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Old 01-29-2008, 11:47 AM   #61
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is it too late to get undertow for free?
Indeed it is....you not missing much though to be honest.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:00 PM   #62
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Indeed it is....you not missing much though to be honest.
I pretend you didn't say that.
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Old 02-01-2008, 03:55 AM   #63
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Feeding Frenzy is showing up for 800 pts not 400 pts on marketplace. I would have picked it up for 400...
You are correct, when I bought the game it was 400MSP, I guess it was a special deal or something not sure though.
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Not worth 800MSP haha DON'T DO IT
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:17 PM   #64
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:19 PM   #65
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My 'must buy' games are:

Worms
Puzzlequest
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I have a lot of fun with those games for very little money.
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:09 AM   #66
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Poker Smash
Game Rating - *****
Ease Of Achievements - **.5
Replay Value - ****
Cost - 800MSP

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Poker Smash is a mix and match game best explained as a "Poker meets Bejewled/Tetris" combo. The gameplay is simple, you move around cards (Ace, face cards, and 10) in order to make hands of 3-of-a-kind and up, the largest being a 9 flush, which is 9 aligned cards having the same suit.
An extra in-game feature, the Poker Smash Store, allows players to spend points earned in both the Arcade and Timed game modess to buy unique gamerpics, maps, and even the solutions to the Puzzle mode.
Possibly what keeps this game so replayable is the online multiplayer, which is basically a tug-of-war match between you and your opponent, ending with one side reaching the top (and losing), or gaining all 100,000 points.
A tournament game mode allows up to 5 people to battle it out over the poker chips, in a 'winner takes all' fight.

The achievements in Poker Smash are a fairly difficult set, the hardest of which is Chain Monster, where you must create a x24 chain all at once, something that is much easier said than done. There are an even amount of easy and hard achievements, you can even get 1 or 2 on your first Arcade try, given you pick up the controls quickly.
All this said, don't be expecting an easy 200 out of this. It's a great game with loads of replay value, but know that you'll need to spend many hours in order to fully complete it, a task that so far only the creator has been able to do.

Poker Smash is easily my favorite XBLA at the moment, and that's without using the online feature yet. It's got many unlockables and hard enough achievements to keep you playing for a long time, but don't fret, it's got the gameplay to make you want to devote those hours.


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Old 02-10-2008, 05:25 AM   #67
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I'd have to say my must have list would be:

Doom (classic action like in the old days)
Zuma (fun fast thinking puzzle game)
Geometry Wars (super addictive)
Undertow (one of the few XBLA games with both a decent story and fun gameplay)
Pac-Man (just for the classic splendor of it all)
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:33 PM   #68
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From me:
Buy - Castlevania: SOTN
Don't Buy - Double Dragon
Reason - Online is WAY to laggy.
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:32 PM   #69
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #70
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These are only my opinions but other people may have different feelings towards these. Anyhow here's my list (I own these games I am listing).

The Good

Bomberman *****
It's re-playability is amazing, be it with your friends on a local game or online. It's just one of those games that never fails to amuse.

Doom *****
Wow, I don't know why but there's just something about slaying thousands of mindless creatures. I can't seem to get bored no matter how long I play, maybe it's the flawless level designs. The monsters you have to face or the puzzles you have to solve. Even the music is fun. This game is magnificent.

Golden Axe ***
Replayability is not so high I feel in this game, it is more towards the size of the game than anything though. Although it is still very fun to play through on your own or with a friend through co-op. Good game but completable in 10-20 mins!

Sonic 1 ****
It's a classic that I think everybody as known with either a love or hate relationship. If you are into you're fast paced platformers then this little blue hedgehog may be what you need. Great fun. After you have completed it the feel to replay may still be there for you but it was gone for me.

Sonic 2 *****
It's like sonic 1, but 10 x better! It seem's even faster. The levels are excellent. In this game you can be sonic, tails or both! The special goals are very cool and may I just add. There is a really cool feature in this game that when you have all the chaos emeralds (obtained by completing 7 special goals) you can become super, yes Super!!!! A game of excellence. You can also play co-op which adds new level of fun to it.

Switchball *****
I love this game! It's a great puzzle game where you are a ball which has converter points to change the ball into different types. IE. Magnet ball, Bounce ball, Metal ball, Light ball, Speed dash ball. All of these lead you into encountering some very brain teasing puzzles which also tests your skills also (time trial - gold). If you are into games that leave you thinking, what the hell do I do now then this is a good choice.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 *****
I saw this game on live and my face lit up with a grin from ear to ear. This was just one of my personal choices as I grew up with the game and love it. If you love fighting your way through the ranks. Finishing your foes with horrific death move animations. A game that can be challenging. Then give this a go!

