Updated: Microsoft Reveals 360's Games on Demand Lineup

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Updated: Microsoft Reveals 360's Games on Demand Lineup

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The Xbox 360's Games on Demand service will debut next week as part of the system's Dashboard update, and there are some pretty heavy hitters in the debut lineup of games available, Microsoft revealed today.

Ended is the Xbox 360's Xbox Originals line, soon to be superseded (next week) by a newfangled feature part of the much-newfangled Dashboard update, Games on Demand. If you haven't heard, Games on Demand is, well, pretty much what its name implies: full Xbox 360 games that you can purchase and download over Xbox Live.

The service will debut with 21 games next week, and though not all of them will get you mashing A to buy buy buy, there are some pretty notable titles here that you might feel like picking up if you're too lazy to head down to GameStop to buy used. We've got Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, Oblivion, and, uh, Perfect Dark Zero, to name a few notables. Here's the full list:

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft)
  • Burnout Paradise (EA)
  • Call of Duty® 2 (Activision)
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Fight Night Round 3 (EA)
  • Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
  • Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Meet The Robinsons (Disney)
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed (THQ)
  • Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
  • Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Prey (2K Games)
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
  • Sega Rally (Sega)
  • TEST DRIVE: UNLIMITED (Atari)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Tomb Raider Legend (Eidos)
  • Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise (Microsoft Game Studios)

One of the nice things about Games on Demand is that you won't have to buy Microsoft Points to pay for these games; instead, you can just fork over an exact dollar amount with your credit card of choice. I know, it's been a long time coming, hasn't it?

UPDATE: Turns out the list above is the UK list, not the US one. So if you were wondering where BioShock is, here you go:

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
  • Rainbow Six Vegas (Ubisoft)
  • BioShock (2K Games)
  • Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • ridge racer 6 (Namco)
  • Burnout Paradise (EA)
  • Meet The Robinsons (Disney)
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
  • Call of Duty® 2 (Activision)
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed (THQ)
  • SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (SEGA)
  • Dance Dance Revolution Universe (Konami)
  • Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
  • TEST DRIVE: UNLIMITED (Atari)
  • Fight Night Round 3 (EA)
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2K Games/Bethesda Softworks
  • Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Karaoke Revolution American Idol Encore (Konami)
  • Prey (2K Games)
  • Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise (Microsoft Game Studios)

UPDATE #2: The Xbox Originals will still be available; they will simply undergo a name change as they are bundled into the Games on Demand section.

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Hey, hey hey where the hell is Bioshock. I know I saw it in that video..... If i don't get my bioshock I'm gonna.... *spasms on the floor*

EDIT: Ahh there it is, all is right with the world

An interesting idea.

Though, it will only make lazy gamers even more lazy.

Still, interesting and nearly fool-proof idea.

A good list, though a little too many Sports Titles. And why are both Viva Pinatas there?

I'm assuming the costs vary here, but what's the range?
I mean, there had to be a price incentive to not owning a physical copy. I can pick up Oblivion for 25 bucks (Give or take) used, so where is the lure here? I'm certainly not against digital distribution, but there had better be a reason for it besides 'no discs'.

Ohhh, I've been really tempted to run out and buy Rainbow Six Vegas for a while now, we'll just have to see what it costs, and I might just buy it! :)

I like the list, too bad I own almost all of the games on it that interest me. :P

Interesting, although the only games that seem entertaining I already own. I'll have to wait until more titles are added. Although, I like this idea. Kind of.

In exception for one or two, that's a damn good list of games.

Owning an Xbox 360 and not having a copy of Burnout: Paradise is a f***ing travesty.

Now I need a bigger HDD. >:|

But will any new games be released both instores and on GoD? Only time will tell...

LEGO STAR WARZ WOOOHOOOO!!!!! (serious btw)

GodsOneMistake:
Hey, hey hey where the hell is Bioshock. I know I saw it in that video..... If i don't get my bioshock I'm gonna.... *spasms on the floor*

...Pay the $15 it costs to buy the game nowadays?
Seriously, even at gamestop it's cheap as dirt!

