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July 11th 2014, 9:01 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 5 Update

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale continues – save 25-75% on the following titles through tomorrow, July 12th only.
Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

      

Content Title Content Type Discount %
South Park: The Stick of Truth Games on Demand 25%
Left for Dead 2 Games on Demand 75%
Madden NFL 25 Games on Demand 58%
Peggle Arcade 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Don’t forget – a large number of titles are on sale throughout the weekend. Click here for that list. A new set of Xbox 360 games will go on sale every day through Monday, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check back here tomorrow.

July 11th 2014 at 9:01 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 450 comments

July 10th 2014, 9:00 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 4 Update

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale continues – save 50-83% on the following titles through tomorrow, July 11th only.

Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Grand Theft Auto V Games on Demand 50%
Need for Speed Rivals Games on Demand 58%
Crysis 3 Games on Demand 70%
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Games on Demand 60%
Ninja Gaiden 2 Games on Demand 83%
Bastion Arcade 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Don’t forget – a large number of titles are on sale throughout the weekend. Click here for that list. A new set of Xbox 360 games will go on sale every day through Monday, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check back here tomorrow.

July 10th 2014 at 9:00 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 490 comments

July 9th 2014, 9:00 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 3 Update

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale continues – save 33-77% on the following titles through tomorrow, July 10th only.
Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

        

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Games on Demand 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Games on Demand 50%
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Games on Demand 75%
Red Faction: Armageddon Games on Demand 77%
Assassins Creed Liberation Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Don’t forget – a large number of titles are on sale all week long. Click here for that list. A new set of Xbox 360 games will go on sale every day this week, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check back here tomorrow.

July 9th 2014 at 9:00 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 396 comments

July 8th 2014, 9:01 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 2 Update

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale continues – save 50-75% on the following titles through tomorrow, July 9th only.

Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

        

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Halo 4 Games on Demand 50%
ArcaniA Games on Demand 75%
WWE 2K14 Games on Demand 50%
Dragon Age II Games on Demand 75%
Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Don’t forget – a large number of titles are on sale all week long. Click here for that list. A new set of Xbox 360 games will go on sale every day this week, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check back here tomorrow.

July 8th 2014 at 9:01 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 434 comments

July 7th 2014, 1:01 pm PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold + Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale

For the next seven days, we’re slashing prices on some of Xbox 360′s best titles, in addition to the week’s normal Deals with Gold on the Xbox Games Store. The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale includes both Daily and Weekly Deals – and because so many games are discounted this week, we’re revealing the list a bit early – these sales won’t take effect until tomorrow, 8 July.

The following titles are on sale tomorrow only (8 July 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Fable Trilogy Games on Demand 33%
King of Fighters XIII Games on Demand 75%
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Games on Demand 38%
Zoo Tycoon Games on Demand 50%
Halo Spartan Assault Arcade 66%
TMNT Out Of The Shadows Arcade 66%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*All Ultimate Games Sale deals are available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members. 

The following discounts will be valid through 14 July 2014:

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Titanfall Xbox One Game 33%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass* Add-on 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*This deal is available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Serious Sam 3 BFE: Jewel of the Nile Arcade 66%
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Arcade 66%
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter Arcade 66%
Serious Sam Double D XXL Arcade 66%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 67%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Hearthfire Add-on 67%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 67%
Halo 4 War Games Map Pass Add-on 50%
WWE 2K14 Season Pass Add-on 50%
Gears of War 3 Season Pass Add-on 50%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass Add-on 40%
Sensible World of Soccer Arcade 66%
The Walking Dead Season 2 Season Pass Add-on 50%
July Ultimate Games Sale*
Street Fighter X Tekken Games on Demand 75%
Skyrim Games on Demand 67%
Dishonored Games on Demand 67%
Amazing Spiderman 2 Games on Demand 33%
Portal 2 Games on Demand 67%
Child of Eden Games on Demand 67%
Silent Hill: HD Games on Demand 67%
Pac Man Museum Arcade 50%
BloodRayne Betrayal Arcade 50%
Trials Evolution Arcade 66%
Ducktales Arcade 66%
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Games on Demand 50%
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Games on Demand 67%
Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Games on Demand 50%
Trials Fusion Arcade 33%
Darksiders II Games on Demand 75%
FIFA World Cup Games on Demand 60%
Fallout 3 Games on Demand 67%
Skate 2 Games on Demand 75%
Devil May Cry 4 Games on Demand 75%
Fight Night Champion Games on Demand 75%
Deus Ex Human Revolution Games on Demand 67%
MX vs ATV Reflex Games on Demand 75%
Walking Dead 400 Days Arcade 50%
Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left Arcade 50%
Walking Dead Episode 4: Around Every Corner Arcade 50%
Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead Arcade 50%
Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved For Help Arcade 50%
Lara Croft: Guardian of Light Arcade 75%
Stuntman: Ignition Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War 3 Games on Demand 75%
Fallout New Vegas Games on Demand 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*All Ultimate Games Sale deals are available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.
 

