We know you’ve been waiting for them, and here they are! Black Friday sales for Xbox Live Arcade start now, and, assuming you don’t already own them, you will definitely want to take advantage of this opportunity to pick up some of the best games of the outgoing console generation on the cheap. Notable XBLA games include Mark of the Ninja, Bit.trip Runner 2, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Battleblock Theater, most of which are at least 66 percent off! Some of these games will only be on sale for 24 hours, so check and double-check the tables below to plan your purchases. Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m joined by the regular crew of Perry, Todd and Andrew this week for a pretty packed show. We kick things off by talking about the very disappointing release of AMY. It’s a game that is getting pretty much universally panned, Perry and I talk about some of the reasons why. We also wonder if there’s any chance the game could be saved by post release patches much like Hydrophobia.
Other than that it’s up to Andrew to talk about what he’s been playing, as the rest of us haven’t played all that much. Thankfully his games lead us into an interesting discussion about XBLA multiplayer communities and whether bad games being released have any affect on them.
Perry grabs a few of the notable news stories from the last week for us to talk about, including a few Double Fine related snippets.
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AMY was developed by VectorCell and published by Lexis Numérique. It was released on January 11, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
AMY is a survival horror game much along the lines of the original Resident Evil or Silent Hill–at least that’s the plan. Unfortunately about the only things AMY and those games have in common are a good idea and some clunky controls. Apparently there’s some unwritten rule that to be a member of the survival-horror genre, your game must play like it was made in the mid to late 90’s. You are Lana, a seemingly big-hearted woman who has been infected. The task is simple, figure out what the hell is going on and keep Amy alive. Along the way you will meet several infected, a couple intriguing characters and few shady ones. Not much more to explain then that, now for the guts of this thing . . .
To celebrate the release of AMY for 800 MSP on XBLA today, VectorCell have released a new launch trailer. The game is a survival-horror focusing on the relationship between two people; Lana and a little girl named Amy. You play as both characters challenged with surviving a city contaminated with zombie-like creatures. It’s been described as tense, innovative and immersive experience. If you’re not convinced, then head over the page for we have the first 18 minutes of AMY for you to watch. Be aware though this second video will contain spoilers.
Huge thanks to the entire team of writers who worked on this article: Christine Mitchell, Nathan Bowring, Perry Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Todd Schlickbernd.
We’ve spent the past week searching the internet and hounding our industry contacts in an effort to compile the ultimate 2012 XBLA Game Release List. We anticipated one heck of a year for Xbox Live Arcade. So epic we couldn’t even fit everything on one page. So without further ado, check out the list:
For detailed descriptions of each of the games and videos check the links below.
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases A-B
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Anomaly Warzone Earth
Bang Bang Racing
Black Knight Sword
Blade Kitten: Episode 2
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases C-F
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Deep Black Episode 1 & 2
Defenders of Ardania
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Dungeon Fighter Live (unannounced title)