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Weekly XBL Update

Posted by Tambo On September - 27 - 2010

Lots and lots of fabulous titles and plenty of shooting to be done on the ole Xgogglebox this week so less chit chat, more play!

Alien Breed 2: Assault – 800MP

So you’re in space and you think you’re all alone, quietly going about your own business of collecting loot and trying to revive your ships engines when suddenly and seemingly from out of nowhere come masses and masses of angry aliens. Luckily your character, Conrad is built like a brick outhouse and is armed with rocket launchers, hyper blasters and countless other white hot weapons to take on the swarms of ugly aliens, some of which are so huge, they take up most of the screen. With exceptionally detailed locations, some awesome special effects/explosions and music to get your nerves a jangling, the sense of claustrophobic onslaught is never felt more than in the frantic survivor mode where getting an online friend to join in the action adds to the thrills. If in Space no one can hear you scream, here they will certainly hear your firepower. Not quite crazy blast that Serious Sam delivers but for those looking for some shooting action this week, this is a bargain at 800MP.


Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – 1200MP

Your second option of shooting action picks up mere moments where the surprisingly brilliant original Serious Sam left off, in this stunning follow up. A glorious mix of non-stop action, crazy looking monsters, massive weapons and impressive scenery await Sam as he crashes back on earth. Though witty Sam is an impressive brute, you will have to have your wits about you as the ferocious beasts just keep on coming. Luckily you can carry oodles of ammo and over a dozen high-powered weapons, including the brand new chainsaw and flamethrower to shoot, hack and slash your way through. The online multiplayer modes include Survival, Capture the Flag, My Burden and Coin-Op and provide you with lots of huge multiplayer maps that above all are sheer, manic fun. Forget story arcs, goodbye realism, the totally over-the-top shooting frenzy that is Serious Sam is seriously good fun.


Blade Kitten – 1200MP

One of the last of the Felion race, Kit Ballard has pointy feline ears and a very nice pink fluffy tail. Based on the comic strip by Steve Stamatiadis, Blade Kitten is the first of a two part mini series starring bounty hunter Kit. With her lethal hovering sword, the Darque Blade and alien sidekick Skiffy, Kit is on the trail of troublemaker Terra-Li, a big bounty worth one million HEX. This time however, there’s blond haired opponent Lucy chasing the same thing… This side scrolling adventure may lack the power and fury of the above titles but there is some satisfying gameplay to be found. There isn’t a huge range of moves on offer but each is beautifully functional whilst the amine inspired cut scenes are more like a Saturday morning cartoon full of action and great vocal performances. Basic puss-le (see what I did there?) solving and lots of platform jumping, plenty of secrets to uncover plus the chance to jump on the back of a pink creature to bash through walls make this accessible for everyone and well worth investigating.


DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue – 1200MP

DeathSpank is back after, well only a few months. Starting at the very point the last game left off (which wasn’t much of a cliff-hanger, more like an emergency break with no clues as to what was going to happen next), our Hero of the downtrodden must now hunt down the remaining six Thongs of Virtue as they corrupt the very people who have been charged with their safekeeping. Once again, fans of the humorous dialogue from creator Ron Gilbert will feel that this is really what makes this game worth playing. As with the previous hack and slash title, DeathSpank has an enormous number of weapons at his disposal which you can easily swap between but this time, you get more ranged weapons (yes, Bazookas and machine guns – hurrah) but with limited ammunition (boo). For all those of you who got through the first game shooting enemies from afar then finishing them off close up, your going to have to change your tactics. Still no online option but you can play local co-op without the annoying Sparkles wizard chap but a new friend instead who is just as useless. Thongs of Virtue doesn’t do anything new and though sometimes the evil creatures are absurdly hard to beat, it always remains great fun.


Elsewhere to buy:

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary – £14.99

Following her magnificent return to our gaming hearts as part of the Summer of Arcade, this title is a timely reminder of why we fell in love with the puzzle solving, tunnel crawling, platform jumping, treasure hunting Lara in the first place. Inspired by the 1996 Tomb Raider game, Anniversary faithfully preserves all the best bits from the original game whilst making it totally up to date. As well as pulling levers, pushing boxes, leaping over traps (and this wouldn’t be a Tomb Raider game without those elements now would it?) Lara has gone out and bought herself a rather snazzy grapple gun meaning you can solve the familiar puzzles in a whole new way, bringing new gameplay and interest to loyal fans.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – £19.99

Breaking away from the World War II setting of the previous titles in the series, CoD4 is set in the Middle East, Russia and multiple other locations and you can control six different characters in the single player campaign including Sergeant John “Soap” Mactavish. Weapons including sniper rifles, grenade launchers and anti tank guided missiles (plus anything you can pick up from fallen enemies) make for some extreme action scenes plus there are even more weapons to unlock and the chance to customise your character through completing multiplayer challenges.


