Tagged: xbox live arcade

Adorable Ilomilo trailer; soundtrack being given away by developer

What’s with all the crazy trailers recently? Upcoming downloadable title Ilomilo now has a cute little trailer out that shows off a bit of the game.

More interesting is the fact that developer Southend Interactive is giving away tracks from the game’s soundtrack on its website. Grab them while they are hot.

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Alien Hominid HD is Deal of the Week

Microsoft sent out word that Alien Hominid HD, the award-winning Xbox Live Arcade game from The Behemoth, will be the “Deal of the Week” this week. It will see a 400 point price drop during this time and, as an added bonus, players who receive at least one achievement will unlock the playable Alien character for Castle Crashers.

Original Call of Duty Heading to PSN and Xbox Live

It’s been five years since the original Call of Duty was released exclusively on PC. The game will make itself available to PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers later this year when it arrives on PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Arcade.

This comes from NeoGAF where an user discovered this PEGI rating.

As the game isn’t officially announced yet, it is not known when the port will hit or what enhancements it will include.

Wolfenstein Coming to PS3 and Xbox 360

According to ESRB’s game ratings list, id Software’s classic first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360.

No further details were given, but many are speculating that the PSN and Xbox Live Arcade release will be timed to promote the upcoming Wolfenstein game in development at Raven Software; it is due out this summer on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Hasbro Family Game Night Released

Starting the “Days of Arcade” promotion, EA’s donwloadable board game collection Hasbro Family Game Night has hit Xbox Live Marketplace today.

It’s a free 237MB download that offers four demos of classic Hasbro games Connect 4, Yahtzee, Battleship and Scrabble. The full version of each of these games costs $10 and requires players to download the client application.

Hasbro also promises three more titles – Boggle, Sorry! and Sorry! Sliders – which are listed as “coming soon”.

Underperforming XBLA Games to be Removed

It has been revealed that Microsoft will put in effect a new policy of removing underperforming titles on Xbox Live Arcade. This comes from Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten, who explained that games which have been out for six months, scored less than 65% on Metacritic and have a conversion rate of less than 6% will be removed.

“This way titles are not just considered if they are not selling well or not getting good reviews, but actually a combination of both,” he said. “We will also give a three-month notice before delisting any title. Overall I think you will find this will focus the catalogue more on larger, more immersive games and make it much easier to find the games you are looking for.”

He also revealed that their team is working on a new digital rights management tool that will allow gamers to better consolidate licenses for downloadable content to a single console for online and offline play.

Microsoft on Boosting XBLA Size Limits

There is a restriction in place on Xbox Live Arcade, limiting the size of games to a maximum of 150MB. However, that is soon going to change as XBLA planner David Edery has said that Microsoft is considering increasing the file size limit to a more respectable 350MB. He notes that the limit is meant to maintain the platform’s focus on smaller, more accessible games that can be played by everyone.

“It’s a steady progress. We’ve been listening to our partners, listening to our customers to try and get a feel for what’s right,” Edery told GamesIndustry. “We don’t want the size limit to hit the roof because we think there’s some value in promoting small pick and play experiences that don’t cost USD 20 million, it’s good for the ecosystem.”

No definite date was provided for the size limit increase, though bigger games are expected soon.

Castle Crashers Goes Gold

Long in development title Castle Crashers has finally gone gold according to this post on the company’s blog. The game has completed production and is currently awaiting certification at Microsoft.

In development since 2006, the hack-and-slash title for the Xbox Live Arcade still does not have a release date seeing how unpredictably time consuming the certification process is at Microsoft. However, with core development completed, the game will surely come out this Summer.

Arkadian Warriors, GripShift on XBLA

Today sees the release of two new games on Xbox Live Arcade – Arkadian Warriors and GripShift. Here’s the deal:

Three heroic shape-shifting warriors fight to release the Land of Arkadia from the evil Gorgon’s stony gaze. In the uniquely expansive “Arkadian Warriors,” randomly generated dungeons and cooperative multiplayer hack & slash action enhances a deep single-player campaign. The robust cooperative multiplayer mode is available for two players both locally and over Xbox LIVE. Upgrading is key as players hone their skills, acquire loot and master powerful magic spells and numerous deadly weapons in a journey of mythical proportions. “Arkadian Warriors” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

Through a mix of sky-high platforming and stunt driving, “GripShift” combines automotive and puzzle solving skills across 120 challenging levels, 25 rubber burning race tracks and 20 deadly deathmatch arenas across four themed worlds. Zoom to victory with four players over Xbox LIVE or race solo, all while enjoying a customizable music experience! Choose your driver, unlock faster vehicles and customize your ride with new skins. Developed by Sidhe Interactive, “GripShift” is a gravity-defying thrill ride every racing fan must experience! The game will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E10+ by the ESRB.

The games are being sold for 800 Microsoft points each.