The Xbox 360 Games of Winter 2007

If 2006 was a springboard year for Microsoft's Xbox 360, then 2007 will be the year it leaps onto a trampoline and pulls off triple spin-flips. This year is thick and juicy with great games no matter how you dice it.

It's actually a little scary. Whether they are first- or third-party games, exclusives, or big-time franchises, this year will bring blockbusters on a massive scale -- Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV are coming out on the same system in the same season. Then there is Mass Effect, Forza 2, Too Human, Crackdown, Assassin's Creed, BioShock, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, The Darkness, and dozens more.

Developers have familiarized themselves with the Xbox 360's three core heart, learned how to appropriately design Achievements, drilled down into Xbox Live, and started making their games look awful pretty. With Gears of War setting the tone for top-level graphics, rival developers will heed the call and step up their games to new levels. Developers will step up gameplay, too, not just graphics. Look for substantial jumps in AI and new gameplay that sprouts from robust physics.

The first three months of 2007 kick it off. In today's feature, IGN picked and previewed the top 10 titles of the winter (January, February and March) to provide you with a head-start on the party. Check our top 10 picks, as well s those games that have already snuck out (Lost Planet and NCAA March Madness 07), while keeping your other eye on Samurai Warriors 2 Empires, Bullet Witch, Earth Defense Force, and Fuzion Frenzy 2

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Anerythristic265988d ago

I only want Crackdown , Lost Planet ( I buy this Friday ) and Two Worlds. It's going to be slow for me sorta. I might get to play some older games I never purchased.

UrbanJabroni5988d ago

Did anyone notice that, apart from Virtua tennis, these games look light years beyond what we saw a year ago? Across the board there is some major improvement.

Note to PS3 fanboys: I said "better than a year ago", not "freaking awesome" or "Better than PS3", just improving. ;)

ahmedbagoun5987d ago

the 360 has only two good execlusives coming out which is halo and mass effect. i had good hopes for last planet but it recieved a 7.9 from gametrailers. i also don't think forza2 is AAA title. the rest are either multiplatforms or average games.
i know someone will bring up the PS3 so i will do it. i do believe the ps3 will have better titles this year than the 360. just think about it MGS4, DMC4, Ratchet and Clank, VF%5,(later for 360), KZ3, Heavenlysword, and i have to go now but will finish later.

GaMr-5987d ago

Appearently people haven't seen what over hyping does to things. Examples "Sony's entire launch of the PS3" and personally in my opinion I dont think lost planet lived up to its hype either. Its an ok game. But I heard speculations of it being up there with Gears. Yea right. No where near gears but a ok game non the less.

Anerythristic265987d ago (Edited 5987d ago )

This article is about SOME of the titles that are coming out for the 360 Jan thru March. You guys are bringing up the game releases for an entire year.

The 360 has alot of excellent games coming out in my opinion. Just like it is your opinion that those "allegedly" exclusive PS3 titles are titles I want.

Hmm , I want to play Bioshock , I don't want to watch MGS4. I want to play Mass Effect , I don't want to kid it up with Ratchet and Clank. See what I'm getting at , to each his own.

The problem the PS3 has is most people agree with me , just look at the sales figures. Alot of your "exclusives" should actually make thier way over to my machine , Developers are Fanboys of Installed Base.

cannonsimp245987d ago

Guitar Hero II. that has got to be on the top ten

Rooted_Dust5987d ago

Number 1 maybe, that is the most addictive game I have ever played and one of the most fun games ever.

super bill5987d ago

the ps3 will have better games this year.what a joke you are rachet and clank dmc4 mgs4 vf5which is coming to the360 is better than the 360 has to having a laugh aren,t you.those ps3 games i mention are for kids aren,t they.seems to me the ps3 is a kids console why the 360 is a man,s console with man,s games.

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