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XBLA Wednesday: Summer of Arcade Week 2

We’ve arrived on week two of the Summer of Arcade 2012 and have our first and only Kinect title in this week’s lineup to boot. Wreckateer from Iron Galaxy Studios puts your Avatar (and body) in control of a large ballista, capable of wrecking castles infested with goblins. You’ll also have access to special types of shots like Bomb Shot or Split Shot for wide spread or explosive action. It’ll set you back only 800 MSP and don’t forget to check out Trials Evolution for the next RedLynx course based on Wreckateer. Catch the XBLA Wednesday show with our Guide Co-ordinator Todd, probably doing silly motions that we can’t see in order to destroy those pesky goblins. Avast ye!

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XBLAFancast Episode 71

With Summer of Arcade kicking off last week, we take some time to talk about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Perry brings what little news there is, including the big Polytron patch story which gets us a bit riled up. Todd Talks about his excitement over Battleblock Theater being closer to release. Andrew brings the community question, and be sure to check out the game of the week N+.

Apologies for the dip in audio quality this week, we had some technical difficulties.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We appreciate it! Check us out on twitter (@XBLAFans) where you can win codes for games, give us feedback or just ask a question. We are also now on Stitcher, so you can stream the show on your smartphone, give it a go!

Big thanks to Chris Green for the awesome theme music, be sure to check out his site BlurredEdge and why not follow him on twitter too @BlurredEdge.

 

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Sunday Night Streaming: Dishwashing in The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been out for quite some time now, but if you haven’t played it you certainly should. This frenetic 2D hack n’ slash is one combotastic bloodbath you must at least sample. If you’re not convinced, or never really checked it out back when it released, we’re going to be showing off some of the endless Dishwasher mode! We’ll slice enemies to pieces, evade ridiculous amounts of enemies, and stack combos on combos for as long as possible. This one’s a fun one, so check it out if you’re a fan of the game or if you just want to see me kill stuff. Lots of stuff.

If you want to read up on The Dishwasher: VS before the show, check out our review! If you’ve played it already but never got all the beads, let our bead guide help you out. Curious what’s been going on since The Dishwasher: VS? Here’s our preview of Ska Studios‘ upcoming game, Charlie Murder.

When: Sunday July 22 at 7pm PST, 10pm EST, for at least half an hour.

Where: XBLA Fans on Twitch.TV

What: Streaming Dishwasher mode in The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile!

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Weekly Roundup: July 22

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

July 17

Passed Certification: Hell Yeah, Red Johnson’s Chronicles

Battleblock Theater has hit the code complete milestone

Tony Hawk launch trailer shows off classic, kickflippy action

July 18

Double Dragon Neon celebrating the 80s September 12

Rock Band Blitz puts the band in your hands August 29

Minecraft Skin Pack 1 on ice

New Scourge: Outbreak teaser trailer

Hybrid official launch trailer revealed

Dust: An Elysian Tail official trailer

First gameplay trailer shows off more Naughty Bear carnage

Microsoft has boosted Xbox Live security

Polytron not fixing broken Fez patch

July 19

Get a head in Hybrid with new Minecraft skins

Skulls of the Shogun plans to launch alongside Windows 8

Xbox 360 is top-selling console for 18th consecutive month

July 20

Minecraft reaches 3 million served

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has some bizarre game footage

Steve Caballero returns to the Tony Hawk franchise

Joe Danger The Movie passes certification, contains avatar awards

Pinball FX DLC nearing 1.5 million downloads

Avatar Famestar gives rewards for playing XBLA games

July 21

Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise coming to XBLA September 5

Microsoft responds to Fez patch re-release

Features

Straw Poll Wednesday: What level needs to be Tony Hawk DLC?

XBLA WednesdayVideo Pilot

Interview: 17-bit on Skulls of the Shogun’s asynchronous multiplayer and XBLA

Reviews

Dungeon Fighter Live

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

Podcast

XBLAFancast Episode 70: Same old jokes

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Interview: Skulls of the Shogun dev on asynchronous multiplayer and XBLA

It’s 30-minutes til the doors slam shut on day two of Rezzed; Brighton’s PC and indie games soiree featuring the likes of Gunpoint, Hotline Miami and, of course, Skulls of the Shogun. Hot stuff, but it’s no doubt to the chagrin of Borut Pfeifer – developer at 17-Bit – that I’ve asked him to describe Skulls in just 20 words at this late juncture.

“It’s turn-based strategy infused with the spirit of an action or arcade game. It’s fast, no grid, with multiplayer.”  Nailed.

