The Behemoth Releases Trailer For BattleBlock Theater

BattleBlock Theater, The Behemoth’s third title for the Xbox Live Arcade, is described as:

A story about friendship, betrayal, and a whole truck load of cats.

I, for one, cannot wait. Looks a bit like Super Smash Bros. The official website is coming, soon.

[ The Behemoth Blog ]

This Week On XBLA – Bust a Move, Football Genius and Military Madness


How many Bust a Move games are there? Apparently, about 22. So, just in case you want to own it yet again, you can get it on XBLA this week.

Military Madness is a turn-based strategy game and Football Genius is a quiz game about…soccer! Madness.

[ Major Nelson ]

Microsoft Removes XBLA Size Cap


Back in the old days, Microsoft capped the size of Xbox Live Arcade games at 50 MB. I’m not particularly sure why they choose that cap, but they did. Then Symphony of the Night broke the 50 MB limit, so they raised it to 150 MB. Then Portal: Still Alive broke that at 1 GB. Since then, the file cap hasn’t really been enforced, and IGN reports they’ve ditched the cap all together. That doesn’t mean XBLA downloads can be much bigger, however. Microsoft’s Scott Austin says there is a 2 GB hard cap due to the file structure of XBLA games. So why the 50 MB cap in the beginning?

Summer of Arcade 2009

Summer of Arcade

It’s summer again, and Microsoft has officially announced their second annual “Summer of Arcade.” Five major titles make up the list this year, and most of them seem pretty awesome. One new title is released each week starting July 22nd.

July 22: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled – 1200 Microsoft Points
A remake of one of the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, ever. 1200 points seems a little high, though, I guess they figure the best time to raise prices is when everyone is out of a job.

(Ubisoft Singapore®/Ubisoft®): Cowabunga dude! Marking the franchise’s 25 anniversary, everyone’s favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is back with a brand new look in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.” The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3D graphics, but the same classic beat ’em up gameplay.

July 29: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 – 1200 Microsoft Points
Seriously, one of the best fighting games, ever. Again, 1200 points, really?

(Backbone Entertainment/Capcom): One of the most popular fighting games of all time, “Marvel vs. Capcom 2,” arrives worldwide on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Choose from 56 legendary characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom history, including Ryu and Wolverine. With online multiplayer over Xbox LIVE and enhanced HD graphics, decide your own dream team in the ultimate tag-team fighting experience.

August 5: Splosion Man – 800 Microsoft Points
I’ve never heard of this game before, so I’m just going to quote the official description. It’s not 1200 points, which is cool.

(Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft): Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden. For what emerged was not a man – it was a Splosion Man. “And all who saw him were sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat.” Able to splode himself at will, the Splosion Man launches his way through levels as an uncontainable force. From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award winning The Maw™, Splosion Man will keep you on your toes as you play through more than 50 single-player levels and 50 multiplayer levels. Nominated by GameSpy, Gamespot, IGN, and 411mania, this meat-riddled splosion-fest took several Best of E3 awards including Best Platformer and Best Downloadable Game.

August 12: Trials HD – 1200 Microsoft Points
A motorcycle racer that allows players to create tracks and share them through Xbox Live. For 1200 points.

(RedLynx/Microsoft): Nominated for GameSpy’s Best Downloadable Game of E3 award, “Trials HD” is guaranteed to get our heart racing.” Put on your helmet, and rev your way through “Trials HD,” a full-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing platformer in stunning HD graphics. Tear up more than 50 tracks and test your metal in two unique game modes: Race and Skill. Create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks with the level editor, and customize your rider to fit your personality.

August 19: Shadow Complex – 1200 Microsoft Points
A Metroidvania-type game created using the Unreal Engine 3 and set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s novel Empire. This game really looks amazing to me, I never understood why Nintendo or Konami never made a new “2.5D” Metroid or Castlevania, traditional game play using a 3D engine (like Bionic Commando Rearmed did. Interestingly, Bionic Commando Rearmed did very well, while the full 3D remake Bionic Commando bombed). I’m sure they assume everyone would much rather a flashy new 3D entry in the series, which I believe isn’t the case at all. They’ve never even tried, which is another thing I don’t quite get. I could understand if they released one and the game sold poorly, but they haven’t. In fact, they’ve done the opposite and made plenty of 3D Castlevania games that have failed miserably. That’s not to say the 3D entries are all bad, the Metroid Prime games are good (the 3D Castlevania games, not so much), but it’s just not the same. Anyway, I’ll definitely be getting this one.

(Chair Entertainment and Epic Games/Microsoft): Winner of numerous Best of E3 awards including Best Downloadable Game from 1UP, IGN, GameTrailers and G4TV, “Shadow Complex” is the next evolution in downloadable games. “Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the stunning visuals of Epic Games’ industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, and a classic side-scroller. Set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire,” Shadow Complex provides more than 10 hours of in-depth gameplay and introduces a compelling universe.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Coming to XBLA July 29

Hulk vs. Zangief

Basically, this is the best fighting game ever.

The day you ‘ ve been waiting for is just around the corner. Today we are announcing that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 will be available globally as part of Microsoft’ s “Summer of Arcade” through Xbox Live on Wednesday, July 29 for 1,200 Microsoft Points.

Battlefield 1943 is Now Available

Battlefield 1943 Available Now

Battlefield 1943 is a totally radical online FPS set during WWII’s Pacific campaign. You basically fight in various large battles during the war. Players can choose to fight on foot or in a number of different vehicles (planes, tanks, ships, etc). I used to play a lot of 1942…a lot. I might have to get it, just to remember how awesome the game was. The arcade game well set you back 1200 Microsoft Points / $14.99 on the PS3. The full press release is below…

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Magic The Gathering: Duels Of The Planeswalkers Review

Magic The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers Review

I used to play Magic the Gathering a long, long time ago…it’s one of my many dorky pastimes. When I saw that a Magic the Gathering game had come out on Xbox Live Arcade, I decided to give it a shot and see if the game was as fun as I remember. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, the game was pretty easy to get back into since the rules really haven’t changed much in the 10 odd years since I played last. While Duels Of The Planeswalkers doesn’t have flashy graphics or over the top animations, it makes up for it through standard Magic the Gathering game play (and I think that’s what I like most about the game, it doesn’t try to do more then it is). Duels Of The Planeswalkers sticks to the basics of the card game and doesn’t go much beyond that, which is all I really want with a Magic game.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Bonus Soundtrack

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Hip-Hop Soundtrack

If you never liked Marvel Vs. Capcom 2’s original jazz soundtrack, you’re in luck. Capcom will be releasing a “mixtape” of hip-hop songs inspired by the game this summer alongside the re-release of the game for the PSN and XBLA. Featured artists include:

– Raekwon
– Talib Kweli
– E40
– DJ Qbert
– Hieroglyphics
– The Grouch and Eligh of Living Legends
– Planet Asia
– MC Supernatural
– Havoc of Mobb Deep
– DJ Toure
– And more…

The soundtrack will be available through,, and

[via Kotaku]