Top Five Xbox 360 Games of the Summer

2009 has been unusually slow for the Xbox 360 so far, especially when it comes to games released by Microsoft Game Studios. Fortunately, third-party companies are willing to pick up the slack during the early parts of the year, especially in the summer. So which new games will stand out the most in the season? Here are the top five summer video games on the Xbox 360.

5. Madden NFL 10
Publisher: ES Sports, Developer: EA Tiburon, Release Date: August 14, ESRB Rating: RP
The only football game in town is back for another year of dominance. Visual improvements include new depth of field effects while gameplay additions include gang tackling and the Wildcat offense. Not to mention that this summer title includes new online modes like franchise and cooperative. Madden NFL 10 may end up being the best football game ever.

4. Wolfenstein
Publisher: Activision, Developer: Raven Software, Release Date: August 4, ESRB Rating: M
The classic first-person shooting series returns with a vengeance. Wolfenstein continues the storyline from Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Fans can expect some nifty superpowers like the ability to slow down time. With the addition of multiplayer to boot, Wolfenstein is set to become the best first-person shooter for the Xbox 360 this summer.

3. King of Fighters XII
Publisher: SNK Playmore, Developer: SNK Playmore, Release Date: July 16, ESRB Rating: T
It is rare to see a 2D high-definition title nowadays. King of Fighters XII is one of the better looking fighting games thanks to the highly detailed sprites and super smooth animations. This Xbox 360 summer game also brings back the classic fighting system the King of Fighters series is known for. Add in 20 fighters and you have yourself the fighting game to get this summer.

2. Prototype
Publisher: Activision, Developer: Radical Entertainment, Release Date: June 9, ESRB Rating: M
Prototype is an open-ended superhero game about destruction. You play as a character with several transformation abilities that can be used for causing chaos and destruction. Jumping high and running fast is also the name of this summer game. So if you are looking for a game where you can simply play around throughout the summer, Prototype is the perfect sandbox title.

1. Red Faction: Guerrilla
Publisher: THQ, Developer: Volition, Release Date: June 2, ESRB Rating: M
After the long hiatus, the Red Faction series is back with a vengeance. Red Faction: Guerrilla switched from first-person to the third-person perspective. The sequel also take destructible environments to the next level as almost everything can de destroyed. Not to mention that Red Faction: Guerrilla is open-ended and non-linear, giving the player freedom to tackle the mission at hand. So if you can only get one Xbox 360 game this summer, make it Red Faction: Guerrilla.