Developer: Digital Eclipse |
Publisher: Konami Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 04/18/07 |
One of the best things about the current make up of consoles is the ability to download games. This gives smaller developers a place to put out their original content that could never be released as a full $60 game. But at the same time it also gives a place for publishers to unload the classic games that when played again, will absolutely shatter our fond memories of said games. Gyruss will not only shatter your nostalgia that you might have had, but it will throw those shards at the sun until every last molecule is eliminated and then pitched back out in a solar flair disrupting our precious satellites.
Developer: MumboJumbo |
Publisher: MumboJumbo Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 04/04/07 |
Fans of Zuma rejoice as MumboJumbo has delivered Luxor 2 to the Xbox Live Arcade--currently offered exclusively to the Xbox 360 for home consoles. As the sequel to Luxor, and utilizing the same basic idea of Zuma, players will find a lot to love in this 800 Point ($10) download on their 360.
Developer: Hudson Soft |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1 to 4 Player Game |
Release Date: 01/30/07 |
Developer Hudson Soft is best known for taking the Mario Party franchise, putting it in their magic game making machine, and turning out yearly sequels. They have done this on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and are planning on continuing the legacy on the Nintendo Wii later this year. Since making minor updates to a videogame board game doesn't take much effort, the team has also gone on to create such classic titles as our 2006 Worst Game of the Year--Bomberman Act Zero. Now the team has been enlisted by Microsoft to create Fuzion Frenzy 2. A game that is so bad, they may become the first ever Developer to win back to back Worst Games of the Year!
Developer: Lionhead Studios |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/21/08
Peter Molyneux is a Developer that has always strived to deliver epic gaming experiences. His past projects have been filled with big promises that sometimes had to be cut from the final product. The best case of where this occurred was the Xbox classic Role Playing Game Fable. Although Fable was one of the best selling games the year it was released--not to mention the highest selling new franchise that year--the fans were upset that Molyneux wasn't able to fulfill the vision he laid out. He recognizes the mistakes he made by talking about the game and features that he hoped would make it in the final product and promises to be a bit more careful when talking about his future projects. At GDC 2007, he had a chance to show off an early portion of the upcoming Fable 2 and discuss the game in a bit more detail. Keep reading to learn more!
By Kaleb Rutherford - 03/28/07
ESRB Details: - Blood, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence -
Fable II is a role-playing adventure game in which players assume the role of a 10-year old orphan who grows into adulthood amidst the fantasy world setting of Albion. Players engage in a variety of quests to gain experience and skills with which to 'level up' their customized character. Quest objectives sometimes involve using magic and hand-to-hand combat to defeat various creatures and enemy soldiers. Blood spray is depicted when enemies are slashed or injured during combat. Players can also gains 'points' and positive statistics for choosing good deeds over bad ones (e.g., 'Good points,' 'Renown points,' and a 'Good Reputation') or based on the way they communicate with other characters: Lewd gestures/language such as hip thrusts and raising of the middle finger generate negative responses; flirting and blowing a kiss can garner positive responses from characters. With enough positive affinity, players can engage in sexual relations with males, females, or groups of characters. Players are rewarded for having multiple relations, and can choose to have unprotected sex, although sexual acts are never shown. Several characters are depicted drunk during cutscenes, while players can also consume beer and wine from various taverns. A screen-blurring effect connotes a character's drunken state. Tags:
Developer: EA LA |
Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 05/08/07
Although many have attempted to create a good Real Time Strategy experience on the console, almost every single title has failed to come anywhere near the quality and fun that players can find on the PC platform. This all changed with release of Battle of Middle Earth II on the Xbox 360. Though it was not perfect, it quickly became the standard for how Developers should make RTS games on a console--without a mouse and keyboard. Taking the lessons they learned from Battle for Middle Earth II, EA is now ready to bring the latest, and much anticipated, installment in the Command & Conquer series to the Xbox 360. But the question remains--can they continue their RTS console success?
Developer: Realtime Worlds |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 02/20/07 |
With Crackdown, Realtime Worlds throws its hat into the ring of open world urban action games. Ever since Grand Theft Auto 3 game designers have been trying to improve upon its formula while providing their own take on the long-named genre, including Rockstar itself. After all, it just released its fourth GTA3 sequel on the PS2. And let's face it, when we say "open world urban action games," we really mean games that are like GTA3, more or less.
By Andrew Thivyanathan - 03/21/07
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drug Tags:
Developer: Konami |
Publisher: Konami Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 02/27/07 |
Fans of Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series have learned to expect a few things. But after buying yearly releases of their favorite rhythm dancing game and investing hundreds of dollars in costly dance pad accessories, the time has come to start the process all over again on a new console. Ready or not, here comes Dance Dance Revolution Universe for the Xbox 360.
Developer: Vicarious Visions |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 05/04/07
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the amazing adventures of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Now with the third movie on the way, and sadly rumored to be the last, Activision and Developer Treyarch are once again bringing players the videogame version of the upcoming film. Like the prior games based on the film, this title will follow the plot of the movie. This means we will get to see plenty of Venom Suit Spidey in action!
Developer: Raven Software |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 10/24/06 |
A few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised with the release of X-Men Legends. Featuring some of the best X-Men characters, gamers were given a very enjoyable Action Role Playing Game. Developer Raven Software next decided to improve the gameplay and gave us X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse. This sequel fixed many of the issues that plagued the first game while still giving players a lengthy quest to satisfy the superhero hidden deep inside their subconscious. For their third Action RPG, Raven Software and Activision decided to branch out and include more characters within the Marvel Universe. The end result is Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and it is another very fun game that can be found on just about any console you own.
Developer: Epic Games |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 11/07/06 |
Epic’s Gears of War has been hyped as one of the best reasons to buy Microsoft’s Xbox360. After what seems like far too long, Emergence Day has finally come and gone. In the aftermath, we have been able to spend some quality time with the title and tell you exactly why this game lives up to the hype and, in many cases, surpasses it.
By Ryan Schaefer - 11/26/06
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language Tags: