What are the best XBL Arcade games you've played.

#1 Edited by Redbullet685 (6107 posts) -

Well, what are they.
Mine are-  
1. Shadow Complex- for its MetroidVania style and fun gameplay.
2. Secret Of Monkey Island: SE- Because... its got a three headed monkey of course.
3. Castle Crashers- Not so fun by yourself but loads of fun with friends.
4. Marvel Vs. Capcom- Fast and easy combat and a lot of fun with friends... not so much online with all of the damn Cable spammers and shit. 
5. Castlevania: SOTN- One of the best PSone games ever. One of the best XBLA games ever.
Honorable Mentions- 
PEGGLE: How could I forget you. So addicting.
Blacklight: Tango Down- though its new, its a lot of fun. Its like MW2, but I'm always good, better customization, no annoyingly cheap killstreaks and no glitches and Hackers. MW2... What happened. 
BattleField 1943- Really good, but with only three maps and three classes, it can get quite old. 
Trials- Loads of content but can get frustratingly hard. Still fun though.
New XBLA games that may be on this list in the future-
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair- Its SOTN style with multiplayer.
Limbo- Watch the Quick Look if you haven't already watched it 80 times while drooling. It looks masterful.

#2 Edited by CptBedlam (4462 posts) -

Shadow Complex
Monkey Island 2 Remake (so much better than the first remake)

#3 Posted by Redbullet685 (6107 posts) -
@CptBedlam said:
"Monkey Island 2 Remake (so much better than the first remake) "
Just got it on PSN and haven't beaten it yet. It plays better though.
#4 Posted by mwng (964 posts) -

Top 5 would probably be:
1. N+ - By far, adore its simple platforming.
2. Ikaruga - Still as good as it was on the GC.
3. Castle Crashers - Loads of beat 'em up fun with friends.
4. 'Splosion Man - Another brilliant platformer.
5. Perfect Dark - Retains all the jank of the original, how a remake should be.

#5 Posted by iizcallum (606 posts) -

Puzzle Quest and Castlevania: SOTN are my favourites. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 as well although I have it on PS3. I also really like Shadow Complex and 'Sposion Man and can't wait for Limbo to be released.

#6 Posted by immike (714 posts) -

Trials HD and Castle Crashers are the only two I would buy if I had no XBL arcade games.

#7 Posted by carlthenimrod (1602 posts) -

Shadow Complex
Trials HD
Tons of other great games I've played. But these are just on a higher level for me.

#8 Posted by iBePeRFeCT (396 posts) -

1.  Shadow Complex 
2.  Trials HD 
3.  Castle Crasher (but only if you have a couple of friends) 
4.  Perfect Dark 
5.  The Banjo Games (brings back such good memories)

#9 Posted by Linkin10362 (591 posts) -

1. Shadow Complex (God, I loved that game. I am pretty high on the melee kill leaderboard as well) 
2. Castle Crashers (Got that weird glitch that makes you kill everything in one hit and be immortal, so it's kinda dull now)  
3. Battlefield 1943 (I always like a good Battlefield game) 
4. MVC2 (Took me awhile to get used too, but now I enjoy it) 
5. Pac Man CE (Gotta end with a classic)

#10 Posted by zudthespud (3288 posts) -

Shadow Complex, Geometry Wars, Chime.

#11 Posted by SamFo (1570 posts) -

Banjo Kazooie!

#12 Edited by TwoLines (2858 posts) -

1. Castlevania- I've beaten it 2 times, every time to the 200.6%
2. Shadow Complex- I've beaten it too many times. Seriously, I'm sick of this game, but I love it so much..
3. DOOM 2- Just cause I friggin love doom 2.
4. Geometry Wars RE2- Awesome arcade game, still trying to earn that Smile achievement.
5. Secret Of Monkey Island Remakes- I love the humor, the riddles frustrate me sometimes. Eh, whatcha gonna do.

#13 Posted by one_2nd (2333 posts) -

Mine's definitely Portal: Still Alive. 

#14 Posted by fisher81 (535 posts) -


#15 Posted by Peter_J (151 posts) -
@fisher81 said:
#16 Posted by HODGEY3000 (344 posts) -

i like Final Fight
#17 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2327 posts) -

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was the one xbla game I went out of my way to beat because it is such a good game.
#18 Edited by Herocide (442 posts) -
  1. Shadow Complex
  2. 'Splosion Man
  3. Castle Crashers
  4. Battlefield 1943
  5. Mega Man 9 or 10
#19 Posted by gike987 (1785 posts) -

I don't get the love for N+. I only played the demo but it feels like a flash game and I can play those for free on the Internet.

#20 Posted by Shuborno (939 posts) -

I've had the most fun with: 
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 

#21 Posted by Shuborno (939 posts) -
@gike987 said:

" I don't get the love for N+. I only played the demo but it feels like a flash game and I can play those for free on the Internet. "

You can play that specific game for free on the internet: it's called "N". 
#22 Posted by ProfessorEss (7538 posts) -

Bionic Commando: Rearmed
Battlefield 1943
Shadow Complex
Dig Dug
Banjo Kazooie

#23 Posted by JackLumber (48 posts) -

I think Rez HD definitely deserves a mention.

