a whole new perspective. Cooperative play: New cooperative play uses a simple yet thrilling revive system, and a ship collision feature that can be turned on for added difficulty and sparring. New features: The new stage unlock functionality allows you to have immediate access to your favorite stages, and the new Continue option lets you restart from the last accessed checkpoint when the game's over. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.9
Band Hero 69.

Band Hero

Platform: Xbox 360
November 3, 2009
Family and friends come together to ascend the virtual stage and rock their way to superstardom with Band Hero, which features the hottest chart-topping hits from everyone's favorite acts including No Doubt, Lily Allen, The All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol and The Jackson 5. Headlined by some of the biggest names in music as in-game artists and playable characters, Band Hero is the ultimate party game where players of all ages can create the band they have always dreamed of by using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals, providing rockers and performers of all ages the chance to experience and interact with their favorite music. [Activision]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
5.0
The Bigs 2 70.

The Bigs 2

Platform: Xbox 360
July 7, 2009
The Big Leagues just got BIGGER! Available on all major video game consoles, The BIGS 2 allows fans to experience heroic gameplay, legendary game modes and incredible player models. Elevating The BIGS 2 to new heights are bigger power-ups, amazing visual effects, and an all new career mode. Featuring exciting player animations and pick-up-and-play controls, The BIGS 2 delivers an action-packed, heroic MLB video game experience. Become A Legend Mode: New & improved story mode, picking up at the end of the "Rookie Challenge" mode from The BIGS. Create a player and progress your career from a Mexican league to the Majors and, eventually, the Hall of Fame. Along the way, compete in boss battles against MLB legends. Season Mode: As requested by fans, enjoy a new Season Mode featuring full MLB schedules, stat tracking and roster management. Improved Gameplay: Bigger and better arcade baseball action, featuring Legendary Moves, Batter’s Wheelhouse & a more powerful Big Slam. Home Run Pinball: Enjoy exciting single player or co-op action in Times Square or three new environments. Mini-Games: Test your hitting, fielding, running and throwing skills against MLB stars in several all-new mini-games. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.4
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix 71.

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Platform: Xbox 360
April 8, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The puzzle game of the future has arrived with Puzzle Quest: Galactrix. The original best-selling Puzzle Quest franchise is back in an all-new dimension with its signature match-3, turn-based battles in a masterful hybrid of the RPG and puzzle genres. Take on the role of a rogue pilot scouring the galaxy to uncover clues in an intergalactic mystery that affects the fate of the entire universe. Build up a fleet of ships, discover hundreds of different weapons, and master the new puzzle board. A new dimension: Customize and build a fleet of ships to master the galaxy, with an all-new redesigned puzzle board. New weapons: Use over 150 different weapons to control the board. New quests: Play hundreds of missions within a single-player game. Multiplayer: Battle across the universe in one-on-one ranked online multiplayer matches. [Infinite Interactive]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Fallout 3: The Pitt 72.

Fallout 3: The Pitt

Platform: Xbox 360
March 24, 2009
[Downloadable Content] Pittsburgh was once the industrial center of the pre-war world. The city was spared the horrors of nuclear fire, only to have its people infected by a nightmare plague of disease, infection, and mutation. Travel to the ruins of this industrial city, now called The Pitt, and discover a secret that could send shockwaves through the entire Wasteland. Battle vicious mutated Trogs, employ deadly new weapons like the AutoAxe and Infiltrator silenced assault rifle, and decide the fate of the infected slaves and slavers that call this city home. [Bathesda Softworks]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.3
Lode Runner 73.

Lode Runner

Platform: Xbox 360
April 22, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The classic action game Lode Runner is back, with 220 new levels and even more surprises! Confront crazed enemies in fresh sets of single-player levels and fun-filled co-op challenges, or lean back and master increasingly complex puzzles. Battle it out with endlessly spawning enemies in a feverish new mode, or challenge up to three friends in a cunning game of high speed tag, where the first to die are the first to avenge - as enemies! Create custom levels and host matches over Xbox LIVE. Lode Runner legacy: Inspired by the classic action title, but the game is recreated from the ground up for Xbox LIVE Arcade with 3-D graphics, all-new levels, and play modes. Game modes for everyone: Play expansive single-player and co-op Journey campaigns, frantic Hang On survival challenges, complex puzzles, and a four-player Last Man competition that rewards sabotage, revenge, and outright deviousness. New content: Explore five worlds inhabited by unique enemies and special terrain such as avalanche blocks, stalactites, and teleports. Blast blocks with bombs and collect energy balls to add lives. Unearth hidden enemies! Transition from one level to the next seamlessly. Master new co-operative play techniques like blasting blocks while riding on a buddy's head. Level editor and community: Design custom levels for any game mode and environment to challenge your friends. Host Xbox LIVE matches with your cunning creations or upload and download the coolest custom levels from the Lode Runner community. [Tozai]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.4
Battlestations: Pacific 74.

