If you buy anything after clicking these links, Dorkly will receive a commission and that'll help us keep making the comics and videos you love so dearly.
For the purposes of this list, we're not including "smaller" downloadable titles, so you won't find the likes of Braid or LIMBO here. We're sticking to games that were originally released on a retail disc, for simplicity's sake. You'd probably just be mad when we ranked 'Splosion Man over Skyrim anyway.
Bulletstorm is the kind of game that parents were afraid was going to exist in the '90s. Co-developed by the action-adventure royalty at People Can Fly and Epic Games with a script by cult comic book favorite Rick Remender, this game was like a power ballad dedicated to violent stupidity. While there is technically a plot, it's more about taking you through gleefully designed murderous playgrounds where you're challenged with racking up kills in the most creative ways possible. Why shoot a man when you can strap an explosive chain to his torso, dropkick him towards a group of his friends, and let the explosion fling their ragdolled bodies into a field of electrified cacti? These are the moments that make Bulletstorm worth playing, and those moments come often.
As one of the early Xbox 360 games, zombie actioner Dead Rising has more than its share of rough edges. The framerate is inconsistent, the loading between zones is annoying and there's an excess of Canadian voice actors posing as Americans. But if you stick with it, DR's flaws become a part of its charm. Yeah, the save system is unforgiving and leading survivors around the undead masses is kind of a pain, but soon you learn that the game was meant to be played over and over again. It's not long before you learn the right tricks, guzzling special smoothies and grabbing all of the best weapons early on, maybe even driving your car in an infinite loop to get that infamously tough zombie kills achievement. Dead Rising 2 might have combo weapons and smarter AI companions, but it doesn't have that same Frank Westiness.
A lot of people were disappointed that Final Fantasy XIII wasn't the JRPG they were looking for, but anyone looking for a traditional FF should look no further than Lost Odyssey. Several key members of the classic Final Fantasy teams were involved in LO, from FF creator Hironobu Sakaguchi to famed series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Xbox exclusive chronicled an epic journey with a genuinely interesting setup, which involved a set of immortal heroes torn apart by time and memory. This game has everything you want from a sweeping JRPG, like a vast overworld and a ton of optional dungeons and bosses. It's even old-school enough to come on four discs.
This was the generation of music instrument games, and Rock Band 3 was probably the height of the "fad." Though the addition of keyboard play was helpful, but the clincher was the vast amount of available songs, which included almost everything from Rock Band 1 and 2, Rock Band Green Day and uh, LEGO Rock Band. You might be desperately trying to get rid of your plastic controllers now, but in the time before Goodwill forbid the donation of any more guitar peripherals, RB3 gave us a shared experience worth remembering.
It's hard to believe that we're already up to what's essentially Call of Duty 12, but it really has been that long since Modern Warfare revolutionized first-person shooters. The fast-paced gameplay and now-standard level progression system came part-and-parcel with an action-packed campaign that has been emulated in dozens, if not hundreds of games ever since. Black Ops II might be considered the apex of the series in some circles, but we've gotta give due respect to the progenitor.