The Bad

Boogie Bunnies **
I just don't seem to get anything from these sort of games. It's a game where you have to match 3 or more bunnies of the same colour together to clear up space. The bunnies move forwards a row every so often (being time wise or the amount of moves you make). I would say this game is somewhat a spin off from bubble bobble (where you shoot balls off walls at other balls). If you like that game this will probably be a great game for you.
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Old 02-13-2008, 10:51 AM   #71
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CATAN IS A GREAT GAME AS A BOARD GAME BUT ON XBOX IT REALLY ROCKS CHECK IT OUT

i bought almost all of my arcade games based on this guide....one that DEFINATELY need your formal rating is Catan....its price is bit steep...i think that if microsoft was either less "prick-y" or smarter......they'd put the 800 msp games down to 600....anyways....that is my take....
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Old 02-17-2008, 06:08 AM   #72
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:10 PM   #73
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:01 AM   #74
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Paperboy

Game Rating - ***
Ease of Achievements - ****
Replay Value - **
Cost - 400 MS


For 400 MS points, the game is really actually easy achievements except for "Easy Week" in my opinion. The Smasher achievement might take you 1 or 2 tries, but it really is just an easy game, took me about 20 min to get like 150 out of it and I never played it before. Have fun. :-)
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Old 02-22-2008, 12:36 AM   #75
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The worst is Track And Field.The multiplayer is very bad and the singleplayer is too!
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:49 AM   #76
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Poker Smash
Game Rating - *****
Ease Of Achievements - **.5
Replay Value - ****
Cost - 800MSP

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/a...php?gameID=559

Poker Smash is a mix and match game best explained as a "Poker meets Bejewled/Tetris" combo. The gameplay is simple, you move around cards (Ace, face cards, and 10) in order to make hands of 3-of-a-kind and up, the largest being a 9 flush, which is 9 aligned cards having the same suit.
An extra in-game feature, the Poker Smash Store, allows players to spend points earned in both the Arcade and Timed game modess to buy unique gamerpics, maps, and even the solutions to the Puzzle mode.
Possibly what keeps this game so replayable is the online multiplayer, which is basically a tug-of-war match between you and your opponent, ending with one side reaching the top (and losing), or gaining all 100,000 points.
A tournament game mode allows up to 5 people to battle it out over the poker chips, in a 'winner takes all' fight.

The achievements in Poker Smash are a fairly difficult set, the hardest of which is Chain Monster, where you must create a x24 chain all at once, something that is much easier said than done. There are an even amount of easy and hard achievements, you can even get 1 or 2 on your first Arcade try, given you pick up the controls quickly.
All this said, don't be expecting an easy 200 out of this. It's a great game with loads of replay value, but know that you'll need to spend many hours in order to fully complete it, a task that so far only the creator has been able to do.

Poker Smash is easily my favorite XBLA at the moment, and that's without using the online feature yet. It's got many unlockables and hard enough achievements to keep you playing for a long time, but don't fret, it's got the gameplay to make you want to devote those hours.


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Great Game, i am pretty hooked on it, I definately recommend this
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:52 AM   #77
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N+

Game Rating-*****
Ease of Achievements-****
Replay Value-****
Cost-800MSP


If you have ever played the computer flash version of this, N+ will be a very nice upgrade for you. From the easy to use level creator to the online co-op and even the improved graphics. For the new people, this could prove a challenge especially in the last 10-20 episodes. There are 50 episodes in single player campaign each with 5 levels to beat. You can also play with up to 3 other friends for online co-op. When I first played co-op, it was very hectic and it gave me and my friends a good laugh through the entire co-op campaign. The achievements are straightforward. Beat single player, beat co-op, beat some noobies online and also do very bad for one of them. Maybe not worth 800 but maybe 600-700 but I guess Microsoft doesn't want to go in between 400 and 800 so I guess we will all have to get over it.

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How can Bankshot Billards can have 5 stars, and Alien Hominid just 4, and a low ranking, Bankshot Billards it's so repetitive, boring, stupid, and the achievements are terribly difficult
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http://www.xbox360achievements.org/images/achievements/242/cover.jpg Undertow
Game Rating - ****
Ease of Achievements - ****
Replay Value - ***
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Since this game was free I downloaded it. The first few minutes I was there like this is not worth it but then after a hour I really started to enjoy it. The game was really addictive and an enjoyable experience I got all the achievements but the 10,000 kills as this would take a long time but it has a medium set and has a learning curve of a hour or two.

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/guide.php?gameID=242

This is an easy 150 points the Ultra mode takes some practice and the 10,000 kills is quite hard but it's a good experience on the way. If you didn't get it whilst it's free buy it now.

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Great Game, i am pretty hooked on it, I definately recommend this
Second that, a must buy! Its so addictive and easy to understand.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:42 PM   #81
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Big Update, remember to PM me any guides as to keep this thread for suggestions...
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:48 PM   #82
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N+ really is a great game, fun, simple and yet challenging.
Love it.
Worth every penny.
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:45 PM   #83
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good job man, I can see you put alot of effort into this, we had guides for retail games now we have one for arcade, very nice.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:03 PM   #84
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I would reccomend Marble Blast Ultra fun but kinda easy!
Best XBLA game I've ever played. This game has persuaded my GF to get a 360 which is pretty cool lol.
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Thanks for adding my review of Puzzle Quest just wondering why I wasn't added to the additional games contributers?
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Old 02-29-2008, 09:46 PM   #86
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Nice Thread! TRON SUX!! Controls are AWEFUL!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:49 PM   #87
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i havent downloaded any arcade game sand dont intend to. unless they get bust-a-move
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:55 PM   #88
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Thanks for adding my review of Puzzle Quest just wondering why I wasn't added to the additional games contributers?

Sorry, I wrongly attributed your guide to "The Wickerman"... It's now sorted.

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I'm also a big fan of strategy games, so Carcassone was a surprisingly great gift from MSFT and I'd be all over Catan if they dropped the price on it. Undertow is pretty good, with an unexpectedly long campaign. Anyone have any other similar strategy suggestions?
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Good work, great topic, helped a decision of mine out.
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