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Interview: Blossom Minds on their first XBLA release Walter

It’s always nice to talk to a developer working on their first XBLA game. So it was great to get an interview from newly formed developer Blossom Minds on their upcoming debut title, Walter. The game has gorgeous visuals and is looking to surprise some players upon release. We chatted with Ludovic Chabanon, CEO and Programmer and Jerome Braune, Desire Designer at Blossom Minds about the studio, Walter and what we should be looking forward to in 2012.

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Netflix launched in UK and Ireland with app


Good news for movie lovers: you no longer have to live in the US to enjoy Netflix. Netflix has recently launched in the UK and Ireland, costing subscribers £5.99 a month in the UK or €6.99 in Ireland. The Netflix Xbox app is also available in those regions, but if you can’t find it in the marketplace you’ll have to do a Bing search to find it. Remember, you need both a Netflix and Xbox Live Gold subscription to use the app. Once you’re signed up you can sit back, relax, and enjoy movies streamed straight to your Xbox 360.

Source: Eurogamer

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Choplifter HD to get post-release DLC while developer defends high price point

Choplifter HD will receive free DLC following its release on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, but what of its price? The cost of games is a topic at the tip of many tongues right now; just how much bang are gamers getting for their buck on Xbox Live Arcade? At a time when quality games can be bought for a dollar, are XBLA prices getting out of hand?

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Deal of the Week: Tower Defense spectacular

Strategy fans will be pleased to hear the Deal of the Week this week, January 10-16, includes up to 50% off some of the top Tower Defense games available on XBLA:

Defense Grid – was 800 MSP, now 400 MSP
Orcs Must Die! – was 1200 MSP, now 600 MSP
Dungeon Defenders – was 1200 MSP, now 800 MSP
South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! – was 800 MSP, now 400 MSP

As always Deal of the Week is exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members.

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Latest trailer for Choplifter HD surfaces

Love helicopters? Despise the z-axis? Choplifter HD may be the game for you. inXile Entertainment has released what is likely to be the final trailer for its high definition re-imagining of Choplifter before its XBLA release this week.  There’s a whole lot of rescuing involved, a bounty of explosions and even a curious cameo from one of Xbox Live Arcade’s most beloved mascots. Watch the video to find out who. Choplifter HD will be available this Wednesday, yours for 1200 Microsoft Points.

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Shoot Many Robots shows many renders in this new video

Demiurge Studios is hard at work on the upcoming run and gun side-scroller Shoot Many Robots for release later this year. That doesn’t mean we won’t know what went into the development process because they made a video showing off some cool tools. Check out the video above to see all the different renders the game went through in the development process. We’ll keep you updated on its release as it’s likely we’ll be shooting a lot of robots sometime later this year.

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Gotham City Impostors delayed, how about some animated trailers?

Gotham City Impostors may have been jolted back into the February release window, but that’s no reason to scrub off the face-paint or ditch your utility belt. Publisher Warner Bros. has released a steady stream of animated trailers for the Monolith developed multiplayer first person shooter. The videos delve into the lives of its eclectic mob of Batman wannabes and Joker-inspired pretenders, characters who appear to care little for Bats’ moral obligation to Gotham or the Joker’s famed drollness. A 9mm works just fine for these guys. The videos are a good primer for the main event and are all right here for your viewing pleasure (Part 1 above).

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NFL Blitz review (XBLA)

NFL Blitz was developed by EA Tiburon and published by EA Sports. It was released on January 4, 2011 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

One of the most beloved video game franchises of all-time is back. Although EA now has the right to the license, it means it’s being developed by a studio that knows how to make football games. EA Tiburon has tried to make a full-featured product, packed with several online game modes. This does not mean the newest NFL Blitz in the series is perfect. While it’s not riddled with bugs or glitches, it seems like a much more laid back NFL Blitz experience. Which is unlike the crazy atmosphere that usually surrounded past games in the franchise.

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Check out the car classes you’ll race with in Bang Bang Racing

Now that 2012 has begun, the long wait for an XBLA racer of the year has been brought upon us. Bang Bang Racing looks like a pretty good contender for a great racing game this year. From the new trailer, we get a look at the different classes of cars through races and menu screens. There’ll be differences from better drifting to speed or tighter turning. All the car class types can be found after the break and we’ll make sure to drift you details on the upcoming racer when it’s due out later this year.

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The Pinball Arcade delayed

FarSight Studios’ upcoming title The Pinball Arcade has had its release date pushed back. According to a statement posted to the developer’s Facebook page, The Pinball Arcade is now pegged for release sometime toward the backend of March. No concrete date as of yet. Plans to release the game earlier have been scuppered, likely on account of the fact that FarSight is aiming to have The Pinball Arcade on just about every current platform going:

In order for our game to be seen (and in our opinion be successful) we also need the support of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

Sour news for pinball fans, and according to yesterday’s report there’s no shortage of you. It’s not all doom and gloom though; FarSight has promised to dedicate the additional time to polishing its game:

We’ll use this extra time to improve the game and address as many of the comments that you’ve given us as we can.

Thanks to Twitter user @lifelower for the heads up.

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