Sometimes you want to catch up on a specific franchise, but tracking down copies of those games individually can be both cumbersome and prohibitively expensive. But there are some fantastic collections and compilations on modern consoles that make the process easier and the Xbox 360 is no exception. The collections below are great deals and most of them come with extras or features that weren’t possible back when the original games came out (such as achievements or online leaderboards,) but there are so many compilations out there that some of the better ones can go unnoticed. Here are some of the best compilations you can get on the Xbox 360 in no particular order.
Devil May Cry HD Collection (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
As the name suggests, this collection features high definition versions of the first three Devil May Cry games (Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2 and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening – Special Edition.) Apart from the new coat of paint, the collection comes with achievements and concept art and while that doesn’t sound that impressive, this is definitely the best way to experience the first three Devil May Cry games in this day and age.
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
This compilation features remastered ports of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, so as you can notice, the first game wasn’t included in any capacity which is a shame. There’s a PlayStation Vita version of the game that doesn’t include Peace Walker, making it the worst version to own. In terms of new features, there’s 720 graphics that run at 60 frames per second, achievement support and modified controls.
The Orange Box (PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
If you never owned a PC, you might have missed Half-Life, but that changed when Valve released The Orange Box, a collection that features Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 and Portal http://gamesretrospect.com/2011/01/portal/. Without a doubt, Half Life 2 (and the subsequent episodes) is one of the best first-person shooter ever made and if you take into account that you also get first-person puzzler Portal as a bonus, The Orange box is simply one of the best compilations ever released.
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
I never owned a Sega Genesis as a kid, but even if I had, I would have never had over 30 games, making this collection one of the best ways to experience the console now. Some of the games include Sonic, Streets of Rage, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, Ecco, Vextorman and the list goes on and on. Pretty much every big franchise and genre the Genesis is known for has been covered in some form here, so you’re not missing much.
Mass Effect Trilogy (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Mass Effect Trilogy is a pretty straightforward package, since it comes with Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. It might sound unimpressive today, but back when it came out, this trilogy features three fantastic action role-playing games for the price of one. The only special feature (other than the exclusive artwork) came in the form of downloadable content that varied from platform to platform.