If you’re a proud owner of an Xbox 360 with plans on upgrading to the Xbox One when it launches later this year, you may want to hold onto your 360. In an interview with Gamespot, Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer confirmed there will be no way to transfer your XBLA games to the new console, but “Those games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs,” he said.
My library of arcade games has grown substantially over the years, so this news is a little frustrating. Microsoft knows there are plenty gamers like me out there, but they don’t seem to mind. “The box is not backward compatible and we think for somebody who invests in a large digital library that you want to keep your [Xbox 360].” This decision seems especially odd seeing as we will be able to transfer our 360 gamer profiles and achievements to the Xbox One. Maybe Sony will allow this, seeing as their PS4 is so game-centric.
Zombie games are everywhere, it seems, but the genre really hasn’t saturated the arcade market as deeply as it has retail. State of Decay, which may or may not release around June 5, is one promising title, and now we have another. It’s called How to Survive, and it takes place on an island that’s crawling with the living dead.
Thankfully, you’re given a handy survival guide to help you learn how to survive, scavenge for items, and craft a shelter, tools, and weapons. There will be a single-player campaign, an online multiplayer and a series of challenge modes. Check it out after the break.
Square Enix must have made bank on the new Tomb Raider game because they are selling a ton of stuff on Xbox Live at some deep discounts. Head past the break to see the full list of games, dlc, etc you can get for up to 75% off. The deal starts today and runs until March 19th. You can only usually find this many crazy deals on Steam, so if you were pondering buying some of these things before, now would be a great time.
In case you’ve been living under a pixilated cobblestone with no pickaxe with which to save yourself, you might not have heard about Minecraft’s recent arrival on Xbox Live Arcade. It isn’t the newest version PC players are currently enjoying, so there isn’t a hunger meter, weapon enchantment, or experience, but that doesn’t take much away from the overall experience. I’ve never touched the PC version of Minecraft, but over the months I’ve played my fair share of indie games it inspired, like Total Miner and Castle Miner Z. After a few hours with the one that started it all, I can say without a doubt that it is fucking terrifying.
March was a busy month for horror fans. We got Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Silent Hill: Downpour and the Silent Hill HD Collection, but there was another survival horror game that was overshadowed by the major releases. This game is Lone Survivor, an arcade title for PC and Mac that blends gorgeous retro-inspired visuals with many of the things we love about the survival horror genre like item conservation, creepy monsters, exploration, and puzzle solving. If Resident Evil and Silent Hill left you a little disappointed this could make your forget all about them. Head past the break for more!
The third game in Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade is the stylish extraterrestrial puzzle game Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. Don’t let its name fool you, this game is both insanely twisted and takes place on a shadowy planet filled with all sorts of traps and monstrosities whose sole mission is to take your cute little alien spacecraft and tear that fucker in half.
I have a very unhealthy obsession with the undead. Tell me a movie, game, book, or porno has a zombie in it, in literally any capacity, and I’m immediately excited for it. There are no exceptions to this rule. I’m also a fan of playing with friends so a game that lets me fight alongside my friends against waves of zombies as we build traps, fortify defenses and all to the backdrop of some cool rock and roll tunes had me pretty excited. Then I downloaded the game, launched it, listened to the Elvis-style tunes that immediately greeted me, and jumped right in.
Xbox Live’s annual Summer of Arcade is almost upon us with the first game, the action RPG Bastion, ready to kick start this shindig on July 20th. Last year brought us fantastic games like the gloomy puzzle platformer Limbo and Tomb Raider: Guardian of the Light and this year shaping up to be even better. Like last year we have five very different arcade games, ranging from god sims to strategy games, so there’s bound to be something for every type of gamer.
Last year’s reward for purchasing every game under the Summer of Arcade banner was a bundle of Microsoft Points, but this year thing’s are being handled a little differently. Now, if you buy every game you’ll get Crimson Alliance for free when it releases in September. It’s essentially Torchlight with four player co-op, so if that’s your thing and you have $70 to spare on five arcade games, it’s a pretty worthy bonus. Head past the jump for the full list of games, their prices, and what they’re all about. READ MORE
There were a bunch of great games released in Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade last year but my favorite was easily the brooding puzzle/platformer Limbo. I gave it a perfect score in my review because of its brilliant puzzles, gorgeous black and white art style, and tense atmosphere that’s best enjoyed with the sound up real high. It’s been a while since I died so many times in a game, but Limbo kept me coming back for more.
Until now the game’s been exclusive to Xbox Live, but that will soon change now that the game is finally headed to PSN. Thankfully, PS3 owners won’t have to wait long to experience this game as it’ll be out sometime next month. If you haven’t had a chance to play it I give it a fully recommend you check it out. READ MORE
I never got around to playing Dead Nation when it first game out last November, but because of Sony’s offering of two free games in an attempt to make amends for the PSN network outage, I finally got my chance to play a game I might otherwise have missed. Now that I’ve beaten the game, and I never thought I’d say this, but the PSN outage isn’t looking that bad. READ MORE
Alright, so I never try to judge a game that I know nothing about, but the first Zombie Apocalypse was such a bad game. In case you were lucky enough to not have played it, the original game was a top down arcade shooter where you and three friends fought against hordes of the undead. Sounds fun, right? WRONG. Unfortunately, the game was plagued by repetitive environments (there were around 50 levels but only seven maps, so you saw the same map a lot), frustrating enemies, and no real motivation to play the game unless you’re a fan of punishment.
