The simple answer is that it is an acronym that stands for Xbox Live Arcade. But that answer in itself just brings the inevitable question of what is Xbox Live Arcade? I’ve always known that XBLA was a niche sector of the games market, and numerous friends and family members had never heard of it until we started this site just over a year ago. The constant prodding by our team to our friends asking them to like us on facebook, brought an abundance of questions and a hunger to learn more we couldn’t satiate fast enough. And it was for them I initially intended to write this post. However, believe it or not over the past week while at E3, numerous industry professionals have asked me these same two questions. They too are unaware of the hundreds of quality titles under the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) platform.
Next week’s Gold Deal starting March 7 will be Lara Croft’s first foray into downloadable titles, with extra content also being reduced half price. You’ll be able …
You may, or rather should have heard of the Indie Games Winter Uprising by now. But if you haven’t here’s what you need to know. The developers behind the Indie Games on Xbox Live Marketplace decided they wanted an event in the vein of a “Summer of Arcade” and other such promotions. Resigned to the fact Microsoft wasn’t going to make one for them they took it upon themselves to do so. Thus the Winter Uprising was born, originally intended to take place during the first week of December it has now been extended to include the entire month.
We here at XBLAFans are passionate in our feeling that the Indie Games section deserves more recognition than it currently receives. As such we have created this hub for the games that will be included in the Uprising. Here you’ll find a brief description of the games, a link to the developers website, screenshots, trailers, pricing (if available), and for those games already released there will be download links and reviews.
The games are being released pretty irregularly, with several having already been delayed due to last minute bugs so be sure to check back often and see what’s new!
Xbox LIVE Arcade:
October 20: Super Meat Boy, 800 Microsoft Points. After November 21 the price will be 1200 Microsoft Points
October 20: Costume Quest, 1200 Microsoft Points
October 27: Pinball FX 2 Free game download. Tables purchased individually with free import from original Pinball FX
SNK Playmore has announced that it’s 2D fighter King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match is coming to the Xbox Live Arcade this fall. Like King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match before it, it’s a commemorative remake of the Neo Geo arcade fighter and includes a lot of improvements over the the original game.