Cheat on your console

The Forgotten Greats

Brilliant then, a bargain now!

For sheer junk food pleasure, few games this generation quite match Crackdown, which took the sandbox spirit of Grand Theft Auto III and added mounds more mayhem. Why it’s worth straying for: From throwing trucks at your foes, to leaping from skyscraper to skyscraper, Crackdown delivers murderous superhero-style fun in spades.

Dead Rising

With up to 800 zombies on screen at once, it’s the definitive depiction of a zombie apocalypse in gaming. Until Dead Rising 2, that is. Why it’s worth straying for: Run over 45 zombies with a lawn mower. Snip 15 zombie limbs off with garden shears. Drink a meatball smoothie. Kick a football into a zombie’s face. All in five minutes of play.

Viva Pinata

No blood, no boobs, no bullets; just a bunch of rutting rainbow-coloured papier-mache creatures. Viva Pinata’s cute factor belies deep strategy and resource management. Why it’s worth straying for: There isn’t much family-friendly fare in the same vein as The Sims or Animal Crossing on the PS3 or 360, but Viva Pinata fills the gap nicely.

Blue Dragon

The work of father of Final Fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi and Dragon Ball Z artist Akira Toriyama, Blue Dragon is one of the few JRPGs that remain exclusive to the 360. Why it’s worth straying for: Next to Fallout and Fable, Blue Dragon is a proper old-school RPG, updated with next-gen bells and whistles, making it something of a curio.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Developers Rare took the brave decision to transform their flagship platformer series into a quirky vehicle construction workshop and racer. Weirdly, it worked. Why it’s worth straying for: Sure, the game helps you with what vehicles to create, but the most fun is found when you let the mad mechanic inside you run wild.

The Online Experience: Xbox Live

Despite the free services of its competitors, Xbox Live operates on a two-tiered payment system. As a free Silver member, you have access to a limited number of features, such as free downloadable demos (available a week after release to Gold members) and limited voice chat. Once you’ve paid your $50/£40 for a year’s Gold membership (or far less, if you go the dodgy website route), however, you can access multiplayer – the meat of the service. Though you cannot browse the web over Live, plans are afoot to integrate Facebook, Twitter, and pay-per-view Sky TV.

The Top 5 Xbox Live Arcade Downloadables

Shadow Complex
A heavy homage to SNES classic Super Metroid, Shadow Complex beat all previous XBLA sales records. With good reason: its 2.5D gameplay is a joy.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Alright, so it’s not an original Live Arcade creation, but the fact you can download one of the greatest games ever for just over a fiver is remarkable.

Castle Crashers

Harkening back to the days of the side-scrolling beat-’em-up, Castle Crashers is a marvel of hand-drawn visuals and medieval four-player mayhem.

’Splosion Man
The very definition of a great downloadable title: physics-based platformer ‘Splosion Man is silly, innovative and a real blast to play.


After a hard day’s Halo 3 and CoD4, there’s no better way to relax than with Doom. No snipers. No airstrikes. Just you, a shotgun and 985 demons. Bliss.

Flame war!

We debunk fanboy myths about the 360

“Yur 3-SUX-T iz az loud az a vacuum cleaner!!!2!!”
The facts: Sure, the Xbox 360 is loud, but not significantly more so than a PS3. And like the Red Ring of Death, consoles produced more recently have somewhat eliminated the problem, reportedly thanks to the larger heat sink Microsoft have installed in it.

“Red Ring of Death! LOLZ!”
The facts: Depending on who you believe, the 360’s failure rate is somewhere between Microsoft’s official 3% and the whopping 60% described by a recent magazine poll. However, that’s just for consoles bought in the first two years of production. Microsoft claims to have eliminated the problem in newer consoles.


  • TrollMan - February 12, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    before i read this i had a 360 breaking for the forth time so i got a ps3 slim (250 gb) and i'm not cheating on 360 cause 360 is no more now cause ps3 kicks ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • mentalityljs - December 12, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    @ Spybreak8 Good point!
  • Spybreak8 - December 6, 2009 8:55 a.m.

    @mentalityljs I play PC games but a majority on my 360 because I don't have the money to constantly upgrade my PC to play the games I want. In fact I enjoy being able to pick from like 80 games to play without having to install em or worry about installing an antivirus/antimalware program. Therefore I don't mind paying 40 bucks for live when its a lot cheaper than a new video card, cpu, ram, more hard drive space and so on. I still love PCs but economically the 360 is great, especially with everyone's unanimous talk of not needing a new gen console quite yet.
  • Spybreak8 - December 6, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    Haha its late so I read Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaros' Treasure as Zack and Mira Make A Porno haha. Yeah I'd cheat because I'd actually love to play Ratchet and Mario again but cheating is expensive. :P
  • Enix21 - December 4, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    lol its like Xbox 360 vs PS3...Wii is like "were are we in this"
  • lovinmyps3 - December 4, 2009 5:24 a.m.

