Telltale Games recently announced via Twitter that this fall they will be releasing their acclaimed adventure games, The Walking Dead (both seasons) and The Wolf Among Us on Xbox One. The Walking Dead will release in October next month, with The Wolf Among Us following in November. Players who have played the Xbox 360 or PC editions of these games likely won’t find a compelling reason to upgrade, but for players who missed out on these games in the previous generation of consoles, this revival of the adventure genre will come as a welcome addition to the ever-growing library of titles available on Xbox One.
Telltale Games recently released the first trailer for The Wolf Among Us, a new adventure game based on the comic book series Fables, originally written by Bill Willingham. Given Telltale’s success with The Walking Dead franchise, this is a release everyone should look forward to playing through. Fables has won numerous awards, including a dozen Eisner Awards, Best New Series, and an award to Willingham for Best Author. The franchise imagines that “characters like Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf and Pinocchio from the world’s most beloved storybooks are real – real, and living among us, with all of their powers intact.”
The press release describes The Wolf Among Us as a prequel to the Fables comic book series. Players will take on the role of Bigby Wolf, who was once called The Big Bad Wolf. Now as “the sheriff of a hidden community in New York City, exiled from the land of fairy tales, tasked by the bureaucrat Snow White to keep order within a society of mythical creatures and characters trying to remain undetected in the world of the mundane.” The game explores mythological creatures trying to make it in New York, including a member of the Three Little Pigs.
The game itself will be revealed to the public for the first time at PAX Prime at the end of the month. Telltale proved that they can communicate a strong, compelling narrative through games with The Walking Dead — it will be interesting to see how their take on Fables differs from their previous work with established media franchises.
Say goodbye to your social life for 505 Games have announced that the expansive world of Terraria is set to hit XBLA next week. The long awaited 2D adventure game is already available for PC and has been compared with Minecraft due its not too dissimilar crafting elements. Given the overwhelming success of Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition, we look forward to seeing how well Terraria fairs when it releases next Wednesday, March 27 for 1200 MSP. The XBLA version comes with a new tutorial, world map and four-player split screen. Check out some new screenshots below.
XBLA fans in Australia and New Zealand will be pleased to hear that all five episodes of The Walking Dead have finally been released for Xbox. The game was previously only available for download on just about every other other platform, but it can now be found on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The critically acclaimed adventure game and winner of our own Game of the Year award last year, will also release on XBLA in Brazil on March 19.
505 Games’ console port of Terraria recently entered certification. The publisher spoke with GamesBeat last week advising, “It’s going to submissions now. Obviously, the release date was pushed a little bit, but everything is still full-steam ahead”. A listing also appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace with a proposed release date of March 27. Whilst these are often mere placeholders there’s a good chance that XBLA gamers should start clearing their schedule for the expansive 2D sandbox adventure.
505 Games recently spoke with Polygon on the difficulties of bringing sandbox adventure game Terraria to XBLA and how re-aligning the game mechanics for consoles required a complete re-write. The goal of the port was to bring a popular game to an audience that didn’t have it before without downgrading any of the original features. As well as updating the controls from keyboard and mouse to work with the Xbox 360 controller, Engine Software, the development team behind the port, introduced some direction to the game in the form of explanatory tips that pop up periodically to point out information to players. Fans of the original, however, can rest assured that the studio took care to ensure the tips don’t explain everything about the world of Terraria, the port will still strongly focus on exploring and finding your own way.
The crafting system and inventory menus were also re-designed to work better with a controller and a world map was introduced to offer console gamers an at-a-glance look at what they’ve explored and excavated in the 14 different environments available in the game. The studio also brought over the game’s multiplayer components which support eight players online and up to four in local split-screen. Terraria is expected to land on XBLA next month for 1200 MSP.
In the mood for solving crime or beating up thugs for messing up your hair? XBLA Wednesday has got something for both of those appetites this week. First up, Double Dragon Neon is the throwback brawler from Majesco and WayForward. Based on the original Double Dragon but now with more 80s flair and mullets to go alongside your punches and spin kicks. It retails for 800 MSP and we’ll have a review shortly.
Rounding out today is Lexis Numerique’s Red Johnson’s Chornicles, an adventure game similar in vein of Telltale’s games but more film noir. Red Johnson is best private investigator until his brother has been abducted and you have a price on your head that you’ll need to avoid. You can grab it at 800 MSP. Whether it’s beating up in the 80’s or solving mysteries now, XBLA Wednesday has got something for you.
Re-Logic and 505 games has announced their popular PC game Terraria will be coming to XBLA and PSN. Over the course of the last day, the Terraria/Re-Logic’s Facebook and Twitter has been teasing a reveal, involving pixelated and blurry images, however this morning they confirmed that there will be a console version of the popular game. Originally released in May, 2011, Terraria has sold over 1 million copies of the game. It mixes many different genres such as action, adventure, and RPG. From using resources to create environment, to PvP battles and many things in between, Terraria has provided PC gamers many different ways to play. It is expected that the game will be released early 2013.
The console version of Terraria will be published by 505 games. In a press release, original creator of Terraria Andrew Spinks said: “I can’t say how excited I am to finally have Terraria come to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3! To see it come so far is a complete shock, especially after such humble beginnings. It’s always been my dream to have as many people as possible know and enjoy Terraria as much as I have, and this is another big step in that direction! It’s been awesome working with 505 Games, and I can’t wait for everyone to see the additional features that they’ve been able to bring to this new edition of the game.”
Welcome to our guide for all things Dust: An Elysian Tail! Dust is without doubt my pick of the games released on XBLA this summer and an all-around fantastic game. While it’s almost impossible that you haven’t heard of this game by now, definitely check out our review for the game.
Dust can be pretty challenging at times, with a few tough bosses to defeat and a whole host of hidden content. In an identical way to classic games such as Castlevania and Metroid, Dust expects that players will revisit previously completed levels in order to unlock new areas and secrets.
In this guide, I’ll be providing some general tips and some combat hints on this page as well as a boss guide (beware spoilers) and a guide for the Bakers Dozen achievement (for finding all the hidden characters) on separate pages.
Do you have a thirst for zombies or possibly hungry for more rock? XBLA Wednesday has got something for both of those appetites this week. Starting off first with Harmonix’s latest entry in the Rock Band series, the downloadable Rock Band Blitz. It’s the original game built for single-controller play without the need for instruments. You play all the instruments, switching from guitar to vocals to keyboards, scoring more points for multipliers and using power-ups. Check out our review and make sure to keep an eye to our Twitter or Facebook for chances to win the game!
Last but certainly not least, we have the next episode in Telltale’s The Walking Dead with Episode 3: Long Road Ahead. Promised to be out in the middle of August, Telltale pulled through by the end with Lee, Clementine & the crew facing the dangers of staying and must move forward. Some of the things they encounter is as character-defining as it is thrilling. Our review will be up shortly but we loved the first two.
Todd’s unavailable for the show today, most likely eaten by zombies because these things happen right? Whether you’re looking for musical action or adventure horror, you’ll be set for this XBLA Wednesday.