A new set of Xbox 360 games will go on sale every day this week, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check back here tomorrow.

July 7th 2014 at 1:01 pm | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 482 comments

July 2nd 2014, 6:52 am PT

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship EditionContent: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

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Note:  Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will debut on Xbox One as a free download as part of July’s Games with Gold.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is also available for Xbox 360.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.






July 2nd 2014 at 6:52 am | Arcade, Games with Gold, ID@Xbox, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 155 comments

June 25th 2014, 10:21 am PT

Valiant Hearts is Now Available on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Valiant HeartsContent: Valiant Hearts

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Valiant Hearts is also available for Xbox 360.
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June 25th 2014 at 10:21 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 42 comments

June 25th 2014, 9:48 am PT

Arcade: Putty Squad

Putty SquadContent: Putty Squad
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Game Description: Putty Squad is a no-holds-barred retro gaming experience brought to life for the modern gamer. Our hero, Putty, can inflate, morph, stretch, punch and absorb, taking on ferocious enemies on his mission to rescue imprisoned putties. Putty Squad features lovingly created levels that will test your timing, skill and imagination in a charming and incredibly addictive adventure. Accessible to the both casual and serious gamer, Putty Squad will keep you hooked for hours and hours of game play fun.

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June 25th 2014 at 9:48 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 10 comments

June 24th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 30 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ryse Xbox One Game 17%
Ryse Season Pass Add-on 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Diablo III Games on Demand 50%
Payday 2 Games on Demand 63%
Fable II Games on Demand 75%
Fable III Games on Demand 75%
Fable Heroes Arcade 66%
Fable Anniversary DLC
Fable Armoured Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Creature Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Villain’s Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Hero’s Weapons and Outfits Pack Add-on 40%
Fable Pirate Weapon and Outfit Pack Add-on 67%
Fable Ranger Weapon and Outfit Pack Add-on 67%
LEGO The Hobbit Games on Demand 40%
The LEGO Movie Videogame Games on Demand 33%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 50%
LEGO Batman Games on Demand 70%
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Games on Demand 60%
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Games on Demand 65%
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Games on Demand 75%
FIFA World Cup Brazil (begins 26 June) Games on Demand 35%
SEGA Sale
Vanquish Games on Demand 60%
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Games on Demand 50%
Condemned Games on Demand 75%
Virtua Fighter 5 Games on Demand 75%
Sonic Generations Games on Demand 75%
Anarchy Reigns Games on Demand 75%
Virtua Tennis 4 Games on Demand 75%
Viking Games on Demand 67%
Alpha Protocol Games on Demand 67%
Castle of Illusion Arcade 50%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Arcade 50%
Hell Yeah! Arcade 67%
The Cave Arcade 50%
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Arcade 75%
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 Arcade 50%
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
The LEGO and SEGA deals listed above valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.
FIFA World Cup Brazil sale begins 26 June 2014.

Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.






June 24th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 353 comments

June 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Arcade: Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs AttackContent: Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
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Game DescriptionA puzzle-platformer of cataclysmic proportions, starring an ornery blob with an insatiable appetite. Begin the game a tiny captive carnivore, finish a city-devouring giant. Gain freakish new abilities including magnetism, telekinesis, and rocket power. Platforming has never been this viscous, nor this various. 24 expansive single player campaign levels, PLUS top-down bonus stages. Consume everything, regret nothing!

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More on Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack from the developers:

Hello from DrinkBox Studios!

