December 1st 2009 11:14 am PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: Crackdown and Beautiful Katamari


The following Xbox 360 games are now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:


Crackdown™Content: Crackdown
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Not available in Germany, Japan and Korea
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on and selecting “See Game Manual". This is war. A war on crime. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see


Add Crackdown to your Xbox 360 download queue



In addition, the Getting Busy Bonus Pack for Crackdown, formerly 800 points, has been permanently reduced to 400 points




Xbox LIVE Members in Japan can now download Beautiful Katamari:


ビューティフル塊魂Content: ビューティフル塊魂
Price: 2000 Microsoft Points
Availability: Japan
Dash Text: このゲームの取扱説明書をダウンロードするには、 でゲームを探し、[取扱説明書] を選択してください。 塊を転がし、色々なモノを巻き込んで、どんどん大きくしていくゲームです!モノを巻き込んでいく爽快感がたまりません! このアイテムの払い戻しはありません。詳しくは をご覧ください。


Add ビューティフル塊魂 to your Xbox 360 download queue



Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • darkdeath174

    idk if its just Canada but theres also mercenaries 2 and godfather 2

  • LazarisLong

    Any chance of seeing Beautiful Katamari in the US?

  • Vice Destroyer

    Wowser. I am really tempted to buy Crackdown. Again. Great game. But those orbs. I don’t think that I will ever find them all.

  • metallicorphan

    £14.99 for Crackdown is a lot better than the usual £19.99…hope this is a sign if things to come

  • Naquadah

    …so you can buy crackdown and play off the HDD but you still cant install the disc copy to HDD? WHY? my DVD drive is friggin loud!

  • Swamp Thing 71

    You can install crackdown to the HDD from a DVD they released a patch.

  • A Place for Us

    £14.99 is kinda worth it for Crackdown but I do recall seeing it go for like £6-10 a while back.

  • darkjester74

    Skills for kills, agent. Skills for kills.

    Or something.

    Man Crackdown was awesome! If you haven’t played it yet $20 is definitely worth it!

  • darkjester74

    Also, DANG IT! I wanted Beautiful Katamari!! :(

  • monosocratic

    Beautiful Katamari is a marvelous game, and deserves a spot on the rest of the world’s games on demand, as it can be difficult to find.

  • Rykin Poe

    The pricing still leaves much to be desired on these titles. Crackdown can be had used for less than $10 sometimes.

  • QualityJeverage

    @Rykin Poe

    Since when do publishers compete with the used market? You can always get a game cheaper by buying it used. The publisher isn’t going to compete with that and reduce the price of new copies. It’s always been that way. I don’t know why people think it should suddenly change now that we’ve got Games on Demand.

  • SpiralGray

    I agree with Rykin Poe. You can buy a brand new sealed copy of the-auction-site-who-will-not-be-named for about $10 or $11. If the creators and publishers want to cut into the used game market they have to get a little smarter about pricing on almost-three-year-old games.

  • AZRoboto

    Why would Microsoft want to compete with a private auctioneer? For all you know, that person bought Crackdown over two years ago and forgot he had it. Twenty bucks isn’t going to break the bank, and the game’s actually more expensive on Amazon ($24.70).

    Do you really think they’ll sell a first-party game from 2007 for $15? Just think about it and you’ll realize how ridiculous that sounds. $20 is good for this game, especially since it is cheaper than online retail.

  • CaptainCaterpie

    …So how come $20 comes to £14.99?

    Currently, it should be:

    $20 = 20* 0.60143 = £12.03

    WHERE DID £3 COME FROM? Stupid M$.

  • Bobafettjm

    I think I might have to buy the Crackdown add-on now. I didn’t really think that $10 was worth it, but for $5 I think I will get it.

  • bataleon hero

    And you think ur being screwed CaptainCaterpie, I would have to pay €19,95 instead of €13,25 (which is 19.99 U.S. dollars)

  • sleepydumbdude

    Hooray for the Crackdown DLC price drop. I’ve been wanting to get it for a bit but didn’t care to spend 800 points on it.

  • metallicorphan

    @CaptainCaterpie we have to pay V.A.T. on everything(Coca cola,video games,underwear,LOL you name it) in the UK,which i am not sure if it still stands at 15% because of the recession or has gone back to 17.5%..but that gets added on the UK price anyway


    It’s nice to see some great old DLC like the Gettin’ Busy Bonus Pack getting an actual PERMANENT price drop for a change! Maybe we can finally start getting some permanent price drops on other old DLC too?

  • sleepydumbdude

    One could only hope. There are plenty of older games I won’t buy because over priced DLC is out for it. Pretty messed up when you can get some of these games used for cheaper than the DLC is for them.

  • rastansaga

    Well, £14.99 for Crackdown is better than the ludicrous usual £19.99, but it’s still unrealistic. This game sold in droves due to the Halo beta, so it’s now very widely available. I picked it up for £4 second hand from Amazon. The going rate currently looks to be less than £5.
    As for Beautiful Katamari. Great game, but it is the DICTIONARY DEFINITION OF RIP-OFF. Makes “horse armour” look like a tempting deal. Practically 50% of the disk content needs to be “unlocked” via DLC purchased “keys”. Around the world this was marketed as a “budget” title (due to all the DLC), but in the UK they tried to sell it at a PREMIUM price (?!). I remember seeing it for sale everywhere in both London and Manchester for £49.99. What a joke – makes a complete mockery of Major’s claims regarding DLC rules.

  • Carg0

    where the hell have the numbers for Live activity been? we haven’t seen an update for almost a month now. let’s go, already. chop, freakin’, chop.

  • CrazyWhitie

    This games is like $14usd everywhere, but $19usd on XBL come on get these prices down….. this is becoming a joke,

  • RuairiAU

    Mass Effect: US$92.64 (Australia) – US$19.99 (US).
    Crackdown: US$27.79 (Australia) – US$19.99 (US).

    Other than just to make a few extra bucks because us Australian’s are used to getting ripped off already by EBGames; whats the official company line (lie?) for this disparity?

    All Sony has to do is to distribute their games online for cheaper and people will jump ship.

  • steven2805

    Pricing is getting better but more needs to be done. I can buy this game for £11.99 from new with free delivery. So why would I pay more to have a copy which I can not sell on once I have completed it ?
    Your selling tactics don’t make sense lower the prices more to compete and review the older games on damand as they all need a large price drop…. If this was to happen I would actualy start using the service and I bet a lot of other people would start using it also. If you think about the customers more and less about the money both will start to increase over time :-)

  • Singin Hobo

    Finally, a game priced better than it is at most retailers. (Amazon notwithstanding, but still it’s nice to see)

    So does it come with a free beta ticket into Halo 3 On Demand?

    (for the incredibly lame among you, that was a bad joke)

  • Candy Bling

    …So how come $20 comes to €19.99?

    Currently, it should be:

    $20 = 20* 0.663 = €13.26

    WHERE DID €7 COME FROM? Stupid M$.

  • Bazajaytee

    I hope Microsoft removes the requirement for a game to reach Platinum before being available on Games on Demand.
    Battlefield 2 Modern Combat is available in the USA but not in Europe because it didn’t reach Platnium status here. Now it is near impossible to buy that game new on disc so it never will reach Platinum sales levels or be played by most people. Shame cos it was a great game.

  • Xlrking

    Beautiful Katamari should come to the U.S GoD just because i couldent find it in a store, and i really want to find a hard copy, but i guess this is where GoD could have made me happy for once.
    Well, guess i will go back to playing Katamari Forever.