Games you'd say I should play on XBLA.

#1 Posted by NTM (7234 posts) -

So, right now, I'm on the XBLA menu, and I'm going to go through the menu of the games I don't have but am interested in; some I already know about, some of which I don't really. I'll even add ones I see and think look interesting as I go and hadn't thought about previously, and I'd appreciate it if you guys can recommend me any of them, perhaps one above another, so I can tell which one I should play first. Just know, there's quite a lot of them because I didn't have a job when most of these games came out, so I couldn't buy them, but got a few great titles (like Outland; Shadow Complex; Scott Pilgrim and what have you) due to my brother being interested in them enough to buy them himself. Anyways, here we go.

  • Any of The Walking Dead games.
  • Brothers
  • Terraria
  • Spelunky
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Fez
  • Limbo
  • Lara Croft: GoL
  • Mark of The Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail
  • Bastion
  • Exit
  • Exit 2 (Wow, I knew of the first, but didn't know of a sequel...)
  • I Am Alive

Alright, there you have it, those are the games. What do you think? I know, I know, it's a sin that didn't play some of these. Oh, and there's also Beyond Good and Evil, but I didn't add it because I already have it on the original Xbox, but the thing is I never actually beat it. Not sure if I should buy the HD version, or take out the old Xbox and play it if I wanted to (which I don't). My real question is, which order would you say buy and play them in? Thanks in advance :).

#2 Edited by Turtlebird95 (2284 posts) -

Definitely pick up Brothers and I Am Alive while they're both on sale. I haven't played either beyond the trial versions but they were pretty awesome.

Impressions of the ones from that list I own and have played:

  • Walking Dead: First season was fantastic and I'm already liking Season Two even more. (Buy)
  • Spelunky: It's pretty damn difficult but oddly I always feel inspired to try again and again. Definitely not for everyone. (Try)
  • Super Meat Boy: My biggest surprise of 2010. Tight platformer. (Buy)
  • Fez: I think the design is brilliant but something about it never quite gripped me. Maybe it was because of Phil Fish. (Try)
  • Limbo: Fantastic game, can't praise the design enough. (Buy)
  • Mark of the Ninja: This game is pretty sick but I never got around to finishing it. (Still Buy though!)
  • Dust: It's pretty good. The story is interesting, characters are great, looks gorgeous, and it's fun to play. (Buy)
  • Bastion: It's pretty good. Not as great as GB will tell you but still worthy of trying. (Try)

Note: Even though I rate the games on a Buy/Try/Skip scale I'd still recommend trying all the free trials before purchasing. Just to make sure you like them.

#3 Posted by pweidman (2284 posts) -

Playing Brothers now and it's pretty good. Get it while it's cheap. Only other two I played on your list are Dust and Lara Croft: GoL. Both are very good and I recommend them too.

#4 Posted by realph (253 posts) -

The list you have above is a great starting point. I'd also recommend these:

  • Trials
  • Trials Evolution
  • Battlefield 1942 (if the servers are still up)
  • Joe Danger
  • Geometry Wars
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
  • Braid
  • Costume Quest
  • Lucidity (one of XBLA's hidden gems, IMO)
  • Rock Band: Blitz
  • Stacking
#5 Edited by pantzing_nome (581 posts) -
  • Wolf Among Us: The first episode of the is free until December 31.
  • Dead Rising Case Zero
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  • Splosion Man
  • Ms Splosion Man
#6 Edited by YI_Orange (1124 posts) -

I have to disagree with @turtlebird95 about Bastion. It was my Game of the Year for 2011(somehow even beating Dark Souls) and all around fantastic game.

#7 Posted by FiestaUnicorn (1577 posts) -

Definitely play Mark of the Ninja.

#8 Edited by NTM (7234 posts) -

@realph said:

The list you have above is a great starting point. I'd also recommend these:

  • Trials
  • Trials Evolution
  • Battlefield 1942 (if the servers are still up)
  • Joe Danger
  • Geometry Wars
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
  • Braid
  • Costume Quest
  • Lucidity (one of XBLA's hidden gems, IMO)
  • Rock Band: Blitz
  • Stacking

The ones I added were the ones I wanted to play, but also the only ones I added because I may already have ones I hadn't listed, or simply am not interested in. I have and beat Braid, and have Battlefield 1942, played it for a little bit but am not a multiplayer type of person. Thanks for the other recommendations, but like you said, the ones I mentioned are good starting points, so I'll be trying those first.

@pantzing_nome said:
  • Wolf Among Us: The first episode of the is free until December 31.
  • Dead Rising Case Zero
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  • Splosion Man
  • Ms Splosion Man

I have and love Blood Dragon, and have Dead Rising Case Zero, that was alright. Thanks for those recommendations. I actually don't have Xbox Live anymore, and I'm guessing Wolf Among Us isn't free for non live users. I used to have a debit card, but not anymore, so I'd have to get one. Right now I'm going to have to ask my brother, and then I can immediately pay him back in cash.

#9 Posted by BBAlpert (1354 posts) -

I may be alone in this, but I'd say Orcs Must Die! is totally worth playing.

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#10 Posted by Iodine (540 posts) -

You should get Uno.

I have no idea is people play Uno on 360 anymore, but that is my most played 360 game

#11 Edited by DarthOrange (3810 posts) -

Deadlight is probably my favorite XBLA game. It kinda gets iffy in the middle and the story is dumb but I liked the aesthetic.

#12 Edited by MetalBaofu (1343 posts) -

I had fun with the XBLA versions of Half-Minute Hero and Clash of Heroes. Others I would recommend have already been mentioned: Mark of the Ninja, Dust, Bastion, Wolf Among Us, etc.

#13 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2284 posts) -

I have to disagree with @turtlebird95 about Bastion. It was my Game of the Year for 2011(somehow even beating Dark Souls) and all around fantastic game.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Bastion. Just not as much as the rest of GiantBomb lol

#14 Edited by bigjeffrey (4709 posts) -

pac man ce dx bro

#15 Posted by pantzing_nome (581 posts) -

@ntm: I think its free for everyone because its grouped in with the year end deal and not the deal of the week(which is gold only)

#16 Posted by Archer88 (130 posts) -

I would second a lot of the games on here, like Bastion for example, but I wanted to add another to the list - Fusion: Genesis. Fun little top down space shooter with some RPG elements. There are MMO aspects too but there aren't enough players at this point.

#17 Posted by MetalBaofu (1343 posts) -

@ntm: I think its free for everyone because its grouped in with the year end deal and not the deal of the week(which is gold only)

Yeah, I got it just fine and don't have gold anymore. And will probably never play it because I already have it on PS3, but I figured I might as well grab it since it was free.

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