We’re very happy to announce that our breakout hit, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, is out now for the Xbox 360. Do you like puzzles? Do you like platforming? Do you like to absorb objects while you do both of those things? Even if you only answered yes to one of those things, hear us out.

Mutant Blobs Attack is a puzzle-munchy-platformer about exacting revenge on the human race by eating the world around you to grow larger, larger and larger.

You start out the size of a penny, absorbing tiny objects to increase in size, allowing you to see the levels around you at different scales, and be able to interact with objects that earlier were too large for you to move. Most importantly you’ll experience the joys of eating boots, humans, cows, and space cows.

  

In addition to consuming all of existence, you will also gain some pretty unique blob powers such as Magnetism, and Telekinesis. Attach yourself to any metal object in the environment to zoom around inverted, or use your blob brain to control objects from a distance.

How much will it cost you to have what might be the greatest experience of your life? As of today you can now purchase Mutant Blobs Attack for $7.99. Also, be sure to give us some blob love on Twitter @DrinkBoxStudios.





June 18th 2014 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 29 comments

May 27th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014. Please note FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct deals that began last week are also still valid.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Earth Defense Force 2025 Games on Demand 33%
Star Trek Games on Demand 67%
Aliens: Colonial Marines Games on Demand 75%
Alien Hominid HD Arcade 50%
Lost Planet 3 Games on Demand 66%
Aliens vs. Predator Games on Demand 68%
Alien Breed Episode 1 Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 2: Assault Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 3: Descent Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

May 27th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 99 comments

May 21st 2014, 5:30 am PT

Arcade: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Peggle 2Content: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
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Dash Text: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!

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May 21st 2014 at 5:30 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 11 comments

May 20th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 26 May 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (already own Combo Breaker)* add-on 50%
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (don’t own Combo Breaker)* add-on 12%
FIFA 14* Xbox One game 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These Xbox One deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games on Demand 75%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games on Demand 66%
Tales of Vesperia Games on Demand 50%
Soul Calibur V Games on Demand 66%
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon – Advanced Edition Games on Demand 66%
Soul Calibur II HD Arcade 50%
Enslaved Games on Demand 66%
Armored Core – Verdict Day Games on Demand 66%
Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 66%
Beautiful Katamari Games on Demand 66%
Power Rangers Super Samurai Games on Demand 50%
FIFA 14* Games on Demand 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014.






May 20th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 176 comments

May 14th 2014, 7:46 am PT

Super Time Force Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Super Time ForceContent: Super Time Force

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Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

Super Time Force is also available for Xbox 360.
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May 14th 2014 at 7:46 am | Arcade, ID@Xbox, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 93 comments

May 14th 2014, 7:27 am PT

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 Now Available

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3Content: The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3 – In Harm’s Way
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Dash Text: Captured, bloody and beaten; Clementine and her group learn what it’s like to live under the heel of a leader whose intelligence is rivaled only by his propensity for brutal violence. With escape being a priority, Clem is forced to make hard-hitting decisions in this episode. If you own The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass, DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. The Walking Dead: Season 2, Ep. 1 – All That Remains required; sold separately.

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May 14th 2014 at 7:27 am | Arcade, Demo, Game Add-on, Marketplace | 24 comments

May 13th 2014, 5:01 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 19 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One game 25%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. This Xbox One deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Island Games on Demand 50%
Dead Island Riptide Games on Demand 60%
Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Nuketown Zombies Add-On 50%
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Arcade 66%
Plants vs Zombies Arcade 75%
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Games on Demand 33%
State of Decay Arcade 50%
Read Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection Add-On 75%
How to Survive Arcade 50%
Zombie Driver Arcade 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

Xbox 360 Square Enix Publisher Sale

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Thief Games on Demand 25%
Thief – Booster Pack: Ghost Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Predator Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Opportunist Add-On 33%
Thief – The Bank Heist Add-On 33%
Thief- The Forsaken – Challenge Map Add-On 33%
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 55%
Tomb Raider Adventure Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Tomb Raider Online Survival Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
1939 Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Lighting Returns:  Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand 50%
FF LEGENDS Collection Add-On 50%
The Samurai Collection Add-On 50%
The Premium Collection Add-On 50%
Hitman: Blood Money Games on Demand 67%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Games on Demand 67%
Battlestation Pacific Games on Demand 80%
Just Cause 2 Games on Demand 67%
Dungeon Siege III Games on Demand 75%
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Games on Demand 75%
Quantum Conundrum Arcade 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These publisher deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

