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We're well under way in our 12 Days of XBLA giveaway. If you haven't caught it, 'tis the season for giving and your chance to score dozens of terrific XBLA titles as the holidays approach. In other news, Minecraft gets some video coverage, and delays are discussed across a few games that fell away from the spotlight.
The first new additions to the already robust Guardians of Middle-earth roster are now available. Joining the ranks are Bilbo Baggins, the titular star of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, who fills the role of a striker with his blade, Sting. Tipping the scales for the forces of darkness, Bert the Troll brings considerable firepower as yet another tactician, using his abilities to secure lanes and push toward enemy installations. Both guardians can be individually purchased for 160 MSP, or as part of the Season Pass, which also secures future downloadable content for 1200 MSP.
Also available for download, The Shire map skin brings 3-lane warfare to the rolling green mounds of Hobbiton. The Shire plays similarly to the existing 3-lane map, though players will notice shrine locations are slightly changed, and bushes scattered throughout the map present new opportunities for potential ambushes. Part of a compatibility update, The Shire map skin is free of charge, joining the random map rotation once downloaded.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions plan to release more content over the course of the coming months, including several new guardians and game modes when they become available. For a better look at Bilbo, Bert and The Shire, check out the trailer after the jump. Anyone not yet knee-deep in the battle can see what all the fuss is about in our Guardians of Middle-earth review.
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Skulls of the Shogun developers 17Bit have released a new trailer for their upcoming strategy game showcasing the cross-platform gameplay between …
Pinball gurus Zen Studios have released the Zen Classics downloadable content for Pinball FX 2. The pack contains four tables previously for Zen's PlayStation 3 pinball counterpart, Zen Pinball: El Dorado, Shaman, Tesla and V12. For table collectors this now allows players to have access to every table from Zen Pinball sans the Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 tribute table, which we're unlikely to get as the game is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The pack is available now for 800 MSP. TechGamingVideo posted a comparison video which depicts the differences between the Zen Pinball and remastered Pinball FX 2 versions. Look for it after the jump.
In a recent interview with Xbox 360 Magazine, John Baez from The Behemoth praised Xbox Live Arcade, saying, "I think without a doubt the indie console community would not …
It was way back during April's PAX East when 17-Bit studio boss Jake Kazdal told XBLA Fans that development was nearly complete on his team's turn-based strategy game, Skulls of the Shogun. The game, which pits small armies of dead Japanese samurais against each other in the afterlife, appeared to be polished to a sheen and was every bit (no pun intended) as enjoyable to play as it was when yours truly first played it one year earlier.
Kazdal said at the time that the plan was to release the game on XBLA in October alongside the launch of Windows 8. That didn't happen. September saw the game being delayed to November. Strategy fans would have to wait just a little bit longer. In case you didn't notice, they're still waiting. Skulls of the Shogun missed its new target window and 17-Bit has not announced a new, new window.
Kazdal did recently speak to Polygon about his missing-in-action game, though. He informed the outlet that trying to coordinate a multiplatform launch (Skulls is headed to PC, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Surface tablets in addition to XBLA) with only three developers on his team is an arduous undertaking.
Publisher Deep Silver has released a short video detailing the second of three characters from its upcoming side-scrolling brawler Sacred Citadel. This video focuses on Khukuri Shaman, described as …
The line between gaming console and media center continues to thin. In the past few years Xbox 360 owners have received new multimedia applications to extend the usability of their console. While most are specialized media players, others like Hulu and Netflix, have a much broader range of media to play. Some applications such as Internet Explorer provide more than just the standard 'play your favorites' functionality. And as that line continues to thin we'll continue to see a plethora of new apps come to the dashboard. Yesterday Xbox Live's Major Nelson announced 43 apps slated for Spring 2013. Availability of these apps range by region, but include names such as ChrunchyRoll, GameTrailers and MTV. No word yet on whether MTV will simply be a vehicle for more Jersey Shore or whether it'll actually play music videos, but we're not holding our breath. See the full list after the break.
Source: Major Nelson