Xbox Original: System Provides Quick Access to Game Downloads

One of the latest features to bring itself to the Xbox Live Marketplace are the Xbox Originals. What Microsoft has done is gone back and taken some of the most popular Xbox titles and made them available for download, at a price, of course . So far, it has been kind of mixed reactions between Xbox 360 owners out there on whether these downloads are worth their space or their price tag. They are roughly $15 for one of these games to download onto your hard drive. Wouldn’t it be more worth it to just go buy the physical version?
The most noticeable thing when you download these games is that some of them can be kind of buggy. For instance, Fable has it’s own jittery moment and really weird glitches. For no apparent reason there will be random loud Popping sounds. I’ve played it on multiple televisions and it’s happened each time. Another glitch would be when you change outfits and for some reason, you get this weird slimy effect on the players body. At one point, the map looked like it was tattooed on me. It’s the really small things like this that can hinder your game play but overall, the game ran decent.

Right now there are a total of eight games you can download over Xbox Live Marketplace. Those games include, Burnout 3: Takedown, Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex, Fable, Fusion Frenzy, Halo, Indigo Prophecy and Psychonauts. Sadly half of these games I hardly remember for the Xbox outside of Fable and Halo. Supposedly these games were once top sellers for the system which I find hard to believe. Microsoft probably won’t be putting up any cross platform games due to conflicts and licenses. You can bet games like Halo 2 will definitely appear on Xbox Originals someday.

Each of these games take up a heft amount of space and seeing that most of the games contain annoying bugs, you really should stop and think if it’s worth the money and hard drive space to download one of these games. Sure its convenient to just have it available on your system for whenever you want but in some cases, it’s better just to have the physical copy. Unfortunately half the games on Xbox Originals are probably going to be pretty hard to find since were are well into the next generation of video games and the fact those games released around two to five years ago. Sometimes your only option to get that game you haven’t played in years is to just download off Xbox Originals.

Bottom line with Xbox Originals is if your wanting the game right now and you would rather not go searching for it, then just download it. If you can find a good used copy of the game at your local game dealership, then you might be better off with that. About the easiest games on that list you will find is Fable and Halo. Everything else would be pretty hard of finding except for maybe on Ebay. In the future, Xbox Originals could prove to be a highly rated service but for now, the games are pretty limited since it only launched recently. It is handy to be able to download the games but if you get more than one at a time, they can really add up on your hard drive. Best to go out and buy that 120GB hard drive.

Dead Frontier

Have you ever seen a zombie infestation movie and wondered if there is a multiplayer game to play with zombies in them? Have you heard and played Urban Dead but were disappointed by the text-based layout? Well then, If you havn’t played or tried Dead Frontier, you should rush on down to to create an account today.
The game is completely free to play other than a small selection of items you can buy with real money. The items that you can buy can also be all found in the open map when you are searching through the dead bodies of survivors or can be bought through other players. The entire game is heavily reliant on a player-based economy where you can’t buy anything from a NPC based shop with the game money. You can only buy/sell to/from other players.

If you have some free time, I would highly recommend playing this game. It is very fun to play, has a 2D layout that looks just about 3D and is a great way to stimulate your zombie-survival imagination.

The general layout of the game is as follows. You start in a town after choosing your appearance, gender, and job (Can be anything from a student, teacher, or lawyer to a farmer, doctor and such…). You can choose to have specialized jobs that actually sell products or services, thus earning you some extra cash on the side. In the town, you can access a bank account so that you can store your money (if you die outside with money, you lose all the money). You can go to the forums where you can advertise what you want to sell, buy, or what kind of service you provide. You can access the top player records, or you can go out into the city. When you go out into the inner cities, you can fight the zombie threats by going from one street corner to the next. While outside, though, your character gets hungry faster than when inside town and will have to consume food faster. You can also get damaged by the zombies and end up dieing (Don’t worry though, death doesn’t make you lose your items, just your money). You can venture deep into the city where the strongest zombies and the best items are found, or just put your feet in the water as you fight the easy zombies near town that have no specialties to ’em.

Basically, it is a very good community oriented game that is fun to play anytime of the day. If you have some time, I highly recommend it!