This week’s deal for XBL is all about the green! Get to the middle of the rainbow and grab the spare change! You’ll have better luck with thsese deals than catching a leprechaun. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and all Things Green. Keep from getting pinched with these lucky deals for this week for the XBL gold members. Everything is 50% off, so get lucky with these deals.
Clover: A Curious Tale Full Game: 200 MSP
Rock Band: Green Day Pack 01: 220 MSP
Rock Band: Bad Luck: 80 MSP
Lips: Some Guys Have All the Luck: 80 MSP
Lips: Chasing Cars: 80 MSP
Red Dead Redemption: Irish T-Shirt: 40 MSP
NBA 2K11: Boston Celtics NBA2K11 Jersey, Women’s: 120 MSP
NBA 2K11: Boston Celtics NBA2K11 Jersey, Men’s: 120 MSP
For this week only! Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. and the DLC for the game are on sale for 50% off. Raid this deal before she does.
The deal of the week for Xbox Live Gold Members is a real treasure. Fans might notice the new approach in this title: rather than a third person Platformer, it has changed to an arcade top-down view. If this game has peaked your interest but you never purchased it, this might be the time to try it for half price.
Gather up your quarters and the rest of your spare change: Pac-Man’s re-mastered hit is on sale. Get it before Binky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde do! One my favorite games to play in the arcade as a kid was Pac-Man. I pumped many quarters into those machines. On November 17, 2010 Pac-Man Championship Edition DX hit the Xbox Live Arcade. The first time I played it, I played for three hours straight. I recommend you pick up this re-mastered classic. Xbox live gold members can get it on sale for only 400 Microsoft Points this week.
Perfect Dark originally appeared on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 and instantly became a must play game on the system. Now, 10 years later, 4J Studios has decided to port the game over for the Xbox 360. This is the third Rare title that 4J has remastered, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie being the two previous titles. Being offered as the third game in the Xbox Live Block Party, Perfect Dark is looking to score big with anyone looking for a bit of nostalgia.
Microsoft has announced the winners of the third-annual Xbox Live Arcade Awards. The award for Best Overall Arcade Game went to Trials HD. I agree with the fan vote on this one. I have spent a ridiculous amount of hours with this game and continue to go back and play it.
Best Overall Arcade Game: Trials HD (Microsoft)
Best Original Game: ‘Splosion Man (Xbox LIVE Arcade)
Best Family Game: Hasbro Family Game Night (Electronic Arts)
Best Co-Operative Multiplayer: Battlefield 1943 (Electronic Arts)
Best Competitive Multiplayer: Battlefield 1943 (Electronic Arts)
Best Solo Game: Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment/Microsoft Corp.)
Best Innovation: Trials HD (Microsoft)
Best Graphics: Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment/Microsoft Corp.)
Best Classic/Remake: Banjo-Tooie (Microsoft Game Studios)
The Xbox Live Block Party kicked off with Toy Soldiers, a fresh take on the tower defense genre. The next title available as part of the Block Party is Scrap Metal, a R.C. Pro-Am meets Twisted Metal racing game. Scrap Metal is going for a fun arcade type feel and in some ways is able to deliver. The game is able to provide some moments of fun but many times I found myself to just be frustrated with it. The top down arcade racing game is something that is lacking from XBLA and Scrap Metal is able to do a decent job feeling that void. Read On
Similar in style to board games like Carcassone and Catan comes Greed Corp. Greed Corp is a strategy game taking place in a new fantasy world called Mistbound. The objective of this game differs from that of similar style games in that your goal is destruction. Fighting against different factions it is up to you to consume as many resources as you can and ultimately destroy any land your enemy has. W!Games first game is a welcomed addition to XBLA for any board game enthusiast.
Xbox Live’s Block Party kicks off with Toy Soldiers. Toy Soldiers is a tower defense game. If you have been watching the trailers and following the press you might not have known this. I’m sure with good reason the PR team behind the game decided to exclude this information since there is an over abundance of tower defense games already on XBLA. When tower defense is done well and made to feel fresh again, it can be a lot of fun. Signal Studios has done this with their first XBLA release, Toy Soldiers.
