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Absolver Review: Grind to Grind Combat
10 months ago

Absolver Review: Grind to Grind Combat

You may ask, what is an absolver? Well, it’s never really covered. You are tasked with becoming one, and maybe it’s just the top tier for a fighter in this …
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Minit review: Zelda games done quick
2 years ago

Minit review: Zelda games done quick

The intriguing yet horrifying idea of reliving the same moment forever is a trope that’s been repeated in pop culture ad nauseam, from the classic film Groundhog Day to that …
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Ruiner review: everything is red in the future
2 years ago

Ruiner review: everything is red in the future

Just when you thought cyberpunk couldn’t be more awesome, in comes Ruiner, a top-down shooter absolutely smothered in the aesthetic. It’s like the developer was tasked with creating a game …
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Tuesday new releases: September 26, 2017
2 years ago

Tuesday new releases: September 26, 2017

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There are three new releases today for Xbox One including an absolute ton of Pinball FX3 content. First up is Lightfield, a hyper-futuristic racing game with a parkour twist. …
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Enter the Gungeon review: Loot to Kill
3 years ago

Enter the Gungeon review: Loot to Kill

The setup of Enter the Gungeon is as simple as its punny title might suggest: Everything’s a gun, or at least gun-related. All the main weapons are guns. All the …
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Wednesday new releases: April 5, 2017
3 years ago

Wednesday new releases: April 5, 2017

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With three new releases today there is plenty to cover so let’s get started right away. First up is Enter the Gungeon, a rapid paced gun fight dungeon crawler, from Dodge Roll. …
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Foul Play takes to the stage come mid-September

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Baron Dashforth, the Victorian demon-hunter, might not be a household name, yet, but all that is about to change come September. Mediatonic along with Mastertronic and Devolver Digital announced …
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Serious Sam’s Nathan Fouts loves ‘crazy-ass guns’
7 years ago

Serious Sam’s Nathan Fouts loves ‘crazy-ass guns’

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We’ve just seen the release of Serious Sam Double D XXL, a game we recommended for its classic shooting action rebuilt into two dimensions. Behind all its artistic style, crazy weapons and even more crazy enemies is one man: Nathan Fouts, owner of indie development studio Mommy’s Best Games. We caught up with him to ask about how he put together Serious Sam Double D XXL, starting from its inception on PC to its massive expansion on Xbox Live Arcade.  When we asked how it feels to have the game out and finished, he joked, “I think I’m still ready to go back to sleep!”

Serious Sam’s jump to 2D

Serious Sam is a beloved franchise known for its old-school Doom-esque shooting that relies heavily on strafing and jumping while making players fight off swarms of aliens, monsters and headless kamikaze bombers. Leveraging his PC popularity, Serious Sam has gone on to make numerous cameos on Xbox Live Arcade in both new and classic games. However, they have all been 3-dimensional first-person shooters. How did Fouts score a gig that involved smashing it into two dimensions? As it turns out, “Devolver came to us and said that they were interested in this prospect and that it involved Croteam [the creators] and the Serious Sam franchise,” he explained. “I just about flipped my lid. I couldn’t believe it. [They told me] they liked our stuff and they’d like us to do this indie version.”

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Serious Sam Double D XXL review (XBLA)
7 years ago

Serious Sam Double D XXL review (XBLA)

Serious Sam Double D XXL was developed by Mommy’s Best Games and published by Mastertronic Group Ltd. It was released on February 20, 2013 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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After his success on PC, Serious Sam has been a frequent star in the Xbox Live Arcade. Each iteration is known for its signature crazy-mob-running-at-you chaos, with heavy emphasis on strafing and dodging. Now, in the surprisingly novel twist that is Serious Sam Double D XXL, this frantic formula is reimagined into a 2-dimensional side-scrolling twin-stick shooter, and manages to retain that signature panic of the previous games. With it, it introduces the surprisingly deep gun stacking mechanic that sets it apart as its own worthy entry in the series.

Originally released on PC in August 2011, this version on XBLA is an updated “XXL” version that adds challenge levels, two-player co-op, gun upgrades, and additional polish and tweaking to vastly improve the original game.

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Serious Sam Double D XXL blasts onto XBLA this February
7 years ago

Serious Sam Double D XXL blasts onto XBLA this February

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Devolver Digital and Mastertronic, have announced that Serious Sam Double D XXL will launch February 20, 2013 on Xbox LIVE Arcade. …
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