We know you're still working through your backlog of Fall 2011 Xbox 360 and Kinect retail releases, but there were a lot of great downloadable titles you should be checking out as well. We give our picks for some of the best XBLA titles to come out over the last few months, as well as a couple of Games on Demand exclusives you should check out as well.
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If you've already bought Resident Evil 4 a couple times (maybe both the GC and the Wii version) you probably don't need to download this version. It is the same (good) ol' game, after all. It does have nice looking HD pumped up graphics, achievements, and includes the fantastic Mercenaries mode along with the Separate Ways mode, and all of these are pretty darn replayable all for just $20. If you've never played RE4, though, what are you waiting for? This is one of the best games of all time. Check out RE4 Wii tips (but they apply to the X360 version as well) at About.com's Videogame Strategies site.
Crysis is a game that has always been out of reach for some gamers. Its main selling point was GPU melting PC graphics, and some of us don't bother making gaming rigs beefy enough to run it properly. Well, now Crysis is here for the rest of us. The Xbox 360 Games on Demand version won't look as good as it can on a decent PC, but it does still look very, very good. And the open world gameplay with great physics plays incredibly well, particularly since it borrows some features from Crysis 2.
This is the game the retail release of EA's NBA Jam in 2010 should have been. The gameplay is tightened up, there are a ton of special features and unlockable goodies, and the game overall is just much better. And it is only 1200 MSP ($15). This is fun, fast paced, old-school NBA Jam done right.
Scene It? is one of our favorite party game series on Xbox 360 and now after three retail releases the series is going the downloadable route. For 800MSP ($10) you get a core game with plenty of questions, but new themed DLC add-on packs will be coming along as well so you can pick and choose what type of movie questions you want to play. The actual gameplay is exactly like the retail releases, and the big button controllers work here as well, so if you love Scene It? you'll love this XBLA version.
Renegade Ops is a top-down vehicle shooter where you go on missions in (fairly) open worlds, collecting powerups, and blowing up everything you see. It plays really nice, and features absolutely crazy awesome looking graphics. It isn't a huge game, unfortunately, and you'll run through the handful of levels pretty quickly, but it sure is impressive to look at. For 1200MSP ($15), it isn't too much of an investment.
A classic racer from SEGA's stable, Daytona USA on XBLA packs nice looking HD graphics, all of the catchy original music, and the same tricky gameplay gamers know and love. It isn't exactly a huge game, only offering a handful of tracks and a couple of cars to choose from, but perfecting your times on the tracks is addictive and fun and will keep you hooked. Not bad for just 800MSP ($10).
One of the classic shoot-em-ups of all time, Radiant Silvergun plays great and looks awesome in HD on XBLA. Not much needs to be said, really, other than shmup fans need to play this one. Why pay hundreds of dollars for the Sega Saturn version, when you can get Radiant Silvergun on XBLA for 1200MSP ($15)?
3D Worms games have always been kind of terrible. They just don't work as well, they certainly aren't as cute, and the physics are harder to figure out than the 2D versions of the games. With that said, Worms Ultimate Mayhem is probably the best of the 3D Worms games. It can be hard to wrap your head around at first, but once we figured everything out we had just as much fun in multiplayer as we do with the 2d Worms games on XBLA. It'll run you 1200MSP ($15).