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Best Xbox 360 games: multiplayer hits you might have missed

Bored of the summer already? Check out these fallen giants

As with Dracula, the console industry's powers are at their weakest when the sun is at its brightest. Summer is a hibernation period, with consumer purchasing power at low ebb and publishers consequently disinclined to roll out many new releases. Cue much gloom-and-doom talk of industry recession, umpteen "best games of the year so far" features and the "death" of whichever platform happens to be on shelves at the time.

The swelling digital racket has made up a bit of lost ground in recent years, with Microsoft's regular Summer of Arcade parties reaping sizeable returns and long-legged DLC initiatives keeping us glued to six-month-old games. And of course, there's always the multiplayer scene, capable of infinite gratification providing the base offering tickles your fancy. Here are a few games you may want to revisit, till the likes of Borderlands 2, Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 arrive.

Quake Wars: Enemy Territory
Quake Wars holds a special place in my heart: it's one of the first multiplayer titles I ever reviewed, and while it looks distinctly washed-out and feature-light alongside the latest Halo and Battlefield sequels, that grimly muddy vision of future warfare remains distinctive, like a first-person Tiberium Wars. Highlights, in hindsight: the spectacle of a Tormentor descending through low-hanging pollution, raining Strockets; the glee of bouncing right over GDF lines in the arms of an Icarus jumpsuit.

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