The Xbox Live Arcade service has gone from somewhat of a novel way to experience nostalgia to a vital cog in the Xbox 360’s gaming experience. In recent times it’s became quite apparent that the service has became something of desirable location to place new ideas, fresh concepts and bring popular indie titles to the masses. While people may claim modern day gaming has become a stale and repetitive mess which only seems to support people looking for big guns and dumb gameplay Xbox Live Arcade is the perfect counter claim.
The range of games on offer on the service is truly outstanding. Old classics in all their glory with an attractive price tag have always been a core foundation of Xbox Live Arcade and for the most part the selection of classics has been impressive (with the odd disappearance of few games due to companies going bust such as Midway) but things started to get more interesting when remakes began to show up. The trend of remaking games in HD visuals has been stronger than ever, with the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill being the latest titles to recive face lifts, it should be remembered that Xbox Live Arcade (and PSN) started the trend off. These old classics with new visuals (and sometimes new game mechanics) added a new depth to the service as well as introducing some true classics to a new generation. I always had a interest in how classic titles would turn out when given a modern spin and Xbox Live Arcade satisfied my interest while providing countless hours of great game experiences. Of course games such as Doom made an impact on the service and with the addition of online co-op it was clear that Xbox Live Arcade gave people new ways of experiencing old favourites.