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Are XBLA Games Getting Better?

Xbox Live Arcade launched with the Xbox 360 back in November 2005. At first it was populated with retro arcade games and modest (but awesome) new titles like Geometry Wars. But four and a half years later we've got first-person shooters like Battlefield 1943 and enormous efforts like Shadow Complex that continually raise our expectations of what a downloadable game can deliver. So XBLA games are getting bigger and more sophisticated -- but are they getting "better?" Downloadable games were new territory for consoles back in 2005, so as developers learn the ropes of what does and doesn't work are the fruits of their labors getting sweeter?

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dangert122335d ago

i played a few trails on some new games including toy soldiers and kept saying i want this

ape0072335d ago

a huge major release, gonna be the greatest arcade game of the year, maybe ever

xbla ftw

Cajun Chicken2335d ago (Edited 2335d ago )

I've liked the idea of XBLA games right from the beginning really, I'm glad that games over the last 2 years have stopped this thing where you have to unlock bits that were already in the game, a bit like what happened with Lumines Live and Bomberman Live. These kind of things were very annoying.

As it stands my 360 has Geometry Wars, Geometry Wars 2, Space Giraffe, Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Lumines Live, The Maw, Rez HD and Shadow Complex. I admittedly have a much larger list of games bought from PSN.

If I have a choice, I mainly choose to get multiplat digital games on PSN because of having more hard drive space as I've been stuck with a 20GB HDD on my 360 and game installs really do help get rid of the noise, but also get rid of space and I can use the online features for free on PSN versions. PSN releases of the same games on XBLA months, or even years later are worth the wait because you often get additional features.

I'm considering of getting Serious Sam HD, but I hear it's a big game and I know I'll have to get an equally sized game when Second Encounter, probably as an expansion pack comes out and I already own every game of Serious Sam on nearly every system, because each one plays or looks a little bit different.
I have about 7 GB left on my 360 and that rapidly decreases when I do a game install. Other XBLA games I can't wait for are Doom 2, Quake III and possibly Perfect Dark because I never played it properly before, I'm also very tempted to get both the old Banjo Kazooies.