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Foul Play takes to the stage come mid-September


Baron Dashforth, the Victorian demon-hunter, might not be a household name, yet, but all that is about to change come September. Mediatonic along with Mastertronic and Devolver Digital announced this week that they will be releasing their new title Foul Play on XBLA and PC come September 18.

Foul Play is an “ENTIRELY ACCURATE” side-scrolling brawler which chronincles the life of Baron Dashforth. Set on a theater stage, Dashforth raises the curtain and acts out his life stories in a vaudevillian manner. Thrill the audience with stylistic moves parlayed into combos and watch Baron’s approval rating skyrocket. The emphasis here is placed on style as to succeed to the next act, the audience must be entertained.

Fear not though, as Baron does not go it alone. The game features online co-op where a gaming friend can take up the role of Dashforth’s protege, Scampwick. Special team take downs and linked attacks are the calling cards for these thespian pugilists.

While the stories told in Foul Play might not be Broadway worthy, the following trailer certainly does show that this “ONE NIGHT ONLY” performance is worthy of being nominated for  the “Drama, Suspense, Thrill and above all, Style” of the year award.

Source: Polygon


Scourge: Outbreak update imminent


Tragnarion Studios announced last Monday, August 5 that it plans to release an update for its Xbox LIVE Arcade title, Scourge: Outbreak. The update will roll out later this month.

According to the press release, Tragnarion says that it has listened to the feedback given to it by the community and has addressed several issues within the game. Below are the fixes that are expected to be released in the update:

  • Matchmaking has been revamped so gamers can find and join matches that are in progress. It’s Tragnarion’s hope that this fix will make it easier for gamers to find available matches.
  • Based on input from the community, all weapons have been overhauled. Expect to see tweaks in handling, recoil and stability.
  • Not sure about buying this game? The demo now includes co-op and versus modes.
  • Other miscellaneous bugs have been fixed but no further details about them have been released.

Source: Tragnarion via Gamasutra


Mark of the Ninja gets new DLC

Mark of the Ninja will sneak back onto your Xbox with the release of its first piece of downloadable content on August 16. The Special Edition DLC will include two prequel levels, two new items and a new costume that focuses on non-lethal takedowns. Eurogamer first reported that the expansion pack will cost 400 Microsoft Points or $4.99 and include an optional developer commentary track on every stage. The commentary is about 25 written pages from several members of the team. Mark of the Ninja was first published by Klei Studios and released on XBLA on in September 2012.

Source: Eurogamer


Sega’s Castle of Illusion looks to change the game for remakes


XBLAFans stopped to chat with Sega Studios Australia’s Omar Woodley, producer on Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse during E3. We discovered that calling the new version of Castle of Illusion a “remake” or “rerelease” doesn’t do it justice. Unlike other modern ports of classic games, such as Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia Classic or Capcom’s soon-to-be-released Ducktales Remastered, Castle of Illusion was described to us by Woodley as “a full reimagining of the game.”

The biggest, most immediately noticeable change beyond updated graphics and sound (which includes a charming voiceover for Mickey during gameplay) is the addition of a hub world. In the original game, Mickey wandered the Castle of Illusion to introduce each new level. Here, the castle is envisioned along the lines of Super Mario 64, as a three-dimensional hub world by which all of the levels are accessed. It’s a fun change that makes the castle feel like an actual place, instead of merely a setpiece for the plot.

According to Woodley, Sega Studios Australia had lots of “creative freedom to redesign the levels… When we played the original and we tried translating that to the new 3D world, some of those levels weren’t as challenging as they were back in the day. They actually played out to be quite long in length to this contemporary feel so we had to compensate for that, and we also just wanted to challenge the player and keep that difficultly setting pretty high to what the classic was. So we added these various components and a few different puzzles and tricks here and there to keep the challenge intact.”

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood shows some brotherly love for Xbox One

Max: Curse of the Brotherhood XBLA

Copenhagen-based development studio Press Play has announced that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will keep it in the family by extending the adventure to the Xbox 360′s younger sibling, the Xbox One. Initially targeted at Xbox Live Arcade, the news calls into question whether or not Max will still fly the orange flag of Arcade, or be distributed as a mid-core digital title once the XBLA brand is retired.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a “cinematic puzzle-platformer”, a term coined by Press Play to describe not only the gameplay elements, but the narrative look and feel of the adventure. When Max recites a rhyming incantation he pulled from the internet to make his little brother disappear (a la Labyrinth), he hurries after him and embarks on a rescue mission in a vivid, magical land.

