Tag Archives: Xbox Live Arcade

“Forget It Bigby…It’s Fabletown” – The Wolf Among Us: ‘Faith’ Review

THE WOLF AMONG US: EPISODE ONE – ‘FAITH’ (2013) – TELLTALE GAMES

"We all know who you are...Big Bad Wolf..."
“We all know who you are…Big Bad Wolf…”

There is perhaps no hotter property in videogames right now than TellTale Games – not only are they currently busy crafting a second season for the 2012 critical hit The Walking Dead, but they also have projects adapting Borderlands and Game Of Thrones on the horizon too. Before the latter two games come to fruition however, there is The Wolf Among Us to savor in the meantime. Only the first of five planned episodes is available at the moment, but the small taster offered up thus far (for free on Xbox Live if you were sharp-eyed during the Christmas offers) is a delicious, if somewhat familiar treat. Continue reading “Forget It Bigby…It’s Fabletown” – The Wolf Among Us: ‘Faith’ Review

Kids, Windbags And Old Narrators – Bastion Review

BASTION (SUPERGIANT GAMES) – 2011

Fun fact – a bastion is the part of a fortification that sticks out at an angle. Trust me – the internet told me so

Imagine walking around all day with a voice in the background narrating your life – it would get annoying quite quickly don’t you think? It’s surprising then that having played Bastion (the third part of my Humble Indie Bundle V review block), that I’m not quite so adverse to the idea now. However, it’s not just a fantastic narrator that makes Bastion one of the most impressive independent titles of recent times; this beautifully styled game has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Continue reading Kids, Windbags And Old Narrators – Bastion Review

A Revolution For Arcade Games – Trials Evolution Review

TRIALS EVOLUTION (2012) – REDLYNX

When Microsoft announced their ‘Arcade Next’ imitative a few weeks ago, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Minecraft would be the star of the show – after all, its been a while coming and if its success on PC is anything to go by it will sell like hotcakes. I for one couldn’t give a damn when the announcement was made, because it was Trials Evolution, the sequel to the ever popular Trials HD, which caught my eye. Since its release last Wednesday it has been smashing sales records on Xbox Live, achieving the highest grossing sales ever on the day of release for an Arcade game. I suspect like myself many will be pleased with their purchase. Continue reading A Revolution For Arcade Games – Trials Evolution Review

Minecraft And Trials Evolution Dated And Priced For Xbox Live Arcade

As part of its ‘Arcade NEXT’ promotion (yeah, I hadn’t heard about this before today either), Microsoft have just released details of four upcoming XBLA titles to be released in April and May. These games also mark a change in policy on Xbox Live, as Arcade games will now feature 400 Gamerscore with 30 achievements to unlock. Below is the marketing jargon for each game to be released.

TRIALS EVOLUTION, April 18 for 1200 Microsoft Points

“Trials Evolution” is on every front, the next dimension of the smash-hit, award-winning “Trials HD.” Bust out of the warehouse into an outdoor world of night and day, curved driving lines, and spectacular scenery. Multiplayer comes alive in your living room or on Xbox LIVE. Build your own tracks with the in-game editor or download those of any other player from the new Track Central. Customize your bike and rider with awesome gear and unique parts, enjoy innovative skill games, try ghost racing, beat your friends’ scores and more! Don’t miss the madness!

BLOODFORGE, April 25 for 1200 Microsoft Points

With a brutal combat system, stunning art style, and a deeply compelling story, “Bloodforge” empowers you to slaughter hordes of demonic soldiers, deformed worshippers, and the gods themselves, using ferocious Rage Kills, devastating Rune attacks, and furious Weapon Combos. Help seal Crom’s fate – and the fate of the rest of the world – in this dark, visceral story of revenge, betrayal, and destiny.

FABLE HEROES, May 2 for 800 Microsoft Points

“Fable Heroes” is an action-packed, hack-and-slash adventure built for Xbox LIVE Arcade. It delivers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise with a unique art style and gameplay that takes playful competition to the next level. Whether on the couch or using Xbox LIVE, up to four players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with one another to collect gold coins and level up. Precious gold collected in Fable Heroes can be imported into the forthcoming Kinect title, Fable: The Journey, providing players with a valuable head start from day one.

MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION, May 9 for 1600 Microsoft Points

The infinite possibilities in “Minecraft” just got bigger. “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” brings the global phenomenon to console gamers for the first time. The Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game features an innovative new crafting interface, natural controller movements, a full Tutorial mode to teach the basics and for the first time in “Minecraft,” split-screen multiplayer as well as over Xbox LIVE.

So, Minecraft will be with us in May, and Trials Evolution (which looks properly superb) will be with us much earlier than expected. Cheers Microsoft!

Capcom Go Crazy, A Handheld SNES, First FIFA 12 Details And Deals Galore On Xbox Live

Over the last few days, the internet has been pummelled with some excellent news on all sorts of stuff within the gaming industry. In the post I hope to give as good an overview of every possible that has caught my eye.

First of all then, Capcom. I really quite like them; there is little doubt of the quality of their franchises over the years (Resident Evil, Mega Man, Street Fighter etc.). This week they announced to the media the progress of several of their titles, including more details on the eagerly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken (a crossover game based to be made by Capcom, whereas Namco will make Tekken X Street Fighter). Now this was announced almost a year ago, and it looked absolutely epic. Now, Capcom have given details on the roster to date (10 characters confirmed, including Ryu, Ken, Chun Li and Guile from Street Fighter, and Kazuya, Nina, Bob and King from Tekken), and included some trailers and gameplay videos, which frankly look absolutely gorgeous with the stylised visuals we have gotten used to with Street Fighter. I preferred Street Fighter 4 to Tekken 6, and I personally think that Capcom’s effort will crush Namco’s interpretation of the game when it comes to sales.

Guile's theme goes with King apparently

Continue reading Capcom Go Crazy, A Handheld SNES, First FIFA 12 Details And Deals Galore On Xbox Live

This Is Gonna Hurt – Trials HD Review

(First published on Gamepad Magazine, 15th January 2011)

TRIALS HD – REDLYNX (2009)

This man is in for a world of pain...
This man is in for a world of pain…

I will say at the outset that Trials HD is one of the most frustrating games I have ever played. What starts out as an easy blast through some very fun levels becomes an experience that will have you screaming with rage, smashing your controller along the way. But, for whatever reason, there is always an excuse to give it another go, and therein lies the beauty of Trials HD:  good old fashioned fun! Continue reading This Is Gonna Hurt – Trials HD Review