Microsoft’s List of 160+ High Definition Xbox 360 Games

As 2006 came to a close, Microsoft did a lot of chest thumping to declare themselves the winner of the next generation console battle, touting console sales (over 10 million Xbox 360s sold) and content (160 high definition Xbox 360 titles). Disregarding the fact that the next generation console battle is really just starting in earnest, and Microsoft merely had an early lead, the 160 titles proclamation puzzled me. After all, I think I am probably one of Microsoft’s best individual consumer clients – I have three Xbox 360s and a couple of dozen Xbox 360 packaged titles – and I add another few every month as they are released, and I did not realize I was missing well over 100 games in my collection. Nor have I seen that many games on shelves at BestBuy or GameStop. So, I asked my media contact at Microsoft for a current list of high definition Xbox 360 titles, and this is what they sent back:

2006 FIFA World Cup

A Train HX

Amped 3

Aqua Zone*

Assault Heroes*

AstroPop*

Bankshot Billiards 2*

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Bejeweled 2*

Bionicle Heros

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WW II

Blitz: The League

Blue Dragon

Bomberman Act: Zero

Bullet Witch

Burger King: Big Bumpin’

Burger King: Pocketbike Racer

Burger King: Sneak King

Burnout: Revenge

Cabela’s African Safari

Cabela’s Alaskan Adventure

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 3

Chanbara Beauty X

Chromehounds

Cloning Clyde*

Condemned

Contra*

Crystal Quest*

Culdcept Saga

DEAD OR ALIVE 4

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Dead Rising

Defender*

Dig Dug*

Disney/Pixar’s Cars

Doom*

Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires

Earth Defense Force 3

Enchanted Arms

Eragon

Everyparty

F.E.A.R.

Far Cry Instinct: Predator

Far East of Eden ZIRIA

Feeding Frenzy*

FIFA 06 Road to World Cup

FIFA 2007

Fight Night Round 3

Final Fantasy XI

Football Manager 2006

Football Manager 2007

Frogger*

Full Auto

Galaga*

Gauntlet*

Gears of War

Geometry Wars Retro Evolved*

Gun

Hardwood Backgammon*

Hardwood Hearts*

Hardwood Spades*

Hexic*

Hitman: Blood Money

Import Tuner Challenge

Jewel Quest*

Joust*

Just Cause

Kameo

Kengo ZERO

King Kong (Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie)

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

LMA Manager 2007

Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

LOVE FOOTBALL

Lumines Live*

Madden NFL 06

Madden NFL 07

Major League Baseball 2K6

Marble Blast 2*

Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Moto GP 2006

Mutant Storm Reloaded*

NBA 2K6

NBA 2K7

NBA Live 06

NBA Live 07

NCAA College Hoops 2K6

NCAA College Hoops 2K7

NCAA Football 07

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Carbon

New Rally X*

NHL 07

NHL 2K6

NHL 2K7

NINETY-NINE NIGHTS

NovaDrome*

Open Season

Outpost Kaloki*

Over G

Pac-Man*

Perfect Dark Zero

Phantasy Star Universe

Pimp my Ride

Prey

Pro Baseball Spirits 3

Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Project Gotham Racing 3

Project Sylpheed

Quake 4

Ridge Racer 6

RoboBlitz*

Robotron*

Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis

Rumble Roses XX

Saints Row

Samurai Warriors 2

Scramble*

Senko no Ronde Rev. X

Shin Sangoku Musou 4 special

Small Arms*

Smash TV*

Sonic the Hedgehog

SPECTRAL FORCE 3 INNOCENT RAGE

Star Trek Legacy

Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting*

Super Robot Wars XO

Superman Returns: The Videogame

Tenchu Senran

Test Drive Unlimited

Tetris Grand Master 3*

Texas Hold’Em*

The American Civil War

The Conveni 200X

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Godfather The Game

The Outfit

Tiger Woods 2007

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06

Time Pilot*

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent

Tomb Raider Legend

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland

Tony Hawk’s Project 8

Top Spin 2

Toryumon

Totemball

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Uno*

Viva Pinata

Wik & the Fable of Souls*

World Championship Poker 3

World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions

Wrestle Kingdom

WWE SMACKDOWN VS. RAW 2007

Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged Vol. 1

X-Men 3: The Movie Game (aka X-Men: The Official Game)

Zegapain NOT

ZEGAPAIN XOR

Zoids Infinity EX Neo

Zuma*

Okay – I am not into sports games, certain car racing games being an exception – I love Burnout: Revenge, although calling that a sports game is a real stretch. But sports games make up a healthy percentage of the titles on the list. There are also a number of games on the list that are only available outside the U.S., including Bullet Witch (Japan for now, U.S. in the next couple of months) and Chanbara Beauty X. And a few others appear to not be shipping yet anywhere as best I can tell (e.g. Super Robot Wars XO).

But, the other group of games I was surprised (or maybe not) to find Microsoft touting as high definition games were Xbox Live games for the Xbox 360. They may be high definition, I guess, but in Bejeweled 2 that only buys you nice looking cut scenes and prettier sparkles. I guess, however, they really still are high definition titles. And Microsoft never said 160 “packaged” titles, did they? (Although that’s what I thought was implied.)

For now, I guess I actually have all the games that I want and can easily get my hands on and be able to play/read – my Kana and Kanji skills are lacking, so I prefer games in English. And I am eagerly awaiting Lost Planet, which arrives here on Bonaire for me in less than a week. Not that I will have much time to play it. One more thing to delegate to my kids, I suppose.