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Retro City Rampage will include Virtual Meat Boy mini-game

We’ve known there were going to be some special XBLA character cameos in the upcoming 8-bit 80’s homage Retro City Rampage, and we couldn’t wait to see our favorite characters in lower resolutions. One such cameo will be platforming legend Super Meat Boy, but he’s ditching his roots to parody classic racing games. The Virtual Meat Boy game has Meat Boy retaining all of his agility, but put to use in a 3D world full of spikes and bandages. Viewing options will add another dimension to the gameplay, allowing the game to be played in either 2D or stereoscopic 3D. Beat the mini-game, and you can play as Meat Boy in free-roam. It will be completely worth it; he can out-run a cop car with the power of grease.

Meat Boy won’t be the only cameo; Splosion Man and Commander Video are also in the line-up, each with their own unique mini-game. More information on Commander Video will be released soon, but attendees of E3 2012 can play all of the mini-games at the  Xbox booth, #501, in the South Hall. Retro City Rampage will release this summer.


Jet Set Radio’s full soundtrack revealed

One of the most important parts of the original Jet Set Radio was its soundtrack, and thankfully Sega has chosen to keep all of the original music completely intact. As if that wasn’t enough, the game will include the worldwide soundtrack, including every song from the original North American, European, and Japanese soundtracks. If you want to see the list of all the songs, follow the jump, and treat your ears to the musical samplings in the newest trailer.

Jet Set Radio is the highly anticipated HD remake of the Dreamcast classic. The goal of the game is to skate through every level, graffiting your tag in certain areas. Things get serious when the police come in, and will do anything in their power to stop you. The game will release in all its cell-shaded glory this summer.

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Naughty Bear rises from the mire

While it’s something of a surprise to see cutthroat sociopath Naughty Bear making a return (considering the critical lambasting the original game was subjected to), it’s less surprising to learn that this time out he’s sailing up to the shores of Xbox Live Arcade. Uh-oh.

In case it flew over your radar. Naughty Bear was a 2010 retail release that promised plenty but delivered… well it didn’t really deliver anything beyond facile humour. It starred a warmongering bipedal teddy-bear that spent the entire game butchering his cuddly neighbours on Perfection Island. Why? Well because they forgot to invite him to their party. Boo-hoo. It was a stealth game where the stealth never evolved far beyond hiding behind a big leaf and a score-attack game that demanded you were never seen but also perennially hurrying about Perfection Island under the clenched iron fist of a pitiless timer.

But hey, they say things can change.

Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise, out later in the year on XBLA, brings with it a renovated combat system, a brand new levelling mechanic, equipment customisation and more than 30 missions. There’s not a great deal more information than that for now, but it all sounds reasonably familiar. Naughty Bear’s in a huff this time because, having assassinated all their friends with the business end of a fire-axe two years ago, the other bears have voted in favour of not inviting Naughty on holiday to Paradise Island. Who’d have thought? We’re not convinced strapping a red dot scope to a baseball bat is going to absolve Naughty of his many, many sins, either.

Naughty Bear really struck a chord with gamers looking for something more than the same old gameplay.” claims David Osborne of Behaviour Interactive. Did it though?


New Hell Yeah! trailer has monsters dying from trucks and dinosaurs

When one sees this new trailer for Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, you might have to double-check that you didn’t blink, in case you missed any second of the insanity. Arkedo Studios has shown the game before at PAX East but in this new trailer, we see some new environments including a wrestling arena and dinosaurs which need we say more? There’s also 18-Wheeler trucks so we’ll stop there while you enjoy. The game is looking to hit digital shelves sometime this summer.


Happy Wars, Spelunky and Crimson Dragon in summer gameplay video

It’s looking to be a hot summer on XBLA this year with squillions of excellent games heading our way and not a cloud in sight. Those lucky folks over at G4 got to grips with 3 XBLA games all pencilled in for a summer release and published this awesome gameplay video showing off cheery multiplayer Happy Wars, adventure-platformer Spelunky and the Kinect only Crimson Dragon. Microsoft’s hugely anticipated Summer of Arcade promotion is yet to be announced but you can join us in the guessing game and maybe even win some prizes here. Will any of these upcoming games make the cut?


New Skulls of the Shogun trailer released for E3

17-BIT, formerly known as Haunted Temple Studios, have released a new E3 trailer for their upcoming strategy title Skulls of the Shogun. Those lucky enough to be attending E3 this year will also be able to try it out for themselves at the Microsoft booth. The game is set to release cross-platform on XBLA, Windows 8 and Windows Phone, though no solid release date has been announced. Gameplay is said to be turn-based strategy and features 4 player local and networked multiplayer. With it’s stunning colourful art style and vibrant characters, this one’s been on our radar for quite some time, and our own Nick Santangelo trialled it at Pax East this year. You can check out his thoughts in his extensive preview here.


One does not simply watch this Guardians of Middle-earth E3 2012 trailer

We brought you the news earlier that Monolith Productions was working on a brand new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game based on Lord of the Rings. They’ve finally unveiled their first trailer and we don’t see much in terms of gameplay but the CG trailer seems pretty indicative of how the game plays. First, you have your guardians like Gandalf or Gollum that’ll each play to certain preferences and buffs. They also all seem pretty protective of what they’re guarding, which they’ll need to keep alive in order to survive. We expect to see some gameplay footage at E3 2012, and XBLA Fans will be there to give it to you.


The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing teaser trailer

We reported a few weeks ago that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was coming to XBLA. The first trailer is out now and it certainly is a teaser. Nothing in the way of gameplay is shown but it sets the tone for the game very well. Van Helsing and Count Dracula come toe to toe for a showdown, smile at one another and then … to be continued. The game is scheduled for a fourth quarter release so we expect to see more info forthcoming soon.



Zen Studios announce CastleStorm for XBLA

Pinball moguls, Zen Studios have announced their newest intellectual property, CastleStorm, and gamers will be interested to here that there’s not a flipper in sight. The game is being described as “a new breed of 2D archery projectile warfare and 2D physics-based structure destruction”. Set in a colourful medieval world, CastleStorm is set to bring a challenging mix of real time strategy and resource management to XBLA. Players will make use of a medieval ballista and launch an assortment of explosive weapons including Morningstars, Apple Grenades, Homing Eagles, and even flying sheep, as well as training a fearsome ground attack in the form of swordsmen, knights, and donkey riders, to defeat the onslaught of enemies trying to capture your flag and destroy your castle.

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Rock Band Blitz introduces 11 new tracks

Rock Band Blitz will let players experience their favorite Rock Band DLC in a new way, shifting the note-pressing craze to an arcade-style format. Players will compete on the leaderboards for the top spots, and the new power-ups will make the competition even tougher. The trailer above proves how power-ups can really rack up points, but have to be used properly for full scoring potential.

The focus may have been taken away from plastic instruments, but the game is still all about the music. A total of 11 songs have been announced from the set list, which can be seen after the jump. Get ready to make some noise, Rock Band Blitz releases this summer.

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