http://xboxevolved.e-mpire.com/artic...om_2/5612.htmlToday Capcom announced that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be available globally as part of Microsoft' s "Summer of Arcade" through Xbox Live on Wednesday, July 29 for 1,200 Microsoft Points.
Mark your calendars: Xbox LIVE Arcade is once again bringing you the hottest and biggest downloadable blockbusters!
$15 for TMNT? Rofl kiss my assLast year, Xbox LIVE Arcade marked a new era of quality downloadable games during the first annual Summer of Arcade program with “Castle Crashers,” which was voted Best Game of the Year in the 2008 Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards and has generated more than $10 million in revenue to date. The imaginative and innovative “Braid” peaked as one of the top five selling Xbox LIVE Arcade titles of 2008 and boasts the highest Metacritic rating of all Xbox LIVE Arcade games to date, proving that Xbox LIVE Arcade is home to the best and brightest digitally distributed games available.
This year, Xbox LIVE Arcade is at it again. No matter what kind of games you enjoy, the second annual Summer of Arcade turns up the dial with original Xbox 360 exclusives like the award-winning “Shadow Complex,” the fresh and ridiculously funny award-winner “Splosion Man,” and remade classics like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.”
“The second annual Summer of Arcade continues our legacy of delivering the most popular downloadable games right to your Xbox 360,” said Scott Austin, director of digitally distributed games at Microsoft. “Last year’s program introduced blockbusters that changed the face of Xbox LIVE Arcade. This year, we’re excited to take Arcade to a whole new level and deliver on our promise of quality yet again with all-new smash hits like the highly-anticipated ‘Shadow Complex’ and ‘Trials HD.’”
The second annual Summer of Arcade begins July 22.
July 22: Splosion Man™ | 800 Microsoft Points
(Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft): Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden. For what emerged was not a man - it was a Splosion Man. "And all who saw him were sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat." Able to splode himself at will, the Splosion Man launches his way through levels as an uncontainable force. From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award winning The Maw™, Splosion Man will keep you on your toes as you play through more than 50 single-player levels and 50 multiplayer levels. Nominated by GameSpy, Gamespot, IGN, and 411mania, this meat-riddled splosion-fest took several Best of E3 awards including Best Platformer and Best Downloadable Game.
July 29: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 | 1200 Microsoft Points
(Backbone Entertainment/Capcom): One of the most popular fighting games of all time, “Marvel vs. Capcom 2,” arrives worldwide on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Choose from 56 legendary characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom history, including Ryu and Wolverine. With online multiplayer over Xbox LIVE and enhanced HD graphics, decide your own dream team in the ultimate tag-team fighting experience.
August 5: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-shelled | 1200 Microsoft Points
(Ubisoft Singapore®/Ubisoft®): Cowabunga dude! Marking the franchise’s 25 anniversary, everyone's favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is back with a brand new look in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.” The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3D graphics, but the same classic beat 'em up gameplay.
August 12: Trials HD | 1200 Microsoft Points
(RedLynx/Microsoft): Nominated for GameSpy’s Best Downloadable Game of E3 award, “Trials HD” is guaranteed to get our heart racing.” Put on your helmet, and rev your way through “Trials HD,” a full-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing platformer in stunning HD graphics. Tear up more than 50 tracks and test your metal in two unique game modes: Race and Skill. Create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks with the level editor, and customize your rider to fit your personality.
August 19: Shadow Complex | 1200 Microsoft Points
(Chair Entertainment and Epic Games/Microsoft): Winner of numerous Best of E3 awards including Best Downloadable Game from 1UP, IGN, GameTrailers and G4TV, “Shadow Complex” is the next evolution in downloadable games. “Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the stunning visuals of Epic Games’ industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, and a classic side-scroller. Set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire,” Shadow Complex provides more than 10 hours of in-depth gameplay and introduces a compelling universe in which you collect items and power-ups, and evolve your character into a force of destruction.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-shelled” is available worldwide, excluding Japan and Korea. All other games will be available worldwide. More detailed information about Summer of Arcade can be found by visiting: www.xbox.com/summerofarcade
*This is the current release schedule. As with everything game release related, dates are subject to change.
