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John Laster has been writing about video games for almost a decade. He's frequently found streaming on our partnered twitch channel. He's the one obsessively muttering this year is our year in relation to the Chicago Cubs Find me on Google+ or Twitter
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Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Combo Weapons Guide
8 years ago

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Combo Weapons Guide

By  •  Features, News

If there was one thing I noticed with Dead Rising 2 compared to the original, it was that while Frank West may have known his way around …
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XBLA Fans Wednesday Night Game Night: Monday Night Combat
8 years ago

XBLA Fans Wednesday Night Game Night: Monday Night Combat

By  •  News

Please excuse the irony of the title, but at XBLA Fans, we love Monday Night Combat. The only problem is that we have more free time on Wednesday.

We …
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Shank Debuts Combo Combat Video
8 years ago

Shank Debuts Combo Combat Video

By  •  Videos

Klei Entertainment has released a new trailer showcasing the depth of the combos in the combat for their upcoming game Shank. Where else can you …
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Limbo Recreated in LittleBigPlanet
8 years ago

Limbo Recreated in LittleBigPlanet

By  •  News

It’s a rare day for us to make a post about a non-xbla game. It’s an even rarer day for a Playstation 3 game to …
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Uber (Monday Night Combat) Giving Back to Their Fans
8 years ago

Uber (Monday Night Combat) Giving Back to Their Fans

By  •  Contests

The Summer of Arcade lineup is full of great titles.  We were very impressed with Limbo when it hit the marketplace last week, and while we haven’t …
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Shank Release Date Announced: August 25th
8 years ago

Shank Release Date Announced: August 25th

By  •  News, Videos

The team behind Shank has sent word that the game will release on August 25th for Xbox Live Arcade. While that news is exciting enough to warrant …
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UPDATE: XBLA Fans Caption Contest: Win a copy of DeathSpank
8 years ago

UPDATE: XBLA Fans Caption Contest: Win a copy of DeathSpank

By  •  Contests

So DeathSpank is coming to Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday the 14th. And while we haven’t yet had a chance to play the final build, we were …
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Updated: XBLA Deals of the Week + Win a PB Winterbottom Code!
8 years ago

Updated: XBLA Deals of the Week + Win a PB Winterbottom Code!

By  •  Contests, News

Winners have been chosen and will be emailed later today. Congrats to PlayingMantis (comment) and XFactoRe8 (Twitter)

In case you were not yet aware, the Xbox Live …
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Shank hands on preview
8 years ago

Shank hands on preview

By  •  Previews

While Shank may still be referred to in some circles as an indie darling, the game packs a whole lot of production value. What may have started as a homemade knife, has been proven to be one gracefully elegant weapon. The title’s story is penned by Marianne Krawczyk, author of God of War. The game itself is presented in 9 layers of HD parallax taking art direction cues from Jeff Agala, creative director on the project and creator of Cartoon Network Original Series Atomic Betty. The game is being published by EA Partners, who is responsible for EA’s dealings with People Can Fly (Bulletstorm), Valve (Orange Box), Harmonix (Rock Band Franchise), and more. To call all of that indie, just doesn’t cut it.

That isn’t to say Shank has lost its indie roots. Klei CEO Jamie Cheng and Jeff Agala set out to make an adrenaline filled action fest that would also push the boundaries on how digitally distributed games are made. The game mixes and blends genres, as it feels part spaghetti western, part grind house film. Jamie Cheng described the plot to us as a “pulp fiction revenge story through and through.” The main character feels like a total badass combination of Stallone from Rambo and Brock Sampson from Venture Brothers. All in all, it’s a thrilling concoction of just epic ingredients you can only expect to see with the complete freedom of an indie studio.
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Monday Night Combat hands on preview
8 years ago

Monday Night Combat hands on preview

By  •  Previews

Monday Night Combat is a true fusion of genres. The title is a third person shooter tower defense hybrid very much in line with DoTA. This should be no surprise considering the lineage of the Uber team: many of the developers worked on the DoTA game Demigod. The hybrid concept alone creates a very addicting blend, but the developers kept building on the idea. They created a humorous, quirky design that draws clear parallels with Team Fortress 2. They developed six highly varied character classes, each with their own unique style, moves and weaponry, as well as a create-a-class option. They then pushed the limits for an Xbox Live Arcade game with in-depth persistent career through single player, co-op and online multiplayer modes. In the end, it becomes increasingly hard to classify this game, as it breaks many typical molds; however the game is easy to describe: it is flat out awesome.

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