#24 Posted by Gearhead (2251 posts) -
  1. Splosion Man
  2. Geometry Wars 1 & 2
  3. Braid
  4. Pac Man CE
  5. Uno Mother Fucka
#25 Edited by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -
#26 Posted by CptBedlam (4462 posts) -
@fisher81 said:
Geez, totally forgot about that game. Right up there in the top 3.
#27 Posted by rollosm (22 posts) -

Braid was my favorite.  
I can't wait for Limbo.

#28 Posted by Glak (578 posts) -

Shadow Complex
Castle Crashers

#29 Posted by MKHavoc (1307 posts) -

The only XBLA games I've played were Braid and Dash of Destruction.  I don't think I need to say which one was better. 
I do plan on getting Limbo once that's out.

#30 Posted by fugie7 (1109 posts) -

risk faction
battlefield 1943

#31 Posted by DerekDanahy (882 posts) -

Braid is really all you need. However, I do enjoy the Banjo games.

#32 Posted by schizogony (977 posts) -

Age of Booty 
Garou Mark of the Wolves

#33 Posted by mazik765 (2316 posts) -
#34 Posted by silentghost227 (80 posts) -

Puzzle Quest 1 and 2 
Shadow Complex 
Castle Crashers 
Castlevania SOTN 
Geometry Wars 1 and 2
Magic the Gathering

#35 Edited by SteamPunkJin (1286 posts) -

Shadow Complex
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Castle Crashers
Alien Hominid HD
'Splosion Man
Puzzle Quest 1 (I have it on PC, I don't imagine it's much different)
Edit: Obligatory Braid love goes here

#36 Posted by Pie (7119 posts) -

Trials HD

#37 Posted by schizogony (977 posts) -

Magic Sword (the game that comes with Final Fight)

#38 Posted by Cambody (30 posts) -

1.  Magic The Gathering 
2.  Marvel vs. Capcom 2 
3.  Perfect Dark 
4.  Risk: Factions 
5.  Castle Crashers 
Some games like Virtual on should be on this list if they were a little cheaper.  If Perfect Dark can come out at 800Microsoft Points then why can't other classic games.  Although I will be glad to pay 1200 points when Hydro Thunder comes out this summer.

#39 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

1. N+ 
2. Peggle 
3. Braid 
4. Carcassone 
5. Luxor 2
#40 Posted by Icemael (6367 posts) -
  1. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night -- Still the best side-scroller ever made.
  2. Braid -- Looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, and has some of the most mind-bendingly clever puzzles I've ever seen.
  3. Shadow Complex -- Classic metroidvania + modern shooter = success.
  4. Castle Crashers -- It's silly, it's funny, and it has co-op; what more does a side-scrolling beat 'em up need?
  5. Metal Slug 3 -- See #4, and replace "beat 'em up" with "shoot 'em up".
#41 Posted by CaptainObvious (3000 posts) -

No love for Rocket Riot? :(

#42 Posted by agentboolen (1863 posts) -

Honorable mention - 
Tenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game (can go wrong with $5)
Trials HD ( I want place higher if it didn't frustrate me so much on harder levels)
Baby Maker Extreme (I know its a indie game but its so funny)

5. Marvel vs Capcom 2
4. Super Street Fighter 2
3. Shadow Complex 
2. Geometry Wars 2
1. Splosion Man!!!

#43 Posted by fentonalpha (820 posts) -

...That is all.

#44 Posted by Ammut (23 posts) -

My Top 5 -
1.  Death Tank 
2. Trials  
3. Geomery Wars 2
4. Rez 
5. Splosion Man  
I've played Death Tank, Trials, and Geometry Wars 2 more than any full retail games. DT and GW2 are great for multiplayer, Trials is impossible to stop once you start.
I too am looking forward to Limbo and still need to pick up Braid.

#45 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -
@fisher81 said:
Word.  Shocked by the lack of Braid love on the first page of this topic. But Braid, SOTN, Monkey Island, Shadow Complex would probably be my list.  Honorable mention to the cheating-ass Puzzle Quest, too, though.
#46 Posted by BergDK (270 posts) -

1. Lumines Live

2. Defense Grid

3. Trials HD

4. Secret of Monkey Island

5. Peggle

#47 Posted by CoolDrMoney (1978 posts) -

1) Bionic Commando Rearmed - An excellent sidescrolling action game with a top notch soundtrack
2) Marble Blast Ultra -  The multiplayer is crazy whaaaaaat
3) Carcassonne - Fun and simple board gaming 
4) N+ - My only proud S-Rank, this game is invitingly tough and a really unique and strong feeling platformer
5) Shadow Complex - The action is remarkably solid and there are a lot of great moments, but I think some of the achievements pushed this too far into a grind mode toward the end

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