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Retail blockbusters like Gears of War 2 and Fallout 3 might hog all the limelight, but the hottest game in town’s happening online. Load up on these puppies, and not only can you cop TV shows, music videos and movies on-demand using Internet storefront Xbox Live Marketplace, but also download classic amusements, first-run exclusives, indie sensations and even homemade thumb-blisterers without leaving the couch. On-demand digital distribution service Xbox Live Arcade offers dozens of gems (Mega Man 9, Castle Crashers, Puzzle Quest, Geometry Wars 2, etc.) for just $5-$15. Between what you’ll save in time, gas and aggravation, at that price, hyper-compelling play is just a bonus.
Price: 1600 Points ($19.99), 4000 Points ($49.99)
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