With the new update for Xbox Live comes the new feature “Games on Demand.” This allows players to download full Xbox 360 video games from the Marketplace right to their hard drive. The way it stands is that now we can just buy our games right from our couch without ever having to gain gas mileage by heading to the store. However, are gamers getting a great deal with this new ability?
As of now there aren’t any new releases for this feature so we must welcome older titles but the cost for some of them do not equal bargain. Sure, all of the 23 titles have a price of $20 or $30 but I had to do some research to see if these games deserved that price tag. In fact, after checking some retail store listings I’ve found out that it can be cheaper to just go to your local Gamestop and pick the game up there. You also won’t take up as much memory on your hard drive.
However, there comes some good with this new feature as well. Microsoft has priced some games at same cost as their retail store value so you don’t have to worry about being ripped off. Also, once you download a title, Xbox Live stores it in their registry. This allows you to delete the game off your hard drive if you are running out of memory and download it back on when you wish to play it again.
So, with the bad comes the good and whatnot but will this new Marketplace gimmick make its due? The answer to that question ultimately depends on what games they release for it and whether consumers feel it a worthy investment out of their wallet.
Below is the entire list of games featured on “Games on Demand” with their prices.
* – US only
- Assassin’s Creed – $30
- Battlefield Company: Modern Combat – $20
- *Bioshock – $30
- Burnout Paradise – $20
- Call of Duty 2 – $30
- *Dance Dance Revolution Universe – $30
- Fight Night Round 3 – $20
- Kameo: Elements of Power – $20
- Karaoke Revolution American Idol Encore – $30
- Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga – $30
- Mass Effect – $20
- Meet the Robinsons – $30
- MX vs. ATV Untamed – $30
- Need for Speed: Carbon – $20
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted – $20
- Perfect Dark Zero – $20
- Prey – $20
- *Ridge Racer 6 – $20
- Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis – $30
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas – $30
- *Sonic the Hedgehog – $20
- Viva Piñata – $20
- Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise – $30
Article from Gamersyndrome.com