Halo 3, Tomb Raider: Legend going downloadable

Microsoft schedules weeks of Xbox Live Arcade and Games on Demand releases, headlined by digital debuts for Bungie's sci-fi shooter and Eidos' Lara Croft revamp.

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With a new 250GB hard drive accessory available and USB memory support just added to the Xbox 360, gamers on Microsoft's system have more storage options than ever before. To help gamers fill up all that extra space, Microsoft today laid out its Xbox Live Arcade and Games on Demand plans for the next few weeks.

Boot to the head!

Next Tuesday, Microsoft will add Tomb Raider: Legend to the Games on Demand section of the North American Xbox Live Marketplace, with gamers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand getting Devil May Cry 4. The following week, Bungie's 2007 sci-fi shooter Halo 3 will be available for all Xbox 360 gamers around the world, with Europeans also getting the THQ open-world action game Saints Row for the first time.

This week also saw new options added to the Games on Demand service, as Microsoft launched Fable II worldwide and Fallout 3 in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Fable II was already available to download (except in Korea and Japan) in an episodic format, with the first chapter given away for free and subsequent portions of the game carrying a charge. Fallout 3 has also been seen on the service previously, as Bethesda's postapocalyptic role-playing game launched on the North American Games on Demand service last month.

Things are quieter elsewhere on the Xbox Live Marketplace, with the biggest launch being Capcom's Final Fight: Double Impact on Wednesday, April 14. The 800 Microsoft point ($10) game pairs the original arcade edition of Final Fight together with another of the publisher's quarter-munchers, Magic Sword. Both games will include high-definition graphical filters (like in the recent downloadable editions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2), with the option to view the games in full-screen mode or to see them surrounded by the original arcade bezel art. Capcom is also adding online multiplayer action to both games, incorporating GGPO netcode designed to disguise latency for arcade-quality online play.

Discussion

42 comments
megatrunks
megatrunks

Tomb raider Legend is one of my favorite games ever.

Sticker704
Sticker704

Halo 3 will probably go up in sales. People will want to buy it straight away than waiting 2 weeks by ordering it on e-bay :) Tomb raider legend? No biggie. If it was on GOD then I wouldn't give a thought.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

mrzero1982pt2, I completely understand and appreciate what you are saying, however my requirements are for a Storage solution and not a Mobility Solution.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@andalore YES it works right. when you use the xbox "install to hard drive" function, its putting the basic things on there to speed up load times. bungie said dont install halo 3 that way because it is a constantly changing game(i dont know why) and it would make load times LONGER. but the games on demand version is the WHOLE game. it is YOURS, no disc needed.%Pr

andalore
andalore

Does the Halo 3 Games on Demand work? as I recall, It ran TERRIBLY when installed to hard drive, the loading times went up to like 20 minutes minimum. Hopefully Bungie has fixed this :P

Gammet25
Gammet25

About time i reckon, Usbs and storage are like a must have these days for anyone.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@thenephariouson they made it usb drive ready because, well? ok we all know external hard drives are no longer giant pieces which weigh you down, but they want something which will not hinder you when you go to a friend's house. with an external hd drive, you need a usb cable, and some space somewhere, and god forbid someone trips. you lost the xbox and your hard drive probably because of cables. a usb drive just seems better and easier because you can put it on a keychain, wear it on a lanyard and all those other good things. eventually they will make you happy, but for now, just stop the griping and be happy

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well untill they provide the ability of connecting external USB HDD drives in excess of the comical 16GB, they can shove all their downloadable games!

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Heh, who doesn't already have Halo 3 at this point, besides the haters? :P

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

microsoft is doing well with this. i have put off buying bad company because in memphis its pretty expensive to buy the physical copy(still 24 bucks) ithis will be one of the first full games i ever purchase without a disc when i get a new job. for folks who think you need a disc, NO! you will never need a disc for a games on demand game. it comes with everything needed. if you want to download other expansion packs and whatnot, they work with your game. dont worry.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

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x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@Masked_Man No, they're not. The game you download is exactly the same as the game you would install from disc. That's why Halo 2 was never added to games on demand. Halo 2 had a "ghosting" problem, that occurred when playing the campaign on 360, that was never fixed. The only difference between GoD download and disc install is you don't need the disc to play one, but you do for the other.

