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Deal of the Week plus a Konami super sale

Deal of the Week is back! Ok, so it didn’t actually go anywhere but XBLA games have been curiously missing from the past few, so you’ll be pleased to hear that this week’s offer includes 4 XBLA games with a hack n slash theme. The following have 50% off the full price for gold members only:

Don’t go running off to spend your points just yet because there’s more. A special Konami sale this week also sees 50% off a whole heap of XBLA titles and includes some fairly recent releases to boot, plus this one’s for everyone:

Both offers run March 13 – 19. Happy spending folks!

Source: Major Nelson

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Zen announces Marvel Pinball DLC and Pinball FX 3

Zen Studios' Mel Kirk, vice president of marketing and public relations, has confirmed that another four-pack of tables is coming as DLC for the developer's Marvel Pinball. The Avengers, World War Hulk, the Infinity Gauntlet and Fear Itself will make up the quartet of digital pinball tables included in the content pack that will be titled Avengers Chronicles. Kirk's statements substantiated what appeared to be a Game Informer article betraying the pack's existence that hit the internet over the weekend.

The manner through which these particular motifs were chosen for this fourth downloadable grouping (a couple of four-packs and a two-pack were previously released) is detailed in the Game Informer piece. "The customers liked the tables based on characters, but they wanted to see some variety," Neil Sorens, creative director at Zen, explained to Game Informer. "The storylines are a way of providing that."

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XBLA games to get more Gamerscore points and Achievements

All new Xbox Live Arcade releases will have the option to carry up to 400 Gamerscore points and 30 Achievements, Major Nelson has revealed. This new scoring system will be optional when initially introduced, but will become mandatory beginning in June of this year. The official announcement comes after rumors of it spread across the internet yesterday and Microsoft declining to comment on the change earlier today.

XBLA games currently allow for a total Gamerscore of 200 points spread over 20 achievements, with DLC permitting those numbers to see increases to 250 and 25, respectively. Although Major Nelson has thus far chosen not to issue a statement pertaining to XBLA DLC Gamerscores, website Xbox 360 Achievements claims an industry source has leaked the hardware manufacturer's plans for downloadable content Achievements.

If their inside man is to be believed, then gamers can look forward to some XBLA games having up to 800 points divided among 62 Achievements when enough DLC is released. Microsoft will purportedly limit the increases to 100 points and eight additional Achievements each quarter, with it capping out at four DLC packs. The DLC claims cannot be independently verified at this time, but Achievement lovers will undoubtedly point to the site's accurate prediction the new base system yesterday as evidence that its tipster is truly in the know.

We've reached out to some of the Gamerscore community for comment, but what do you all think about this change? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: Major Nelson and Xbox 360 Achievements

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James Silva of Ska Studios hints at Dishwasher 3

James Silva of Ska Studios recently did a postmortem talk about his recent sequel, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile and some interesting tidbits came out of it. He talks about the development of the game and what went through to create it and why XBLA is a great platform to develop for. But near the end of the slides, he hints that he wants to make a third game since if James, fans, and Microsoft want it, why not? While Ska Studios is busy finishing up the upcoming punk brawler Charlie Murder, it'd be cool to get a finalized trilogy of The Dishwasher series on XBLA. We're all big fans of Ska Studios and we'll keep you up to date on whatever their next endeavor will be.

Source: Ska Studios

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XBLA Fans Monthly Roundup (February 2012)

We totally missed January, but the Monthly Recap is back for February! Yaaay. There's an immense amount of news this month because for some reason February is XBLA month. There's roughly a million game announcements and DLC as well. I suggest hitting CTRL + F and searching for the copious news about your favorite game. Or games. Or just read all the news, because that's a good idea.

Beyond the "things that happened", there's also several Friday Top Fives and Most Wanted's this month as we continue to beef up our feature repertoire. Our chief feature, A Year In Review (2011) is definitely worth checking out for some insight into the fluctuations in XBLA cost versus review scores. Lastly, amongst the five podcasts is our Music Special which showcases some of the best XBLA soundtrack tunes since its inception.

Without further ado, welcome to February all over again! Read the rest of this entry »

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Spike and 345 Games announce Bellator: MMA Onslaught

MMA or Mixed Martial Arts is a big deal with a huge fan base and it looks like XBLA will be stepping into some sort of octagon very shortly with Bellator: MMA Onslaught for XBLA. The game is developed by Kung Fu Factory who are also working on the upcoming Girl Fight, perhaps not to take sides on either gender by developing two fighting games. Dan Yang from 345 Games had this to say about the game.

