This summer passed us by without any Summer of Arcade or similar promotion from Microsoft, even as Sony continued its PLAY program. Why?
Microsoft has, somewhat disingenuously, used Halo: Spartan Assault to advertise "having Halo" on Windows 8, when it's really only a so-so twin-stick shooter set within the same pointless fiction. Still, if you fancy having a bash but not buying Windows 8, good news: the game's coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One in December.
Microsoft announced back at E3 2012 that it was bringing a free-to-play action-RPG to Xbox Live Arcade, then seemed to forget about it. Well, Ascend: Hand of Kul quietly launched yesterday, so give it a go if you fancy murdering monsters without paying a penny, at least to check out its single-player/multiplayer crossover ideas.
Yes, yes we're very quaint here in England. Top hats, monocles, all of that, everywhere (or in trendy East London where I live, anyway). Continuing the stereotype we titter at knowing the world believes, Mediatonic is bringing gentlemanly side-scrolling fighting to PC and Xbox 360 with Foul Play on September 18.
Dejobaan Games has cornered the futuristic base-jumping market with its AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! games, but if you want to skim desert canyons and lush forests rather than dystopian cityscapes, Skydive: Proximity Flight may be more your bag. Developer Gaijin Entertainment today announced its fall 'em up will smash into Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall as a downloadable release with optional Kinect and Move support.
It turns out that the Xbox One version of Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle hasn't been in development for very long -- about six months, to be precise.
Super T.I.M.E. Force's retro cartoon trailer was thoroughly pleasant, but how about a little gameplay? A new three-minute gameplay vid shows how the heroes reverse and loop time to explode enemies and rescue each other from imminent death.
Fez creator Phil Fish became, very much against his will, the poster boy for railing against Xbox Live Arcade patch certification costs last year. But now that Microsoft has dropped patch certification fees, hooray, a new Fez patch is coming to XBLA.
It started in Australia but didn't stay there for long. Within hours it was rolling across borders and drifting across seas, a wave of undead crashing against shores. The second State of Decay title update is rolling out today, I'm saying. The patch notes list a grand 56 changes, from bug fixes to balance tweaks.
If you'd feel a little silly playing a video game that is ostensibly about sexy girls in sexy costumes fighting each other, relax: Girl Fight all goes down in virtual reality as an evil corporation experiments upon abducted women. Look, come watch the new trailer and you'll soon realise you'd be perfectly comfortable playing it in the company of other adults (it is rated Mature 17+, after all).
The open-world zombie 'em up passed 500,000 sales within its first week, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced, declaring it "the fastest selling original game ever on Xbox Live Arcade." What now? Undead Labs is still working on patches, apparently doesn't have too much to do on the PC edition, and is making a sandbox mode. Beyond that, well, there's still its dream of a full-on zombie MMO, codenamed 'Class4'.
The promised first update for open-world survive 'em up State of Decay went live over the weekend, or so it seemed. Unfortunately, the fixes it was supposed to bring were clearly not in effect, and after a bit of checking developer Undead Labs has confirmed that "the update was being downloaded, but not applied." It's working on getting this working, but can say when that might be.
Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle continues the developer's trend for off-the-wall humor, but seems more mechanically sound.
Just when everyone seemed bored stiff of zombies, State of Decay launched last week to shake a little life into the genre. That sentence contained two jokes. The open-world zombie 'em up sold a whopping 250,000 copies in its first two days on sale, developer Undead Labs announced, also revealing that an XBLA title update is in the pipe. Alas, it also says the PC version won't be coming soon "by any meaningful use of the word 'soon'."
Open-world zombie survive 'em up State of Decay will debut on Xbox 360 this Wednesday, developer Undead Labs has announced at short notice. It'll cost 1600 Microsoft Points ($15) on Xbox Live Arcade but, alas, there's still no word on when the PC version will arrive.
It was a murky world, the Parisian nightlife of the 1920s, but sometimes a little shadow can be useful when you're an 8-year-old girl's glamorous imaginary friend. Publisher Focus Home Interactive today announced it's picked up Contrast, a puzzle-platformer where you can shift into shadow to pass obstacles in the unreal world.
Building forts is cool and smashing them is perhaps even better, so CastleStorm is certainly interesting in concept. It'll be storming Xbox Live Arcade next Wednesday, developer Zen Studios--of Pinball FX2 fame--announced today, for you to build and defend the fort of your dreams while destroying other people's.
The Twisted Pixel bundle is only discounted for one more day, according to the developer. It includes The Maw, Comic Jumper, Splosion Man, and Ms. Splosion Man.
"Wanna be a gunslinger," sang pop star M in his 1979 single Pop Muzik, "don't be a rock singer." Any attempt to tie that into this story would be too contrived and, frankly, too daft. Techland's wild wild west 'em up Call of Juarez: Gunslinger will launch for at $14.99, publisher Ubisoft announced today. It's coming for download on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while PC gets a retail edition too.
Open-world zombie apocalypse survive 'em up State of Decay will launch in June, developer Undead Labs has announced. A PC release will follow later. The studio established by ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain also lurched forward with a new trailer clutched in its outstretched arms, showing off snippets of life after undeath.