Crimson Skies is a very elaborate universe set during the 1930’s, or to be more accurate an alternate 1930’s. The United States is in ruins, having Balkanized into several small jurisdictions. Planes have become the most common form of transportation, leading to the birth of air pirates.
There have been two video game installments, Crimsons Skies and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Both games revolve around Nathan Zachary, leader of an air pirate gang known as the Fortune Hunters. Crimson Skies always provided players with great flight controls, minor plane customization and a world that is deep, rich, and very intriguing.
Aegis Wing was developed by Carbonated Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released on May 16, 2007 free of charge.
Aegis Wing pits players against a huge alien invasion in an adventure on space and Earth. The game is simple, containing few levels and focusing on score and cooperative play. This twin stick shooter is as bad as it gets: it’s not glitchy, it’s just a dull version of a genre overdone on XBLA. While it can have its moments in multiplayer, Aegis Wing is a word-for-word definition of the genre.
Perfect Dark was ported to the Xbox 360 by 4J Studios. It was originally developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released March 17, 2010 for 800MSP.
When Perfect Dark was released over a decade ago on the Nintendo 64 it was the definitive shooter for its day. It started with everything that was great from GoldenEye 007 and took it beyond the limits a movie adaptation is forced to have. Rare offered everything from co and counter operative gameplay to multiplayer challenges with bots. The game received rave reviews from critics at the time.
Players first learned about the Xbox Live Arcade port in April 2009 via a single leaked screenshot of a developer’s dashboard which showed the icon of Joanna Dark behind the developer’s avatar. The leak was confirmed in June of that same year by none other than Xbox Live’s Major Nelson. But like so many games from yesteryear consumers had doubts as to whether the game truly lived up to their memories.