Halo 4 offers much in the way of competitive multiplayer battles thanks to the newly implemented War Games mode, which is made up of at least a dozen different playlists for players to experience. There's regular deathmatch, capture the flag, and variants thereof, as well as mode spectacular modes like SWAT—which is a one-hit kill Counter-Strike-inspired mode, and Grifball.
In addition to its competitive multiplayer modes, Halo 4 also offers a host of multiplayer co-op maps that serve as an extension of the game's single-player campaign, set six months after the events of the game. Titled Spartan Ops, the mode is playable cooperatively by up to four players.
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 is the third chapter in the original Gears trilogy, though it's not final chapter in the Gears of War franchise—which is continued through Gears of War: Judgment, the start of a new trilogy of prequels.
Gears of War 3 offers one of the best cooperative experiences on the Xbox 360 and also one of the most visceral competitive multiplayer modes, as players go up against each other in team-vs-team battles and in Horde mode, where players face off against increasingly difficult tides of enemies.
Like the previous titles in the trilogy, Gears allows players to take on the roles of Marcus and Dominic, the two brothers in arms, through the game's single-player co-op campaign.
Red Dead Redemption
I'd be doing John Marston a great disservice by calling “Red Dead Redemption” a “Grand Theft Auto” game set in the Wild West. It's a lot more than that. It's a gripping tale of a former outlaw seeking redemption of his past crimes by doing the government's bidding to save his family. Well, I suppose that's not too different from Niko Bellic wanting to take revenge on the man who murdered his squad in the Balkan War. Needless to say, Rockstar tells a good story and “Redemption” is no exception.
Much of the game consists of walking around like a cowboy who's armed to the teeth and showing the outlaws who's boss around these parts. You take on the role of sheriff's deputy, revolutionary, and government marshall as you make your way across the blistering sands of New Austin to the unstable edge of Mexico that stands at the brink of war with itself.
And that’s just the single player game.
“Red Dead Redemption” in multiplayer feels like a whole different experience thanks to the inclusion of other players and “free roam” mode. Both a cooperative and competitive experience, players can form into posses to take out computer-controlled hideouts together or go up against rival human gangs for massive shootouts with up to 16 players. Players who level up and complete challenges can unlock faster steeds, better guns, player titles and a wide variety of skins. It’s interesting to note that the new Undead Nightmare content pack also adds a couple of new modes that pit players against hordes of zombies. Not bad for a DLC.