Iâ€™m back from my jolly holidays! Havenâ€™t bothered to unpack my case yet as have been too busy playing Red Dead Redemption and catching up with all the things Iâ€™ve missed on XBL. So less monkey-ing around, hereâ€™s whatâ€™s on offer this week:
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuckâ€™s Revenge â€“ 800MP
With much improved background art but with the same zany humour, pirate Guybrush Threepwood is back for another swashbuckling, root beer, logic puzzling, insult sword-fighting adventure. Does this new edition of a classic game work as Guybrush hunts for treasure whilst trying to win the heart of his true love and fighting off the giant zombie pirate LeChuck? Absolutely! This time, there is a new command system which allows you to interact with highlighted objects rather than typing commands and cleverly, you can switch anytime between the original game and the new all singing, all dancing (well, alright, all talking) Technicolor version plus thereâ€™s a new re-recorded and re-mastered vocal score from the original Monkey Island voice-actors Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman. The switch feature means the hilariously fun story never strays away from the original so this should appeal to both new fans and those who have always dearly loved this game. Without doubt my recommendation of the week.
Blacklight: Tango Down â€“ 1200MP
Recharge your Hyper Reality Visor and dust off your digi grenades for some serious FPS action. There are 4 Black Ops modes for single players and overall, itâ€™s not a bad game to look at but thereâ€™s no story, no cut scenes and no big bad bosses as this title is really all about the intense online battles, which can support up to 16 players! There are 7 game modes to choose from including Deathmatch, Retrieval, Domination, Detonate and Last Man Standing with 12 different maps with hundreds of unlockable upgrades to access with the more experience points you get and even more ways of customizing your weapons. Cheap and cheerful for multiplayer fans.
Elsewhere to buy:
Fight Night Round 4 – Â£19.99
The best boxing game ever made bar none. No trying to dodge fights or getting by on luck, here making every punch count is the only way to get through ( as the new physics-based system manes glancing blows and running around a lot will have the commentators and your opponents laughing in your bloodied face). You also have to play strategically to not only become a champion but to manage your training and balancing your popularity against skill to ensure you leave a lasting legacy on the sport. This game looks amazing and takes the whole life of the boxer into account making it realistic and an absolute must for all boxing fans.
Frontlines: Fuel of War – Â£19.99
Back in May we had Battlefield 2: Modern Combat on XBL and this title has a very familiar feel and content to it. Though set in the future, the worldâ€™s leading super powers (the Red Star Alliance â€“ Russia and China against the Western Coalition â€“ USA and Europe) are going to war over oil shortages. Itâ€™s story feels predictable in comparison to other games on the market and it looks okay I suppose but once again, itâ€™s the multiplayer element where this gameâ€™s hook is and if you thought 16 players for Blacklight: Tango Down was good, youâ€™ll be stunned at the possibility of playing some gigantic online battles with up to 32 players! All you need now is 31 friendsâ€¦
Add-Ons now and weâ€™re back to rocking our socks off:
Rock Band and for 160Mp each or 1600MP for every track, thereâ€™s a revival in the works:
â€Bad Moon Risingâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Born on the Bayouâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Down on the Cornerâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Fortunate Sonâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Green Riverâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€I Heard it Through the Grapevineâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Looking Out My Back Doorâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Proud Maryâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Travelinâ€™ Bandâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Up Around the Bendâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Run Through the Jungleâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
â€Whoâ€™ll Stop the Rainâ€ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Guitar Hero 5
Queen Track Pack â€“ 440MP
Get this killer Queen pack which includes â€œCrazy Little Thing Called Loveâ€, â€œSomebody to Loveâ€ and of course â€œKiller Queenâ€. Freddie moustaches and military crop jackets not included.
Dragon Age: Origins
Lelianaâ€™s Song â€“ 560MP
Set years before the Blight, play as the young Orlesian bard Leliana who accompanies her mentor Marjolaine on a high risk mission that changed her forever. Joining in the danger and intrigue are two new characters Tug, a Dwarven warrior and Sketch an Elven Apostate. Soon Leliana finds her only options are to kill or be killed in this exciting new standalone adventure.
Mass Effect 2
Aegis Pack â€“ 160MP
More goodies for Commander Shepardâ€™s armor locker to assist him as he fights his way across the galaxy! This pack gives you the burst fire M-29 Incisor Sniper Rifle which is good for destroying enemy shields and the Kestrel Armour which comes in 5 pieces: The Kestrel Helmet adding weapon and headshot damage whilst giving shield strength, the Kestrel Arm Sheathing which adds melee and weapon damage plus more shield strength, the Kestrel Shoulder Pieces and the Kestrel Torso Sheath which both add yet more shields and melee damage and finally the Kestrel Hip-Mounted Power Pack which adds shields and heavy weapon ammo capacity. Good job heâ€™s in space or heâ€™d be sweltering in all that gear if he were in London this summer.
Clash of the Titans
Zeusâ€™s Challenge Pack â€“ 160MP
More sub weapons and rare gift items in this mythical action title are up for grabs if you complete this weekâ€™s challenge from the big man himself, Zeus. Choose from either â€œTemple of the Godsâ€ or â€œMan-Eating Monsterâ€ and rise to new heights of power by defeating all the monsters that stand in your way.
Worms 2: Armageddon
Battle Pack â€“ 400MP
The classic turn based comical strategy game gets even more explosive with this pack which includes 6 new weapons, 30 new single player missions, 10 new forts and a brand new game mode called Body Count which I donâ€™t think takes much working out to see what the objective there will be!
Finally, Indie Games and your imagination could be in for a nasty surprise:
Nightmare â€“ 80MP
There are some vivid and unusual illustrations in the trailer and screenshots for this curious title. Do you feel alone? Whatâ€™s in your mind? The answers and survival itself lie beyond a door though getting to the door through the dream world seems trickier than first appears and with spooky music tinkling along the way, this game has a strange way of unnerving you. Not one to play before bedtime.
Bloody Death â€“ 80MP
This is a great example of how to make an extremely un-scary game and Iâ€™ve included it this week as a warning to NOT spend your 80MP on this and to encourage you all with video cameras out there to get filming and start make some great games. The idea here is a very simple one which copies every other badly made horror flick and even worse is poorly executed; a faceless murderer is coming to get you. With bad actors, bad accents, shot in bad light with bad effects this is as bad as it gets. Full Motion Video gaming is surely the future with Kinect knocking on our doors and well done to the makers for even getting it onto the indie list (with some of the top violence, sex and mature content scores Iâ€™ve ever seen) but please stop wasting everyoneâ€™s time!
My Band â€“ 80MP
If youâ€™re going to be making your own FMV game, youâ€™ll need a good soundtrack so should check out this title that lets you create your own band then compose your own music using your controller or any instrument that is compatible with the Xbox! Not sure why the band members represented in the game all look like bananas (pity you couldnâ€™t have your own Avatar) but as this weekâ€™s selection of Indie games are to do with imagination and creativity, I think Iâ€™ll let it go.
Well, itâ€™s good to be back in the land of the gaming. If youâ€™re away on holiday soon, donâ€™t forget to take your laptop with you so you can keep reading the weeklies! For those of you staying at home and sensibly staying indoors and gaming so you donâ€™t get sun-stroke, see you next week for more XBL.