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Xbox Originals

Top launch games reviewed

If you've turned on your Xbox 360 this morning you'll notice that, after a short update, the dashboard's moving a bit quicker and Xbox Originals have been introduced to the 360 online service.

It's what Xbox Live Marketplace has been leading up to all along - full, unspoilt Xbox 1 games up for download and playback on the white box, meaning at the very least you won't have to mess around looking for discs any longer.

Because 1200 Microsoft Points (about 10 quid) is still a lot in English money, we've taken a trip down memory lane and sourced reviews for our picks of the service's seven launch games. It should help your purchasing decisions, though you know you're going to pay Microsoft yet again for Halo anyway.

Halo

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"Halo proves that consoles can finally kick it with the PC crowd in this neck of the woods, offering an awesome blend of solo and multiplayer co-op magic."

"There are stunning details and sweet gameplay touches that'll impress you from start to finish... It's details like these, and the fact that the gameplay feels so fantastically organic and fluid, that make Halo a killer launch game for Xbox"

9.0

Read the full review here.

Psychonauts

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"Psychonauts is dazzlingly clever and way left of field - if you want a platformer where collecting 99 gems for an extra life actually means drilling through someone's psyche to their darkest secrets, you're in for a treat. Bizarre, but beautiful."

8.0

Read the full review here.

Fuzion Frenzy

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"Set in a futuristic dark metropolis, this Brit-made game is a manic four-player experience. Imagine TV show Gladiators set in Power Stone-esque arenas, and populated by futuristic street-chic dudes and dudettes of a Jet Set vibe and you get the picture. Sort of."

4.0

Read the full review here.

Fahrenheit

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"Fahrenheit isn't like other Xbox games. It's not a driving game (though there are cars in it), or a shooter (but there are quite a few guns scattered around). It's not even a sports game (although, that said, you do get to play basketball at one point). If anything, it's the archetypal black sheep of Xbox gaming.

But different can be good, or in this case, excellent. It's a horror game, a thriller, a drama, a dark romance with a touch of humour - it's all that and more."

9.0

Read the full review here.

Fable

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"Fable is a traditional role-playing game. You play a young boy living in the fantasy world of Albion as he grows up to become a prophetic hero of legend. So far, so predictable, but it's how you get there that makes Fable so special.

Essentially, you're given free reign to develop your character any way you like. Fight monsters, cast spells, buy a house and rent it out, enter a bare knuckle boxing tournament, get married, get married again (only this time to a man)."

9.0

Read the full review here.

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