We took a good long look at Max: The Curse of Brotherhood earlier this year at PAX East, and dabbled with the magic marker mechanic that allows Max to manipulate the environment. Using the marker you’ll help Max overcome seemingly impossible obstacles by drawing elements into the world. We found the game bursting with charm, which you can read about in our official preview.


Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers – XBLA Fans Sealed Play Guide

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers was developed by Stainless Games and Wizards of the Coast and published by Microsoft Studios. It retails for 800 MSP and was released on June 26, 2013. XBLA Fans awarded Magic 2014 a coveted Buy It! award in our recent review


Sealed play (which is perhaps the most exciting addition to this year’s Duels of the Planeswalkers title) is a real life Magic: The Gathering (MTG) staple that attracts casual, serious and professional players time and time again. The format is challenging because it relies upon each player’s ability to produce the best possible deck from a fixed pool of cards, but at the same time it is extremely rewarding to watch that handmade deck pull off a big victory or combo.

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R.I.P.D.: The Game is available now for 800MSP


This week on XBLA we have another game based off an upcoming movie with R.I.P.D.: The Game. In R.I.PD.: The Game you’ll find yourself taking control of one of two lawmen dispatched to the otherworld with the task of moving stubborn souls to the other side who refuse to go without a fight. The game is a third-person shooter, features online 2 player co-op and it will set you back 800MSP. If you’re interested, you can download the demo here. Let us know what you think if you give it a go!

R.I.P.D. the movie will hit theaters this Friday, July 19th. To see the game in action, check out the launch trailer after the jump.

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XBLA sales roundup: Deal of the Week, publisher sales & more


This week on the marketplace, the Sales & Specials area is filled with a variety of sales for gamers of all kinds. From an Assassins Creed themed sale to a Mortal Kombat themed Deal of the Week and over to a Capcom publisher sale, it looks like you’re covered from all angles. To find this section on the dashboard, be sure to go to Games> Browse Games> Sales & Specials. But we will go ahead and break down the XBLA specific sales for ya below. Click on the title of the game to download the demo and be sure to let us know what you pick up. All sales listed below end on July 22nd so scoop these game up quick!

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition – Was 1200MSP, is now 300MSP

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix – Was 1200MSP, is now 600MSP

Megaman 9 – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Megaman 10 – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Final Fight: Double Impact – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Capcom Arcade Canbinet - Was 400MSP, is now 200MSP

Capcom Arcade Cabinet All-In-One Pack (DLC) – Was 2000MSP, is now 1000MSP (You’ll need the above mentioned Capcom Arcade Cabinet for this. This is not a stand alone game.)


The Beautiful Puzzle Pack bundles four great XBLA games at a discount


Today the Beautiful Puzzle Pack silently stepped into the new release section of the marketplace and this is not something you want to overlook. If puzzle games are your preferred genre, then this bundle was built for you. By purchasing this pack for only 1200MSP, you’ll pick up four great XBLA puzzle games. Included in the bundle are ilomilo, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Lazy Raiders & The Splatters. These four games total up to 2800MSP or $35 if you were to purchase them all individually. That’s a grand total savings of 1600MSP or $20 on four quality games.

We reviewed three out of the four games here at XBLA Fans and we gave all three a “Buy It” rating. But if you’re still having a tough time deciding if this bundle is for you, then check out a few of the free demos for these games below. Let us know what you think in the comment section too. Have fun!

ilomiloDemo the GameOur review

Insanely Twister Shadow PlanetDemo the GameOur review

Lazy RaidersDemo the Game

The SplattersDemo the GameOur review


Pacific Rim is available now for 800MSP


Pacific Rim The Video Game released on XBLA today just in time to coincide with the theatrical release. The game will set you back 800MSP and it includes both online and offline multiplayer. You’ll be able to customize your robot with the experience you gain from all your battles causing the game to continuously evolve until you find that exact setup you were looking for. Check out the full game or demo over here and let us know in the comments below what you think if you give it a try.

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