Undead Labs has announced a new zombie game for Xbox Live Arcade, codenamed Class3. But before gamers collectively shake their heads in disapproval of another zombie shooter, Jeff Strain and his team at Undead Labs are promising a completely new experience, one that focuses on survival, strategy and consequence.
On behalf of the XBLAFans staff, welcome to the first annual XBLAFans 2010 Game of Year Awards!
2010 was a fantastic year for the Xbox Live Arcade, filled with surprises, letdowns, and, of course, great releases that will be remembered for years to come, like Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Monday Night Combat.
We even saw the triumphant return of some classic franchises, with games like Perfect Dark, Casltevania: Harmony of Despair, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Hydro Thunder Hurricane lighting up friend lists everywhere.
Yes, it was a fine year for the XBLA indeed.
We at XBLAFans.com have spent countless hours playing, discussing and writing about our favorite games to come out on Microsoft’s digital store. We know you love the XBLA as much as we do, and nominating five titles for each of the categories below was difficult. Deciding the winners was even more difficult, as many great titles sadly did not make the cut.
In the end, only a few winners received our highest accolades, with an honorable mention given to the runner-up. Here are the winners for the 2010 Game of the Year Awards:
Raskulls was developed and published by Halfbrick Studios for XBLA on December 29, 2010, and retails for 800 Microsoft Points. The publisher provided us with a copy of the game for reviewing purposes.
Raskulls is a unique blend of action-platforming, objective racing and puzzle solving, and is something you won’t really find anywhere else on the XBLA. It is also the type of game to that starts off at almost mind-numbing levels of simplicity before it really begins to grow on you as you spend more time with it.
Ubergridder was developed by BadgerPunch Games, and is available for 80 Microsoft Points ($1) under the Indie Games section of the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Xbox Live Indie Games are quickly becoming one of the best places to find retro-inspired games from the arcade and NES era. One of these latest games is Ubergridder, a maze-chaser that features gameplay mechanics similar to Pac-Man, which was a clear influence here for BadgerPunch Games. As Robert the robot, players must move along grid lines to repair a busted ship, all while being chased by aliens. It’s not the most original idea, but it accomplishes what it sets out to do.
Tim Schafer’s development studio Double Fine recently ventured into the realm of downloadable game with the fantastic Costume Quest, as part of a new download iniative within the company. They have just announced the 2nd game in that iniative, Stacking and it’ll be coming to XBLA next year. Click below to find out more.
The XBLA generated record revenue in October with $11.2 million in sales, according to a new report from market research firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE).
The sales are up 91 percent from last year in October, and helped the download service break the $100 million mark for year-to-date revenue.
Here’s the list of the top ten selling titles for October, 2010:
For everyone who bought Super Meat Boy on XBLA (and you should, if you haven’t already), you will find an exclusive new chapter in “Teh Internets” called …
Bionic Commando purists who were put off by Bionic Commando Rearmed 2’s new jump ability can be at peace – MTV revealed this week that the game’s “Retro” difficulty removes the jumping ability altogether, requiring players to use the old hook and swing maneuver from previous Bionic Commando games.
One of our trusted sources has tipped us, revealing the full Achievement list for Konami’s arcade classic, X-Men. So, without further delay, here’s the full list. Enjoy!