Must Have XBox Games

For as long as I've had my XBox (nearly 2 years now) I've always been low on money but wanting the newest and latest games. For this reason, I almost always sell my old games in order to buy the latest and greatest. I've finally come into some money I feel can and should be spent on expanding my permanent video game arsenal. Thus, I ask the almighty XBox forums, what XBox games do you consider a must have in any true gamer's collection? XBox 360 is preferred but original XBox is O.K. too (I plan on picking up Psychonauts soon).

Games Currently Owned

  • CoD 4
  • CoD Black Ops
  • de Blob 2
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • Halo Reach
  • L4D
  • L4D 2
  • Portal 2
  • The Orange Box
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Madden 09
  • Beatles Rock Band
  • XBox Arcade Disc 1 (Boom Boom Rocket/PacMan/Feeding Frenzy/Uno)

Arcade Games

  • Castle Crashers
  • Yu-Gi-Oh 5Ds (guilty pleasure from time to time )
  • RISK Factions
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Portal
  • Limbo
  • Pac-Man CE DX
  • Braid
  • Aqua (got for free)
  • Splosion Man
  • Trials HD
  • Alien Hominid
  • Hexic HD (free with XBox)
  • Aegis Wing (free with XBox)
  • CoD Classic (free with CoD Black Ops)
  • Marble Blast Ultra

Games Previously Owned or Borrowed

  • Assassin's Creed (Borrowing right now )
  • CoD MW2
  • BioShock (My personal all time favorite game)
  • Oblivion
  • Fable 3
  • Fable 2
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Halo 3
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • CoD WaW
  • Halo ODST
  • BioShock 2
  • Mass Effect
  • Borderlands
  • CoD 3
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Lego Batman
  • Dead Space
  • Battlefield Bad Company
  • Lego Indiana Jones
  • Prototype
  • Halo Wars
  • Gears of War 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Soulcalibur 4
  • Kung Fu Panda

So yea, I know I've played a lot of games (or at least I think so) but I'd love to expand it further :) All suggestions are considered.

Also, though it looks like I've pumped a lot of Microsoft Points into Arcade Games, while I have to a degree, all but 2-3 games on the list were bought on sale.


Discussion Info

Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 15 Applies to:

I could go on for a while describing all the games that worthy of playing.  I'm just going to list somethings for you to consider based solely on what you already played.


First off, Games on your list that are worthy of keeping around:

CoD 4

CoD Black Ops

Halo Reach


L4D 2

Portal 2

The Orange Box

Red Dead Redemption

Assassin's Creed




Fable 3

Splinter Cell Conviction


Mass Effect


Dead Space

Battlefield Bad Company

Halo Wars

Gears of War 2

Fallout 3



Games that I suggest:


Earth Defense Force: IA (a lot better than 2017)

Fallout New Vegas

Dead Space 2


Gears of War 3

Battlefield 3


HALO: CE Anniversary

Assassin's Creed (Brotherhood, Revelations)

Elder Scrolls Skyrim

Mass Effect 3

A few Arcade games you should consider:





DEAD RISING 2 (Case West / Case Zero)


Hard to tell when u hide ur achievments, Fallout 3 is the BEST game on your borrowed list, How far did u get? that game has awsome replay value, I have about 50+ games in my Invatory an the only one missing is Black ops ( in the land fill ) an I still play fallout 3 its even better than the fallout new vegas imo, I never played Bioshock maybe i will try it out one day..

Not being a huge fan of this generation, I can count the games I consider must own on one hand (plus two fingers)... And most people on these forums would probably disagree with me.


Test Drive Unlimited (original only)


Dragon Age Origins (stay away from DA2)


Portal 2


L.A. Noire


Mirror's Edge


Forza Motorsport 3


Mass Effect 1 (a disappointment, but better than most 360 games)


That said, the best game to ever grace an Xbox console was Knights of the Old Republic. Of all Xbox games released this and last generation, that is the one I recommend as the absolute pinnacle of must-own titles.

While I'll keep those in mind when they come out, I'm more so looking for older suggestions I can get 2-3 good games that are somewhat old versus 1 newer game, and then by the time I'm done with those 2-3 games, the 1 new game has gone down in price some

Save your money for Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Rage, Skyrim, ME 3 and Gears 3.

And otherwise you can go for Batman: Arkham Asylum, Saints Row 1 and 2, GTA IV or LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean.