Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
If going military isn't your vibe, maybe going animal is. This top notch transition of the PC hit adds all kinds of cool gameplay elements, wrapped in an engaging world and sealed with great multiplayer. Unleash the beast.
It takes some serious muscle to overpower the curse of the movie license, which might explain how this stylish, exciting brawler beats its way onto this list. Come out and play - we promise you won't get hurt.
No racing series quite matches the frantic energy of Burnout, so consider the most recent version to scratch your itch to shift. Tons of modes, tons of speed, tons of crashes - simply tons of vehicular fun.
Our favorite Xbox game for the first half of 2005 makes a great holiday buy, especially considering the low price tag. Sam Fisher's cat and mouse multiplayer is still an unrivaled, nerve-wracking experience.
All this violence getting you down? Then analyze yourself in this quirky, creative adventure from the mind behind the Monkey Island series. Thanks to the varied gameplay and genuinely good script, your brain will thank you.
This also might be a bit on the older side, but at a mere twenty bucks it's a role-playing steal. Embark on a journey through fantastical Eastern worlds in an effort to save your master and hone your martial arts skills.