Skulls of the Shogun marks 17-Bits’ attempt to haul the turn-based strategy shenanigans of something like Advance Wars (possibly the greatest game ever made) onto Xbox Live Arcade. No easy feat; the Xbox is without touch screen, without keyboard and mouse and about the only example I can think of turn-based strategy game built solely for XBLA is Band of Bugs. Gulp.

With that in mind, I chat with Borut about how Skulls has been tailored to XBLA, why 17-Bit chose the platform and, mostly, the intricacies of the recently announced asynchronous multiplayer. What’s an asynchronous multiplayer? Read on!

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What level needs to be Tony Hawk DLC?

What level needs to be Tony Hawk DLC?

  • College (THPS4) (36%, 27 Votes)
  • Cruise Ship (THPS3) (35%, 26 Votes)
  • Kona (THSP4) (25%, 19 Votes)
  • Slam City Jam (THUG1) (16%, 12 Votes)
  • Oil Rig (THPS3) (9%, 7 Votes)
  • Moscow (THUG1) (9%, 7 Votes)
  • Pro Skater (THUG2) (8%, 6 Votes)
  • The Triangle (THUG2) (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 75

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XBLAFancast Episode 70 – Same old jokes

It’s a packed show this week, we talk a lot about Dungeon Fighter Live, and Andrew fills us on the games we missed last week. Perry brings what little news their is, Todd fails to bring Todd Talk and Andrew rounds things out with the Community Corner which includes lots of discussion this week.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We appreciate it! Check us out on twitter (@XBLAFans) where you can win codes for games, give us feedback or just ask a question. We are also now on Stitcher, so you can stream the show on your smartphone, give it a go!

Big thanks to Chris Green for the awesome theme music, be sure to check out his site BlurredEdge and why not follow him on twitter too @BlurredEdge.

 

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Weekly Roundup: July 15

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.


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What we are playing: July 15

What we are playing is a weekly column published on Sunday. Select members of the team talk about the games they’ve been playing over the past week and which they’re most looking forward to. 

Nick Santangelo - I finished up the Dawnguard DLC forSkyrim this week. The damn game froze on me twice during the last boss but finally got through it on the third try. I’m also working my way through Dungeon Fighter Live for my review which will be up on the site soon. Finally, I built a PC for the first time this week and am getting into the world of PC gaming that I have largely neglected for the past 29 years.

Perry Jackson –  Other than the occasional game(s) of Spelunky, I picked up Dungeon Fighter Live on Friday and it’s so much fun, reminds me of Guardian Heroes but much deeper in the RPG department. I’ve also been going through Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD but I can’t talk about it. I can say random skate lingo like Totally Radical Brah! and Sick Moves! But that’s all I can say.

Matt Liparota – A bit of a slow one for me, but early in the week I played a heck of a lot of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations multiplayer. You kids can keep your Call of Doodies and Battlefrogs or whatever shooty-shoot games the popular kids are playing; I’ll take hiding in a bale of hay to stab my buddies in the back any day of the week.

Ross Adams – Played some Dungeon Fighter Live on the our Thursday night stream, pretty fun. Was surprised how deep the RPG stuff is, there’s a ton of crafting options too. Also managed to get C&C Red Alert 2 working online, so myself and a couple of buddies have been waxing nostalgic with that, it’s still awesome fun.

Christine Mitchell – I picked up the Rihanna Dance Pack for Dance Central 2 so been playing that. Also finally completed Limbo this week, had a cheeky bit of help though. The rest of my weekend has been spent glued to Tropico 4. Totally hooked!

Mark Seymour  – Funny that Nick should build a PC this week, as that’s my plan for the coming seven days. I’ve spent hours glued to hardware sites mulling over computer organs and other such things: i5s, 1600Mhz something or other, Sandy Bridges… I know what I’m doing. Got to play a bit of Borderlands 2 last weekend as well so I dipped into the original with some buddies. The sequel looks set to be much, much better.

Your turn.

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Minecraft update lands tomorrow, more skins detailed

Call in sick to work, because the 1.7.3 update for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition lands tomorrow. The title update will go live at 2AM UTC. Among the new features and fixes are the inclusion of Pistons, a character skin selector, and precautions to keep unwanted players out of your game. Also detailed recently were a number of new skins for the upcoming Skin Pack 1 downloadable content. Banjo is joined by additional characters from the Banjo-Kazooie universe, and more variants of the Trials riders have been revealed. These skins join a growing list of characters including Master Chief, ‘Splosion Man, and Jack of Blades. Priced at a cool 160 MSP the pack will include 40 skins for players to choose from.

Hit the jump for a full list of features and updates included in 1.7.3 along with a glimpse of the new Trials rider skins.

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