Aug 29, 2011

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Xbox Week in Review (Week of 8/29/11)

Xbox Week in Review (Week of 8/29/11)

The Indie Game Summer Uprising kicked off this past week with five indie developers titles vying for your points.  If you’d rather play downloadable titles with achievements, we were also giving three XBLA titles as well.  Read on for the details as well as PAX coverage and some upcoming content in this week’s edition of Xbox Week in Review.

  • Five titles were put in the spotlight for the Indie Game Summer Uprising last week including Battle High San Bruno, Raventhorne, and T.E.C. 3001. The games prices range from $1 to $3 so they definitely won’t break your bank but if you’re still unsure as to whether they’re worth your time, Vivid Gamer will be posting reviews for many of the games very soon.  There are still five more titles that will be releasing this week so be sure to check them out and you can check out the Indie Game Summer Uprising website for more details.
  • Three arcade titles released this past week for the marketplace including the crically acclaimed Street Fighter III 3rd Strike.  SFIII can be downloaded for 1200 MSP and has enhanced HD-filtered graphics, arcade-perfect gameplay, seamless multiplayer online or off, YouTube replay sharing and more.  If you’re not into fighters check out Crazy Machines Elements, a wacky chain reaction game.  Carry out zany experiments and build crazy machines from everyday objects and bizarre components utilizing different elements.  Finally, the Kinect has another arcade title to add to it’s library based on the Fox gameshow Hole In The Wall.  The arcade title, also called Hole In The Wall, will run you 800 MSP and much like the show forces players to contort their bodies to fit through odd shapes cut out of themed walls.  Try your best to past through the walls, or be forced off the platform and into the water.  Surprisingly fun but with no striking detection, fans may never be able to reenact the greatest Hole In The Wall scene ever.

  • Behemoths incredibly popular Castle Crashers title has been updated again with some notable additions for loyal fans.  For starters, the Pink Knight (born out of rumors and popular demand) is now free to download.  If adding the Pink Knight and five additional weapons isn’t enough, Behemoth is donating $1 with each of the first 50,000 downloads to the Keep A Breast foundation.  Also, the Blacksmith Pack is available for 160 MSP (like the King and Necromancer before it) and includes five more additional weapons for your disposal.  Behemoth even included a new team vs team (as opposed to just free-for-all) for the arenas, added in two new avatar awards, and fixed a mess of bugs just to show their loyalty to their fans.
  • The Call Of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection Pack is available for download and unlike previous packs this add-on completely focuses on zombie maps.  Players that ordered either of the two special editions when the game first released will already own the maps but newcomers will have to pay the 1200 MSP.  This map pack includes the four original zombie maps from Call Of Duty: World At War as well as a new map taking players to the Moon.  If you already own the maps, just boot the game up or redownload the pack to get your bonus level.
  • The ESPN app has been updated with all new features for your sports fix.  My Sports allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports” allowing you to directly jump into content pertaining to your favorites.  The Mini Guide gives you a preview and quick access to all the sports content you care about right at the bottom of your screen.  ESPN on Xbox LIVE is adding split screen support letting fans watch two events at once.  You can even control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of action.  If you’re too lazy to use the controller, they’ve added Voice Control with the Kinect.  ESPN on Xbox LIVE is also adding a live college football scoreboard that you can jump to at any time and reminders so you’ll never miss a moment.  Finally, they’ved alerts that will keep you posted even when not checking scoreboards and included ESPN Bottomline to keep you in the know with breaking news and score updates from around the world of sports.

  • Halo Fest kicked off at PAX Prime and highlights included new playable maps along with Immersive Steroscopic 3D support.  Along with the fan favorite maps already announced (Damnation and Beaver Creek), three more maps were announced and playable at Halo Fest.  Timberland is Halo Anniversary’s reimagined multiplayer map from Halo PC. Built for 8-16 players, Timberland is a tree-covered valley, sporting undulating hills, surging rivers, and a terrain perfect for large scale vehicle mayhem.  Prisoner is the return of Halo: Combat Evolved claustrophobic map containing spinning confinement platforms and is perfect for 2-8 players.  Finally, Installation 04 brings fans back to one of the most iconic environments in Halo’s history, the base of an enormous Forerunner spire from Halo: Combat Evolved. Returning for the anniversary edition in the new Firefight mode.  Defend the installation alongside three other players and ally AI players.  Also, Halo Reach is getting an update with the most noticeable change being the return of the Magnum pistol from Halo: Combat Evolved. The original Magnum is known for it’s incredible accuracy and the ability to finish opponents in three shots.  Lastly, the Halo 4 Warthog will be included in Forza Motorsport 4′s new Autovista experience.  Designed to showcase and offer an interactive experience with the world’s most iconic vehicles, Autovista allows players to walk around and interact with vehicles utilizing the Kinect.

It’s sad to see the Summer of Arcade end but if you’ve yet to check out the great games this year, you might wanna check out the contest we’re currently throwing.  Enter for your chance to win either Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet or Bastion for the XBLA which earned a 9.5 and 9.0 respectively.  As always, be sure to check out Kyle’s PlayStation Week In Review for all your sony needs and come back again next week for your Microsoft updates.

*Xbox Week in Review is a feature article that recaps the most interesting PlayStation news of the week. We also run a PlayStation Week in Review for all your PlayStation news of the week.