We’re late, and it seems that’s become somewhat of a trend for us lately. Our Game of the Year awards weren’t doled out until January, and now our look forward at the XBLA and Xbox One XBLA-type games of 2014 is just making its way to you in February. You were on your own when it came to planning out January’s releases, but now it’s time for our annual look ahead at the top downloadable games likely to arrive on an Xbox platform during the (remainder of) the year ahead. Read on to find out what you can expect out of Xbox over the next (not quite) 365.
As was announced at Microsoft’s E3 2013 presentation, 4J Studios will be bringing its open-world block-building game to the Xbox One. The 360 edition of Minecraft was a huge success and 4J is looking to build off of that success by bringing a “bigger” world to players. The Xbox One edition promises to deliver on the power of next-gen gaming by giving players more of what they want. Maps, Adventures, multiplayer features and console specific enhancements will all be improved and larger in scale on the Xbox One than they were on the Xbox 360. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released sometime in the month of March of 2014.
Whoever coined the phrase, “Too much of a good thing,” likely never played a video game. Sure, mostly because the saying dates back to well before Pong ever pinged a virtual paddle, but in some small part because anyone that’s ever really connected to a great game knows the bittersweet sorrow of wrapping it up. Xbox Live Arcade is no stranger to great games — however you choose to define the word: fun, dense, deep, powerful – there’s something for everyone in our little digital corner of video games proper.
With that in mind, we take a look back at the heavy hitters, the ones that make you set down the controller upon completion and want to know more. XBLAFans’ Friday Top Five is back, bringing you the top five Xbox Live Arcade games (in no particular order) that require a sequel.
Lots of people loved last year’s Limbo, a visually stunning game praised across the board for it’s graphic stylings. Well, the bros (literally guys, they’re brothers) over at Samsquatch Films enjoyed the style of Limbo so much that they’ve decided to film a movie called The Tide using the same visual effects. Unlike Peter Jackson, they don’t have a ridiculous special effects studio or an army of orcs at their disposal, so they’re going to need a little help. The Bucceri brothers have set up a Kickstarter for the film, where your donations can net you anything from a cellphone wallpaper to a gruesome death in the film. As of this writing there are 16 days and only $284 to go, so head on over to support what could finally be a good movie based on a videogame and let’s all hope Uwe Boll doesn’t hear about this idea. If you’re not easily freaked out by real people with crazy glowing Limbo eyes, check after the break for a video of the developers showing off some of their ideas.