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About Kaitlyn Chantry

Kaitlyn has been writing about games, gadgets, and puzzles since 2001. She currently resides in Boston, where she makes a living as a tech journalist and theatre director. She loves talking about the intersection of videogames, art, and education. Really. She'll talk about it all day.
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Super Meat Boy Review (XBLA)
9 years ago

Super Meat Boy Review (XBLA)

Super Meat Boy was developed by Team Meat and published by Newgrounds. It will be released for XBLA on October 20, 2010. As a gift to its fans, Super Meat Boy will launch on sale for just 800 Microsoft Points, before increasing to its regular retail price of 1200 MSP.

Very rarely does a game come along that is so fun and so hard that you alternate laughing with hurling profanities… that you insist you’ll give it “just one more try” and yet play until your hands are a crippled, arthritic mess… that you realize as you’re playing it that you are experiencing one of the finest games of our generation… that you fall in love with a squishy blob. Such a game is Super Meat Boy.

You control the titular character: a red, squarish boy made of meat, whose sunshiney disposition has earned him the hatred of arch villain Dr. Fetus, a cruel, tuxedo-clad fetus in a jar that abducts Super Meat Boy’s adorable girlfriend, Bandage Girl. SMB is a 2D platformer like Mega Man on steroids: part of the game is figuring out how to avoid the plethora of pitfalls, while the rest is making your hands actually do what your brain figures out.

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X-Men Arcade Announced for XBLA

Back in April, we lamented the top ten games we wish were on Xbox Live Arcade. Well, welcome… to die! Konami has heard our prayers and announced that our favorite 1992 side-scrolling beat-em-up is headed to XBLA.

The announcement came as part of Marvel’s videogame panel at this weekend’s New York Comic Con. There is not yet information regarding release date or price, but Marvel did indicate that the game would have drop-in online multiplayer for up to six players, custom match-ups, and variable difficulty. Local multiplayer seems inevitable, but is not yet announced. You can get a glimpse of the shiny HD gameplay in this trailer…

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Xbox 360 Price Cut on the Horizon?

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Videogame industry analyst Michael Pachter has looked into his crystal ball to see a $50 price cut for Xbox 360 consoles in 2011. He may have his share of enemies and skeptics, but when he tells us what we want to hear, there seem to be plenty of willing listeners.

In this case, Pachter’s estimates are based on what he sees as sound business practice: “We estimate that a $50 console price cut across the board will impact software sales by a positive 5%, and we expect Microsoft to lead with a cut some time in Spring 2011,” he told Industry Gamers last week.

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Ten New Screenshots from Beyond Good & Evil HD!

Ubisoft released the first screenshots for its XBLA remake of Michel Ancel’s masterful 2003 action-adventure title, Beyond Good and Evil. This sharp upgrade was only recently announced, but it already looks likely to impress fans.
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Sonic 4 Hits XBLA October 13th

Sonic the Hedgehog fans, rejoice! (Or tremble in fear.) Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has an official launch date and price. Your favorite blue, sneaker-clad, ring-toting hero will touch down on Xbox Live Arcade on October 13th for 1200 Microsoft Points.

Sega has promised that Sonic 4 will bring the series back to its roots, hoping that gamers will forget the previous 10+ years of bad spin-offs—no pun intended. The game features old-school sidescrolling platform action and 2D sprites to bring back that classic Sonic flavor. Sonic is the only playable character that has been announced so far, but our fingers are crossed for more…

Sonic 4 has also been announced for iPhone/iPod, PSN, and Wii, supporting motion control on the latter two platforms. On XBLA and PSN, you’ll have the ability to play the game in full 1080p. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a couple extra days for the Xbox version:

  • iTunes App Store: October 7
  • Wii Shop Channel: October 11, 1500 Wii Points (Oct. 15 EMEA)
  • PlayStation Network: October 12, $14.99 / £9.99 / €12.99 (Oct. 13 EMEA)
  • Xbox Live Arcade: October 13, 1200 MSP

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New Blade Kitten Trailer Gives XBLA Another Peek at Old School 2D Action
9 years ago

New Blade Kitten Trailer Gives XBLA Another Peek at Old School 2D Action

The latest comic-turn-videogame has just released a new trailer, giving gamers another glimpse into the 2D combat and animations of upcoming XBLA title, Blade Kitten…
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Chu Chu Rocket! Coming To XBLA?
9 years ago

Chu Chu Rocket! Coming To XBLA?

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According to a tweet from Slide to Play, Sega will consider bringing beloved Dreamcast puzzle game Chu Chu Rocket! to XBLA… you just need to request it on Facebook.
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Nexuiz Announced As First XBLA CryENGINE Game
9 years ago

Nexuiz Announced As First XBLA CryENGINE Game

Nexuiz, an arena FPS that started as a popular open-source Linux title is now being remade for XBLA and PSN using the new CryENGINE.
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Shank review (XBLA)
9 years ago

Shank review (XBLA)

Shank is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like over-the-top violence or challenging skill-based combat, you’re probably too much of a wuss for Shank…
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Complete Guide to Shank’s Unlockable Costumes
9 years ago

Complete Guide to Shank’s Unlockable Costumes

Thanks to a number of fans over at xbox360achievements (and our friends over at Klei Entertainment), we have a complete guide to help you obtain all eleven Shank-tastic outfits.
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