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Fridays Top Five: XBLA's top single player games

Everyone loves playing games with their friends. Some of the best moments aren't the game itself, but some interaction with each other: the trash talking, the gloating–you know how it is. But let's be honest, sometimes we want to game solo: just you, your controller and some awesome gameplay. That's why this weeks Top 5 is all about the best single player games on Xbox Live Arcade. Here are some great experiences that are definitely worth your time, whatever your play style: action, adventure, puzzle, artsy, you name it and it is here.

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Top 10 XBLA soundtracks: Part 2

Last year, we posted a list of the top 10 XBLA soundtracks and while it's a great list, there's been a great deal of omissions and new tunes in the past year. Some of them have become iconic and immediately hummable or in some cases, incredibly dance-y. So we're bringing you another 10 to add to the list, in no particular order since they're all winners.

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XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 XBLA Game Releases: M-O

We’ve spent the past week searching the internet and hounding our industry contacts in an effort to compile the ultimate 2012 XBLA Game Release List. We anticipated on heck of a year for Xbox Live Arcade. So epic we couldn’t even fit everything on one page. So without further ado, check out the list:

XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases A-B
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases C-F
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases G-L
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases M-O
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases P-R
XBLAFans Anticipated XBLA Game Releases S
XBLAFans Anticipated XBLA Game Releases T-Z

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12 Days of XBLA Grand Prize Winner Announced!

The 12 Days of XBLA was an amazing success and we hope to bring you all more contests like this in the years to come. Thanks to all of our awesome community members for participating with over 1700 entries in a twelve day span, that's quite an impressive turnout. And a huge thanks to the fine people at Microsoft and all the developers/publishers that donated all the prizes. Without them, none of this would be possible.

With that said, let's get to the moment we have all been waiting for. After all the dust settled and we ran our random number generator for one last time in 2011, we are now proud to announce @OnyxPrimal as the winner of the Grand Prize worth over $150! Congratulations, you have won a copy of the following XBLA games: Read the rest of this entry »


XBLAFans 2011 Game of the Year awards

2010 was a pretty great year for XBLA games. It's hard to think it could be topped. Yet here we are at the end of 2011 with a crop of games that are arguably even better than last year. XBLA has continued to grow throughout 2011 and the diversity of games continues to rise.

We saw the year kick off with unique games like ilomilo, zeit2, and Stacking and it ends with impressive titles like Dungeon Defenders, Joe Danger: Special Edition and Trine 2. We've come a long way since the days of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved.

As a result this year's XBLAFans Game of the Year awards were even more hotly contested than last year, with a few of the categories coming down to just a couple of votes. The list of nominees for the grand prize was almost excessive and could easily have gone into double digits. So without further ado, we are proud to present the second annual XBLAFans Game of the Year awards. Read the rest of this entry »


Play XBLA games with PlayXBLA

Earlier this week PlayXBLA announced that they will be hosting a series of community playdates for their favourite XBLA games. Every Monday the PlayXBLA crew will select an XBLA game to highlight and offer up some fan participation either in the form of multiplayer events or if the game is single player, then a party chat session during gameplay. To join in the fun, head over to the PlayXBLA blog every Thursday where they will post full details and the gamertag which will be hosting the party room. The first event was Orc Must Die!, but we missed it…doh! However the rest of the line up so far looks great: 

Joe Danger Special Edition – December 26, 2011
Worms: Ultimate Mayhem – January 2, 2012
Magic: The Gathering 2012 – January 9, 2012
Toy Soldiers: Cold War – January 16, 2012

Let us know if you manage to take part and remember to say hi if you bump into any XBLAFans staff!

Source: PlayXBLA


XBLA Wednesday: December 14, 2011

This week on XBLA there are two new games and a few new DLC packs.  Zooming up first is the new release Joe Danger: Special Edition. It's a re-release of the original (PSN) with a few new spices added, including an entire set of challenging new levels called the laboratory, all for a mere 1200 MSP. Next in line is that speedy little blue hedgehog taking us even further back in time with Sonic CD. This nostalgic adventure marks the first time we met Metal Sonic and can be yours for just 400 MSP.

Also rolling our way is the new Pinball FX 2 table pack Vengeance and Virtue for 800 MSP. Included are four new tables: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor and X-Men. Charging in behind that is Orcs Must Die!: Lost Adventures for 320 MSP which adds 50 new skulls, two new enemies and five new trap choices. Magic the Gathering: 2012 gets Deck Expansion Pack 2 which offers two new decks and several new cards for the existing decks. It runs a reasonable 240 MSP. Not to mention, we got some Bastion DLC called The Stranger's Dream which includes a new narrated sequence and two gameplay modes, all for 80 MSP. In the holiday spirit you can also get the new Fruit Ninja: Holiday Pack for free, so make sure to get your points ready and set some time aside for this mass of new content to play.


Contest: 12 Days of XBLA (Day 2)

For the second day in the 12 Days of XBLA promotion, we bring to you Orcs Must Die! In this defense style game you must use your time, money and whits wisely if you want a chance to survive the Orc onslaught. The game is already filled with tons of amazing traps that attack from every angle. So our question for all of you is:

If you were to make your own trap, what would it be called and how would it work?

Let us know your answer in the comment section below and one winner will be picked randomly from all contestants. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter for even more chances to win great games!

The winner of yesterday's contest is: Yianna Paris (@mstoxique) – You have won a copy of Mercury Hg. We will be in touch with you today on Twitter!
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What we are playing: December 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.

Steve Melton – Tried out MotorStorm: Apocalypse at GameStop while waiting on a pizza next door. EA needs to have Criterion make a game just like this, but mixed with Burnout. That'd be a day one purchase for the entire world.

Ross Adams – I finally got Skyrim this week. That's all I can say, I've already wasted too much time typing this. Those Dragons won't kill themselves!

Perry Jackson – Been playing a lot of Joe Danger: Special Edition for review which should be out shortly this week. I would start saving up your points for it just in case.

John Drawdy – This week I went back to Orcs Must Die! to finally finish up my five skull runs. Other then that, I have been addicted to Mirror's Edge for iOS, amazingly simplistic yet still challenging.

Ryan ReynoldsBattlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, and Halo: Reach. Had to try out those Anniversary maps. Needless to say, I've been shooting a lot of stuff.

Christine Mitchell – Still working my way through Oblivion and Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. I also "played" with the new dashboard's voice control features. It's like the future or something!

And our winner for “What are YOU playing” on our official Twitter is @YourPalQwerty

@YourPalQwertyDungeon Defenders and I'm currently checking out Fusion: Genesis.


Orcs Must Die! Lost Adventures DLC striking on December 14

Everybody here loves Orcs Must Die! but once we were finished with it, we wanted so much more. The Lost Adventures DLC pack was announced a while back but now Robot Entertainment have finally set a date for XBLA on December 14 via Twitter. If you want to learn more about what's in the DLC pack, check out the link but some highlights include five new fortresses, more challenges, new enemies, traps and defenses. In case you want the orcs to die, check back to XBLAFans for a review of the DLC coming soon.

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