Once upon a time, the opportunity to play it was passed over in favor of speaking at length to the man behind it. A tough decision for sure, but one for which there are no regrets. But this is E3, with all its glitz and gaudiness, its bass and babes, its bombshells and busts — both on the babes and on the press conference stages. This is the show, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit might just be the game coming to Xbox Live Arcade. Abstaining from experiencing firsthand at The Big Show, one of the most promising upcoming games for XBLA, simply wouldn’t do. Even waiting just a wink longer until XBLA Fans’ scheduled time with the game later in the week arrived just wouldn’t do. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most important parts of the original Jet Set Radio was its soundtrack, and thankfully Sega has chosen to keep all of the original music completely intact. As if that wasn’t enough, the game will include the worldwide soundtrack, including every song from the original North American, European, and Japanese soundtracks. If you want to see the list of all the songs, follow the jump, and treat your ears to the musical samplings in the newest trailer.
Jet Set Radio is the highly anticipated HD remake of the Dreamcast classic. The goal of the game is to skate through every level, graffiting your tag in certain areas. Things get serious when the police come in, and will do anything in their power to stop you. The game will release in all its cell-shaded glory this summer.
When one sees this new trailer for Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, you might have to double-check that you didn’t blink, in case you missed any second of the insanity. Arkedo Studios has shown the game before at PAX East but in this new trailer, we see some new environments including a wrestling arena and dinosaurs which need we say more? There’s also 18-Wheeler trucks so we’ll stop there while you enjoy. The game is looking to hit digital shelves sometime this summer.
Major Nelson has released the weekly most-played titles lists for both XBLA, XBLIG and Xbox 360 in general for the week ending May 14, and, unsurprisingly, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition continued its run of dominance. Microsoft and 4J Studios’ port of Mojang’s world-building title took the 360 charts by storm, wedging between Activision’s pet 800-pound gorillas, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. That’s good enough for number two on the overall list, marking the first time an Arcade game has ranked so highly. Trials Evolution didn’t quite inspire as many gamers to sink time into it, but it was still popular enough to hold down the 14th spot on the list.
Minecraft of course topped the XBLA list, followed by Trials and The Walking Dead. That’s Trials Evolution, of course, but RedLynx can proudly boast of having not one but two of its games in the top ten. Trials: HD came in at number six. Recently released Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II made it into the top five at number four.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II was developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It was released May 16, 2012 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
Sonic has had a bit of a hit and miss record lately. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I wasn’t quite as beloved as Sega hoped, yet Sonic Generations brought back that classic Sonic feeling. Episode II promises fixed physics, the addition of Tails and more Metal Sonic, all promising the potential for a return-to-form. Now it’s finally upon us, Episode II fixes some of the problems of its predecessor but not without introducing some new slogging problems along the way.
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You might have thought Double Fine had forgotten about XBLA, with their Kickstarter fame all we’ve heard XBLA-wise is rumblings of new Iron Brigade content. Now Sega is publishing their brand new game entitled The Cave, conceived by Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert. It’s an adventure game with puzzle and platforming elements but not in a traditional sense and more Metroidvania-style exploration. You’ll assemble a crack team of spelunkers each with different abilities and personalities. You can switch between any of the three characters on the fly or use 3-player local co-op. The characters include a scientist, a knight and a hillbilly…because why not? Ron Gilbert had this to say about The Cave:
“The concept of The Cave has been bouncing around in my head for many, many years, and then the little voices that tell me to do things said it was time to make the game,” added Ron Gilbert. “I’m thrilled to be working with amazingly talented folks at Double Fine and ecstatic that the team at SEGA believes in adventure games and quirky ideas.
Catch some screenshots after the jump, the game will be out some time in 2013.
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Classic Sega Genesis games are about to get re-released in a series of 3-pack bundles entitled Sega Vintage Collections, and Sega Japan has announced the release dates for the first four bundles. The first two packs, the Sega Classic Collection and the Monster World Collection will release May 23, 2012. More information on the these packs can be found here. Two more packs will drop the following week, May 30. The Golden Axe Collection and Bare Knuckle Collection will be collections of the Golden Axes and Streets of Rage games, respectively. Each collection will cost 800MSP, so get ready to stock up on nostalgia. Thanks to @lifelower for the tip.
We got something for hedgehog lovin’ speed-freaks and something for you music lovers out there in today’s XBLA Wednesday. First up is the return of Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II for 1200 MSP. Go across 4 new stages of zones with Tails along your way to stop Metal Sonic and Eggman. If you’ve purchased Episode I and purchasing Episode II, you’ll get a bonus episode where you play as Metal Sonic through Episode I stages.
Second up today is Jam Live Music Arcade for 800 MSP. The game lets you feel the music with your controller or Guitar Hero/Rock Band controllers and get the highest points with some great songs from Modest Mouse and Atmosphere. This game is also only available in NA marketplace currently. Whether you want to run real fast or rock out real fast, XBLA Wednesday has got something for you.
Just a reminder as well that Dragon’s Lair will also be out this Friday, May 18.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 launches for XBLA on Wednesday May 15 for 1200MSP. The conclusion to Episode 1 looks to be pretty intense with a lot of high flying action. Hopefully the Xbox 360 will have the “blast processing” power to handle it all. Don’t forget that owners of Episode 1 will also unlock the special Episode Metal with the purchase of Episode 2. Time will tell if this title corrects some of the mistakes of its predecessor but this trailer has us feeling hopeful.
After a showing at PAX East, we knew the release of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown was on the horizon of summer. Now we have a confirmed release date straight from Sega that it’ll be coming out on June 6 for 1200 MSP. But the game could end up costing you more if you want to spend more points on DLC items. There’s a customization pack for each of the 19 fighters for 400 MSP a piece but it will contain upwards of over 600 to 950 items, for just 5 bucks.
The game is the latest arcade version of Virtua Fighter 5 which sports 2 new characters with Jean Kujo and returning from Virtua Fighter 3, Taka-Arashi. There’ll be online multiplayer and training modes to make your fighter prime and ready for an upcoming battle with someone across the world. If Skullgirls wasn’t enough fighting action for you, you can try your hand at Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown this June.