After the recent drought of decent Xbox Live deals, Major Nelson has finally come through for his faithful Gold followers. Maybe his recent hacking has changed his outlook on life? Microsoft has slashed the price of Cyber Troopers Virtual On Oratorio Tangram (Virtual On to it's mates) to 800 Microsoft Points.
I love Virtual On. It's an eclectic mix of fast-paced melee, skillful gunslinging, aerial dodging and massive honking mechs; all wrapped up in a colourful, cutesy graphical style. Southend-on-Sea's seafront arcades was one of the few UK areas that bothered to import one of the twinstick arcade cabinets, and I used to practically salivate over the screen. Each of the aforementioned massive honking mechs has a unique loadout and play style; from the beastly Stein Vok to the crafty (and bizarrely sexy) Fei-Yen. The remastered graphics look fairly sharp, and the achievements are possibly the easiest 200G you'll ever earn.
However, whilst my spectacles are rose tinted, they certainly aren't blurry. Virtual On hasn't aged well thanks to its unique control system. The twinstick input method was revolutionary at the time, but it hasn't been ported properly to the 360 controller: new players spend more time attempting to acquire a target than actually shooting at it. Coupled with the bizarre and aggravating lack of splitscreen this game certainly isn't for everyone. Try the demo and see what you think.
Mega Man 10
Mega Man 10 has finally hit XBLA, and about time too. Capcom's latest Mega Man title is exactly what you'd expect: more of the same. Which is fine when the same is pure retro goodness. You'll jump over pits, fight some themed bosses and go weak at the knees with the sheer nostalgia of it all.
Multiple difficulty settings and playable characters help to offset its disappointingly short length, and some Special Stages will be brought to us via future DLC. Yay, paid DLC. We'll keep you posted.
DLC: Stimulation and Disappointment
This week also heralded the (broken) release of the Stimulus Map Pack for Modern Warfare 2. This expansion bolts five multiplayer maps (including two original CoD: MW levels [cheers, PhilMcC]) onto Infinity Ward's beautiful online shooter, all for the bargain price of...
...1200 Microsoft Points?
As a MW afficionado, I'd love to recommend the Stimulus package; but you can buy two full XBLA games for that money. This is a deals website after all, and I'd strongly suggest that even MW2 veterans hold off. I'm still shocked about the price point- after all, Activision aren't known for financially screwing people over... right? Oh.
In other news, Game Room won't be updating until late April. We commented on the crippling lack of decent Games in Game Room's lineup- and holding off for an entire month seems downright idiotic. Microsoft and Krome should be striking while the iron is hot: proving that the service is worthwhile before we all forget about it and get on with our lives.
See you next week for discount Geometry Wars!