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.


Top 7


  • CaptainSpatula - April 12, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    A WOMAN WRITING A TOP 7? GOD FORBID!!! But in all seriousness, I'm gonna miss most of these. Good time...Good times until Microsoft had to go a ruin my fun.
  • ricono - April 12, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    goodbye our greatest games of last genertion. you will be missed.
  • Corsair89 - April 12, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    *sniff* I'll miss you Halo 2! :'(
  • gopikmin - April 12, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Well you can play battelfront II on the ps2 online. the last time i played online there were plenty of people playing. thats some good news right
  • Morethan3words - April 12, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Halo 2 was the first shooter I really truly enjoyed playing online. I mean, I loved me some Rainbow 6 back in the day, and Goldeneye parties were fun (although not online) but Halo 2 was so far and away a better online experience in so many ways, and for that I will always love it. A very fond farewell indeed...
  • Tranquilbez34 - April 12, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    Fare well Halo 2
  • CountFenring - April 12, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    I've owned all but two of those. Good bye original Xbox Live, you will be missed. At least I still have Morrowind to make me keep my Xbox.
  • OnyxOblivion - April 12, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Left 4 Dead is horror?
  • OnyxOblivion - April 12, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    As for Battlefront 3. Pandemic's gone, guys. reCAPTCHA: of headsets Indeed. Indeed.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 12, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    Yay! A Top 7 written by Lizzie! I will mostly miss Chaos Theory, seeing as I downloaded it almost exclusively for the online.
  • Cyberninja - April 12, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    feel bad for you guys who cant play your favorite games online now R.I.P old xbox live
  • TURbo - April 13, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Halo 2 the most successful game on the Xbox, now will be laid to rest. RIP Halo 2 11/9/04 LIZZIE WTF! HALO 2 came out in November 9, 2004 dumb Kunt. GRRRRR MADD ANGRY RRRRRRRAGGGEE MY INTECLLECTUAL BONER MUST BE AVENGED
  • TURbo - April 13, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Where was Brett Elston? He didn't date check this article
  • TriggerHappyMongoose - April 13, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    My friends STILL jump on Halo 2 from time to time. They're going to be fucking crushed when they hear about this. I also seriously regret not playing Battlefront 2(one of my favorite last-gen games) online in any capacity. R.I.P. Original Xbox Live. Gone but far from forgotten.
  • Peloun - April 13, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    DAMMNN I wanted to play Chaos theory at least one more time before live die. But my friend has my copy
  • WillisTron - April 13, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    sad day :'( also that halo wedding article was... interesting
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 13, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    i still dont get why servers get shut down cant they stay open forever until everybodies console eventually kicks the bucket.
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 13, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I never had an Xbox, but I'll pour one out just the same.
  • Silentboy - April 13, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Conker was amazing online. GOOD NIGHT SWEET PRINCE!
  • barrage7667 - April 13, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    @captainspatula way to be sexist...but yea miss these games and LOL i just said way to be sexist and my recaptcha word is feminist LOL

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