There are literally thousands of downloadable games available for Microsoft’s home consoles, including triple AAA titles, but don’t forget to also check out titles available via the Xbox Arcade and Xbox Indie Channels.
Games on Demand
You can buy many top titles from the comfort of your own sofa via your Xbox console – these are known as Games on Demand. Once you buy a title online, you only have to wait as long as it takes for a title to download, rather than wait for delivery of a physical copy or having to venture out to the store. You also don’t have to worry about changing discs for lengthier games, and because the title is tied to your Xbox Live account you also need never worry about losing your game! Expect to pay top dollar for these titles on release, but during sales, you can pick up a bargain!
The Xbox Arcade is home to hundreds of titles, normally from smaller publishers, and also includes plenty of classic games from yesteryear that you actually can’t buy in stores. Some of the more famous examples available through Xbox Arcade includes Minecraft, Terraria and Fruit Ninja, but you can also pick up gaming classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mortal Kombat and Pac-Man. Prices range from as little as $1.99 up to $19.99, but a typical arcade title will usually only set you back between $4.99 and $9.99.
The Xbox Indie channel is chock full of indie games, many developed by individuals, rather than full blown development teams. Because of this, a lot of the games are either very basic, or lack polish, or are just plain weird! Don’t let this fool you, because there are plenty of classics to be found, including twin stick shooter I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES!!!1 and JRPG parody classic Cthulu Saves the World. Indie titles will usually set you back less than a dollar.