The Top 7… Classic Xbox Live games we'll miss

All good things have endings, and Microsoft’s put a big ol’ “Do Not Resuscitate” on Xbox Live support’s chest – at least for original Xbox games. On April 15, the plug will be pulled and we’ll no longer be able to play our original Xbox games online, on Xbox or Xbox 360. Sure, you’ll still be able to play the campaign mode, but say goodbye to killing Pinky with that one guy on Doom 3 co-op, or drifting into that other guy’s car in Burnout 3 multiplayer.
Before these games go six feet under, we wanted to pay our respects by reciting a eulogy, GR-style. Here are the original Xbox games we’ll miss playing online the most.

7. Doom 3


What’s being discontinued: Co-op through the campaign with a friend, plus a deathmatch mode.

What we’ll miss: If you love a good scare, playing through Doom 3 will give it to you, especially with the lights all off. Never mind the monster closets or having to choose between holding your gun and holding a flashlight; it’s the eerie moments, the bloody footprints and the sudden shocks that make this spooky, and they’re even more fun when you’re experiencing them with someone else muttering, “Oh shit! Oh shit!” over your headset. While some horror-type games currently on Xbox 360 have online multiplayer, there aren’t any that really stick out with good cooperative play. (Except Left 4 Dead, of course.)

6. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge


What’s being discontinued: Althernate-history 1930s combat-flight sim with eight different game modes, seven different maps, and two new planes that were made available as downloadable content.

What we’ll miss: Though every multiplayer game has one-on-one, team-based, and capture-the-flag-type games, only a few let you play those types ON A PLANE, let alone a steampunk air-pirate fighter plane that drops out of a zeppelin. Crimson Skies was one of the better prop-plane dogfight simulators of its time, and there hasn’t really been anything quite like it – or its awesome online multiplayer – since. Sure, Heroes of the Pacific came out afterward and tried to accomplish the same thing, but its multiplayer was dull by comparison.

As of right now, the closest thing you can really get to Crimson Skies is a World War II flight sim, and there are very few of those out for the 360. Even fewer are any good. Your best bet for a comparable game when April 15 rolls around would be IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, which should satisfy your craving for a retro dogfight, even though it lacks Skies’ air-pirate panache.


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  • thefarkinator - April 21, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    as for battlefront III, isn't pandemic gone? I cried for weeks :( recaptcha: gami art. What the hell is gami? I read books :P
  • SenorHurt - April 20, 2010 3:33 a.m.

    Thanks for all the work involved in making this list. Great job on the podcast review this article for us. I started playing on Xbox Live with Halo 2 and that's pretty much all I played on XBL until the Xbox 360 got some descent games. Thanks for the memories.
  • GeneralFrazier - April 19, 2010 5:35 a.m.

    These are going to be missed a lot.
  • meatsheild41 - April 16, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    yea I'm gona miss these games, especially Battle Front 2. they should definitly make remakes oh, and LOTR:C is actually fun, ok?
  • d0x - April 16, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Do not can still tunnel a lan connection to these games and play with your friends online. Sure you will need to use voice chat via your pc but you can still play these games online provided they support sys link..and most of them do!
  • crazyqazqaz - April 15, 2010 1:41 p.m.

    Someone needs to start a petition for saving Halo 2 online. I'd definately add my name to the list.
  • american101 - April 14, 2010 8:06 p.m.

    Damn those are all good games, i have two or three of them myself.
  • JC182 - April 14, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    i am definetly going to miss playing halo 2 on live
  • linkganon - April 14, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    there was a second conker game that was supposed to come out but microsoft cancelled it... wait for it, what do you say for that, let me fill it in, This sucks! microsoft is not using rare correctly, other than porting the original bad fur day to the xbox, and creating that awful nuts and bolts, they have done nothing. i assume microsoft is trying to run them out of business because the majority of xbox and 360 owners don't play most rare games for their system. they'd be better off not on microsoft's chains and making them for nintendo because that's where rare can obtain a hell of a lot of their money as the market they usually target owns a wii.
  • darklinkinfinite - April 14, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    This is probably the main thing I hate about the online era of video games. It kind of sucks knowing that there's an expiration date on a major component of your games.
  • TJP75 - April 14, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Why the hell isn't PGR2 on this list, its was a bee's diaphragm away to being a perfect online racer. You are a bunch of Philistines!
  • TURbo - April 14, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Will Lizzie be on to discuss this article on the Top 7?
  • RogueRED - April 13, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    glad i have a 360 and ps2.Not forgotten, are these games ReCAPTCHA: No Travesty YES TRAVESTY!
  • Drumdoctor - April 13, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    *Sniff*, I'm gonna miss Battlefront 2, it deserves a remake for 360 where you can do instant action thorough live, and 32 AI per team. That would be truly epic.
  • D0CCON - April 13, 2010 10:56 p.m.

    And the worse part is, SW Battlefront 3 is going through development hell (that may be an understatement). I hope it gets released someday, but things are NOT looking good.
  • Strangleme - April 13, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Can't wait to hear the guys discuss this on Talkradar.
  • Thantos410 - April 13, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Oh the glory days of shouting, "FREAKING NOOB!" over the headset during my younger years while playing Halo 2. Actually it was more like a few years ago, but nonetheless, I will miss playing Halo 2. I'll be on for one last farewell. Recaptcha: shingled replacing I'll replace your shingles!
  • iluvmyDS - April 13, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    Halo 2 I will miss thee <3
  • pastycaucasian - April 13, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    Man I am going to miss all those games especially Halo 2 and Star Wars Battle Front 2.
  • TURbo - April 13, 2010 2:54 p.m.

    Yes the date got changed.