Call of Duty: World at War – £29.99

Take up your Thompson sub machine gun once again as Marine Private C. Miller or your Mosin-Nagent rifle as Private Dimitri Petrenko as the series goes back to it’s roots with some of World War II’s most infamous and hauntingly intense campaigns in the Pacific and throughout Europe. It has six different multiplayer modes including capture the flag and deathmatch whilst Co-Op allows you to play with up to 4 people online. CoD:WaW has plenty to offer hardcore and casual gamers alike whilst remaining devastatingly brutal and portrays the WWII with all it’s horrors quite unlike any game.


Add-ons now and there lots of free things to do with death/dead titles:

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
Tannko the Warrior – FREE

If you think DeathSpanks biddies have been a bit lame, worry no more as the half-man, half-monster Tannko joins in the battle for justice and ill fitting underwear!

The Snowy Mountain Dungeon – FREE

As you know, we try to give our own take on all things XBL here at GGUK but no one can say it better than DeathSpank himself. “Be alert brave hero! A freezing yet terrifying dungeon has opened up in the Snowy Mountains! Horrible enemies of ice, flesh and terror await DeathSpank in this, the greatest expansion of all time!” I really couldn’t come up with ant way better of saying this is a great Add-On.

Dead Rising 2
Soldier Pack – FREE
Ninja Pack – FREE
Sports Pack – FREE

These free packs are necessary when playing co-op with someone who already owns the “Skills Pack – Soldier, Ninja or Sports” downloadable content but they don’t allow you to wear the Soldier, Ninja or Sports costume on your own character. This pack is not necessary if you have already downloaded and installed the “Skills Pack – Soldier, Ninja or Sports” content packs. Obviously, it’s best if you talk to whomever you’re playing co-op with to make sure they have the packs, or as it’s FREE just download to your hearts content and get zombie mashing!

Red Dead Redemption
Liars and Cheats Pack – 800MP

So you can challenge your friends to horse races or hope lady luck is with you when playing multiplayer Poker or Liar’s Dice but the reason I will be buying this Add-On is for the new explosive rifle (wow!) which you can test our in several new Gang Hideouts. You can also play as legendary heroes or villains from the single player story and become the greatest wild westerner of all.

Skate 3
San Van Party Pack – 560MP

Flip trick and grind your way around a huge new park or revisit the Urban Rex area from the original Skate game. Party animals can indulge in some one on one skating in Spot Battle as part of the Part Play feature also included in this pack.

Rock Band 3
Legend (album) – 1600MP

Originally released in 1983, this week there are thirteen classic Bob Marley & the Wailers Tracks to get jamming to from the best selling reggae album of all time including:
“Is This Love”
“No Woman No Cry”
“Could You Be Loved”
“Three Little Birds”
“Buffalo Soldier”
“Stir It Up”
“One Love/People Get Ready”
“I Shot the Sheriff”
“Waiting in Vain”
“Redemption Song”
“Satisfy My Soul”


This Michael Buble Song Pack for 440MP will have you crooning in the living room and includes:
”Haven’t Met You Yet”

Even if you can’t sing, this one is worth getting just for the videos of the rather handsome Mr. Buble keeping mum’s and daughters happy across the UK.

Finally, Indie Games and keeping with this week’s almighty munitions fest, there’s more shoot em ups, starting with:

Starchon – 80MP

Not a bad first effort from indie game developer Freelance Games. This authentically looks and feels like a classic sci-fi action game with good graphics and 5 playable starships that come with over 30 weapons, shields, engines and generators. Once you’ve got your ship in order, head out into deep space, annihilating everything in your path as you try and defend the Super Defense Carrier through over 80 sectors.


Nuclear Wasteland – 80MP

I can’t resist a zombie game and here’s one with good graphics and plenty of ammo to use on your rotting headed enemies. Set in 2030, the West has just got even wilder as the locals have all turned into mutants. Swarms of em are after you but with Assault rifles, Sub Machine Guns and Shotguns at your disposal with plenty of ammunition bunkers to be found, this is the cheapest shooting fun on offer this week. Yeehaw!


Now that’s what I call some serious trigger-happy action. So many bullets, so little time. I expect everyone to have thumb ache by next week or you haven’t been making the most of the shooting action on offer. Bang bang till next week.


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