Microsoft has lowered the price of Duke Nukem 3D, the classic to 400 Microsoft Points as part of their Deal of the Week promotion. Note that the discount price is only available to Gold Members- after all, we deserve a little reward for spending our hard-earned cash on what arguably ought to be free in the first place.
Duke Nukem 3D has been retooled to take advantage of the Xbox 360's capabilities, with a new chaotic 8-player cooperative mode and a raft of competitive game modes. Most importantly, the quicksaving mechanic has been completely removed in favour of a Sands of Time style replay system that allows you to replay the entire level as a video and jump in at any point, thus making the constant carpal tunnel-inducing quicksave button mashing a thing of the past. I bought this title back when it was premium price, and was thouroughly impressed with how well it has aged. This is probably your best chance to enjoy some Duke Nukem action now that DNF is out of the picture!
Microsoft have now dated their Block Party event that will herald the release of three XBLA titles as well as the retro Games Room application.
As you know, we're all about game deals here... and there's a deal to be had. If you purchase all three XBLA Block Party titles and the Game Room application (not including any retro games) then you'll receive a 400 MSP Rebate and a free extra month of Xbox Live Gold subscription. Every little helps. To be honest, Perfect Dark will be the major draw for most gamers- but Toy soldiers and Scrap Metal are shaping up to be capable little titles in their own right.
In other news, Microsoft will be releasing three new XBLA titles this week: Fret Nice, Greed Corp and Lazy Raiders.
Fret Nice uses a guitar hero peripheral to control a 2D platformer, allowing you to jump around zany levels with a funky soundtrack and face off against heavy metal-themed bosses. This PSN version of has unfortunately received mixed reviews thanks to the patchy integration of the guitar- hopefully this will have been sorted out some.
Greed Corp provides an online multiplayer strategy experience where rival corporations vie for territory in destructible environments. It's a good-looking little game, but we're a bit worried by the fact that it's online-based. After all, XBLA games lose their online communities in a matter of weeks... make sure get involved on day one to avoid empty game lobbies and unattainable achievements!
Lazy Raiders is an avatar-enabled title that essentially provides a virtual tilt maze. You know, the mazes with the little ball bearing that we used to play with for five minutes before discarding in favour of the SNES. however, it's garnered rave reviews and provides a genuine challenge with a charming graphical style.
Finally, the most expansive Borderlands DLC will be available later today. The Secret Armoury of General Knoxx offers a brand new campaign replete with new story missions, vehicles, weapons and . Never mind all that, though- since the level cap has finally been raised to 61. It's about damn time!
Phew, thanks for bearing with us! We'll keep you updated with any new XBLA news by the wire.