Now, Zombie Apocalypse 2 could fix all of that and end up being a great game, but I’m going to withhold excitement until I have proof that they’re headed in the right direction. If anyone at Backbone or Konami is reading this, here’s a tip: go play the PS3′s Dead Nation, another top-down, four-player shooter set during a zombie apocalypse, and take notes. That game did a lot of things right. Oh, and I have some screenshots for you after the jump.
Paul Cuisset is a designer of a bunch of video games many of you probably haven’t heard of, including the classic Flashback, the Diablo-esque Darkstone and his most recent project, Mr. Slime. He’s worked in a variety of genres but his next title Amy, is set firmly in the survival horror genre.
All we have is a rather impressive looking screenshot which you can see above, and some details on the game’s story and how it’ll play. Amy is due out later this year for the PSN, head past the break to get caught up on what we know about the game so far. READ MORE
Have you ever found yourself staring blankly at your TV, listening to the silent whispers of your Xbox 360 Slim (or the lawnmower-like screams for those with a pre-Slim model), wondering what you should play? Well, wonder no more my friends as XBLA has a myriad undead deals that will be going on all week.
You have until the 17th (yes, I’m a tad late with this announcement) to take full advantage of some rather fantastic zombie-themed deals on XBLA including half-off DLC for both Left 4 Dead games. Head past the jump for all of this week’s deals. READ MORE
Limbo is a great game, it’s the only title I’ve ever given a perfect score to and is easily the most memorable experience I’ve had on XBLA thus far. Apparently, I’m not alone in my love for this game as it’s headed to win big at the upcoming Developers Choice Awards, where it’s been nominated for seven out of the ten possible categories.
Limbo’s art style, powerful atmosphere and story of a boy searching for his sister make it one of the more haunting experiences on XBLA and it’s ingenious use of puzzles and polished platforming make it one of the better games available on the platform. Head past the jump to find out which categories Limbo’s in the running for and what it’s going up against.
Remember Hydrophobia? Before it’s release back in September I was pretty amped for it since it boasted big budget visuals and an incredible engine that made my nerdy side tremble with excitement. Sadly, while it’s much hyped HydroEngine was very impressive, everything else was lacking. The game garnered lukewarm to just plain hostile reviews and because of that its developer, Dark Energy Digital, is releasing an update tomorrow that aims to fix many of the issues critics had with the game.
Dubbed Hydrophobia Pure, it will cost 800 Microsoft Reindeer Turds for new buyers (it’s free for those who already own the game) and will fix many of the technical issues like the game’s less than stellar visuals, physics and pesky camera. It will also bring with it a new climbing system, better platforming, tweaked button layout and edits to the dialogue and cut-scenes. Essentially everything’s seen an upgrade. Read past the jump for a long list of changes.
Has the void left by The Walking Dead’s first season being over (until it comes back in October of course) left you fighting a burning desire for more undead kickassery? Good, because Capcom is here to satiate your lust for all things undead with the recently revealed Case West serves as an epilogue to Dead Rising 2 and will help bridge the gap between this game and its inevitable sequel.
Case West reintroduces the photojournalist from the first game I sincerely hoped was indefinitely replaced by the far more interesting zombie slaying badass Chuck Greene. Case West will be out on the 21st for 800 Microsoft Moose Dollars, just in time to sprinkle some much needed zombie killing atop your busy Christmas shenanigans. But that’s not all there is on the Dead Rising front, oh no sir, why don’t you head past the break for a little more. READ MORE
As we all patiently wait for the long awaited sequel that may or may not ever come, there is some rather slimy news on the Ghostbusters front that might make the wait a little more bearable. Game Hunters got an exclusive first look at an upcoming game in the much loved series. Come spring we’ll be getting a much needed dose of ghostbustin’ action with Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime, an arcade adventure game you can play with your friends locally or online.
2009′s Ghostbusters: The Video Game reunited the cast from the films and gave us all a hefty shot of nostalgia that won’t be quite as potent since none of the films’ cast will be returning for this game. Sure that’s a little disappointing, so to make it up to us they’re promising massive boss fights and the chance to drive the Ecto-4WD! Head past the break for a few (incredibly exciting) screens. READ MORE
It’s been some time since we last heard anything of the Zombies!!! strategy game’s move to the XBLA. Earlier this year Big Rooster, the developer behind the game, was shut down leaving the game in limbo. Now it seems a new developer, Babaroga, has entered the ring and picked up the game, which has an updated release window of Spring 2011.
If you’re having trouble remembering this game I can’t say I blame you since it was announced way back in 2008. Zombies!!! is a strategy board game that has you trying to escape against an increasingly formidable army of zombies. Sounds like bloody good fun, and it’ll come at a good time because I’m predicting by next Spring we’ll all likely be hungry for some more zombie shenanigans. READ MORE