When Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all have the same idea, it is clearly a good one. Despite numerous differences between the 7th generation consoles, all three share a similar feature. All three permit owners to download classic video games from older generation systems and newly created micro-games for a nominal fee. On the Xbox 360, these games are called Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) games. At present count, nearly 300 are available for download from Xbox Live. You can use expert boosting as well. This is great way to boost your gaming skills. You can use this tool to increase you level more quickly, as you play games. You can chat with other players as well, you can ask for tips from them as well.The following are the best XBLA action games to date.
Braid (Number None Inc.)
This game is not an older classic, but a brand new game developed specifically for Xbox Live. At first it seems to play like just about any side scrolling platform based puzzle game. It quickly proves to be a whole lot more. The game features time manipulation mechanics that tie into a complicated and intriguing story. At first, time can be rewound, similar to Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, but with each successive world the mechanics of time manipulation get more complicated. The game was truly ground breaking and is a spectacular deal for the low cost.
Bionic Commando Rearmed (Capcom)
The original Bionic Commando for the NES is a game that many fans believe long deserved a sequel. Over two decades later, a less than stellar sequel was created, but not before this XBLA title reignited fan ardor for the series. Technically, this is simply a re-release of the original game with enhanced graphics and modified game play mechanics. Whatever it is officially, the game play and graphics are superior to the original while maintaining everything that fans enjoyed about the original.
Duke Nukem 3D (3D Realms)
“I came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I am all out of bubblegum.” This gruffly uttered phrase painted the perfect picture of what could be found in this first person shooter. The game glorifies sex and violence, but manages to do so in just enough of a tongue-in-cheek way as to avoid creating the level of controversy as a game like Postal. The graphics are outdated and the difficulty is hard, but the theme of the game is simply so much fun that it is worth downloading. For fans of the series, this likely the closest they will ever get to seeing the much awaited vaporware title Duke Nukem Forever.
Mega Man 9 (Capcom)
The original Mega Man series on the NES was known for a number of features, one of the main ones being a grueling difficulty. Later SNES titles ramped down the difficulty considerably and many fans consider that the series has not been true to its roots since the last NES game. This game, created specifically for downloadable services, returns to the series to where it started. The game features NES style graphics, sounds, and difficulty. Hardcore retro gaming fans loved the game and less than 2 years later a sequel was made to capitalize on the success.
Battlefield 1943 (EA Digital Illusions CE)
This XBLA title is a little unusual because game play is entirely multiplayer. This game is basically a pared down version of the Battlefield games, allowing players to only play in Conquest Mode. Featuring battles with up to 24 players at a time, this game captured the interest of gamers worldwide and quickly became the fastest selling download only game of all time. Any fan of war games or first person shooters should pick this game up.