Curmudgeon Gamer
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05 March 2006
$10 Xbox games mostly not for Xbox 360
As you may know, Microsoft has begun selling some older Xbox games for only $9.99. I cannot remember prices of new games ever being set that low, except for the occasional cheap third-party game. While it may just be a temporary measure to clear space for Xbox 360 games, it seems an odd contrast to move to $59.99 for top-tier games.

I don't really care about Xbox games, since I don't own a system and probably won't for a while. But I did wonder if this was simply a way for Microsoft to get some new games into the hands of Xbox 360 owners who are waiting for more real Xbox 360 games to show up. A comparison of the cheap games with the official backward compatibility list appears to kill that theory. The only cheap and compatible games are Fuzion Frenzy, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, and Tom Clancy'sTony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.

That's only six of the sixteen and leaves out a good number of the newer games. For example, the newest Splinter Cell, Chaos Theory, is not being reduced in price, even though it is on the compatibility list. On the other hand, Microsoft may not want Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to compete with the upcoming Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, so they're offering the older game for $10 but it is conspicuously missing from the compatibility list.

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--Matt Matthews at 09:00
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Due to technical difficulties, and for your amusement, JVM has been temporarily replaced by the famous Pokemon, "Tomklancee."

My god, how much does it suck that there are so many Tom Clancy games? He's not even all that great a writer....

By Blogger JohnH, at 05 March, 2006 15:11  

Well, that range of games is kinda funny... funnily bad.

I'd personally only go for: Fuzion Frenzy (it is actually fun!), Soul Calibur II, Morrowind, and MechAssault - if I wouldn't have owned them already. The rest of the games are just plain rubbish in my eyes.

But, especially SCII is a real steal at the price, and now there is no excuse for any XB owner to not have it in his/her collection. Also, it's the best port of the game (IMO) for the lowest price of all three versions. Way to go, Microsoft.

And while I am recommending things,
I sure hope they are selling the slightly less bugged and quite enjoyable Morrowind GOTY, and not the original "unplayable after a while"-Morrowind that produces random disc-errors of doom(tm) and forces you to NOT interact in the game world, and instead stash items and stuff in kegs, barrels and chests, makes you close all doors after yourself and in general wants you to not make a racket to keep the size of the save-file really low.

But if it's GOTY, it sure is more than worth the price for comfortable couch-adventures on the darkelven island of ash.

By Anonymous Aulbath, at 05 March, 2006 15:55  

Platinum Platinum Hits?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 March, 2006 20:25  

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