Any fan of the Xbox 360 knows you will never be short of sports games to play. But which ones are the very best? From basketball to soccer, here is a look at our top five.
When the fast-paced Trials Evolution racing game came out in 2011, it was one of the best racing games seen in a long time, and it still holds up today. It received universal acclaim from critics upon its release. The object of the game is simple: complete the course as quickly as you can with as few crashes as possible. You will also have to avoid more and more obstacles as the levels progress. It is an old-school idea coupled with amazing graphics and smooth modern gameplay, and it is a heck of a lot of fun to play as you evolve through the trials of Trials Evolution.
The twelfth game in the NBA 2K series came out in 2010, and it ended up being one of the best basketball games available for the Xbox 360. Under a year after its release on various platforms, NBA 2K11 had sold 5.5 million copies globally. The basketball simulation game is great fun to play, and it is elevated to new heights by its realistic depictions of the National Basketball Association. There are modes where you can choose real or customizable players at different points in their NBA careers, and you can play through different simulated seasons. There are also two new modes in NBA 2K11 that focus on Michael Jordan. Although NBA 2K11 is arguably the best basketball game available for the Xbox 360, there are plenty of other exciting basketball games available on other platforms, including the hoop-tastic Basketball Star slot game at Casumo casino.
Madden NFL 15
The best Madden NFL game for the Xbox 360 has to be this one. This EA Sports football game was released in 2014. Madden NFL 15 is a return to form for the franchise. Longstanding fans of the series will love the gameplay and features, but the game is also ideal for anyone who has not yet played a Madden NFL video game. Interestingly, as with other games in the series, EA Sports conducted a vote for fans to elect the athlete who would appear on the cover art of Madden NFL 15. It was the Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman who won the vote, and his teammates are also included on the game’s start menu.
Fight Night Round 4
The fourth game in the boxing series by EA Sports is the best of the bunch and packs a punch. It was released for Xbox 360 in 2009. Fight Night Round 4 contains 48 licensed real-life boxers, including Ricky Hatton, Mike Tyson, and Muhammad Ali. The game also improves upon its predecessor with new physics-based controls, a redesigned Career Mode, and a new Legacy Mode. There is also more focus on counter punching. Furthermore, Fight Night Round 4 was the very first game to include Flyweight and Bantamweight classes. In addition to featuring some of the best real-life boxers the sport has ever known, the game features 12 real arenas, including the MGM Grand and Boardwalk Hall.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
PES 2018 was the final game in the series to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3. It is also the last game in the series to feature Super Cup, Europa Cup, and UEFA Champions League licenses and the Borussia Dortmund partnership. So, it is a good job that the seventeenth title in the Pro Evolution franchise is arguably the best. The great thing is, every element that made the previous titles so good has been left untouched, while plenty of new features and modes have been added to elevate the gameplay. PES 2018 includes Random Selection Match, Online Co-op, new lifelike player models, and new menus with images of real players. When this game was launched, the online gaming magazine Gamespot called it the most satisfying soccer game ever made, and it certainly still feels that way a couple of years later.
The Xbox 360 has enjoyed its best ever US sales month in December, according to the latest NPD sales data released. PS3's total sales for November-December are just 1.74 million compared to Xbox 360's 3.27 million.
Although the DS was the highest selling system of the month, the 360 recorded its best ever figures, shifting 1.9 million units, and was the only console to see a year-on-year sales increase. Impressive figures, considering it ran out of stock before the end of the month.
NPD also revealed the US top 10 for the entire year, with Black Ops coming out on top, just as it did in the UK. Here's how the chasing pack measured up:
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