Battlestations: Pacific

Platform: Xbox 360
May 12, 2009
Battlestations: Pacific takes the action/strategy gameplay of Battlestations: Midway to the next level with more intense, strategic combat. Players can take to the skies and seas through two massive, action-packed campaigns across 28 missions, featuring some of the most decisive naval battles in history. A historically accurate U.S. campaign puts players in command of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet through the Battles of Guadalcanal and on to Iwo Jima, Okinawa and victory. For the first time, players have a chance to rewrite history, commanding a Japanese campaign as the Imperial Japanese Navy from Pearl Harbor to Asia, Australia and beyond, expanding its empire throughout the Pacific Rim. Battlestations: Pacific takes the battle online with a massively enhanced multiplayer experience, offering five new and innovative co-op and team-based modes for up to eight players. ‘Siege’ and ‘Duel’ offer an all-out action experience, allowing players to control a selection of war machines as each side battles to turn the tide of war; joining forces for ‘Competitive’, players compete side-by-side against the opposing AI forces; ‘Escort’ allows for a mix of action and strategy, with players escorting or attacking a key naval unit as it heads to its destination; and ‘Island Capture’ offers a compelling strategic experience, with players not only battling for supremacy of the seas, but also capturing and controlling the island archipelago. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.0
MX vs. ATV Reflex 75.

MX vs. ATV Reflex

Platform: Xbox 360
December 1, 2009
MX vs. ATV Reflex marks the return of the off-road racing franchise and features the all-new Rhythm Racing 2.0 physics engine, Rider Reflex control system and real-time terrain deformation. The Rider Reflex control system provides unparalleled precision and fluidity by separating machine steering from body positioning, which allows the independently controlled rider to shift his weight, perform death-defying stunts and avoid potentially devastating wrecks. Unprecedented terrain deformation creates ever-changing courses as off-road vehicles carve lines and deep ruts that have a real-time impact on gameplay and remain persistent through the full length of each race. [THQ]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.5
Panzer General: Allied Assault 76.

Panzer General: Allied Assault

Platform: Xbox 360
October 21, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Panzer General is back with an all-new turn-based strategy game in Panzer General: Allied Assault! For the first time on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, recreate actual battles during the last phase of World War II and experience the dramatic events of D-Day as they unfold in your hands. Build, customize, and fight with your personalized deck of 60 cards. Play with a friend in multiplayer mode, gain access to special units and cards, and become a Panzer General. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.1
Overlord II 77.

Overlord II

Platform: Xbox 360
June 23, 2009
Overlord II is the sequel to the warped fantasy action adventure that had players being delightfully despotic. In Overlord II, a new Overlord and a more powerful army of Minions take on an entire empire in a truly epic adventure, inspired by the rise of the Roman Empire. As the Glorious Empire conquers kingdoms and destroys any sign of magic it finds, it's time to go Minion Maximus and send in the horde. The Minions return smarter, deadlier (and funnier) and are ready to fight in large scale battles that will see their wild pack mentality squaring up to the organised legions of the Glorious Empire. As ever, they'll do anything and everything the Overlord commands of them, especially now that they can run ravage and wreck buildings and scenery. They've also learned how to ride: In Overlord II Minions mount up and ride wolves and other magical creatures around the landscape and take them into battle, making our band of merry fighters faster and fiercer than ever before. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space 78.

Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space

Platform: Xbox 360
October 14, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Join the Freelance Police for a second season of adventure, crime fighting, and chaos. Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space starts with a giant robot attack and never lets up, taking our valiant crime fighters on a gut-wrenching mission from the North Pole to Easter Island, from outer space to Hell and back. Babies will dance. Mariachis will sing. A giant battle robot will trash the streets. And when their friends are caught in the middle, Sam & Max risk their very souls to set things right. Five episodes: In the award-winning second season of the episodic Sam & Max series, five full episodes take Sam & Max to Hell and back on a mission to save their friends -- and their very souls. [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
NCAA Basketball 10 79.

