Try our new beta!Click here
Submitted by ktchong 2988d ago | review

Wired Review: Why Xbox Originals Need A Major Overhaul

Wired Game|Life - Susan Arendt, December 07, 2007:

"Preserving the classics is all well and good, but at what price?"

Arendt reviews Xbox Originals on Xbox 360 and reveals many problems: glitchy emulation, buggy gameplay, a lack of Achievements and extra features, the $15 asking price for each old title, and the lack of current game selection. (Fable, Halo: Combat Evolved, Psychonauts, Xbox, Xbox 360) -

WilliamRLBaker  +   2988d ago
Agreed, they could easily have added achievements at the 360 level, online would have been harder but achievements could have been done and would have added a nice quality to the games and replayability for those that all ready have em.
#1 (Edited 2988d ago ) | Agree(3) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
The Milkman  +   2988d ago
This could have been realy good idea if they would have enabled private chat and achievements for the Xbox originals. Otherwise I can just go buy the disc and maybe even find a used one cheaper and with more features than the downloaded content one. Unless you have a 120gb HDD and you want to use that space for something, I wouldnt even consider it.
Silver360  +   2988d ago
They couldn't have added achievments
As least not without opening up the game and rewriting the the game code. Achievements are part of game code and adding them to the code at this late date could have caused the game to crash in new and f'd up ways. And let's be honest the days for most of these games belong in the past.
#3 (Edited 2988d ago ) | Agree(3) | Disagree(1) | Report | Reply
WilliamRLBaker  +   2988d ago
they could have
they could have easily done it, by writing code into the software emulator that checked for certain conditions, code that monitored memory addresses running within the game, Achievements dont have to be part of the game.
riksweeney  +   2988d ago

I agree with what you've written apart from the word "easily". MAME has a cheat engine which essentially monitors the virtual memory addresses and allows them to be changed.

Then again, it's unlikely that you could, say, have an achievement for collecting or destroying a certain number of items if the number is never stored anywhere.

Ultimately it just sounds like more trouble than it's worth.
Sam Fisher  +   2988d ago
but these r downloadables
its not like they r actually in a cd rom or sumthing. u download them and thats it so they have the power and possibilities to do so just put the data in and thats it b/c every1s downloading it. not buying them on cdroms (or wat ever it is)
Zhuk  +   2988d ago
My only complaint is that they improve their emulator, I have no qualms about the price but the game should run good for 1200 points
Sam Fisher  +   2988d ago
1200 is alittle to much
i mean come on at least 800 or 1000 points b/c 360 titles r already 1200 and 1000 so it wouldnt be right 4 the 360 titlles to be at the same qualities as an original thats disgraceful
SynGamer  +   2988d ago
As many gamers have stated already, these prices are marked up at least 50% compared to buying them in a store or online. So at least a 50% markup and yet we received only the game with no option to trade/sell later on.

That is my problem with Xbox Live's arcade features, the lack of being able to resell our games. Or at least let us trade them if i have one game and a person has another. I imagine MS could have implemented something along the lines of allowing users to sell an arcade game or trade it for another. Just select the game, click trade/sell, select who you want to offer the game to and put in the price/game you want in return. The buyer can approve or deny the transaction. Should they approve, that game is queued up and downloaded, points deducted if it was a sale, and the seller is prompted next time to delete the game if they choose or leave it as a trial.
WilliamRLBaker  +   2988d ago
no other online service has done this so how is it that microsoft could have done it?
tplarkin7  +   2988d ago
The games run well.
My experience with Xbox games has been good. The nice thing is that they all run at 720p.
BIGBAER  +   2988d ago
I bought Psychonauts and will soon download Crimson Skies...
Psychonauts runs great on my Elite; it is an awesome game. A friend already has downloaded Crimson Skies and says it runs great as well.

I have no complaints at all. In fact, I like the idea of downloads. I downloaded a 2nd copy of Psychonauts onto my other 360 using my same profile. Just as with arcade games, once you buy it, you own it.
Daxx  +   2988d ago
I would of re-bought Halo if they atleast added achievements. -_-
Lex Luthor  +   2988d ago
Achievements and upscaling please.
InMyOpinion  +   2988d ago
I'm playing Mass Effect.
AngryTypingGuy  +   2988d ago
I was considering downloading Fable to get ready for Fable 2, but I'll probably just by a used copy instead.
R M Spender  +   2988d ago
i wonder if they could be added later as DL content? i know its everyones complaint if they have one. achievements would get people who own the game already to DL it or spend ten bucks when you can pick em up used for two.
socsca  +   2988d ago
Downloaded Psychonauts to see what its all about, so far its running like its supposed to. Fak the 1200 points tho, way too expensive. Just buy it used somewhere, augment that library of yours.
whoelse  +   2988d ago
Personally i would have expected them to get the emulation right before releasing it.
DFresh  +   2988d ago
total rip
I can get Flow, Super Star Dust, etc.
for $10 each and there in 1080p so
MS is hustling all of you
just accept it
why would I play a gay game like Geometry Wars
when I have those games I just mentioned
socsca  +   2987d ago
exactly what about geometry wars is gay? That was an incredibly stupid comment man, hope when you grow up (I'm guessing you are... 12?) you somehow grow a brain.
JosefTor  +   2988d ago
I heard achievements are really easy for a developer to add. It is almost fully automated... the only thing the developer needs to do is figure out what to add the achievement too. In these old game they could just tie it to finishing the levels in the game. That definitely would make me play fable, crimson skies, and Halo again. As for $15... that is an alright price. $10 would have been prime though.
zonetrooper5  +   2988d ago
I'll probaly buy Fable used in a shop instead of the 1200 points it costs. I think MS should have Xbox Hits, not the arcade one but for Xbox Orginals so they could be sold at either 400-800 MS points.
caffman  +   2984d ago
achievements please
thats all I want really

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
New stories

PlayStation Blogcast 196: Ranger of a Lonely Heart

50m ago - Posted by Justin Massongill on Feb 11, 2016 // SCEA Social Media Manager Subscribe via iTunes... | PS3

Party Hard Coming to Xbox One & Playstation 4

1h ago - tinyBuild Games has announced that their title Party Hard will be coming to the Xbox One and Play... | PS4

Gran Turismo SPORT Beta Testing Begins early 2016

Now - Start tracking GTS with's release date alert service and be notified when the GTS beta launches. | Promoted post

Zoras Domain Rendered In Unreal Engine 4

1h ago - It’s starting to become a pretty awesome trend that large portions of the Ocarina of Time are bei... | PC

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 3DS Review |Otaku Gamers UK

3h ago - Jay from Otaku Gamers UK reviews Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 for 3DS | 3DS

Unravel review | Gamespresso

4h ago - Unravel is a special little game, and not just because it had Mike from Gamespresso seriously con... | PC