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Quantum Conundrum E3 2012 trailer

Quantum Conundrum is looking like a pretty solid first person puzzle game. The gameplay and graphics come from some of the same folks who brought us Portal: Still Alive. With a trailer like this and such a strong pedigree our expectations are sky high. Whereas Portal had a rather dark feel this seems much more light and funny. We suspect that the puzzles will still be rather devious though. It is scheduled to release sometime this summer so keep your eyes open for more information as it becomes available.


Friday Top Five: Top five XBLA end game songs

Last week we took a look at the top five XBLA in-game songs that help establish a mood while you venture through five various games. But for this week let’s take a look at the top five XBLA end game songs that make the payoff for making your way through a campaign that much more sweet. These are the songs that mark an epic ending to a great adventure. The kind of song so good, it’s almost worth paying through the game a second time just to hear it again. But luckily we have YouTube for those of us who want listen over and over again. And with that said, let's take a look at our list:

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Top selling XBLA games for 2011 revealed

Major Nelson has recently published the top selling XBLA games for 2011 and congratulations are in order for Zen Studios as Pinball FX2 was the number one seller last year. The list is comprised of both old and new releases with Castle Crashers still winning new fans in the number 3 spot, 3 years on from it initial release. Congratulations should also go out to Fruit Ninja Kinect for being not only the top Kinect seller but the top Summer of Arcade release. The list is based on full versions purchased between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011:

1: Pinball FX2
2: Full House Poker
3: Castle Crashers
4: Fruit Ninja Kinect
5: From Dust
6: Trials HD
7: Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
9: Torchlight
10: Toy Soldiers: Cold War
11: Plants vs. Zombies
12: Portal: Still Alive
13: Bastion
15: Game Room
17: Peggle
18: Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale
19: Battlefield 1943
20: Beyond Good & Evil HD

Source: Major Nelson


What we are playing: Week of October 2

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.

Todd Schlickbernd – I've been playing lots of Orcs Must Die! for our upcoming guide and recently picked up Worms: Ultimate Mayhem which I played with a couple friends. Pleasantly surprised with it so far, so that's nice. Other than that, Gears of War 3 and League of Legends.

Perry Jackson – Started up the Battlefield 3 Beta on the weekend and it's pretty fun. I've never really played much of the Battlefield games but I really enjoy the feel of it. Other than that, picked up Outland on sale and for 400 MSP, you can't go wrong. It's a neat little platformer that has some pretty cool action elements.

Ryan Reynolds – I'm still feasting on Gears of War 3 which has a metric ton of great content to offer. I've also got a few games of the Battlefield 3 Beta in.

James Heiger – Still playing Gears of War 3 and I picked up a lot of stuff on sale recently. Shank is alot of fun.

Jonathan Cole – I've been eating up a lot of time with Gears of War 3, mostly in the Horde and Beast modes. Aside from that, I've been trying to finally 100% Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and not go crazy playing the buggy Battlefield 3 Beta.

Damon Fillman – I literally can't stop playing Gears of War 3, but I've also played Worms: Ultimate Mayhem which is surprisingly fun. I'm preparing myself for next week's onslaught of even more games. Bye bye cash!

John Drawdy – I have gotten a bunch of time in with Orcs Must Die!, but have gone back and worked on finishing up Red Bull X-Fighters and Crimson Alliance. I have played a little of the new MLB Bobblehead Battle game for a review and have purchased almost 10 XBLA games I have yet to play in the past week. Need more time to play games, bye bye sleep.

Ross Adams – Finished up Gears of War 3, as well as played a bunch of Horde and Versus. Been trying out the Battlefield 3 Beta, which is pretty cool although very buggy (it is a beta after all). Just picked up Section 8: Prejudice on sale and discovering I'm quite good at it and enjoying it a lot as a result.

Nathan Bowring – Impulse-bought Mercury HG, which is rather fun and is helping me memorize the periodic table. Also returned to the classic Assassin's Creed II and the amazing flying machine sequence. Hope my gaming experience is adding variety, I'm like the only one here who didn't play Gears of War 3!

Nicholas DePetris – I picked up Outland on sale and am really enjoying it so far. It's a pretty interesting game with a great art style. I'm going to be playing Gears of War 3 all day Sunday as well – pretty excited!

Christine Mitchell – I bought Portal in the recent sale so been playing through that and I finished the main story on Torchlight this week too.

Stephen Haberman – It has been mostly Gears of War 3 for me as well. I just finished Act 3 and played through 50 levels of Horde. I also happen to be one of the lucky ones in the Diablo lll Beta, which is fabulous.


What's new and coming soon to XBLA

Calendars out and credit cards at the ready because Major Nelson has published the latest release schedule for the next two weeks on Xbox Live Marketplace. We thought we’d issue you a quick run down of all the upcoming XBLA games and offers you have to look forward to. Starting with Burnout Crash and Rotastic which are both released today September 21, both for 800 MSP. Be sure to check out our review for Burnout Crash here. Next week we have Mercury Hg for a mere 400 MSP and MLB Bobblehead Baseball Battle for 800 MSP both releasing on September 28.

