Best Xbox Live Arcade Games

Many people play games over Xbox Live which is Microsoft’s gaming network that connects gamers worldwide. Almost every game that you buy from a retail store will have some sort of Live component, even if it’s simply downloading updates and bug fixes for the game. However, there is another side to Xbox Live that many people are not even aware of or don’t spend the time to explore. This is, of course, the Xbox Live Arcade.

Xbox Live Arcade (or commonly referred to as XBLA) is an element of the Live experience where gamers can find many games exclusive to this platform. You won’t be able to find these games in stores so they don’t get as much attention as retail games which is a shame. There are many fantastic titles available that you should definitely take a look at, but at first glance one is likely to be overwhelmed by the amount of content (which is not a bad thing). Below is a list of the most critically acclaimed and entertaining games on XBLA and is a great place to start.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX — Everyone knows Pac-Man, and this installment takes the original as a base and expands on it to create a new and fun experience for all gamers alike.

Shadow Complex — This game packs amazing 3D graphics into a side-scrolling shooter and is one of the most impressive accomplishments on XBLA.

Bionic Commando: Rearmed — Based on the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) game, this is an updated and improved version that makes for a great side-scrolling action game.

Portal: Still Alive — An expanded version of the game packaged with The Orange Box compilation, this puzzle game is as fun as it ever was and is great for those who have played the original as well as those who haven’t.

Limbo — One of the most innovative games available on the XBLA, this puzzle-platformer is sure to have gamers using their heads to make it through the game.

Ikaruga — Owners of GameCube or Dreamcast might have played this arcade shooter before, but if you haven’t be sure to check it out; you’ll be glad you did.

Braid — Developed by a single person (yes you read that right), this is a fantastic side-scroller that uses the manipulation of time to progress through the game.

Most XBLA games range from 800-1200 Microsoft Points which can be purchased directly through Xbox Live. However, gamers have the option of downloading a free trial of the game before they decide to buy it. This ensures that you find a game worthwhile before wasting any of those precious Microsoft Points. Ever so often you will also find deals in the Xbox Live Marketplace which enable you to purchase games at discounted prices. If you are looking to expand your Xbox Live experience, take some time and explore the many fantastic offerings found on the Xbox Live Arcade.

By Master