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'Play To Earn' Incentives Coming To Xbox Live Rewards

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Rewards members will be able to earn a few extras by playing and consuming Xbox Live Arcade games throughout April. Consume! Go on, it's fun and good for you. Consume some more, yes, yesssss.

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Xbox Live Holiday Deals: Spelunky, Warp & Rock Band Blitz

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Spelunky, Warp, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Holiday Deals: Spelunky, Warp & Rock Band Blitz

Microsoft has delivered another week of promotions, which arguably lacks in quality what it packs in quantity. That said, wading through the reams of DLC packs and avatar tat reveals a couple of decent bargains, including Spelunky, Warp, Rock Band Blitz and Space Channel 5: Part 2 at half price.

Major Nelson has invited us to embed a the list of offers as an Excel Web App, which contains convenient links to the Xbox Live Marketplace.

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Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Back To School Blowout!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Babel Rising, Carcassonne, Limbo, Rocket Riot, Sine Mora, The Splatters, Warp, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Deal Of The Week | Back To School Blowout!

We haven't run an Xbox Live Deal Of The Week post in a while, mainly because the recent offerings have either been repeats, meagre reductions or flat-out boring. However, this week's update brings a massive boatload of savings both for Gold and Silver members alike. Gold highlights include Babel Rising and The Splatters for 400 MSP each, Alan Wake's American Nightmare for 600 MSP and Sine Mora at 800. Anyone can treat themselves to the likes of Joe Danger SE, Bloodforge, Geometry Wars Evolved 2 and Warp at half price, which is just the tip of the iceberg.

Four decent games are also on offer at 200 Points... including Rocket Riot. Get it. Get it now.

We've got all the discounts and links to each game after the break, though I'd like to give a shout out to omisnad at HotUKDeals - who heroically rounded up a full list of promotions earlier today.

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Sonic 4 Episode II Launch Trailer

Author:
Tom Silkstone
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News
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Android, Dimps, iOS, Microsoft Windows, News, Playstation network, Sega, Sonic 4: Episode 2, Sonic Team, WiiWare, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live Arcade

Sonic 4 Episode II Launch Trailer

I've got to be honest I wasn't really that interested in this one until I watched the trailer this morning and a smile spread across my face as some of my childhood memories began to resurface. Sonic and Tails are fighting together again across a variety of levels ranging from industrial environments to battling it out amongst the clouds. If you're playing through by yourself Tails'll be controlled by the computer, or you could always invite one of your friends round to play the loveable little fox. The video looks pretty damn good if you ask me and this episode appears to be action packed, so why not go and download it now.

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Xbox LIVE Deal Of The Week | SNK Gold Sale, 9/10 Hits For Everyone!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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All Zombies Must Die!, Bastion, Trouble Witches Neo, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox LIVE Deal Of The Week | SNK Gold Sale, 9/10 Hits For Everyone!

Once again, Microsoft has sallied forth with a one-two punch of temporary dealiness.

If you're a Gold member, you can save on a number of SNK games including the downloadable King Of Fighters games, the bizarre Sky Stage Spin-off and Metal Slug. The best of the bunch, however, is the underrated Trouble Witches Neo: a sensational SHMUP with great graphics and hilarious localisation. A bargain for 400 Microsoft Points.

However, if you're not a Gold member, you still have access to some epic games at low prices. Like Bastion for 600 MSP, which garnered a 9/10 score from us. Space Invaders Infinity Gene for 400 MSP - which was also worthy of a 9/10. Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light for 600 MSP... yet again, another deserved 9/10. And who can forget All Zombies Must Die! Which, erm, we rated 9/10.

9/10 games for half price can't be bad - and I'd recommend getting on this asap. We've got the full roundup after the break complete with links to the marketplace and our reviews where applicable.

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All Zombies Must Die! Unleashed Dec. 28th On XBLA

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
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All Zombies Must Die!, Double Six, Playstation Store, Xbox Live Arcade

All Zombies Must Die! Unleashed Dec. 28th On XBLA

4th January On PSN

Double Six announced today on their blog that their twin-stick undead-slaying shooter All Zombies Must Die! will be releases on 28th December for XBLA. Although American Playstation owners will be able to buy it from the 27th, the rest of us on the other side of the pond will have to wait a little longer for it to appear on the Playstation Store, with 4th January being the date given.

To celebrate the news, Double Six have decided to spread a little festive cheer in their own, undead way. You can check it out below.

We got hands-on with AZMD! earlier this year, and came away impressed. You can read all about it in our in-depth preview here.

Iron Brigade Review | Trenched By Any Other Name

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Double Fine, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade

Iron Brigade Review | Trenched By Any Other Name

Platform: XBLA

Developer: Double Fine

Publisher: Xbox Live Arcade

We were so stoked when Double Fine announced Trenched way back in March. We love all things mecha, we love Double Fine and we certainly love tower defence games that go the extra mile to provide new gameplay experiences - so this was cause for messy, unbridled celebration that carried on long into the night. Unfortunately, Microsoft was soon mired in a bitter trademark dispute with a Portuguese board game manufacturer over the brand name, causing the title to miss its European release window and suffer through months of ignominious neglect. Several months later and sporting a brand new title, Iron Brigade finally available in our green and pleasant territory.

