News Archive


John de Lancie brings an extra Q to Quantum Conundrum

Star Trek’s John de Lancie has picked up his next generation starring role in the upcoming first person puzzler Quantum Conundrum from Airtight Games. Best known for playing Q in Star Trek: Next Generation, John will lend his distinctive voicing talents to Kim Swift’s newest baby as he takes on the role of Professor Fitz Quadwrangle, your crazy scientist uncle who has managed to trap himself in another dimension.

Quantum Conundrum is marked for a summer release with many hoping it will be included in this year’s Summer of Arcade promotion. It’s also showing at PAX East this weekend so let us know if what you think if you get the chance to trial it.

Source: Square Enix via Joystiq


Thief vs thief (vs thief vs thief) in Monaco

Sometimes there are games we have to let you know about even if it isn’t quite clear whether XBLA will be home to it upon eventual release. This especially includes indie darlings, such as 2010 IGF Excellence in Design and Seumas McNally Grand Prize winning, Monaco.

XBLA Fans’ PAX East discussions with Andy Schatz, Founder of Pocketwatch Games and designer of Monaco, have revealed extended plans for multiplayer in the over-head, co-op heist game that make a turn for the competitive.

Read the rest of this entry »


Full deck customization in Duels of the Planeswalkers unlikely

Complete deck customization is what makes collectable card games so personal and fun. Every deck is different and can be suited to the style of play the owner is comfortable with. It’s one of the reasons why Magic the Gathering has had such a long and legendary life. When Wizards of the Coast released Magic: the Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers back in 2009–as well as its updated 2012 edition–it felt like something was missing. While the player was provided with decks by progressing in the campaign not much could be done to make that deck feel different and special from person to person. Cards earned could be substituted while not compromising the theme of a given deck, yet full deck building has not yet been a part of the Duels series. That is not set to change anytime soon, either.

Read the rest of this entry »


XBLA Fans turns two today

When Ben Fisher and I started XBLA Fans we had no idea the idea would take off like it has. We’d begun planning the idea the fall of 2009 after the launch of Trials HD and Shadow Complex and begun casting nets out for writers. Initially we heard a lot of resistance. There were a lot of people who told us that XBLA couldn’t support a site yet. There were a lot of people who actually were asking “What is XBLA?” But for every person who wasn’t sold on the idea, we heard two voices of encouragement. We started the site with no budget and a staff of five people. The group of five quickly became six and so on and so forth, but it would have been hard for this site to be here today without the initial help of Tyler Cameron, John Carson, Kaitlyn Chantry and Vlad Micu.

Fast forward two years, and our team has grown almost exponentially. As much as I’d love to take sole credit for what has happened with this site it’s been the culmination of a true team effort. It would be impossible for the site to exist in the capacity it does without them. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with some many great, passionate, and talented individuals. Today is for them. I’d like to thank Andrew, Ben, Bishop, Christine, Craig, Damon, James, John C, John D, Mark, Matt, Nathan, Nick D, Nick S, Perry, Ross, Ryan, Shawn, Steve, Todd P, and Todd S for all their contributions to the site.

I’d honestly love to thank every single community member out there, but I don’t think I could list every name without forgetting someone. If it weren’t for our readers, and the awesome XBLA community we couldn’t exist. We are all truly grateful for how you have bonded to us and supported us. Let’s keep this going for another two years and beyond!


PSA: Trials Tuesday returns next week

From February to August of last year we ran a weekly segment called Trials HD Tuesday. We showcased one user-created track each Tuesday along with information on how to acquire it and our best time on the track. With Trials Evolution coming on April 18 we’re resurrecting the feature as simply Trials Tuesday. Heh, we thought there wasn’t a lot of reader interest, but we’ve had some questions about it returning from fans and even RedLynx.

The general format will remain the same. For the next two Tuesdays we’ll feature Trials HD tracks. Following the release of Trials Evolution we’ll shift the majority of our focus there. We hope to feature a Trials HD course monthly. We’re hoping to post at least one Trials Evolution track every week and to feature a tutorial at least once a month as well. We’d also love to hear your suggestions on tracks to showcase.

Get your helmet on gang, it’s time to ride.