NCAA Basketball 10

Platform: Xbox 360
November 16, 2009
NCAA Basketball 10 brings the emotion, intensity, and spirit of college basketball by capturing every detail in the stadium, from cheerleaders and mascots to wild crowds and real NCAA Basketball announcers. NCAA Basketball 10 builds on a new game engine introduced last year, refining and improving core gameplay functions, and adding more depth to the popular 'styles of play' and 'set your tempo' features, making NCAA Basketball 10 a strategic and entirely unique basketball gameplay experience. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
tbd
Gyromancer 80.

Gyromancer

Platform: Xbox 360
November 18, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Gyromanceris a puzzle-roleplaying game (RPG) featuring a unique battle system based on Bejeweled Twist combined with elements of Square Enix role-playing games. Battle system: Gyromancer has a new battle system based on Bejeweled Twist. Command unique beasts to battle your foes. Hidden treasures: Search the map for items, coins, and new beasts to fight at your side. Gain levels in battle and acquire powerful new beasts. Deadly mage: Assume the role of Rivel, a deadly mage, as he rids Aldemona Wood of a brooding darkness. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.5
The Maw 81.

The Maw

Platform: Xbox 360
January 21, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The pinnacle of alien evolution, Maw is a cowardly fat blob concerned mostly with snacking and lounging. He can, however, absorb the traits of anything he eats, is virtually indestructible, and can grow to unlimited size. If he wasn't a danger to all life in the universe, he'd make the perfect pet. In this action/adventure game, he's the best friend of our hero Frank, and only by working together can Maw eat their way to freedom. The Maw was honored with the Audience Choice Award in the 2008 PAX-10 showcase of independent games, and is a finalist at this year's Independent Games Festival for Technical Excellence. [Twisted Pixel]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 82.

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers

Platform: Xbox 360
October 16, 2009
An extension of the world's premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers' brings a pulse-pounding mix of strategic thinking, fantastic artwork, and arcade-style thrills to Xbox LIVE Arcade. Experience an epic game of fantasy and strategy, as never before, when you take on the mantle of a planeswalker - a powerful mage capable of traversing the infinite planes of existence - and forge your destiny! [Wizards of the Coast]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai 83.

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

Platform: Xbox 360
April 1, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D stylistic action platformer for Xbox LIVE Arcade showcasing fast action, deep gameplay, and a unique visual style. An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe is on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army. To dispatch hordes of zombies, cyborgs, and robots, the Dishwasher has at his fingertips a devastating array of attacks using ancient blades, disturbing machinery, and screen-obliterating Dish Magic. Compete with the rest of the world in a variety of speed run and high score challenges to become the most formidable Dishwasher yet. Fresh take on gameplay: Gameplay in The Dishwasher is a fresh take on popular stylistic action combat, taking combo- and timing-intensive combat into a 2-D, blood-soaked environment emphasizing speed, vertical movement, and maneuverability, and player-driven pacing to create a truly unique, fluid and visceral experience, with an appealingly psychotic art style. New game modes with guitar peripheral: The Dishwasher has arcade co-op, drop-in solo campaign co-op, and drop-in solo phantom guitar co-op using the guitar peripheral. Phantom guitar players can unload electric death by playing wicked solos, perform basic movement, and use the guitar's motion control to rip through enemies with a razor-sharp headstock. The power of XNA: The Dishwasher is a testament to the power of XNA. The game was created by one guy with no professional game development experience (and a self-described lousy programmer) in about a year and a half. [Ska Studios]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 84.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Platform: Xbox 360
May 1, 2009
Unleash the razor sharp adamantium claws, feral instincts, and mutant regeneration powers of the world's fiercest Super Hero - Wolverine - and uncage the story of how the ultimate weapon was created. The team at Raven Software has dedicated Wolverine's development to unstoppable, true-to-character authenticity. Take on impossible odds and exact revenge. [Activision]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Hasbro Family Game Night: Sorry! Sliders 85.

Hasbro Family Game Night: Sorry! Sliders

Platform: Xbox 360
March 18, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Unlock the full version of Sorry! Sliders and you'll be able to play the original Hasbro board game or new versions – Advanced, Battle Boxes and custom modes! You'll have access to party games, unlockable items, leaderboards and achievements. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Droplitz 86.