But there's a problem. The last few months have heralded the release of several tower defence hybrids that completely revolutionised the genre. Does Iron Brigade pack big enough guns to mix it up with the likes of Orcs Must Die! and Dungeon Defenders after its torturous hiatus?

Yes, just about.

Iron Brigade Review | Trenched By Any Other Name

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Xbox Live Holiday Sale | Deals Until January

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Holiday Sale | Deals Until January

Microsoft's '12 days of Christmas' promotions may be discounting a different game every day, but their distinct Holiday Sale offers some semi-permanent price cuts that will last until the New Year. We've roped it all together - and as far as I can make out, the best savings are to be found on AfterBurner Climax, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet... and I shouldn't have to tell you that the full game downloads aren't up to much.

If you're the sort of pathological weak-minded fool savvy consumer who enjoys paying for avatar items, you can also nab yourself a few and propagate the whole insane setup.

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Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Review | We Only Need 30 Seconds...

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Marvelous Entertainment, Puzzle games, RPG Games, XBLA, Xbox Live Arcade
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Xbox 360

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade

Developer: Marvelous Entertainment

Publisher: Xbox Live Arcade

Half-Minute Hero made a splash when it released on the PSP early last year thanks to a deliciously insane premise. What would happen, postulated Marvelous Entertainment, if you were to crunch an entire RPG experience into thirty short seconds? As it turned out, the result was an exceptional game that managed to provide bite-sized roleplaying thrills on a handheld console.

Super Mega Neo Climax aims to bring the experience to the Xbox 360 with an entirely new selection of levels, storyline and visuals... but can the bitty structure possibly work on a home console? And can lightning strike twice?

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Xbox Live Hits Collection | £6.98 | Gamestation | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade
Discuss:
Xbox 360 | 'Splosion Man | Limbo | Trials HD

The Xbox Live Hits Collection contains three truly epic games, for slightly more money than a single one would usually set you back on XBLA. Let's review the facts:

1: Splosion Man is brilliant.

2: Trials HD is brilliant.

3: Limbo got 10/10

So, you should probably go ahead and buy this. Immediately.

Strania: The Stella Machina Review | Harder, Better, Faster, Strania

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Arcade games, G Rev, Games reviews, SHMUP, Shoot 'Em Up games, Strania: The Stella Machina, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Arcade
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Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox Live Arcade

Developer: G Rev

Publisher: G Rev

Revamped, lazy ports of classic shooters infest Xbox Live Arcade like a bad rash... but every once in a while, a brand new SHMUP (that's shoot 'em up for those who like to pronounce their words separately) hits the service and makes us take notice. One such example was Konami's Hard Corps: Uprising that threw a number of exciting innovations at the run & gun formula, but Strania takes the opposite tack by focusing on the core fundamentals.

Responsiveness. Player empowerment. And mecha.

For the sake of advancing the text-based storyline (that's buried deep within the tutorial menu), the forces of Strania have to repel an evil invasion by clambering into honking great mechs and taking to the skies. It's a scrolling shooter in the style of Raystorm and Einhander; tasking you with defeating waves of enemies, dodging inordinate amounts of incoming firepower and occasionally facing off against huge mechanical bosses. As well as your enemies, you'll also need to content with environmental hazards such as rotating lasers and tight passages.

It's all standard SHMUP fare, but Strania: The Stella Machina handles everything extremely well. Manoeuvrability is the key to success for any wannabe arcade classic, and the mechs handle with pixel-perfect speed and responsiveness that's neither twitchy nor cumbersome. While very difficult on the default settings, it's never cheap - and empowers you with the speed and firepower to get the job done. If you die, it's because you screwed up, not because your mech wasn't fast enough to get out of the firing line.

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Beyond Good & Evil HD Review | Beyond Brilliant

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, Beyond Good & Evil, Beyond Good & Evil HD, Games reviews, Ubisoft, XBLA, Xbox Live Arcade

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Platforms: XBLA | PS3 Version TBA

Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

They don't make 'em like they used to.

Beyond Good & Evil is one of those games. Every time a group of jaded gamers discuss the state of our medium nowadays, the smart money is on Ubisoft's beloved cult classic being trotted out order to illustrate the lack of variety that we tend to see in the marketplace. Beyond Good & Evil was a sales flop when it released back in 2003 despite rave critical reviews, and Ubisoft rightly blamed themselves for their lack of marketing. Will this new HD re-release atone for their mistake?

The wild and wacky world of Hillys is populated by both humans and anthropomorphic animals, and provides one of the most exciting left-field settings for any game in recent memory. Unfortunately it's also ravaged by ferocious attacks from the extraterrestrial DomZ, who ruthlessly abduct helpless citizens for purposes unknown. The 'heroic' Alpha Section military purport to be handling the incursions... but as investigative reporter Jade and her porcine sidekick Pej'J soon discover, there's a whole lot more to the situation. Players will assume the role of both characters as they explore the beautifully fleshed-out planet and unravel a terrifying conspiracy.

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