The Expendables 2 was released this morning on XBLA for 1200 MSP. The game, which is to act as a prelude to the movie of the same name, is …
Ubisoft have announced a video game tie in for the upcoming release of The Expendables 2, heading to XBLA this summer. The game, which is based on the over-the-top action film set to hit cinemas in August, allows players to take on the role of four of the world’s most crusty legendary mercenaries: Barney Ross, Gunner Jensen, Hale Caesar and Yin Yang. Players must rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped billionaire, in an adventure which concludes right where the new movie begins. Gameplay appears to be a standard 4 player twin stick shooter which is said to be playable both online and offline. Check out some more screenshots after the jump.
Boom! Punch! Kapow! Explode! Kablam! Arghhh! Splat! Pew! Woosh! Blam! Boom again! The Expendables 2 launches on August 17. Kaboom! Have you watched the new trailer yet? Smash! I …
Gamasutra have published their monthly Xbox Live Arcade sales analysis for August. This month we find out how well the second half of this year’s Summer of Arcade games …
This week there’s a whole lot of game talk, including a good portion about Dust and sadly a fair bit about The Expendables 2. I stumble through the news in Perry’s absence and then we fire through the Community Corner.
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Games tied to movies have a history of being terrible. They often have rushed development cycles, and most are so tightly linked to the movie that it’s impossible for the developer to have any sort of real freedom during their creation. Sure, sometimes we get an instant classic, and once or twice we’ve been blessed with a genre changer like Spider-Man 2. But let’s be honest, it’s a rare thing when one actually lives up to player expectations. Developers like High Moon Studios can’t even take their amazing work on the Transformers: Cybertron games and translate that into a good movie title.
Given all this it’s not surprising that publishers are looking for ways to continue to cash in without breaking their development budget. We’ve seen attempts to bring games to Xbox LIVE Arcade, most with poor results. Games like R.I.P.D. and The Expendables 2 are ho-hum on their best day. But smart movie studios have gone mobile. Android and iOS developing giant Gameloft, who were initially known for their console clones N.O.V.A. (Halo) and Modern Combat (Call of Duty), have struck gaming gold with movie tie-ins. By breaking down gameplay to core ingredients they’ve seen success with both Despicable Me 2: Minion Rush and Iron Man 3: The Official Game. Both may be “just” endless runners, yet somehow both are also en..dless fun. And we think Iron Man 3 could be just as fun on the 360.
Most movie-licensed games are a special kind of terrible, but every once in a while you’ll find a gem that salvages the crummy image they’ve cultivated for themselves. That’s not the case here. At best, these are thinly veiled advertisements for summer blockbusters; at worst, they’re gaming’s equivalent of Happy Meal toys – cheaply assembled from hunks of material lying around to capitalize on the fervor of whatever the target demographic is smitten with at the moment. And like those little plastic tchotchkes, if you want the thrill of playing with a relic of your new favorite license, you’re going to have to eat some junk.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally whittled down a surprisingly robust list of big-screen bombs. We’re counting down the top five worst Xbox Live Arcade movie tie-ins (in no particular order).
Today’s Cyber Monday – the Black Friday of Internet sales, the M0nday after Thanksgiving in which dozens of online retailers slash prices for the start of the holiday shopping season and allowing people who don’t want to brave crowds so soon after stuffing themselves with turkey to enjoy discounts from the comfort of their own home.
It’s the return of the regular four-man crew this week, and that brings with it a ton of discussion. First up Perry and Todd tell us about Spelunky (out tomorrow) which they’ve both been playing through the week. After that we hit last weeks releases, including of course Episode 2 of The Walking Dead.
Perry brings the news as always, Todd gives us a preview of a Todd Talk to come and Andrew rounds things out with the Community Corner.
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