Droplitz

Platform: Xbox 360
June 24, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Immerse yourself in an addictive puzzler that's all about strategically twisting and connecting mismatched dials to save precious Droplitz™. Just making a single junction is child's play. Can you master the art of the combo, or will you let your pipes runneth over? Be warned! Losing too many droplitz can be hazardous to your ability to win. With four unique play modes, a variety of board sizes, and infinite replayability, Droplitz promises to drain all your time away. Infinitely accessible, instantly addictive: Turn dials, open paths, and don't let the droplitz go to waste! Brilliantly intuitive, casual and hardcore gamers alike will be mesmerized as they rotate and connect puzzle pieces to let the droplitz flow and earn high scores. Four unique game modes: Distinct layers of complexity keep the challenge fresh with Classic, Zendurance, Power Up, and Infection modes. Learn how to deal with sluggish, infected dials, strategically use bombs to clear sections of the game board, speed up the action, or just aim for the highest score in a limited amount of time. Endless replayability: The timeless satisfaction of making combos, clearing boards, and earning top scores will keep you coming back for more. Ever-increasing speeds and larger boards ensure there's always a challenge ahead! High scores: Online leaderboards and twelve achievements mean that when you're the best, everyone will know it. Score-based gameplay makes every game a competition to get to the top of the charts. [Blitz Games Studio]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.2
Sam & Max: Save the World 87.

Sam & Max: Save the World

Platform: Xbox 360
June 17, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Sam & Max Save the World in this side-splitting, award-winning, six-episode "season" of gaming's first sitcom. Canine shamus Sam and his hyperkinetic rabbity-thing partner Max are faced with a baffling mystery. All around them, people are ending up hypnotized. Washed-up child stars. The host of a popular television talk show. Even the President of the United States! Can Sam and Max find the mastermind behind this evil scheme before the entire world slips into a hypnotic trance? Characters: Interact with a bizarre cast of characters as you solve the mystery. Locations: Explore strange and exotic locations in your journey. Puzzles: Solve puzzles and uncover clues during your adventure. Full season: Play all six of the hilarious Season One episodes. [Telltale, Inc.]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
Hasbro Family Game Night: Connect Four 88.

Hasbro Family Game Night: Connect Four

Platform: Xbox 360
March 18, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Join your host Mr. Potato Head as you play your favorite Hasbro games including CONNECT FOUR, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, BOGGLE, SORRY! and SORRY! Sliders, as well as exciting new versions created for Xbox LIVE Arcade in Hasbro Family Game Night. Great family games: Play all your favorite Hasbro games that you know and love so well. Exciting new versions: And play those games like never before with exciting new variants including CONNECT 4 Power Chips, BOGGLE Portal Cubes, Reverse YAHTZEE, and BATTLESHIP Barrage! Customized game room: Choose the game room theme that's right for you. Earn new game themed trophies, furniture, and decorations to customize your game room. Party time: Build a custom Party Game by choosing your favorite games, number of players, and time you want to play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
tbd
Ion Assault 89.

Ion Assault

Platform: Xbox 360
September 23, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Experience Ion Assault, an action-packed arcade-style space adventure with an unprecedented particle physics engine. Fight alone or cooperatively through four different modes and more than 20 exciting levels. Instead of conventional weapons, use the free energy particles that are abundant in space to fend off swarms of aliens. Space adventure: Battle aliens with a unique fluid and particle system. Variety of play: Explore more than 20 levels in four diverse settings with lavish graphics. Upgrades: Earn upgrades for your spaceships, such as augmented speed or increased radius for collecting surrounding particles. Multiplayer action: Enjoy various multiplayer modes like Cooperative, Arena, or Harvest with up to four players. Power-ups: Collect special power-ups, usable for a limited time, such as Black Hole. International flavor: Ion Assault is the first Xbox LIVE Arcade game developed in Germany. [RTL]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.5
The Saboteur 90.