GodsOneMistake:
Hey, hey hey where the hell is Bioshock. I know I saw it in that video..... If i don't get my bioshock I'm gonna.... *spasms on the floor*

Um...you know you can just go to the store and buy it, right?

NoMoreSanity:
A good list, though a little too many Sports Titles. And why are both Viva Pinatas there?

The short answer can be found in the parentheses following the titles. ;)

I don't know, I kind of like owning actual physical copies of stuff, it feels more awesome to actually pay the money and take the game home then going "confirm download"

LEGO star wars ftw.

Susan Arendt:

NoMoreSanity:
A good list, though a little too many Sports Titles. And why are both Viva Pinatas there?

The short answer can be found in the parentheses following the titles. ;)

Ah. I'm okay with the first Viva, but the second can screw off. Damn, I'm sad now.

Really, you didn't like it? I enjoyed the heck out of it, though I do admit it fell short in a number of ways. What didn't you like about it?

Oh are they really getting rid of the Xbox Originals section? Thats kind of a shame. I was hoping they'd bring in some ore games to that.

The opening line-up isn't that bad, it looks like it covers a good range of gamers to get them involved.

I'm just glad that I can finally get Viva Piñata; my local game stores have been out of stock of that game for ages.

Seriously, I can't wait to raise my candy-filled garden critters.

Microsoft isn't using MS points for this? The water is already beginning to run thick red with blood.

But there are some very good games on the list. I myself will be purchasing Mass Effect. I never got around to playing it when it came out. I may also get Assassin's Creed to replace my shattered disc. Now we can only assume that Bioshock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4/5, and the entire Guitar Hero franchise are next.

Nice lineup, pity I only have 1gig left on my HD...

Not to start the flame war (I'm GLAD XBOX has this feature now), but this is exactly like the full-title DLs on PSN, correct? For example, the Burnout Paradise you are getting here is a full-owned digital copy of the retail game, just like the one you get from PSN, minus any platform specific differences?

A rare point where PSN beat Live to the punch, and the only reason I think it's worth noting. Aside from that, I like down-loadable full titles for certain types of game. It was great for the Oblivion expansion, not so great for Gran Tourismo Prologue.

Now, if only MS would respond to the reasonable demands to make expanding storage space cheaper on that platform, XBOX owners would be able to DL and store more than 4 or 5 games at a time. I'm rooting for you guys on that one.

Could be interesting. Hopefully MS won't be charging an arm and a leg for games. Anything over $10-$20 and I certainly won't be buying.

...so no more Xbox originals?

Damn it, I was going to buy something on there.

i already own the titles i enjoy from that list, and besides i don't have the hard drive space for full 360 games

i wonder if these downloads will be slimlined ya know like the way there doing with the dashboard update. At least that way you hard drive wont be full after buying a few games : S

Too lazy to read the fifteen or so replies. While the exact dollar amount is thankfully reassuring, is it possible to pay with MS points? Or a combination? Probably not, but I have an extra 800 that I've been meaning to get rid of.

Hmm...I actually recently bought a copy of Call of Duty 2 but the disk didn't work and I was forced to get my money back - now I can just buy it off live =)

I may also buy Burnout depending on the prices.

It's like Steam for 360!

The lack of Jet Set Radio on Xbox Originals always annoyed me. This lineup has both Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect which I need to reacquire so that's not terrible, but still, I'm a little put out that they didn't release more Originals. Finding a working copy of JSR these days is rather more difficult (and expensive at times) than I would like.

Susan Arendt:
Really, you didn't like it? I enjoyed the heck out of it, though I do admit it fell short in a number of ways. What didn't you like about it?

I never liked the series to begin with, my Pinatas alawys died. And the second was basically the first with an added Pinata count, ala Pokemon.

Do we have any idea how much space they'll take up on the HDD? My 20 gig is getting smaller and smaller these days...

the real question is how they choose to price these games, as charging anything more than $10 for Perfect Dark Zero would be ridiculous, as you can up a used copy for like n$5 at any gamestop.

This is a pretty good idea. I mean, I'm obviously too lazy to leave my house for 10 minutes to pay 20 bucks for a game so this is perfect. Really, if I find a game on here I just might use this service.

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