"It was imperative that we create a mixed martial arts game accessible to all types of players not just the hard core MMA fan. Fortunately, with ‘Bellator: MMA Onslaught,’ the player doesn’t need a doctorate in gaming or MMA to enjoy the non-stop action and excitement of the game.”

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What we are playing: March 11

What we are playing is a weekly column that appears each weekend. Various staff members let the world know what games had them hooked the past week and which ones they look forward to.

John Laster – It's been an amazing two weeks, but I'm ready to just go to sleep even though I want to play Mass Effect 3. It was great to meet some awesome people and play some awesome games. I really am truly blessed to work on this site with this rad team.

Perry Jackson – Other than being knee-deep in GDC news from our valiant EIC, I did manage to somehow squeeze 12 hours into Mass Effect 3 and game is so excellent. Lacks the mystique of 2 but makes up for it by being more bombastic with the galactic war.

Ross Adams – Spent most of my week playing through Deep Black Reloaded (PC) for a review on another site. That's not a good game, I'm sure I'll elaborate on this weeks podcast. I did manage to squeeze in about 10+ hours of Mass Effect 3 though, which is a good game. Looking forward to playing more over the weekend.

Todd Schlickbernd – I've been playing equal parts SSX and Shoot Many Robots. SSX has been incredibly fun throughout, can't get enough of that game. I hope competition will remain strong despite Mass Effect 3 releasing. I'll say more about SMR when it's out.

Nathan Bowring – I got to the end of Bulletstorm, reached a rather infuriating point in Warp, played some awesome custom games in Halo Reach, and polished off some achievements in Assassin's Creed: Revelations. And so I'm not the odd man out: Mass Effect 3. That's right, I said it.

Shawn Saris – Been playing lots of Mass Effect 3 like every other person out there. Am looking forward to the new arcade game Defenders of Ardania though. Can't get enough of Tower Defense games.

Nick Santangelo – I polished off the Stormcloak rebellion in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Sunday, and the rest of the week has been all about Mass Effect 3. The game is absolutely phenomenal; there simply isn't enough room here to mention all of the amazing moments I've already experienced. The franchise has been my favorite this generation, and this final entry of the trilogy has yet to disappoint.

Matt LiparotaMass Effect 3. What else is there to say? Since the second I got off work Tuesday afternoon it's all I've been able to think about. This game is absolutely blowing me away and I don't think I'm even halfway through with it. Most definitely worth the wait.

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Assassin's Creed composer heading up Class3 score

Undead Labs has announced that Jesper Kyd, the musical composer best known for his work on the Assassin's Creed and Hitman franchises has signed on to handle the music for their upcoming zombie survival simulator, Class3. Given Kyd's resume, fans looking forward to the game now know what to expect from the game's music; quality. Those unfamiliar with the game can get an inside look at the action through this behind the scenes video taken at Undead Labs. In the video you see the only gameplay footage that exists of this CryEngine 3 powered zombie survival affair. Stay hungry zombie fanatics, more Class3 coverage is bound to roll in soon.

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Laika Believes announced for XBLA


Austin-based game developers, Minicore Studios have revealed at this year's GDC in San Francisco that they're currently working on a new PC/XBLA game named Laika Believes. The game tells the tail of Laika, the first dog to orbit the earth, however in this alternative reality Laika makes it back home as a half robot-half dog with advanced intelligence. She returns to a world where the Soviets have discovered highly advanced tech and stand as supreme rulers of the globe, while America and Great Britain are little more than smoking ash heaps. Against all odds, Laika believes that she can protect the countless lives crushed by the Soviets. The game is said to be a classic Metroidvania platformer, featuring:

  • Massive, nonlinear levels that model the layouts of real locations in a way as of yet unseen in other platformers
  • Large, choice-rich skill trees that let players approach the game how they want to
  • A novel defensive mechanic that lets players turn the firepower of Laika's enemies against them
  • Smoothly flowing, fast-paced shooting action
  • A story of struggle and hope, full of twists and revelations
  • Rich, evocative art depicting a world overgrown by a technologically ascendant Soviet empire
  • Secrets and rewards hidden in every corner for the determined player

Minicore Studios are aiming for a late 2012 or early 2013 release so it's a while away yet but we've got some interesting concept art for you to check out after the cosmic jump.

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Diabolical Pitch on the mound for 800 MSP on April 4

We announced this week that Grasshopper Manufacture's Diabolical Pitch would be sliding into home on April 4 but now we finally have a price. The Kinect-enabled baseball throwing fest will be only 800 MSP which is a pretty solid price to throw baseballs at tiger creatures with your buddy. We'll probably stop all these baseball puns until the review next month but keep a look out for any fastball information (sorry) here or on our sister site at Xbox Kinect Fans.

Source: Suda 51

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