XBLA Unplugged unveiled

Microsoft releases lineup for in-store collection of downloadable 360; package ready to hit stores next month.

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Since the Xbox 360 launched last November, Xbox Live Arcade has been one of the system's biggest success stories. Microsoft has said it hadn't anticipated the popularity of the service, which allows gamers to download retro games and smaller-scale new titles to their system, typically for about $5 or $10.

Now Microsoft is going to find out if the same content will be as popular when presented to consumers in a different format. The publisher has announced a worldwide September 5 release for Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged, a $39.99 collection of original XBLA titles that includes a free one-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a few demos. The compilation and lineup had been hinted at months ago in leaked box art, but now the six included titles are set in stone.

The full lineup for Unplugged consists of the relentless shooter Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, fairytale platformer Wik: Fable of Souls, space-station strategy game Outpost Kaloki X, gem-swapping puzzler Bejeweled 2 Deluxe, and a pair of classic diversions converted for digital fun, Hardwood Backgammon and Texas Hold 'Em. The demos included Uno, Feeding Frenzy, and Marble Blast Ultra. If one were to download all of these from the Xbox Live Marketplace, it would cost roughly $50 in Marketplace points.

All of the games and demos in the collection are rated E for Everyone, with the exception of Texas Hold 'Em. That title is rated T for Teen due to simulated gambling.

Discussion

78 comments
TheKretinousQ
TheKretinousQ

same here, waiting for Forza 2 but that's going to be a near month off of the original launch

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

$40 is a lot for that......id rather buy a full-fledged game

OPOLO
OPOLO

Seems like a great idea

Donald_Duck_Fan
Donald_Duck_Fan

THAT should can the tangibility ppl. Get every one of them into one of these collections!! BJ

DarkHero1
DarkHero1

I already have 2 of the games that come in Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Volume 1 so I am definitely not buying it.

Kodi2004
Kodi2004

Will you be able to download them to your HDD, or you have to play them off the disc?

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

They would need the rights from Konami to put Metal Gear on XBLA, which I don't think will happen, since you can just play them on MGS 3 : Subsistence, and I'm sure Konami would rather have people spend 30 bucks on that than 5 bucks a pop for them seperately.

SicsStringFreak
SicsStringFreak

as a matter of fact microsoft heres an idea sell the bundle of original metal gears, aka the 3 i just mentioned, for i dont know how about 29.99, that would be freakin awesome

SicsStringFreak
SicsStringFreak

i want to see the original metal gear, and metal gear 2, and snakes revenge, those games would be great to have on the arcade.

grave_rob
grave_rob

I'm with DrKill on this one. get online or get out...

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'll say it again. YOU NEED ONLINE GAMING THIS GEN! It is pointless to have a 360 without Live.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Would be nice to have a hard copy for the people who DID pay $50 for all of them... or at least paid for the good ones.

thebill1979
thebill1979

I think this is a great idea. Microsoft realizes that not everyone in America is up to speed with current technology (ie: Broadband internet). This will most likely be the first in many discs of this nature.

lee291
lee291

i want to see the game lemmings and worms come out on xbla

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Personally, Geometry Wars is the only interesting title on that list. I have not liked much of the XBLA titles so far. *shrug*

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I'm gald they didn't leave people without broadband in the dark. The selection is varied enough and the price seems fair. Kudos MS. And now some of us can get our hands on a hard copy of our software. You may not love all the titles on the disk but thats the problem with compolations, take it or leave it. P.S. the Geometry wars demo was only a taste of the full version.

Wolverine77
Wolverine77

Whats the point of games like Backgammon and Poker (and the Uno demo) if you are not online enabled. Isn't this targeted at gamers unable to have xbox live arcade? They should have waited and included the Clones game and Alien Hominid.

byronman91
byronman91

who thinks this should be on the old xbox other than me?

zidura
zidura

To me it would make more sense if they sold these for about $19.99 or included 3 months of LIVE instead of just one. That would maybe get more people "hooked" on live and generate more revenues for Microsoft in the long run.

alexisonfire828
alexisonfire828

it's a great idea for 360 owners without access to the Live service for what ever reason. 6 fun games on 1 disc and cheaper then you'd get from Live, along with a month free for Live, how can you resist?

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

thats worth it i havent dl ny games yet but i will soon i love geometry wars

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

That's a decent array of games for the unplugged pack. I just download everything online, but for those who don't this is pretty good.

theperson121
theperson121

that would be awsome if they add lumines to the arcade unpluged

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

The main reason...I use XBLA is....to get easy gamerscore....lol

dwoop
dwoop

Glad I got texas Hold 'Em for free already...

UnbredVermin-UK
UnbredVermin-UK

great for people who don't have Xbox live, and love the arcade games.

oddworld7
oddworld7

ya buy a package game worth 40 when ur only want 2-3 of those games

jay69k
jay69k

You save a whole 10$ ! YAYYYYYYYYYYY!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i didnt know people liked xbla that much

xbox_1
xbox_1

I would bet that one would leave the DVD in the drive because I seems to me that this is being marketed to people who have the core system and thus wouldn't have the HD to put games on.

kinglink2
kinglink2

Guys, it doesn't matter if it's cheaper or not. If you're not going to buy three of the games then it ends up being more expensive. If you only wantyed Geometry wars and Wik, you're paying more than double the price. Unless you want EVERY game this has then you're better off picking and chosing.

alcarazo9
alcarazo9

GEOMETRY WARS HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chemosh013
Chemosh013

just wondering if these will be playable from your hard disk or if you have to put in the DVD. I'm guessing you need to put in the DVD so they can make it so you can't give it to your buddy to load onto his HD...

reece590
reece590

Yeah, I have all of those exept Hardwood Backgammon.

Gaara79
Gaara79

History in the making, the first 360 game that has more then 1000 points to unlock : P

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Not my idea of a good selection other than texas holdem and geo wars.

kittencrusher
kittencrusher

People will always find something to complain about. *sigh*

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

This is a good deal for those who don't have Xbox Live

kinglink2
kinglink2

I see four out of six games I own... Funny I only paid a total of 20 dollars for them (Outpost is 400, Geometry is 400, bejeweled is 800 and Texas Holdem was free) I don't know if 50 dollars is right. Even worse they arn't even close to worth 50 dollars. PLus if your getting the games off line you probably don't have a Live connection so how is the one month subscription to Live Gold going to help?

veracity024
veracity024

hope they are downloadable from the CD; im rentin off gamefly for this since i already got hold em uno and geo wars

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Quote: hazuki - "Nearly all of those games suck. You can get the full experience of geometry wars in the trial, and the only good full game on this is Wik:fos. Why not include games like street fighter 2: hf? The single player wasnt horrendous on that game so it'd be a nice addition." What are you smoking? The Geometry Wars demo lasts two minutes. Nothing even close to the full experience! :) I admit that most of those games aren't my bag (why didn't they include Zuma or Marble Blast Ultra in full version instead?) but considering it's a casual games collection I think the roster is alright for people without broadband.