So I have been playing this for a bit and should have a review up tomorrow, but let me just say that for an Arcade title this is pretty sweet, even if the title cost $15. There are a few issues though with the servers, stats collecting, leaderboards etc...the server issues seem to only be plauging the 360 but they are pretty much nonexistent since yesterday. I really suggest you get it.
Another cool thing is a map Coral Sea will unlock along with an airplane specific mode once the collective kill count of everyone hits 43 million, and believe it or not it will apparently be tomorrow or early in the morning Wednesday when it would happen (going by the rate the kills are stacking right now). They are also having a sort of race between the PSN and Live communities, so far it's looking like (as usualy) 360 will get some more DLC content first, with 360 having about 30 million right now, and PS3 16 million.
Anyways anyone here want to do some squad play or something?
Xbox 360 community quickly won EA’s challenge of reaching 43 million accumulative kills over PlayStation 3 community since 1943's launch.
Just like many things this generation, we are seeing Coral Sea and new game mode “air Superiority” on BF1943 on Xbox 360 before PlayStation 3. This isn’t a publisher’s decision rather, it is the insane amount of time Xbox Live gamers have put into the newly released Xbox Live Arcade title.
The challenge was set by Electronic Arts a little bit before the games release on XBLA on Wednesday of last week, and launched when the game was available for PlayStation 3 gamers the next day. As of writing today at 4:43PM the website for Battlefield 1943 shows the Xbox 360 having
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Twisted Pixel is back to blow your mind.
[YOUTUBE]mhk-UXQAnjE[/YOUTUBE]July 17, 2009 - Twisted Pixel got off to a great start earlier this year with The Maw, a modest but fun platformer with great visuals and sound. The team has upped the ante with its second offering, 'Splosion Man. This is one heck of a puzzle platformer, and quite an achievement for such a young developer. As soon as you start playing, you'll understand why Microsoft chose to feature this in its second Summer of Arcade. 'Splosion Man misses no opportunity to delight the player, and it's bursting with humor and personality.
A secret experiment has gone horribly wrong and you have been imbued with explosive powers. The disaster also affected your mind, leaving you a little…off. Now you must escape the underground laboratory by using your unique ability to detonate yourself. Your fellow scientists will try and stop you with a variety of traps and robots, but now that you are no longer a mere mortal they will flee in terror if you can get close enough. Exploding near a scientist will cause them to hemorrhage neatly packaged deli meats, a sight that never gets old. It's one of my favorite things I've seen in a videogame this year.
The camera often zooms in to give you a dynamic view of the action.
You can explode three times in a row, after which you must wait a brief moment to recharge. Exploding launches yourself into the air, so you effectively have a triple jump. You can bounce from wall to wall, and a lot of the game's mechanics revolve around wall jumping Controls are dead simple: you move with the left analog stick and all four face buttons cause you to explode. This is essentially a platformer, as you spend the entire time running and jumping. But you'll have to do some thinking to figure out a way past the game's many challenges, adding a heavy puzzle element to 'Splosion Man. Not every obstacle is a test of wits -- many are old-fashioned platforming tests of reflexes and skill. If you're a fan of N+, definitely check this one out. The core mechanics are similar, but 'Splosion Man takes the idea much farther and expands upon it.
You'll be scored in each level for how many scientists you butcher, how quickly you finish, and how many secret cakes you find ('Splosion Man loves cake). This game was made for speed runs, and you'll be given a par time to shoot for in every stage.
The going gets devilishly challenging, but the impediments are so inventive it never stops being fun. 'Splosion Man is constantly throwing new ideas at the player and introducing new mechanics. Even though you only ever move on a 2D plane, the camera is dynamic and will zoom in and out, even around our hero so that your perspective is constantly changing. If you do get stuck, and you die enough times, the game will give you the option of taking the "Way of the Coward" and skipping to the next level. If you do, though, you'll receive a terrible score for that stage and have to wear a ballerina tutu until you complete the next area.
Beyond the lengthy single-player game is a cooperative multiplayer experience with its own levels. Up to four 'Splosion Men can work together to overcome challenges both locally and online. You can team up and explode at the same time to launch yourselves even farther than normal. It takes a lot of coordination, but pulling the left trigger will bring up a handy onscreen countdown you can use to time yourselves.
