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Top 5 Xbox 360 Games Coming Later In 2012

Of course HALO 4 is part of this list. It’s one of the most anticipated games of the year.

A few days ago, We published our list of the top-5 PlayStation 3 games coming later in 2012. This time, we’d like to list the games that we’re looking forward to playing on our Xbox 360’s.

Even though there weren’t any notable first-party exclusive releases for the 360, the console still sold well and was home to the exclusive hardcore RPG, The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition. In addition, there was a wealth of quality Xbox Live Arcade exclusives like the million selling Minecraft, Trials Evolution, and Alan Wake: American Nightmare to be found, proving that there still are great games to be only found on the Xbox 360.

We’re now on the second half of 2012 and oh boy, are there a lot of great exclusive and third-party games coming to the system. Check out our list of the top 5 Xbox 360 games coming later in 2012 after the break.

Notice: Please note that I won’t be putting Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Resident Evil 6 in this list as I’ve already listed them as games that JTM Games is looking forward to playing on the PS3.

Honorable mentions:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Sleeping Dogs

Autobots, Decepticons, Dinobots, Combaticons? Transformer overload.

5. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

A direct sequel to High Noon’s Transformers: War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron is a much darker story and focuses on the final battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons leading to the fall of their home planet. It’s also a bigger game with more characters, more weapons, and more epic set pieces that really drive home the destruction of the planet Cybertron. The developers also added a new horde-type game mode, but decided to take away the two-player campaign co-op from the original.

One of the new additions that I’m really excited for is the inclusion of the famous Dinobots. The Autobots have Grimlock, Snarl, Slag, Swoop, and Sludge. And I haven’t even started on the multiplayer game modes, including the deeper Autobot/Decepticon character creator featuring hundreds of parts and colors to choose from.

Hardcore CS gameplay on the console, with optional casual/competitive separation.

4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth game in the CS franchise and one that is supported by the many Counter-Strike councils and the community. Global Offensive is a downloadable title that will be available for the Xbox 360 later this year and will hopefully appeal to both casual and hardcore players looking for a FPS that requires teamwork and coordination.

The great thing about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is that the game caters to both casual and hardcore. Newer players can choose Casual mode, and they will not be forced to play with competitive players. As well, within each mode there’s going to be skill-based matchmaking. So even if the you’re “casual competitive” player, you’ll be ranked and play against people of like skill. What that means is the pros will play with other pros, the casuals will play with the casuals.

For more information on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, check out our interview with Valve’s Ido Magal.

Thousands of guns, thousands of combinations, thousands more hours of first-person shooter cooperative multiplayer mayhem.

3. Borderlands 2

You can probably tell by reading our writer Brooke Fargo’s experiences with the original Borderlands, that its sequel Borderlands 2 is definitely a game that’s a “Must-Buy” here at JTM Games. Developer Gearbox is looking to expand pretty much everything in the game; that means more guns, more add-ons, and of course new character classes. Gearbox is has also worked on tweaking enemy AI so that they’re more likely to dive behind cover and give players more of a challenge this time around.

Drive the open-world of Colorado USA and challenge other racers (AI) or go online and drive/compete with others.

2. Forza Horizon

Handled by Turn 10 Studios, this brand new Forza takes the franchise in a different direction. For the first time in the franchise, players will be able to drive through an large, open-world location based in the USA. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Forza title without it’s signature realistic cars, handling, model damage, and physics.

In what seems like a Test Drive Unlimited-style game mode, Forza Horizon allows players to go up to any AI car and challenge them to instant races anywhere in the game world. There are also other traditional and unique racing events that can be played on-and-offline.

Master Chief is ready to return, and he’s bringing Majestic Squad with him.

1. Halo 4

I originally had my doubts about HALO 4 being developed by 343 Industries and not Bungie. Imagine my relief when Microsoft showed the live-demo of their brand new shooter at E3. Not only does the game look and feel like a traditional HALO game, it also introduces new game modes and online functionalities that look like they’ll be greatly appreciated by casual and hardcore HALO fans.

Oh and players will definitely learn more about Master Chief (if they haven’t already read the novels) as 343 Industries has said in interviews that they plan to explore Master Chief’s character and background in more depth. On the multiplayer side, player can choose from War Games (the traditional competitive multiplayer mode) and Spartan Ops (an episodic, narrative driven multiplayer mode). While the single-player campaign focuses on Master Chief’s newest adventure, Spartan Ops introduces a new Spartan squad called Majestic squad. Perfect for online-cooperative action that’s reminsicent of Modern Warfare‘s spec ops mode.

There you have it folks, our top 5 Xbox 360 games coming later in 2012. Are there games that your excited for that we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Posted on July 9, 2012, in Gaming Top Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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