As for Deal of the Week you’ll be happy to hear that this week’s and next week’s deals are focussing on XBLA games. From September 20 to 26, gold members can enjoy 50% of selected XBLA puzzle games:

Gyromancer – 600 MSP
Portal : Still Alive – 600 MSP
Bejewelled Blitz LIVE – 200 MSP
Ilomilo – 400 MSP.

The following week, September 27 – October 3, will see 33% off XBLA games with a Sword & Sorcery theme:

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes – 800 MSP
Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale800 MSP

Happy shopping folks and be sure to check back for more reviews of the upcoming releases.

Source: Major Nelson


From the mind of Portal comes Quantum Conundrum

With a name like Quantum Conundrum, who's to say what you're going to expect. But knowing that it's from Kim Swift, one of the designers on the original Portal, expect a unique take on puzzling gameplay. Since Portal she's left Valve and joined Airtight Games to work on this new project with Square Enix publishing. The story begins with a young kid who's been left on his doorstep of his crazy scientist uncle. But there's an explosion and the kid left to find out where his uncle is and must solve all these puzzles in his huge mansion. Fortunately, he has a interdimensional shift device or IDS which lets him shift between dimensions for puzzles in case something is too heavy or too light. As you'll see in the video above, he can't quite carry a whole chair or safe by himself but if he switches to a fluffy dimension he can bounce objects to higher places. This looks to be something unique and creative with the amount of depth in the dimensions, be sure to look out for this one on XBLA in 2012.

Sources: Gamespot, Kotaku


XBLA tattoos that will make you smile (or cringe)

Do you love something so much that you’d want it on your skin for the rest of your life? Has a video game ever meant so much to you that you considered getting it tattooed on your body? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you're not alone. Many passionate gamers have chosen to have their favorite games immortalized on their bodies with iconic characters and logos, literally wearing their hearts on their sleeve.

Video game related tattoos are gaining popularity as the medium evolves and becomes more mainstream. Epic Games creative director Cliff Bleszinski has even urged developers and future game creators to consider all aspects of marketing their properties, like creating iconic quotes or logos that would make good tattoos. The Gears of War crimson omen is a perfect example, and has been emblazoned upon the skin of numerous fans.

So what about Xbox Live Arcade games? Surely the XBLA has a number of iconic games in its library, but can a downloadable video game that costs $5 to $15 be worthy of a tattoo like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy or Halo can? You might be surprised as to what (and where) fervent XBLA fans are willing to get tattoos. Here are some of our favorite XBLA game tattoos, signifying the ultimate fan.



Rewind Review: Portal: Still Alive (XBLA)

Portal: Still Alive was developed by Valve and published by Microsoft. Portal was released November 22, 2008 and cost 1200MSP.

In Portal you are a subject in a test study; not by choice. You are given a 'portal gun' and forced to defy the laws of physics in order to escape each test room. Equipped with just the 'portal gun' and your wits, it is your task to figure out how to avoid all the obstacles that stands in your way.

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Xbox Dashboard Deals

Right now on the dashboard you will be able to find 2 XBLA games on sale if you look in the right areas. First is Portal: Still Alive selling for 600MS points which is 50% off the regular price. This deal can be found 7 ads to the right in the "Game Marketplace" section of the dashboard. Next you will find Battlefield 1943 also being sold for 600MS points which is also 50% of the regular price. This deal can be found 8 ads to the right in the "Spotlight" section of the dashboard as it is a part of the Deal of the Week.

Both of these games are very easy to recommend. If you're looking for a single player experience that you'll never forget, pick up Portal: Still Alive. If you are more of a multiplayer fan that is looking for a competitive game with a thriving online community, then Battlefield 1943 is the obvious choice. But I still recommend you pick them both up if you have the money. If you need help deciding what to do, you can always check out the XBLAFans "15Must Own Games" list which includes both titles. Have fun out there.


XBLAFans 15 Must Own Games

Xbox Live Arcade has come a long way since its launch on the original Xbox a little over 6 years ago. Back then the selection of games was in the teens but now there are hundreds of games on the service. You can play anything from 16-bit classics like Streets of Rage 2 to exceptional original titles like Shadow Complex.

With so many games to choose from it's hard to know what to spend your good 'ol Microsoft Points on. Lucky for you however we at XBLAFans have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of the 15 XBLA games you must own. The games featured (listed alphabetically because they're just too good to rank on quality) are the best of the best. If you haven't played a game on this list then you owe it to yourself to at least download the trial (which we've handily linked to) and give it a go.

So let's get on with it shall we, below you'll find the games we decided on and brief summaries from our writer explaining why they're deserving of the term "must own". If you agree or disagree with the list, or just want to comment in general please feel free to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

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