The campaign allows you to experience 24 action packed missions playing as both the Allied and Central armies. Your goal on each map is to defend your toy box from wave after wave of oncoming troops and vehicles. This is done by building different defensive structures on specific build sites. Each map has a set number of areas where you can place your defensive structures, so you have to chose wisely. To be able to build you have to be able to afford the construction, and money is earned from every kill. The main feature that sets this apart from other tower defense games is the ability to control of any structure and take out the enemies on your own. You are able to zoom-in to the weapon’s point of view, use the left stick to aim and the right to fire. As you progress you also gain the chance to pilot airplanes and drive tanks as well. The easier difficulty provides a lot of fun for the casual player. As you increase the difficulty the game presents you with a real challenge. When set to the hardest difficulty, the towers no longer fire on their own. This means you know have to be able to bounce around to each one in order to take out the enemy. The bosses in this game are larger toys in many forms such as a huge tank, a railroad gun, and a zeppelin aircraft. Once the campaign has been completed, you then unlock the survival mode where you fight against countless waves of enemy toys desperately trying to defeat you. Also included is a two-player versus mode. This is playable locally in split screen or online. Here, each side sends waves of soldiers at the opponent with the Y button, but they also have to build units in order to defend their toy box from the waves being sent by the opponent. Toy Soldiers offers a lot of different options to players and should provide hours of entertainment.
The game stays true to its name and provides a toy like feel to all the models. The environment looks and feels like a WWI recreation someone would have in their basement. The backdrops for each level are painted on a piece of wood and certain areas are open so that you can see the rest of the room. The character animations are one of my favorite parts of the game. The soldiers have a look similar to the plastic toys but feature exaggerated animations. This really adds a lot of fun to the feel of the game. Seeing a soldier firing a gun at enemies while bouncing around in the seat was a nice touch. The sound effects are done well and help add to the feel of the game. While getting close to what war might sound like they also manage to keep the effects close to what plastic figures exploding would sound like. The music selection was excellent. Period specific music plays during loading and helps carry the WWI feel into the game.
Toy Soldiers is the best tower defense game on XBLA. It takes a genre that over time has continued to grow stale and brought new life to it. There were plenty of times that I was playing and never even thought it was a tower defense game. If you have been a bit skeptical about picking this up, at least give the demo a try. This is an excellent XBLA release and already one of my favorite games this year. Toy Soldiers is available now for 1200 MS Points.
Microsoft’s Block Party kicks off this Wednesday with Toy Soldiers. Toy Soldiers is a WWI themed action strategy game from Signal Studios. The game plays similar to tower defense. There are pre-made spaces where you can set up AA guns, mortars, anti-infantry machine guns, sniper towers, barbed wire obstacles-even entrenched units that spray enemies with poison gas. Once placed the AI takes over and your army prepares to attack and defend as best it can. Where Toy Soldiers really shines though is that at any point you can take control of any unit on the field. This takes the camera from the default bird’s eye view and moves it in closer, this makes the controls feel more like an action game. This allows you to man an anti-aircraft gun, gas enemy infantry, fire mortars, hop in a bi-plane and spit machine gun fire at troops, or engage in some first-person sniping.
The single player campaign offers up 24 missions. This is divided equally between playing as the British and German armies. Online will offer local two-player split-screen matches, head-to-head, attack-and-defend matches online, and leaderboards. Toy Soldiers already has a lot of talk behind it from it’s showing at recent gaming conventions and is looking like it is set to deliver. The game will be available this Wednesday, March 3, for 1200 MS Points.
If your like me, you have always thought that having a clone of yourself would make things a lot easier. You could have your clone do chores, get you something to drink, and in the case of The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, help you get pie. That is the angle The Odd Gentlemen, the games developer, have taken with their debut title. A quirky puzzler with a silent film style art design, P.B. Winterbottom offers a nice pick up and play feel that a lot of people can enjoy.