May 13th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 79 comments

May 7th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Arcade: Peggle 2

Peggle 2Content: Peggle 2
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Dash Text: Everything is better with Peggle! Catch the fever now on Xbox 360 with Peggle 2, where you’ll master over 120 new levels and trials in the sequel to one of the most engaging puzzle-action games of all time. Unleash amazing magic powers as you learn from Peggle Master Bjorn, and 4 all-new masters like the dark and mysterious Luna, while you shoot balls at colorful, challenging boards of pegs to reach Extreme Fever. But there’s more! Unlocked costumes allow you to dress up the various masters for laughs and for multiplayer fun. And try four-player Peg Party mode or two-player Duel mode, which let you deploy your Peggle skills to the utmost against friends and family. 

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May 7th 2014 at 6:00 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace | 34 comments

May 6th 2014, 6:15 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack Add-On 25%

 

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Fable Anniversary Games on Demand 25%
Pool Nation Arcade 80%
Scourge: Outbreak Arcade 75%
Fez Arcade 60%
Sacred Citadel Arcade 75%
Sacred Citadel – Jungle Hunt Add-On 75%
Transformers War for Cybertron Games on Demand 75%
Transformers Fall of Cybertron Games on Demand 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.






May 6th 2014 at 6:15 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 138 comments

April 30th 2014, 6:49 am PT

Child of Light Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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The Black Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. You play as Aurora, a young princess with a pure heart whose soul is brought to the kingdom of Lemuria. Embark on a quest to recapture the three sources of light, defeat the Black Queen and restore the kingdom of Lemuria.

Child of Light is also available for Xbox 360.
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The UBIart framework has powered some of the finest 2D visuals in all of gaming, as demonstrated in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. What happens when a team sets out to make a JRPG using this engine? The result is the unique Child of Light, now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Working on the Assassin’s Creed series, Child of Light writer Jeffrey Yohalem became enamored with the blurring of history and fiction. “There’s a place in Austria that I saw that was very magical, in a place called Carniola now,” Yohalem told me during a hands-on demonstration at PAX East. “I wanted to create a fairy tale that talked about how that place came to be.” This tale centers on young Aurora’s quest to reach her father, the duke, in the days leading up to the Easter Earthquake of 1895.

While the location and timing of the story have roots in reality, the UBIart-enhanced visuals present a rather surreal view of the tale. Everything flows as if underwater: Aurora’s hair floats around her in a manner reminiscent of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Yohalem confirmed the influence), flying fish actually flit through a forest.

Child of Light’s character animation truly is a sight to behold. I marveled at the way Aurora loses her crown when she takes a hit, scrambling to retrieve it and place it back on her head. Even turning about-face during platforming segments is lavishly rendered. When I pointed this out to Yohalem, he informed me that one of the lead animators helped bring Assassins Altair and Ezio to life, as well as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

With a European setting, two dimensional platforming, and a birthplace in the West, why is Yohalem calling Child of Light a JRPG?

“For me [JRPG is] a rule set,” Yohalem explained. “If you said we’re going to take RISK and make a game based on that, it doesn’t have to look like it. For us it’s a rule set that happens to have been made by the Japanese. Also the art is inspired by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy’s original concept artist), at least on a loose level. We feel like this is a set of rules that hasn’t been used in a long time. We took that rule set and applied that to a very different type of experience”

Despite the distinctly different look, Child of Light’s includes a number of clear JRPG elements. Battle revolves around a timing mechanic similar to classic Final Fantasy’s classic Active Time Battle system. Your characters level up, and the game’s skill tree even reminded me of Final Fantasy XII’s License Board. Oh, and it’s not easy – your tactics will be tested in Child of
Light. I’m not ashamed to say I was wiped out during the demo… and that’s a good thing.







April 30th 2014 at 6:49 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 76 comments

April 25th 2014, 7:24 am PT

Arcade: Dustforce

DustforceContent: Dustforce
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Dash Text: Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-’em-up platformer.

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April 25th 2014 at 7:24 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace | 75 comments

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