Inside a booth hidden in the back left corner of the South Hall at E3, Robot Entertainment showcased Orcs Must Die, as the looming shadow of the astronomically larger Activision booth served as foreshadowing of the impending storm coming for developers of digital downloadable games. Come this September, the onslaught of retail AAA titles, with massive marketing budgets beings, and all eyes will be on them. But in the months leading up, the digital download space will be offering on of its most impressive lineups ever of polished and innovative titles, including one of our favorites: Orcs Must Die.
Co-written by Kaitlyn Chantry
Now that our trip to video game heaven has come and gone, it's time to give you the run-down on the very best XBLA titles from E3 2011. We spent five hectic days getting our eyes and hands on every XBLA game possible and we've picked out fifteen games that stood out from the crowd.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is slated as the last game to be released for Microsoft's Summer of Arcade and is being shown much love. It was on display here recently at E3 for people to play and have questioned answered. Many people took advantage of this situation, quickly taking a liking to it, which is clear through all the positive feedback it has received. Even our own John Laster went hands on and had some really good things to say about it in his Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Preview.
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E3 may be over but there's still plenty to talk about and this week we even have people who were there, which certainly helps. If you missed last weeks episode (it was a bit late going up) be sure to check it out here.
John Laster is back in the hosting chair this week and since he was lucky enough to see pretty much every XBLA game being shown at E3 he tells us about all of um. There's really not much else to say about this weeks podcast, so get listening!
If you want to know even more about what John, Stephen and Kaitlyn saw be sure to keep an eye on our previews section. Be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes and hey if you like the show why not give us a review?
During E3 week, I had the opportunity to speak in great depth with Michel Gagne about the upcoming title Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet as well as pilot the demo for myself. The result was an entirely original experience from anything I have ever seen or played before. It was impossible to not be impressed.
The full story of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet starts nearly five years ago when Joe Olson, head of Fuelcell Games approached Michel about bringing feature quality animation to video games. Known for his unique style of animation Michel was a well-respected figure in the movie industry working on titles such as Prelude to Eden, The Iron Giant, Osmosis Jones, and Ratatouille. At the time, Michel was hesitant citing his lack of knowledge of the game industry. Michel informed me that before he started work on Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (ITSP) he did not know simple video game concepts like what a boss was. Joe was persistent and thankfully persuasive and eventually got Michel onboard under one condition. They would not make a game, but a work of art.
Upon booting up Trenched, it's quickly clear that this is a Double Fine game, as behind the quirky, machismo humor lies a title with some serious character. Trenched scraps the traditional formula and instead recycles the leftovers to create something entirely different and completely reinvigorating. Gone are the days when leaving a tower defense match in the middle to make a sandwich was acceptable. There will be no time to reach for the jar of mayo, as players will find themselves constantly engaged by the battles surrounding them.
Various events far too boring to describe led to a very delayed podcast this week. But that shouldn't stop you from listening because this hour and 30 minute long podcast is well worth it. Unsurpringly it's all about E3 which just finished up in LA.
Andrew takes up the hosting chair again since John was at E3 itself checking out all the cool new stuff. He's joined by Ross Adams, John Carson and Damon Fillman. While none of us in the podcast were at E3 we all watched the Microsoft conference and we go through it point by point.
Those who watched will note that there was absolutely no XBLA related stuff at that conference, but don't worry we hit all the latest XBLA news first. That includes the announcement of the Summer of Arcade line-up so get listening!
Kinect has been a huge hit among the Xbox community. This thing has sold like hot cakes all across the world. The one thing many people have learned though is that it just isn't small space friendly. This has hindered many people from buying this it, including a few of us here at XBLAFans. Nyko is planning on changing this with there new product, Zoom. Zoom is a clip on attachment for the Kinect that turns the camera into a wide angle lens, allowing you to play in a much smaller space, all for just $29.99 USD.
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As we close out another great E3 filled with game announcements and XBLA titles, it's great to be reminded that it'll be back next year. June 5-7 2012 will be the dates for next year's E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Entertainment Software Association stated that it had around 46, 800 attendees for E3 2011 including our valiant Editor-In-Chief. Be sure to check back to read great previews of XBLA games in the days to come because even if E3 is over, doesn't mean we still can't drool over the amount of new games coming out.
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THQ has been working with a new tablet drawing device for home consoles called uDraw. This new device will allow you to play and interact with games in whole new way. This idea was originally introduced for the Wii some time back and has now been confirmed at E3 that it is also coming for the Xbox 360. Looks like the Wii U will have a competitor when it comes to touchscreen gaming on a console