As if beating the hell out of your opponents in the original “Street Fighter IV” wasn’t enough, Capcom decided to release a charged up “Super” version of the game that contains the inclusion of ten new characters in addition to the original 25. Deemed “too large” for a DLC, the title also includes additional online modes like Team Battle which supports up to 8 players, a replay channel, and an Endless Battle mode for a rotating group of 8 players to go up against each other.
Originally panned by early critics for seeming like nothing more than a quick cash grab, Capcom certainly proved them wrong with the game’s success both online and in console arcades.
Minecraft may have began as a single player game, but it's seen numerous updates over the years, including the addition of a multiplayer mode that's been improved upon to the point where it's become the single most popular multiplayer game on the Xbox 360, with even more players than popular first person shooters.
Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it plays like a sort of multiplayer game of Lego, in which players can craft castles and kingdoms to their hearts content, or explore the procedurally generated wilderness for adventures that are unlike anything they've ever encountered.
The game's content makes it perfectly suitable for family entertainment, much more so than any other title on this list.
Left 4 Dead 2
Though PC gamers would argue that it’s best played on its native platform due to the faster release of patches and free DLC content, Left 4 Dead 2 is nothing less than a blast to play on the Xbox 360. Playing the game with a mouse and keyboard might be fun for many, but playing it in front of a large TV with a home surround system offers a whole different experience that’s no less compelling.
Teaming up with three other individuals (who may be controlled by somewhat lacklustre AI if a player isn’t around to fill the spot), the four main characters have only each other to trust as they go up against hordes of zombies in a bid to survive the apocalypse.
It’s tactical teamwork and cooperative gameplay at its finest, especially on the game’s harder difficulty levels.
NBA 2K13/Madden 13/FIFA 13
These three series each cater to their respective sports: soccer, American football, and basketball. They're the best of what they have to offer, with few other games coming close what they have to offer in terms of competitive multiplayer gameplay.
Developed by EA Sports, FIFA 13 is the premier soccer title, and one that contains almost every international league within its roster. Every player in the world is meticulously remade for the game.
Likewise, Madden series is updated each and every year with a new roster that accurately reflects the sport as it exists in the real world. The game also sees the inclusion of better AI and graphics to make it as realistic as it can possibly get. With any luck, the next-gen versions of the series will be indistinguishable from the real thing.
The NBA 2K series by 2K Games may not be an EA Sports title, but that doesn't make them any less popular—or good, compared to their EA counterparts. The game is the best in class for basketball games.