TA Top Five: Games of 2005 / 2006

By Cee Jay,
As part of our TrueAchievements Game Of The Generation Awards, it gives me great pleasure to bring you the first in a series of articles as we ‘TA Top Five’ time warp through the Xbox 360’s best games.

Now sit back whilst we take you back to 2005 / 2006 and to the launch of the 360; back then achievements were a new concept and developers were still getting to grips with the new console.

Honourable Mentions

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Achievements - Bizarre Creations - November, 2005
Community Rating – 3.7 | Metacritic Score – 86

Geometry Wars


A minute to learn, a lifetime to master, Geometry Wars has you flying through space whilst trying to shoot and avoid neon shapes; it’s simple, addictive and very difficult. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was the most downloaded XBLA game until it was supplanted by Uno. Not bad for a game that started its life as a Project Gotham Racing 2 mini-game.

Fight Night Round 3 Achievements - EA Chicago - February, 2006
Community Rating – 3.2 | Metacritic Score – 86

Fight Night Round 3


Simply put, in Fight Night Round 3 EA had created the best sports game around at the time. As well as the expected improvements from the previous Fight Night, popular new gameplay elements, such as career mode and classic fights, were introduced. As it’s an easy completion, it’s still popular today.

Saints Row Achievements - Volition - August, 2006
Community Rating – 3.5 | Metacritic Score – 81

Saints Row


The first of the Saints games was an unexpected success. Whilst initially viewed as a Grand Theft Auto wannabe, it soon became clear that the Volition game surpassed the Rockstar games in many ways. Loved for its silly activities and fun open-world gameplay and with over 2 million copies sold, another trip to Stilwater became a question of when and not if.

Viva Piñata Achievements - Rare - November, 2006
Community Rating – 3.5 | Metacritic Score – 84

Viva Piñata


Released to positive reviews, Rare’s Viva Piñata is possibly one of the best life development simulations ever. Players are tasked with maintaining a plot of land to attract Piñatas and then getting them to interact with one another. Easy to control and brimming with replay value and cuteness, it’s hard to put down once you’ve started.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas Achievements - Ubisoft Montreal - November, 2006
Community Rating – 3.7 | Metacritic Score – 88

Rainbow Six Vegas


The third Tom Clancy game of 2006 was comfortably the best of the three. Excellent graphics and gameplay didn’t go to waste when they were combined with an exciting story and perfectly balanced multiplayer. Rainbow Six Vegas was the shot in the arm the series needed, much to the delight of its fans.

The Fine Five

Condemned: Criminal Origins Achievements - Monolith Productions - November, 2005
Community Rating – 3.6 | Metacritic Score – 81



In this first-person game, you play as Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer. Condemned is a scary game from the offset; minimum lighting, spooky sounds and enemies that jump out at you all contribute to a very disturbing atmosphere. The tension is further raised by limiting guns / ammunition and putting the focus squarely on melee combat. The forensic investigations may be a bit of a distraction and the story a touch crazy, but played at night in a darkened room, the experience is well worth the nightmare about mannequins that you’ll soon be having.

Call of Duty 2 Achievements - Infinity Ward – November, 2005
Community Rating - 3.8 | Metacritic Score - 89



This is the game that, in many ways, started the XBL multiplayer ball rolling on the Xbox 360. Graphically superior to any of the other launch titles, it was widely used as the face of the console, and this resulted in more than three-quarters of gamers buying it amongst their launch titles. An exciting action-packed campaign was expertly blended together with next-gen sound and brilliantly addictive multiplayer. The result? Infinity Ward had created what today is the best-selling franchise of the generation.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Achievements - Bethesda Softworks - March, 2006
Community Rating – 4.4 | Metacritic Score - 94



A return to Tamriel was Bethesda’s first foray into the generation and what an adventure it turned out to be, winning the Golden Joystick Ultimate Game of the Year Award in 2006. Oblivion delighted gamers with impressive graphics, massive open-world gameplay and Patrick Stewart. Stories don’t get told much bigger or better than this Elder Scrolls outing. You start in prison and end up saving the world from a Daedric invasion. Be it as a wizard, warrior or thief, time spent in Oblivion was time well spent.

Dead Rising (Xbox 360) Achievements - Capcom - August, 2006
Community Rating – 3.7 | Metacritic Score - 85

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In the first zombie game for the Xbox 360, you play as Frank West, a photojournalist who sneaks into a Willamette mall to investigate a zombie outbreak. Armed with only his trusty camera and whatever else he can find, can Frank save all the shoppers from certain death and solve the mystery? An open-world game that is both praised and hated for its save game system and steep learning curve, it probably involves several restarts before Frank is levelled up enough to make it to the other side of the mall. Fun achievements and a fun concept are just some of the reasons it has spawned three sequels.

