Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged detailed

Geometry Wars to headline Microsoft's first retail compilation of downloadable 360 games.


Last month, a product listing for an Xbox 360 game called Arcade Unplugged showed up on the Web site of retailer EBgames. The page didn't give any details about the game, but it did list Microsoft Game Studios as the title's publisher. It was a short leap of faith to conclude this was a retail collection of Xbox Live Arcade games so that those without Internet connections could enjoy the service's offerings.

Xbox Live Arcarde!
Xbox Live Arcarde!

That appears to be exactly the case, as box art for the game has surfaced on a distributor Web site from which retailers pull art for upcoming games. A tagline proclaims that the package "includes the hit game Geometry Wars and a one-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold." A number of screenshots on the cover indicate that the compilation also includes Bejeweled 2 Deluxe, Wik: Fable of Souls, Hardwood Backgammon, Outpost Kaloki X, and the as-yet unreleased Texas Hold 'Em Poker.

It should be noted that the lineup of games could change, as this cover art isn't final. There is a ratings tag on it saying the games included run from E for Everyone to T for Teen, which is the North American system utilized by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. However, the format designation in the top corner lists it as a PAL game. In PAL territories, games are either rated with the Pan European Game Information system, or the British Board of Film Classification system.

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