Platform(s): Windows, Xbox 360
Year Released: 2006

A military sci-fi featuring beautifully rendered, and somewhat disturbing, visuals and some of the Xbox 360's most addictive multiplayer and co-op modes, Gears of War is maybe the only so-called Halo-killer that could actually live up to the hype. The game's cover and strategic fire mechanics were particularly well-received, plus, the Lancer is easily one of the most iconic weapons of the past decade. I ask you: what's better than an assault rifle with a mounted chainsaw bayonet when you're fending off futuristic, subterranean goons? Nothing.