Sonic 4 Episode 2 launches May 16 with free DLC for Episode 1

Sonic 4 Episode 2 launches on Xbox Live Arcade May 16. GameSpot broke the news yesterday. The trailer, which looks all things Sonic, also provides details on a mini campaign featuring Metal Sonic available free to those who own both Episode 1 and Episode 2. Episode Metal features four new levels and charts the “rebirth of Metal Sonic.”

Episode 2 is likely the last entry in the Sonic 4 series, which was slated as a true sequel to the classic 90s platformers before its release. Series producer Takashi Iizuka told Digital Spy in March that following Episode 2, Sonic Team had no plans to release further games under the Sonic 4 umbrella.

Source: Gamespot via Co-Optimus


Trials HD Easter Eggs may add up to something more

The following comes from a contributor who wishes to be simply known as Fatshady. Big thanks to Fatshady and the rest of the Trials HD community for all their hard work!

Every time I meet someone who has played or even heard of Trials HD, I mention the “Trials HD Riddle”. The entire story about it I find totally fascinating, largely due tot he fact that the riddle has remained so well hidden. If you have ever played Trials HD, ask yourself this: Did you know that there were 18 unique Easter Eggs hidden within the tracks? Did you know these all connect to form a riddle that has remained unsolved for over two years? You didn’t? Well read on my friend, you are in for an eye-opening experience.

When I reflect on just about any other game that has a large player base and numerous Easter Eggs, there are countless wiki’s, YouTube videos and walkthroughs on most websites. Trials HD was played by over two million people yet the smallest percentage of them even know that there are secrets hidden amongst the tracks. What is even more astounding is that an even smaller percentage know that all of these combine to form one of the most elusive riddles found within a video game. With the upcoming sequel, Trials Evolution due to be released on April 18, I thought it was appropriate to share this riddle story one final time to ensure that one of the most fascinating aspects of 2009′s ‘Best Overall Game’ is not forgotten about.

Most people simply don’t believe that these clues have remained hidden for so long. I find that it is much easier to show them all so here is a recap of what we have found to date. To bring you up to date with the investigations, let me now go through these one by one and explain what we believe they are. This is a summary of the nearly 50 pages over at the official RedLynx forums regarding the riddle. Read it here

Read the rest of this entry »


EU Easter Eggstravaganza Sale

Gamers in the EU region are being treated to a special Easter Sale just now. Some top XBLA games are featured and see a whopping 50% off the RPR:

It’s not clear how long the sale will last so be quick if you want in, though we’d expect it run until Easter Monday at least. No word yet on whether other regions will be seeing similar sales this weekend but keep an eye on XBLA Fans and we’ll let you know as soon as one is spotted.


Candy for Keflings gets some sweet new screenshots

Some brand new screenshots of the upcoming DLC pack for A World of Keflings have recently surfaced. The candy based theme for the new pack, named Candy for Keflings, was chosen by fans in a fiercely competitive poll on the PlayXBLA blog, with the other choices being Pirates for Keflings and A Graveyard for Keflings. Staff here at XBLA Fans heavily campaigned for the candy themed pack to be picked so we were pretty chuffed when it won out in the end.

No word yet when NinjaBee will be releasing the pack but you can check out these “sweet” new screens after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry »


Hasbro Family Game Night online servers to be axed this month

EA is set to terminate online functionality for Hasbro Family Game Night later this month. Game Night joins a cluster of retail titles that will also have their online features disabled April 30. The mega-publisher provided its stock apology for the matter, claiming that server upkeep is no longer feasible:

“The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy [...] But as games get replaced with newer titles, the number of players still enjoying the older games dwindles to a level — fewer than 1% of all peak online players across all EA titles — where it’s no longer feasible to continue the behind-the-scenes work involved with keeping these games up and running.” 

Hasbro Family Game Night, home to time-honoured classics such as Battleship, Connect Four and Yahtzee, will be the second XBLA title published by EA to have its online functionality axed in April, following EA Bright Light’s co-op platformer Spare Parts.

Page 164 of 348« First...102030...162163164165166...170180190...Last »
Proudly hosted by Caro Cloud Hosting