The Saboteur

Platform: Xbox 360
December 8, 2009
Inspired by a true story, The Saboteur stars Sean Devlin, a street-tough Irish race car driver trapped behind enemy lines in 1940s Nazi-occupied France. Motivated by personal revenge, Sean fights, climbs, and races through open-world Paris, sneaking into the heart of the Nazi operations and sabotaging their every move. With the help of the French Resistance, the British intelligence, an arsenal of weaponry, street smarts and brawn, players exact revenge on those who aim to destroy Sean's life. From derailing trains and blowing up zeppelins to scaling famous Parisian landmarks and more, this action hero uses a broad range of weapons, explosives and vehicles to get the job done. As Sean takes down enemies, the citizens of Paris are empowered to resist the tyrannical Third Reich and their eyes open to the colorful world around them. This innovative mechanic, called the 'Will to Fight,' change the way Paris is seen and felt - from a dark and oppressed policed state to a bright and inspired world where the citizens fight back. As the player executes acts of sabotage against the occupying force, color returns to the stylized black and white world - both figuratively and literally. The ‘Will to Fight’ spawns an underground resistance that takes players not only through Paris, but across various parts of France. [Pandemic Studios]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.2
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 91.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2

Platform: Xbox 360
September 15, 2009
The "greatest Super Hero action/RPG of all time" is back with the world’s largest army of heroes and villains in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2. Incorporating elements of the acclaimed Marvel Civil War storyline, the game allows players to choose their side and team up with revered heroes and villains, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, Deadpool, Venom, Green Goblin and Captain America. Players can combine characters’ powers and unleash astonishing new attacks. [Activision]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees 92.

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees

Platform: Xbox 360
May 27, 2009
Enter the colorful world of West Wallaby Street in the first of four cracking adventures in Wallace & Gromit Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees. In this first episode, the inventor and his loyal pooch are faced with a big problem. They need 50 gallons of honey by tonight--far more than their bees can handle. When Wallace's plans to step up production go horribly awry, it falls to Gromit to fight off the angry swarm. Featuring a brand new story with the same slapstick humour, cinematic visuals, and charm that fans of the Wallace & Gromit films have come to love, Fright of the Bumblebees kicks off this four-episode series in cracking style!
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.9
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Episode 2: The Last Resort 93.

Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Episode 2: The Last Resort

Platform: Xbox 360
November 4, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Join Wallace & Gromit once again in Wallace & Gromit Episode 2: The Last Resort, the second tale in their newest adventure series by Telltale! When unrelenting rain ruins their holiday plans, Wallace & Gromit bring the beach to their basement and transform 62 West Wallaby into a makeshift resort. Keeping the customers satisfied is tricky business, especially after one of them is clocked on the head by an unknown assailant. Whodunnit? It’s up to Gromit to find out … with a little help from Wallace’s latest invention, the Deduct-o-matic! Featuring a brand new story with the same slapstick humour, cinematic visuals, and British charm fans of the Wallace & Gromit films have come to love, The Last Resort is the second game in the series that has everyone buzzing! [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
tbd
Tom Clancy's HAWX 94.

Tom Clancy's HAWX

Platform: Xbox 360
March 3, 2009
Tom Clancy's HAWX (high-altitude warfare) promises to revolutionize the way players think about combat in the sky. The story begins in the year 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly. More and more nations become increasingly dependent on private military companies (PMCs), elite mercenaries with a lax view of the law. The Reykjavik Accords further legitimize their existence by authorizing their right to serve in every aspect of military operations. While the benefits of such PMCs are apparent, growing concerns surrounding giving them too much power begin to mount. The Enhanced Reality System is the backbone of the HAWX flight experience: radars and incoming missile detection, anti-crash system, damage control system, tactical map and information relay, and weapons trajectory control. E.R.S. also allows players to issue orders to their squadron, making this system as iconic to HAWX as the Cross-Com system is to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. Players can ease into their flight missions and gain a level of comfort with the use of the assistance mode. Once employed, players can take full advantage of their technological support through the E.R.S and gain maximum piloting security. If the situation calls for the player to unleash the full potential of the aircraft, the assistance mode can be switched off and all safety features will be deactivated. For the first time ever in the air-combat genre, players can experience the entire solo campaign in four-player JUMP IN co-op mode. In PVP mode, players can challenge up to 15 friends in intense dogfighting sessions and find out who's the top gun. Winning players are rewarded with experience points and money to unlock more weapons. Players have the opportunity to take the throttle of over 50 of the world's most famous aircrafts, as well as being able to dogfight over realistic modern landscapes that have endured years of post-war trauma. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.1
Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66 95.

Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66

Platform: Xbox 360
April 29, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade; Also known as "Virtual On"] The arcade classic CYBER TROOPERS VIRTUAL-ON ORATORIO TANGRAM comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade! Keeping the classic mech fighting style, Virtual-On returns enhanced with intense HD graphics and a thrilling 1-on-1 online multiplayer battle mode. Giant mechs: Enjoy all the thrills of the classic arcade mech fighter in the comforts of your home on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Full roster: Choose from 15 playable Virtuaroids, each highly stylized with unique characterstics and moves. Multiplayer: Online multiplayer mode allows players to battle head-to-head with friends from around the world. Fast action: Fast visceral action is heightened by the intense HD graphics. Customization: The unique "color editing" feature lets you customize your Virtuaroid in the style of your choice. [Sega]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.5
Raiden Fighters Aces 96.

