Shoot Many Robots this Pi Day

We reported it last week but it wasn’t official, however Alex Monney, PR for Ubisoft, confirmed it in a tweet earlier today:

Shoot Many Robots is releasing on March 13 (PSN) and March 14 (XBLA)! Look forward to some robot carnage

Shoot Many Robots is a 4-player co-op, run-n’-gun action shooter with light RPG elements. Published by Ubisoft and developed by newcomers Demiurge Studios, the game stars one P. Walter Tugnut, a lovable hillbilly who’s been stock-piling his RV with guns, ammo, and beer awaiting the robot apocalypse. With enemies ranging from tiny chainsaw-wielding Choppers to gigantic fire-spewing Fatboys, it sounds like there’s plenty of robots for you to shoot.

Source: Twitter


Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II gameplay trailer reveals Spring 2012 release

From the early screenshots we saw earlier, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II was showing off some neat levels involving Sonic & Tails and now we have our first gameplay trailer. You’ll see Sonic & Tails using a lot of teamwork and a lot of the newer sections involve utilizing Tails’ flying abilities. Some of the newer level designs include some more ruins, a snowy based area and an amusement park where Metal Sonic awaits. They even put out a release window of Spring 2012 which already has so many titles coming out. Keep your red shoes on for its Spring release.


Is Jet Set Radio coming to XBLA? Sega hints at next Dreamcast XBLA title

While being heavily rumored, Sega hasn’t confirmed or hinted any new Dreamcast games coming to XBLA until today. In a new video, we get booming bass, DJ scratches, and big words saying “Guess what Dreamcast game is coming to XBLA and PSN?”. The insignia at the end looks very similar to Jet Set Radio or the American title, Jet Grind Radio. Could it be a remake? Could it encompass features from Jet Set Radio Future? Who knows at this point, let’s hope for now that Professor K is behind the mic. Hopefully Sega tags us with more news as it develops.


Newsbit for February 23: Dashboard update

Major Nelson just tweeted that the dashboard update this morning was to “quickly fix some voice recognition issues affecting our non-English speaking members.” Xbox Live support also confirmed that this was a “behind the scenes” update via Twitter. Darn. We were hoping we could teach the 360 to do chores.

“Xbox, feed the cat.”


Happy Action Theater review (XBLA)

Happy Action Theater was developed by Double Fine Productions and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released February 1, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

Double Fine Productions is a household name when it comes to Xbox Live Arcade games. Stacking, Trenched/Iron Brigade and Costume Quest are all titles that everyone should have on their machine. They’re all original properties; they were risks for both Double Fine and their publishers to put out, but each has succeeded. Now Double Fine wants to go out on a limb with their new Kinect title, Happy Action Theater.

The game itself is a collection of 18 minigames. Most involve players viewing themselves on screen with other digitized elements added such as snow, lava, or water. Players interact with objects in the environment such as balloons or fish to have them in turn react. There is no winning the game. It’s just you and the environment and acting like a fool. To some that sounds like fun. To others, well…

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Del Taco Kid’s Meals include Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet clings

Even explorers of foreign planets get hungry and have to eat which makes a partnership between Del Taco and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet only natural. The restaurant and game have teamed up to offer “battle clings”  and a double sided “Battle Board” in Kid’s Meals so your little explorers can’t help fight off the aliens too. The toys are available at participating Del Tacos for a limited time which is sad news for those of us that don’t have the restaurant close.

Source: Play XBLA


Retro City Rampage soundtrack available for your 8-bit loving ears

Ever since the announcement of a May release, the wait for Retro City Rampage is getting harder and harder. Fortunately, you can check out the soundtrack right now on the official Bandcamp with a bunch of great contributors. You can also get an exclusive vinyl of the soundtrack but supplies are limited, so you can always settle for a digital copy for 7.99. If you want something akin to your favourite NES game, you’ll find something here to love. Check out the 10 minute preview above for choice songs and some gameplay to make your hands jealous of not playing it. Catch the title May 2012 at an undisclosed price.


Double Fine offers Brutal Legend-themed items for Iron Brigade


Double Fine is offering Iron Brigade players an item pack featuring items based on its 2009 game Brutal Legend – and all they have to do is sign up for a newsletter.

The pack includes three items – a roadie jacket, a metal mullet and a flame paint-job for in-game trenches. In order to receive the pack, players must sign up for Double Fine’s Iron Brigade newsletter, free of charge. The Rise of the Martian Bear expansion pack is required to utilize the items.

Iron Brigade is a tower defense game which incorporates third-person shooter and role-playing elements. The game put players in control of a mech called a “trench,” and tasks them with defending a base against enemies called Monovisions. Released in June of last year, Brigade was the last of three downloadable titles Double Fine developed between 2010 and 2011, preceded by Costume Quest and Stacking. Rise of the Martian Bear released at the beginning of this month and added a new campaign, items and maps.

Brutal Legend was the studio’s follow-up to its cult Xbox hit Psychonauts. The game starred Jack Black as Eddie Riggs, a roadie who is transported to a mystical, heavy metal-themed world; once there, he discovers he may be the only one able to rescue humanity from the clutches of a glam rock tyrant. Gameplay is primarily action-based but features many real-time strategy elements as well. The game released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to mostly favorable reviews – Metacritic posts an overall score of 82.

Iron Brigade is available on Xbox Live for 1,200 MSP. The expansion pack, Rise of the Martian Bear, runs for 400 MSP. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.


XBLAFancast Episode 50 – Anniversary Edition

Believe it or not, we’ve been doing this for a whole year (to the day!). We’ve gone through a lot of changes but we like to think we have a pretty good show on our hands at this point, we hope you do too.

Andrew’s out this week so it’s myself, Perry and Todd. We kick things off talking about Warp and a little about Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Todd has a somewhat unique perspective having never played the original. Then Perry drops some news bombs as per usual. He also takes over Crews’ Community Corner, during which we have a couple of fairly long discussions about the future of the site and XBLA in general. Big thanks to @MRX93 and our own Steve Melton for their contributions to the twitter topics.

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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Sine Mora shooting up the place on March 21

We’ve been talking Sine Mora up for a long while from character reveals to differences in the gameplay but we finally have a release. Digital Reality ran a contest to see who could guess the release date and it turns out March 21 was the winner. If you’re a longtime reader of the site as well, you’ll notice one of our writers on the contest list winning the game! Pretty cool stuff of Digital Reality to run this contest (no cheating was involved also). No price was announced but look forward to this game from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture at the end of March.

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