This is a polished package and everything has been given some TLC. 'Splosion Man himself is charming, from his idle animations to his insane babbling. The game has a great sense of humor and makes references to everything from action films to cheesy '80s songs (the achievement for beating the game is called "You're the Best Around!"). Browsing menu options creates sci-fi sound effects that fit in with the soundtrack. Even pausing the game is slick, as the camera pans out to reveal a scientist monitoring your performance. Occasionally a background or a loading screen will border on amateurish, but you can see the attention to detail in almost every aspect of the game.
With The Maw and now 'Splosion Man, Twisted Pixel has emerged just this year as one of the best indie developers feeding content onto Xbox Live Arcade. 'Splosion Man is bursting with humor, personality, and classic platforming challenges. Not a moment goes by without seeing something new and exciting and 'Splosion Man himself is one of the most endearing new videogame characters of the year. Twisted Pixel clearly had fun creating this insane game, and you'll have fun playing it. For all of man's vast intelligence, we're still just bags of meat. 'Splosion Man lets us revert to something primal and barbaric, and detonate our intellectual side.
Everything from menus to idle animation has been given some TLC. 'Splosion Man is bursting with humor and personality.
The occasional background or loading screen looks a little suspect, but most of the game (especially the 'splosions) looks very nice.
The soundtrack is full of rousing sci-fi and spy music, and 'Splosion Man's manic babbling is a delight.
Devilishly challenging platforming that will test your reflexes and brain power. Oh, and bad guys explode into deli meat.
9.0 Lasting Appeal
A lengthy single-player game, plus local and online four-player co-op.
Looks awesome. I had a feeling it would be good when I first saw it but then never heard anything about it again until now. I suppose I'll boot up my 360 and download it some time soon.
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Splosion Man kicks royal ass, but 1943 has been consuming most of my time as far as arcade titles go. I'll get to Splosion Man after I get all the achievements for 1943 probably.
Shadow Complex is the only game I am looking forward too and it has to be the last one to come out . I hate how now they are charging 15$ for most arcade titles though.
Puzzle Quest 2 coming to DS, XBLA in Spring 2010
Put yourself closer to the action with a more intimate viewpoint of the gem-studded match-3 video game Puzzle Quest 2, announced today for Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo DS™. Puzzle Quest 2 combines its trademark style with an enhanced real-time experience using all-new weapons, spells, and shields that make every decision meaningful and never passive in the deepest puzzle adventure yet. Named one of GamePro’s “Top Upcoming Sequels of 2010,” Puzzle Quest 2 is scheduled for release in spring 2010 from D3Publisher.
“Puzzle Quest is an award winning franchise with numerous accolades including an Interactive Achievement Award for “Best Downloadable Game of the Year” for Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords,” said Peter Andrew, vice president of product development, D3P. “Puzzle Quest 2 returns with a captivating, rewarding, and accessible journey for gamers of all levels as the ultimate delivery system for the mental release puzzle gamers seek.”
Puzzle Quest 2 features its hallmark blend of match-3 gem matching and fantasy, with a simple but meaningful role playing experience where players can choose any of four character classes; War Mage, Inquisitor, Barbarian or Assassin. Each character class provides interesting twists during multiple play-throughs as players reclaim the once peaceful village of Verloren from the evil clutch of the demon Gorgon. Players will be able to level up each character to progress through the adventure in Story Mode or even dive into Instant Action, Tournament Mode, or Mutliplayer Mode for a rich and diverse experience. With the entire Puzzle Quest world accessible on your fingertips in real-time action, players will be able to get a more streamlined experience for instant gratification.
about time!Last time we heard about the XBLA version of Serious Sam HD: First Encounter, a release date of January 13 had been announced. Impatient fans of mindless running n' gunning, however, will be thrilled to learn that Croteam's rather splendid HD remake is coming a little earlier. Next week, in fact.
The information comes by way of Digital Devolver: "Serious Sam HD on its way to XBLA next week. About damn time!"
Serious Sam HD made its way to PC all the way back in November, and console gamers have been impatiently tapping their feet as they awaited the XBLA version. As Digital Devolver says, it is about damn time. If you've not played the PC version already, then this is a game I can highly recommend if you want to switch your brain off and just indulge in some ludicrous first-person violence.
A while back (? I forget when), "The Maw" was the deal of the week.
That was such a fun little game! I loved how it could tell a cute little story without any dialogue. I thought the special powers Maw could get and the way you manipulated the environment was really neat. I'd definitely recommend it if it goes on sale again.
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