Raiden Fighters Aces

Platform: Xbox 360
May 7, 2009
The First and last Word in Action. The Raiden Fighters series has finally arrived on the Xbox 360. All three arcade classics have been faithfully recreated in this ultimate collection. A new Training mode lets you modify every aspect your ships and wingmen, skip to any level, or play in slow-motion. Comprehensive screen and control settings let you play each game full-screen as a side-scroller, or even vertically on a rotated 4:3 display. Play 2-player co-op games offline, or play Arcade Mode as a lone-wolf, posting high-scores and gameclips to Xbox Live. [Valcon Games]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.6
Banjo-Tooie 97.

Banjo-Tooie

Platform: Xbox 360
April 29, 2009
The bear and bird’s second outing available in full. Loads of rollicking fun to be had here and with the legendary Stop 'N' Swop feature reinstated. The best use of a backpack in a game ever! [Microsoft]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.3
Mini Ninjas 98.

Mini Ninjas

Platform: Xbox 360
September 8, 2009
Prepare yourself for a Ninja adventure like you have never seen before! Join Hiro, the smallest hero on the biggest adventure, as he embarks on an epic and electrifying quest to restore harmony to a world on the brink of chaos. Use your skills and mighty Ninja training to battle a magical army of evil Samurai. Harness the power of your Kuji magic and utilise the special skills of your Mini Ninja friends as you travel through a perilous world to reach the final confrontation with the Evil Samurai Warlord in his Fortress of Doom.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.3
Race Pro 99.

Race Pro

Platform: Xbox 360
February 17, 2009
RACE Pro has something for everyone, allowing players of all levels to pick up and play, while offering challenging tracks and advanced modes for the more experienced players. RACE Pro offers a wealth of cars ranging from 200 to over 1000 horse power, as well as a host of championships including WTCC (World Touring Car Championship), Formula 3000 and Formula BMW. GT cars from manufacturers including Aston Martin and Saleen take their place on the grid as well as production cars such as the Audi R8 and Dodge Viper SRT10. In addition, RACE Pro exclusively brings all the WTCC cars from manufacturers Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet and Seat to Xbox 360 for the very first time. For a blast of accessible fun, the Mini Cooper Challenge invites players of all abilities to take the wheel. Gamers and racing fans alike experience the thrill of racing these powerful cars on 13 real life tracks covering all continents, of which Macau, Porto and Pau are exclusive to RACE Pro, and US tracks Laguna Seca and Road America are brand new to SimBin fans. Online play via Xbox Live and System Link support lets up to 12 players take on equally high-powered opponents and test their skills to the limit to reach the finish line ahead of the pack. For friends closer to home, the brand new ‘Hot Seat’ feature puts players in the driving seat for a limited amount of time before passing the controller to the next player and so on, demanding exceptionally quick reactions and precision racing from even the most seasoned drivers. [Atari]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.1
Gel: Set & Match 100.

Gel: Set & Match

Platform: Xbox 360
May 20, 2009
[Xbox Live Arcade] Gel: Set & Match offers brain-busting fun for everyone with its unique take on puzzle gameplay. Match colored blocks together and they melt, but throw a melting block into another one and the chain continues! In Puzzle Mode, blocks are arranged to test your wits. Action mode throws in a side-scrolling twist and challenges you to clear a path. Battle mode puts you up against your friends in fast-paced multiplayer showdowns. Jiggle up, and get ready for fun. [Gastronaut]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
tbd
Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 91

    F1 2020

  2. 88

    F1 2020

  3. 86

    F1 2020

  4. 84

    Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

    • Release Date: Jul 10, 2020
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: Switch
  5. 82

    Catherine: Full Body

Lowest of the Month
  1. 57
  2. 72

    Biped

    • Release Date: Jul 2, 2020
    • User Score: 8.0
    • Platform: Switch
  3. 73

    Marvel's Iron Man VR

  4. 75

    Trackmania

    • Release Date: Jul 1, 2020
    • User Score: 4.1
    • Platform: PC
  5. 76

    Beyond A Steel Sky