Top 10 XBox 360 Shooters
These hit the mark
 Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
Valve had the gall to stick five games it already released on PC, sell it at full retail price to 360 gamers and expect its console debut to be a success? Yes, the Seattle-based developer did, it was a massive hit and in retrospect we can see why too. It was an excellent port of an acclaimed PC exclusive that was widely untouched by console gamers. To the 15 hours or so of the most creative and lateral-thinking man’s shooters we’ve played was two extra episodes, manic co-operative shooter fun from Team Fortress 2 and a brand new, pithy, pitch-black puzzle game in the form of Portal. Such value for money hasn’t been heard of since.
 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
A curious, if controversial beginning opened out into one of the most thrilling shooters on the 360, surpassed only by the new benchmark Infinity Ward set in multiplayer.
 Halo Reach
Bungee’s swan song for the series was a prequel to the events of the original Halo. This setting might have been considered a massive cop out except for the fact that the game was bloody amazing.
 Gears Of war 2
Developer: Epic Games
Building on the already groundbreaking original, Gears Of War 2 actually featured a giant Rift Worm that munched its way through the foundations of several cities. On every level, it was unbelievably better than Gears Of War.
Developer: Irrational Games
Rapture was an underwater work of art and genius, and Bioshock was so good that 2K Games bought the studio, renamed it to something more generic before thinking better of it and changing the name back again.
Developer: Platinum Games
The game that Shinji Mikami left his mark all over was approached cautiously by most people, before they discovered how much fun could be had sliding around on your bum and bashing giant robots.
 Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE
After the original there was little doubt that Bad Company 2 would be an excellent game, but DICE established itself as EA’s online warfare experts with a modern combat sequel that continues to thrill.
 Dead Space 2
Developer: Visceral Games
Multiplayer was a bonus for Visceral’s massively anticipated survival horror sequel, but Dead Space 2’s campaign is where the real horrors lurks. By that we mean fun, of course.
 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Developer: Monolith Productions
Left with a handful of unanswered questions from the first game, it was up to Monolith to return with a reply. Fortunately, that petrifying brat and her minions furnishes us with satisfying answers.
 Rainbow Six: Vegas
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
A big overhaul in the series plus a curious strip-lit and casino-strewn environment resulted in a potentially problematic tactical shooter turning into one of the highlights of the year.