Product Type: Microsoft Xbox 360 games
Newest Review: ... of this game as a side attraction of the PGR series it has grown into a franchise of its own and whilst the sequel and Wii version are... more
Half decent collection of games from year one
Arcade Unplugged Volume 1 (Xbox 360)
Member Name: NicndDan
Arcade Unplugged Volume 1 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Range of games, chance to play for those without Live
Disadvantages: Old games now, some familair
Xbox Arcade Volume 1 Unplugged is a collection of 6 of the finest games available for download in the first year or so off Xbox live. Since the evolution of online gaming and video game companies selling products for download, a wave of games have been released by a range of publishers that are only available as downloads. This disc is intended for those who perhaps don't have access to the online gaming stores and/or prefer the safety and longevity of a game on disc.
This collection is actually far cheaper nowadays than downloading the games and second hand and ebay prices are so low for this its worth getting this even if only 2 or 3 of the games appeal.
The games on the disc are -
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Where it all began really. After the success of this game as a side attraction of the PGR series it has grown into a franchise of its own and whilst the sequel and Wii version are far better this is still a very enjoyable title. Its very retro and will please shooter fans of games like Gradius etc. Its addictive, competitive and tough and involves you using your control sticks to fire, dodge, weave and survive in a box with ever increasing enemies. Classic game. 8/10
May be familiar to some from its popularity on the PC. It's a puzzle game that involves twisting and turning blocks to make patters and line up objects whilst playing against the clock. Its addictive and gets tough but its true home is on the PC as the controls don't respond too well and it impacts you big time on later levels. 6/10
Outpost Kaloki X
A tedious strategy game involving basically constructing a power station with shops, services etc. For an Arcade title its far too complex, far too slow and far too long. Its dull even for strategy fans. 3/10
Self explanatory. Backgammon is an extremely fun and traditional board game that involves moving checkers around to bring your checkers "home". The game has a tutorial so you can learnt o play and with an online mode, good controls, camera support and multiplayer it can be very fun. Hard to rate this as it depends on whether you like backgammon - 7/10
Platformer-come-puzzler which involvers you controlling Wiki to collect objects within time frames etc. Lots of levels, a decent challenge and a fun game all round. 7/10
Texas Hold 'Em Poker
This version of Poker to this day is still immensely popular on Xbox Live. The single player has challenges, ongoing bank rolls and tournaments but if you have bought this disc because you haven't got xbox Live then you are really missing out as it will get boring fast. Poker against non humans is pointless so the inclusions of this game on this disc is a bit bizarre. Nevertheless it deserves its place as along with Geo Wars its certainly one of Lives most popular games
All in all the disc can give you hours of fun. Most of the games are versions of card games, board games and PC games you might be familiar with and with Outpost Kaloki being so tedious then it leaves you with two original games to explore. For the prices its worth it and for some, who enjoy Poker and Backgammon, there could be a lot more to get out of this disc.
Worth it if you can pick it up cheap!
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