    Oh yeah I just remembered: I had the yellow light of death on my PS3 ($150 to get a replacement) AND the red ring of death on my 360 4 months after I bought it!! The PS3 cost more (compared to the $0.00) but at least it lasted a good year and a half. lol
  • lovinmyps3 - December 4, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    I'm ashamed to admit that I was a Sony fanboy until about 6 months ago. Left 4 Dead caused me to break down, now I'm always playing Halo 3 and Modern Warfare 2 on LIVE! Actually I used to be a big Nintendo fanboy until the PS2 so I guess I've cheated twice. XD
  • joel2211 - December 3, 2009 4:57 p.m.

    I bought a PS3 for black Friday when I have had my x box for years now....but I will only play exclusive PS3 games on it.
  • metalgatesolid - December 3, 2009 4:04 p.m.

    So where is Mario Kart for the Wii? That and Mario Galaxy are the two games i play round my mates who has Madworld and Super Smash Bros. But they are at the bottom of a pile. Id love a 360 as I love RPGs and Fable and Mass Effect interest me alot. PS3 has Metal Gear, the reason i have a PS3.
  • punkmetalmage - December 3, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    I've skimmed through some of the comments and see that people are finally coming to their senses. I know a couple of people know this but Xbox is called Xbox for microsoft's Direct X service. It's basically a cheap computer with a shitty operating system so people can play Direct X games which is available on Microsoft other platform: Windows. Windows 7 comes with Direct X11, Xbox 360 uses something equivalent to DX9. 360 is at a limit in every way now. Grow a pair and build yourself a gaming computer hook it up to your 42" 1080p HDTV and enjoy a much richer experience. When it comes to consoles, I got me a PS3 because it serves a lot more quality exclusives.
  • griffed88 - December 3, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    I own none of these consoles! PC gaming ftw! ...although I am tempted to get a ps3 when my birthday roles around cuz i love my psp and adhoc party sounds sweet
  • mentalityljs - December 3, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    @ crumbdunky I'd have to agree. Although I don't own any new consoles or handhelds, if u own a PC, you're better off sticking with it and buying a PS3 or a Wii for their exclusives, seeing as every xbox game that's worth playing is eventually released on PC. Therefor, you're able to cut the cost of LIVE and still have an enjoyable online experience. And before anyone gets on my ass about DLC, let me just say that if you're defending your PC/console at ALL based on it's DLC, then your system is a piece of shit. It's all about it's library!
  • tomasavery - December 3, 2009 3:47 a.m.

    "and if your too poor to pay for online then Psn but Psn isn't any where close to Xbox Live." lol that's ridiculous. Too poor to pay for online? It's not a matter of whether you have the money for it, it's pathetic that you have to. You're right that the PSN isn't anywhere close to Live though, there aren't anywhere near as many xenophobic foul-mouthed 12 year olds on the PSN. PC is the only way to play multiplayer anyway.
  • vigeoman - December 3, 2009 1:45 a.m.

    im surprised u didnt put okami on the wii section u guys always yell at us for not buying okami (which i did)
  • gmilf71 - December 3, 2009 1:30 a.m.

  • gmilf71 - December 3, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    Yah I consider the 260 and ps3 pretty much exactly the same. the xbox is just a white and greeen version of the ps3; the ps3 is a black and blue version of the xbox. I don't see why you would wanna buy both. And for all of you fan boys, MW2 on ps3 alone made more money that Halo ever has.
  • Tochy - December 3, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    didnt convince me. and btw little big planet blows reCAPTCHA: serve bullock ahahaha
  • minimaxi - December 3, 2009 12:40 a.m.

    @chewbroccli Braid is available in PSN now. as of me, I've been cheating on my 360 for a PS3 months ago. The thing is, if you have a decent PC, that leaves you only a handful of true exclusives; Fable2, Gears2, Halo3, what else? Halo3 might be released for PC by the time Windows 9 comes out, PC version of F2 and GoW2 is not impossible either. XBLA games are kickass though! A lot of awesome exclusives are coming to PS3 (hence my reason to defect). In my opinion, PS3 is a really good secondary console if you mainly play PC Games. oh, and... SOMEBODY FORGOT TO SHOEHORN OKAMI INTO THIS ARTICLE :D :D :D
  • chewbroccli - December 3, 2009 12:21 a.m.

    what about braid and the liberty city stories for xbox. those are big too
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - December 2, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    I own a Wii, a 360 and a PS3, and yet I find myself playing Super Mario Bros 3 on the SNES or WoW for the majority of my day.

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