What Can 400 Microsoft Points Get You?

In a few hours, Modern Warfare 2's first piece of downloadable content will become available. If you really, really must have it, chances are you're going to have some spare change left over at the end of it.

After all, the "Stimulus Pack" costs 1200 Microsoft Points, and many of you will be buying the 1600 MSP pre-paid card to pay for it. Leaving you with 400 MSP leftover.

For some people, they're happy with that. That 400 MSP will sit, and the next time they buy something with spare change, it will multiply, like a combo, until they have enough to buy something like Marvel vs Capcom. That's awesome! If that's you, you have a good nose for saving.

If, however, 400MSP burns a hole in your pocket, you may want to read on.

WHAT NOT TO BUY

Entire industries have sprung up on the Xbox 360 in recent years, all built around the "MSP leftover" phenomenon, there to convince you to part with your spare change in exchange for trinkets. Don't do it.

Avatar Clothes - Paying to advertise somebody's game or clothing company? Please.

Gamerpics & Themes - Paying for what is essentially 360 wallpaper? Don't do it. We'd be equally strict on gamerpics, but since they've declined in use since the introduction of avatars, you probably don't need much of a warning.

WHAT TO BUY

Now for the good stuff. What you can, and should, buy for 400 Microsoft Points. You may not think you can get much, but you can. You can get games, and good games at that.

I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 - Great top-down shooter with an even better soundtrack.

TMNT 1989 Arcade - One of the greatest arcade games of all time, now available for pocket change. A must if you have more than one control pad in the house.

Inside Lacrosse's CL2010 - It's like EA Sports! Only it's made by a small dev, is available on Xbox Live's Indie service, and is all about Lacrosse. Badass.

UNO - Might seem a little pedestrian, but come on. Everyone loves UNO. If you're ever going to get your Mum to pick up an Xbox 360 controller, UNO is the thing to do it.

Kodu Game Lab - Not really a game, per se, Kodu is a game creation suite, kind of like LittleBigPlanet, only without all the style. It may not be as much fun as Media Molecule's platformer, but then, LittleBigPlanet doesn't cost $US5, either.

So, there you go. If you're a little OCD, and get all twitchy at the thought of spare change in your Xbox Live account, the five games above are as good a way as any to spend that money wisely.

Kotaku AU Note: Only UNO and TMNT are available in Australia, thanks to the failure of Microsoft to launch the Xbox Indie Games channel in this country.


Comments

    Im pretty sure all the Sonic The Hedgehogs are 400 MSP.

    Dont our point cards come in 1500 hundreds too?

      Yes, in Australia, the MS Points are available only in 1500 point quantities, which cost $24.95 AUD standard RRP.

        You can get points as 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000.

    I know I'm behind on this, but what is microsoft's reasons for not having indie in Australia? Is it legislation related, perceived lack of market, or just poor form on the whole?

      My understanding is that it's a classification issue. Every game would need to be rated, but it's prohibitively expensive to do so. The sales of most - if not all - indie games wouldn't be enough to cover those costs.

        How ridiculous. Most of the games sold on Steam aren't rated in Australia. Why is that different to Xbox Live? We're still counted as a region, so it's theoretically possible to prevent the sale of unrated material. Not that I propose anyone tell the government that >_>

          This does sound ridiculous, not the reasoning behind the problem as I can understand their fears of it not selling well, but rather that such a problem exists. Why does it cost to get a game rated? Surely this is something that classification boards would want done, and therefore do for free? I assumed the government covered those sorts of expenses.

          And what about the app store. Its unrated (as far as I know).

          that would most likely be a result of the fact that the store is technically overseas and in US dollars

          when a game is banned they dont host it but im guessing here that they dont worry about it until someone bitches

          where as the 360 purchases are from inside australia and MS is just covering there asses

    So... regarding that little note from Kotaku AU, do you guys have any more information or plans to follow that up with investigative journalism aimed at Microsoft? I want some of the stuff on that Indie channel.

    *Penny Dropping*

    Ahhh ... so that is why I've heard all about 'I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1' for over 12 months now but never once saw a section or place I get buy or even preview it on my console.

      You can register an XBL account, set your country to America, and by American MS points via a 3rd party site, then download your illegal game content. Havn't done it myself, but I'm told its doable.

    In unrelated news, wasn't there supposed to be a map pack for Bad Company 2 to be released at the same time as the MW2 map pack? *humph*

    I got totally out of whack when L4D's DLC dropped at 560, up until then I had a good system in place. Regardless, this whole points thing is a bit of a scam and deserves some scrutiny; MS can deal with cold currency fine as shown with games on demand.

    On another note, Doom is 400.

    i want to play a game with zombies in it.

    Call of Glitchez - Modern Suck amirite?

    Srs I traded COD due to this. Fix it and local matching or get out.

    WHY CANT WE GET THESE?!?! I want almost every one of them, arcade has nothing new lately. Gameroom is a joke.. Theres an indie channel? WHY dont we have this?!?!

    I'd suggest buying some games in Game Room =)

    If nothing takes your fancy now, save it up and wait for later.

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