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

5. Counter-Strike

(2003)

What’s being discontinued: Basically the entire game, since it’s focused solely on Xbox Live gameplay across 20 different maps, with some that are exclusive to the Xbox version.

What we’ll miss: When Counter-Strike was released for the Xbox in 2003, it gave console gamers a chance to take on a really popular PC shooter without having to worry about computer specs and looking for the lobby with the lowest ping. Of course, the Xbox version’s terrorist-on-counterterrorist action wasn’t as polished as 2004’s Counter-Strike: Source or even version 1.6 of the then-three-year-old original, but loading the game was easier and faster than opening it on your computer and going through Steam to look for a match.


4. Conker: Live & Reloaded

(2005)

What’s being discontinued: Deathmatch and Team game types on nine different maps.

What we’ll miss: What’s cuter than fuzzy-wuzzy animals? Fuzzy-wuzzy animals blowing each other up to bloody bits with rockets and slicing each others’ heads off with swords. Conker: Live & Reloaded’s multiplayer mode offered exactly that, with class-based, third-person shooter action that differed wildly from the dated single-player campaign, featured sprawling maps filled with gun emplacements and parodied everything from Medal of Honor to Halo. It was also one of the best-looking games of the last generation, with sharp-looking textures and detailed fur that weren’t really topped until the Xbox 360 released later that same year. It took a while to figure out the game’s mechanics (not to mention how to go anywhere without getting your cute, fuzzy head blown off by a sniper), but finally getting a handle on them made the kills very satisfying and fun.

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59 comments

  • 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 fear..you 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.

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