Gears of War Achievements - Epic Games November, 2006
Community Rating – 4.1 | Metacritic Score – 94



In the fastest-selling video game of 2006, Marcus Fenix’s Delta Squad faced off against a Locust Horde hell-bent on destroying humanity. It had an exciting co-op campaign and addictive four-on-four multiplayer action, complete with well-designed maps that took advantage of the game's cover mechanic. Epic’s gorgeous third-person shooter was possibly the best looking game on the 360 so far and, with excellent controls, multiplayer, chainsaw guns and carnage, Gears has everything a shooter fan could ever want and more.

The TA Team will be bringing you The TA Top Five for each year of the 360 era until we hit this year. Did we miss a game you loved? If so, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Cee Jay
Written by Cee Jay
Admin, Moderation Manager and longest serving staff member, also a member of the Community and Events Team and host of the annual Game of the Year Awards. Likes RPG's and good stories, hates anything multiplayer.
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  • Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:35Permalink
    That Gears of War trailer STILL gives me goosebumps.
    TrueAchievements Editorial Manager | Twitter: @osubluejacket | "In Soviet Russia, game plays you!"
  • Mr RodsterMr Rodster1,430,085
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:39Permalink
    It's nice to compare these near-launch titles to the beauties of today and then think of what the One will be able to do in eight years. I can't wait...
  • drabikdrabik333,861
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:40Permalink
    Is it bad that after all these years, I've only played 3 of the games on this list (including honourable mentions)? redface
    [20:15:34] Dimmock : Turtles never lose, they live longer then us so it is at worst a delayed win.
  • DzlDzl73,958
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:45Permalink
    The original Need for Speed Most wanted was one of my personal favourite games for a good while after that was released :) Pretty sure it was released somewhere around 2005/2006.
  • Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:53Permalink
    osubluejacket said:
    That Gears of War trailer STILL gives me goosebumps.
    It was a stunning trailer. It was all just worked so perfectly.
  • DullestIIDullestII229,524
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:54Permalink
    Dem Nostalgic feels are coming back in cry
    ?Life changing comment above?
  • SpilnerSpilner733,039
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:55Permalink
    Viva Piñata will always be my favourite game from the 360s launch.
    You either hate me or fucking hate me
  • Posted on 15 November 13 at 14:56Permalink
    osubluejacket said:
    That Gears of War trailer STILL gives me goosebumps.
    Same here! Just got chills as I watched it.
    - CT -
  • matdanmatdan677,370
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:05Permalink
    Some that were missed Test Drive Unlimited, Hitman Blood Money, BF2MC, F.E.A.R, Far Cry IP, Burnout Revenge, THAW, Gun, Most Wanted 2005 and GRAW 1. All I would say are part of the classic titles of 360.

    Call of Duty 2 was nothing special in a worn genre I preferred Vegas 1 still a great game many years later.
  • MomijiMomiji665,261
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:07Permalink
    That trailer is the reason i bought an xbox way back then
    Gow1 is still my favourite mp game with close to 50k kills in execution!

    Also glad to see viva pinata getting some love i dont know why i like it soo much especially when its the complete opposite of what i usually play laugh
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ReazieTV
  • pezza888pezza888110,012
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:07Permalink
    VenoraX said:
    The original Need for Speed Most wanted was one of my personal favourite games for a good while after that was released :) Pretty sure it was released somewhere around 2005/2006.
    Yes that game is in my opinion the best game of all time.
  • AlonsoFiveAlonsoFive383,065
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:08Permalink
    Glad to see Gears on there. My personal favourite of all time, not just 05/06.
    Sleep is so overrated.
  • Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:09Permalink
    Project Gotham 3?
    It still plays and looks decent today.
    That Gears trailer was what gears used to be about and what most of us loved.
  • Achilles337Achilles337531,369
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:09Permalink
    I still remember going to the movie theater and seeing that Gears of War trailer with the previews and saying "Holy Shit, that will be awesome!"
    All great games for their time and some still amazing even now - Condemned, still one of my all time favorites
    Go LSU and SAINTS!!
  • pacnick11pacnick1124,922
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:12Permalink
    Call of Duty 2!
  • Clever JakeClever Jake464,513
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:20Permalink
    Wave 0 of Horde said:
    Project Gotham 3?
    It still plays and looks decent today.
    That Gears trailer was what gears used to be about and what most of us loved.
    If I had an 11th pick it would have probably been this or Need for Speed: Most Wanted, whilst I try to get all the big games it's just not possible.

    This will get worse once we hit the 'good' years.
  • Watty8883Watty88831,667,394
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:25Permalink
    Kameo,Just Cause,Enchanted Arms,Amped 3 and DOA 4 are all worth a mention from my point of view.
  • AeriBouSAeriBouS535,609
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:29Permalink
    I would toss out condemned, that game was horrible. Trying to find collectibles in piles of garbage. Shadow run should take its place. At least shadow run was trying to think outside the box.
    I wrote here once on accident and this is what I wrote to never see the original post again.
  • Clever JakeClever Jake464,513
    Posted on 15 November 13 at 15:33, Edited on 15 November 13 at 15:35 by Clever JakePermalink
    I wonder how many votes these games from the first year of the 360's life will get? I'd be surprised if any made the top 25.
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