Judging by the amount of games we expect to release this year, we already know that 2012 is going to be the biggest year yet for Xbox Live Arcade. With that in mind, we decided to ask each of our staff members to choose one game that they're really looking forward to playing this year, and tell us exactly what we have to look forward to and why. Without further ado, we present to you XBLAFans Most Anticipated Games of 2012.
Crimson Skies is a very elaborate universe set during the 1930's, or to be more accurate an alternate 1930's. The United States is in ruins, having Balkanized into several small jurisdictions. Planes have become the most common form of transportation, leading to the birth of air pirates.
There have been two video game installments, Crimsons Skies and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Both games revolve around Nathan Zachary, leader of an air pirate gang known as the Fortune Hunters. Crimson Skies always provided players with great flight controls, minor plane customization and a world that is deep, rich, and very intriguing.
Trials: Evolution will be the next game to feature avatar awards. To see more XBLA-based Avatar awards, check out this link. If you want the latest Avatar Award related news as it hits the scene, be sure to follow @AvatarAwards360 on Twitter.
Upcoming games: **Awards are the same for male and female unless specified
Trials: Evolution – Trials and Tribulations T-Shirt, Squeaky The Squirrel pet
Really, this story trailer speaks for itself. Look at it! Watch it! It's so cool!
Alright yeah there's more to this story. Many have been expecting Umbrella to be the eighth character in Skullgirls, but this trailer hints at Umbrella being a recurring story character rather than being playable (at least initially). If she is indeed Parasoul's younger sister and Parasoul is the previous Skullgirl, that would make Umbrella pretty important as well. Now there's no confirmation here, all speculation indeed, but the silhouetted figure at the end of the trailer is more likely the eighth character. Hopefully she's not some overpowered v-13 (Blazblue) character or something to that extent. Either way, the story mode format seems to follow a traditional fighting style fight-by-fight mechanic with dialogue-based character interaction between fights. Who knows if it's voiced over, would be nice though.
Source: PlayStation Blog
If you follow the industry closely, you've been hearing a lot of rumors about things going on over at THQ as of late. Today however, we're able to bring you something concrete; THQ is teaming up Seamus Blackley's new development studio Innovative Leisure to bring a slate of new games to the market that will be be released on various digital download platforms. Blackley, known as the "father" of the original Xbox is joined by names such as Ed Logg, creator of Asteroids, Centipede, and Gauntlet, Van Burnham, Rich Adam, Tim Skelly, Owen Rubin, and Ed Rotberg who are collectively known as creators of arcade classics during gaming's infancy. While we don't know much about whats in development over at Innovative Leisure, our hopes are high that some of their efforts will appear on Xbox Live Arcade.
Rayman 3 HD will set gamers back 800 MSP when it launches next month, Ubisoft told Game Informer earlier today. As was revealed a few days ago via a launch trailer, the game will be available starting March 21. Ubi's remake of their 2003 platformer will run at an upgraded resolution of 720p.
IGN have published a new video from the development team behind Alan Wake's American Nightmare. In the first of series of developer diaries, the team chat about what we can expect from Remedy's latest title. The game is said to be a stand alone story in which Alan Wake will face his evil double, Mr Scratch. They also compare new gameplay to Tarantino's From Dusk till Dawn, with hectic combat and leaderboards in comparison to the Stephen King suspense of the original retail game. Story is still a big part of the game however and the developers hope that it will redefine XBLA by raising the bar on quality.
Alan Wake's American Nightmare releases on XBLA February 22 and Remedy are promising a "hefty" amount of content for the 1200 MSP price tag.
Over the years, we’ve seen many video games turn to Movies or TV shows. From Pac-Man to Sonic to Viewtiful Joe at one point, some of these characters are some we want to see on our small screen when we get home from work or school. So for today’s Friday Top Five, we’re taking some XBLA games and seeing how they would turn out as Movies or TV shows.
Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has had an interesting couple of years. Since leaving his longtime employer at Marvelous in 2010, Wada joined Grasshopper Manufacture. After a short stint by Suda 51's side, Wada left Grasshopper and has now formed a new development studio called Toybox Inc. While we know little about what Mr. Wada and Toybox will be working on, new small scale studios are popping up everyday that are dedicated to working on downloadable titles. We only hope that we get to see some of Toybox' efforts on Xbox Live Arcade!