The recent price drop for the Xbox 360 came at the perfect time for consumer as the economy took a turn for the worst. At the starting price of $199.99, the Xbox 360 is the cheapest current home console on the market. Even more appealing is the avalanche of cheap games that will help keep many entertained throughout these tough times. Here are five of the best Xbox 360 budgeted titles.
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Realtime Worlds, Release Date: 2007, ESRB Rating: M, MSRP: $29.99
Crackdown is from the original creators of Grand Theft Auto series; thus it is not hard to see the striking resemblance. The game features a completely open world to explore and cause havoc in. Unlike the more realistic Grand Theft Auto series, the characters in Crackdown have some superhuman powers that add an extra dimension to the gameplay. The addition of online cooperative play makes this budget title a must have.
Publisher: Capcom, Developer: Capcom, Release Date: 2006, ESRB Rating: M, MSRP: $19.99
Everyone likes zombie games and Dead Rising is among the best the genre has to offer. This budgeted Xbox 360 title drops you in the middle of a zombie invasion inside a shopping mall. What you decided to do within the 72 in-game hours item limit is entirely up to you. The mall is your playground while the zombies are your playmates. Budgeted or not, Dead Rising is a game that belongs in every Xbox 360 owner’s collection.
The Orange Box
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Developer: Valve, Release Date: 2007, ESRB Rating: M, MSRP: $29.99
Valve develops some of the best video games around. You can get a chunk of their legacy with this incredible budget collection on the Xbox 360 that includes Portal, Team Fortress and all three games in the Half-Life 2 saga so far. Each of the offerings provides something for every kind of gamer to enjoy, from the humorous Portal to the addicting online multiplayer Team Fortress 2. Even at the full price, The Orange Box is worth every penny.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Publisher: Ubisoft, Developer: Ubisoft, Release Date: 2006, ESRB Rating: T, MSRP: $29.99
For tactical shooting fans, it is hard to recommend anything other than Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. The game puts you in command of a small squad throughout various enemy territories. An innovative cover system allows for even more strategic maneuver. Not to mention that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter has one of the better online gameplay on the Xbox 360.
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, Developer: Rare, Release Date: 2006, ESRB Rating: E, MSRP: $19.99
Viva Piñata is probably the most underappreciated Xbox 360 game to date. The main goal is to build a good enough garden from scratch in order to attract piñata creatures. This budget game is completely open as players can take as much time as they want to do whatever they want. Over 60 piñata are waiting to be attracted by your eccentric garden design in this relaxing budget game.