21 Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Fighter has been around longer than most fighting game fans can remember, but the innovator of 3D hand-to-hand combat is still pushing the envelope. Following up on the excellent 2003 "Evolution" title, Sega AM2 hit arcades and consoles with one of the sharpest, most technical fighting games to date. Virtua Fighter 5 not only brought back the heavily polished gameplay from past installments, but it also gave the series an insane
graphical facelift. On the Xbox 360, the highlights shine and the colors look amazingly rich. And that's nothing to speak of the rebalanced fighting engine, in which a split-second reaction can stop any combo dead in its tracks. If you're looking for worthy opponents outside of your local neighborhood, Xbox 360 owners are in luck, as Virtua Fighter 5 Online also brings to the table a solid online play mode with extra goodies for talented martial artists.