Masked_Man
Masked_Man

downloading the game to your hard drive and installing it from a disc are two different things people.

o0MrCheesy0o
o0MrCheesy0o

To all the people who are saying Halo 3 will run slower because it's on the harddrive and not on a disc are mistaken. The game itself will not run any slower but the time it takes to load the actual map will increase slightly. Anyways, I hate the way things are going with DL games. I'm not going to buy a piece of virtual data that I might not be able to use in the future. By this I mean when they 360 servers get shut down I won't be able to re-download any of the DL games I had brought if I had deleted them or my HDD got corrupted. I would be stuffed. So if the thing doesn't come on a nice shiny disc (or some physical media) to add to my collection then I'm not buying :/

ShadowNeverDies
ShadowNeverDies

Yeah, love how Bungie gave people a message saying hey don't put this game on your hard drive cause it will suck, just sayin. Say what you want about Bungie, but at least they care enough to warn their customers. Either way they better stop whoring out halo, cause halo 3 was the last game, then odst, then reach, then arbitor adventure, super halo rpg, etc. etc. Hell I'd take an updated Marathon at this point, just so it didn't say Halo.

sprinter6
sprinter6

I hope Bungie hurries up and modifies their code for Halo 3, that thing will never run properly off a data disk until they do.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Did Bungie rework Halo 3? Because last I remember, Bungie specifically said not to install the game onto the hard drive because it will run slower. Granted it doesn't make no nevermind to me but that would be a pretty sad fail.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

lets just hope the Distributers are reading huh guys? :)

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

@TheGreyArea Yeh true. If I want a game, I'll always go to the shop and actually buy it. But if buying it through XBL means I get Avatar stuff or themes and Gamerpics, I'd have a choice between the two..

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

@ TheGreyArea Thank you for a civil reply my good man. I agree with you 100% on that. That would make the feature better significantly.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

@xGlenn11x to an extent I agree with you on this. However, my own angle on this argument is that buying a product in a store, you are provided an extra bump in the package you purchase (ie, packaging etc etc). for digital game downloads (especially XBL), why not add a little incentive? Avatar extras / Themes etc with your purchase? just a thought

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

@Waldkieger So, I cant enjoy superb games such as Gears of War, Lost Planet, Bioshock, and Fallout 3, if I just download them? And honestly, where is the hassle in downloading a game? And if you download music too, I guess in your words that is incomplete than buying the actual product at the store. It is the SAME thing.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Over priced, just go out and buy the game and save some space on the hard drive

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@StJimmy15 Apparently you think I don't know that? I prefer having the actual product here in my collection without having the hassle of downloading, deleting, and re-downloading if I want it again. Downloading something makes it feel incomplete and not as enjoyable as having the actual product.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

lol i got the first chapter but i got the full game ugh what a waste of space i didnt know it was the same game

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@Waldkrieger Downloaded from space? lol You can delete them to free up space, and redownload when you want. Whats so bad about that?

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@xGlenn11x You misunderstand my words obviously. "Actual games" mean the real product you hold in your hand. Not something downloaded from space.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

That's an interesting prospect for those who still haven't played Halo series yet.But how come Halo 2 is still not available for downloads??

Thefatness16
Thefatness16

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SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I'd really like to have them release the multiplayer portion from ODST on the marketplace. Its really annoying that you are limited to 2 modes now in Halo 3 and you have to buy the map packs to play more than just social slayer.

Flint247
Flint247

I have Halo 3 already (ODST game) so I am good. And Falcon KICK! (on that snapshot) lol

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Now I can just put the few games I want from Games On Demand on some 16GB USB drives. Won't have to clog up my harddrive anymore.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Downloading games takes up too much space, requires a use of a credit card and is usually overpriced. I prefer a physical copy but thats just me.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

@Waldkrieger They are actual games....

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

I only purchase actual games, not download garbage.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Some good additions to the service. There is now more options to get unique titles.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I wonder if these downloadable games actually sell at all since they seem to sell for the same price as any retail copy, not to mention take up significant HDD space. I'll be looking forward to some Final Fight on XBLA though, sounds like a bargain at $10.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Final Fight! Yeah! But Halo 3 on GoD? I thought Bungie said Halo 3 shouldn't be played off the hard drive? Has it been updated or something?