From Dust was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and will be released for XBLA on July 26, 2011 for 1200 Microsoft Points. The game is part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion. A copy was provided for review purposes.
From Dust is the geo-centric strategy/god game brainchild of storied game designer Éric Chahi. It marks Chahi’s long-awaited return to the industry and—perhaps more importantly—helps fill the gaping void in quality strategy games for downloadable platforms.
We’ve been following Summer of Arcade’s Bastion since last summer, when we first saw the game’s official trailer. Imagine our excitement when we got our greedy gamer paws on Supergiant’s playable demo at E3. With vibrant environments, intuitive gameplay, and excellent voiceacting, Bastion is shaping up to be everything we ever hoped for—and more.
We hate to jinx it, but it looks like XBLA is finally getting the high quality survival horror title that we’ve all been waiting for. We took an intense hands-on tour with Lexis Numérique’s AMY at this year’s E3 in order to give you the inside skinny on this up-and-coming underdog.
First, you’ll need a run-down on the story. AMY‘s dystopian future is set in a 2034 midwestern America ravaged by some kind of comet-borne infection. You play as Lana, an infected woman that is protecting Amy: an eight-year-old autistic girl that is mysteriously immune to the infection. Naturally, Amy is being hunted by just about everyone; monsters, the military, and geneticists are all trying to get a piece of her.
Éric Chahi is well-known in the industry for his innovative work on Another World (called Out of This World in the U.S.) and Heart of Darkness—and for his nearly ten-year absence from the industry. XBLA Fans sat down at E3 2011 with the legendary game designer for a quiet chat about art, inspiration, and the craft of telling stories.
Good news for fans of Japanese chiptunes mastery: Taito house band Zuntata is selling its delicious retro soundtrack for Space Invaders Infinity Gene—presumably so that people can enjoy the best part of Infinity Gene without actually purchasing Infinity Gene.
The soundtrack, dubbed Space Invaders Infinity Gene: Evolutional Theory, features 25 chip-packed songs selling for a cool $11.99 on iTunes. (You can also purchase digital versions from Amazon.jp and mora.jp.) The album features all the tracks from the XBLA version of the game, plus nine tracks from the original Java phone game and three additions from the iPhone update.
Last September, Sega taunted Dreamcast fans by saying that enough interest in Chu Chu Rocket! would be enough to bring the beloved puzzle game to Xbox Live Arcade. Given lukewarm critical and fan response to Sega’s latest XBLA offering, we think the company should do just about anything to make its fans happy right now.
Konami has released pricing, availability, and screens for its latest shmup, Hard Corps: Uprising. We haven’t played the game yet, so we can’t really tell whether the game deserves its title. But you can find out for yourself when the game is released on XBLA February 16th for 1200 Microsoft Points.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX isn’t the only classic title Namco has up its sleeve. Namco Bandai has officially announced its new “Namco Generations” series, to be released on PS3 and Xbox 360. The next two offerings in the series will be Galaga Legions DX and Aero Cross, with future games to be offered periodically.
This summer, we found out about Saint’s Row: Drive-by… a spin-off game for XBLA and Nintendo 3DS. After months of speculation, THQ’s Danny Bilson has revealed that the company’s plans for the game have changed—for the better. The upcoming title for XBLA is set to contain completely new content and gameplay mechanics separate from the main Saint’s Row franchise.
Who says that America never gets all the best Japanese games? Japanese developer SNK, originators of the home and arcade videogame system, Neo Geo, have announced a console version of Trouble Witches, the hardcore arcade shoot ’em up full of cute witches, flowers petals, and magic. Hardcore shoot ’em up with flower petals? Trust us. It’s awesome.
And we’ve got the gritty details, the colorful screenshots, and the gameplay trailer to prove it…