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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.
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:
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.
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.
Game Description: A 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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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.
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.
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!
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.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region 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.
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.
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.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region 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.
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.
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.
Dash Text: The new revolution of Tower defense! Defense Technica! A project ‘Noah’ is now released to defeat the cruel invader Hergus and save the world. You should defend the core and struggle against the constantly rushing enemy in the battlefield where attack paths and the land, or weather are changed in real-time. You will be amazed at the gorgeous landscape in the beautiful graphic of Defense Technica. Upgrade various weapons to the enemy’s attribute. Predict and decide promptly how and when to counterattack in response to their changing moving route. Play your own game with more meticulous and strategic system.
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Welcome to the next generation of Trials! With its glimmering vision of what our future holds were technology and nature to co-exist, combined with today’s most exciting and popular motorsport, Trials Fusion has retained and enhanced the essential features from its best-selling, critically acclaimed predecessors, Trials Evolution and Trials HD. A magnificent fusion of the proven, no-frills Trials formula based on ultra-addictive competition with the cutting edge of graphics and social networking.
I spent some time with Trials Fusion this weekend at PAX East, where Creative Director and co-founder of RedLynx Antti Ilvessuo walked me through some of what’s new in this latest Trials title (hint: there’s a lot).
The new look and feel is apparent from the title screen, which is simplified to just two main options: Ride and Create. “The first game (Trials HD) was in a warehouse, next (Trials Evolution) was outdoors,” Ilvessuo explained. “This will be the first experience in a new game, and it won’t look like an Evolution level. Everything will be shiny and new.”
The way Fusion treats your progress is also quite different, which you’ll notice in the post-race screen. Everything you do on the track: career, multiplayer, everything is represented by a total experience level for each track across every mode. You also now have a overal XP level, which supplements the returning, all-important leaderboards. Now you know who has spent the most time on tracks, putting in work to post a fantastic time on a course.
Everything in between the main menu and the post-race is the pure, awesome physics-based gameplay that has made the Trials games so fun. “The great thing about physics is you don’t know how it will end until you land,” said Ilvessuo.
This fact is never more apparent than in the new FMX mode, which has players gunning for high scores by pulling risky tricks and successfully landing Tony Hawk-style; you only bank the points if you don’t crash. You’ll have the opportunity to plot out devastating combos in FMX Training, a kind of zero-gravity safe zone where you can toy with the moveset, free of the fear of crashing.
The realistic physics engine means wipeouts are still incredibly fun to watch, and I’d expect Upload Studio to be filled with painful-looking blooper reels in short order.
There’s a lot more “new” in Trials Fusion: 40 new levels, including many aimed at the hardcore audience, more character customization options, unique – and sometimes bizarre – challenges for each track, and a 4-wheeler that handles completely differently than the bikes you’re accustomed to.
RedLynx apparently has much more in the works. “The whole idea of Trials is what we call the ‘Minecraft Model’ you buy it once, and you get all the upcoming features for free,” Ilvessuo told me. “You buy the game, you’re buying a ticket. We know what we want to do one year in advance, we’re planning two years in advance. We’re planning online tournaments, teams, and then online multiplayer. Huge stuff is coming.” (Ubisoft clarified that while they will be offering players many upcoming features for free, this does not preclude paid DLC for new tracks and editor mode assets)
So why “Fusion”? “Fusion is the greatest power in the universe,” said Ilvessuo. “Evolution was second.”