Worms Armageddon Decade heading to XBLA

A listing appearing on the Australian Classification Office website has revealed that another Team 17 Worms title, Worms Armageddon Decade, may eventually inch its way to the Xbox Live Arcade.

The Armageddon Decade rating appears to have been applied for by Microsoft, which probably means this Worms edition will be an exclusive XBLA release and is a different project than the PSN’s upcoming Worms. If the awesomeness that is Worms Armageddon is anything to go by, the XBLA’s special Decades edition should be one of the most enjoyable Worms titles to date. That is, if Team 17 doesn’t skimp on the weapon selection.

Update: Team 17 just informed us about the differences between the upcoming Worms games. The PSN edition will be an enhanced version of the XBLA release, including more weapons, additional levels, new audio and 1080p support.

The XBLA release of Worms Armageddon Decade (which we’re told is subject to a name change) will be a “vastly expanded edition” of the original XBLA Worms, that will include weapons and features from Worms Armageddon as well as other brand new content. More details to come.

[Via GamerBytes; Thanks Ryan!]

This news come via;

http://xbox.joystiq.com/2009/02/25/oflc-outs-worms-armageddon-decade-for-xbla/

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Xbox 360 deal of the week is back

Great new, MS has anniunced that the deal of the week is back to stay. So you can expect discounts on some excellent Xbox Live goodies. It is kicked off this week with 33% discount on Braid, making it only 800 points.

Here is the post from Major Nelson

After the successful run the deal of the week had last December, we’re bringing it back on a regular basis.  Starting Monday, February 23rd Xbox LIVE Gold members will receive a discount on a different piece of content each week (Arcade games, Game Add-Ons, Xbox Originals.)  
With this announcement of the program, I am also able to give you a tip on what the first deal of the week will be.
Braid the award winning Xbox LIVE Arcade title normally 1200 points will be available for Gold Members in all Xbox LIVE regions starting Monday for only 800 points, a 33% savings.

Braid will be available for the special price after Monday February 23rd at 13:00 GMT/0800ET/0500 PT *
Here are some details around the program:
The special deal pricing is available for Gold Members only
I’ll post the new deal each Monday morning when it becomes available at the special price
The Marketplace team is doing their best to make a Deal of the Week available in Xbox LIVE regions
*You must be signed in as a Gold Member on the web marketplace to see the lower prices

 

Coming later this month, Xbox LIVE Gold members will also have exclusive access to steep discounts on Game Add-ons for Ninja Gaiden II and Project Gotham Racing 4, as well as the original Xbox classic, Fable.”

Nickthedude Xna round up Gravity Effect and Ark X

This week Nick looks at two of the latest games to hit XBLCG – Gravity Effect and Ark X

This weeks most read Xbox Hornet blogs

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/beer-and-barf-xbox-live/

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/first-screen-shots-of-duality-zf-for-the-xbox-360/

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/the-maw-dlc-hits-the-marketplace-this-week/

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/inside-xbox-now-has-an-official-youtube-page/

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/first-screen-shots-of-rebel-racing-3d-for-xbox-360/

https://xboxhornet.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/interview-with-david-webb-creator-of-xbox-live-game-hexothermic/

Barf and Beer Xbox Live

Right off I am going to say that  Barf  and beer on XBLCG is going to split opinion right down the middle. For some it´s going to be considered a piece of puerile/vulgar tripe. While others are going to find it a hilarious experience.

Either way it is going to get people talking. The object of the game is to drink a pint of beer as quickly as possible, but you´ll need to burp to fit in all that beer or else you´ll barf.

In essence it´s a button bashing game that is very simple and in single player mode did not hold much attraction for me.

 Get a few mates round and there are more than a few laughs to be had for your 200 MS points. The one part of the game that got more belly laughs than any other was where when someone burps, you can punch them to make them sick. Believe it or not this bought into play quite a few tactics, team up or die would be my tip.

Now I have to say this game is not for kids and has a community rating to show that, so parents, stop being fools and turn on your family settings – and stop buying your 12year old GTA while you are at it!

We had a chance to ask Dan Haffner what was his inspiration for making  Barf and Beer. Here is what he had to say;

“The main inspiration was the fire-building game in Caveman Games for the NES!   It was basically a button-tapping game, with the twist that you could interact with the other player by clubbing them on the head!  Back when I was about twelve my friend Brian and I played the fire-building game for hours, and it stuck with me to this day how adding the ability to interfere with your opponent’s button-tapping made the game more fun and intense.  There are probably more recent games that have this gameplay mechanic, but Caveman Games was the first that I remember.  When I got the opportunity to use Game Studio I thought it would be fun to make something edgy, since I’ve always been accused of stepping over the line.  So I decided to make a drinking game, which fortunately could make great use of similar gameplay!”

I think Dan´s higher education may have played a part too. Only joking.

Well, Barf  or Beer is indeed vulgar, so if you don´t like the name of the game I suggest you steer well clear. I for one am happy to see the widest variety of games possible on XBLCG, after all that is why MS made the service available. It is just a pity that it is only available in the US at the moment.

Drink up.

US 360 owners can download the game here;

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/00000001-0000-4000-8000-00005855018e?partner=RSS

Games coming to Xbox 360

A couple of games that we will be covering in depth, but for now look out for articles on these up coming XBLCG games; (edit: thanks to Catalin for the correction and for reading the blog)

Snax Lite

Here’s what Emanouel of Phasedgames had to say about the game;

It is a casual/arcade game that is based on the premise of speed, strategy, and hand to eye coordination. In short it’s a fast paced cooking arcade game that will be playable by people of all ages and gaming backgrounds. It currently runs on the Xbox 360 in for the Xbox Live Community Games environment. We have invested countless hours and resources to develop, produce, and polish this game. We believe that Snax Lite will bring a new dimension to the current gaming market.

Find more info at;

 www.phasedgames.com.

Nasty

Kris gave us the low down on Nasty.

Nasty is a fast paced action game in which a one or two players must defeat all the enemies on one level before being allowed to progress to the next. Each player is equipped with a gun then can use to shoot the enemies and they can additionally collect various power-ups throughout the game to make killing the enemies an easier task. As players progress through the 50+ levels, they will be met by increasingly difficult enemies and bosses. In addition to the normal game, there will also be a four player battle mode where players can attempt to defeat each other.

Find more info at;

http://nasty.krissteele.net

Exit 2 hitting XBLA this week too

exit-2

Exit 2 is hitting XBLA this week, it was a late, but welcome announcement. It is available for 800 MS points.

Mr. ESC, the escape artist, is back in Exit 2, and this time he is rescuing people all over the world before time runs out. To escape safely, use your head to find a route and work with people you rescue to overcome tricky obstacles. Compete for the fastest clear time and aim to become the world’s top escape artist. Exit 2 is the definitive escape puzzle game!

  • More characters and excitement: Rescue people from danger all over the world, and welcome “Macho” and “Dog” as new companions, joining those from the previous game.
  • More challenges: Over 10 new challenges have been added, increasing the puzzle and action elements even further.
  • Massive gameplay: This massive game consists of 240 stages with an additional 30 original Xbox 360® stages available for download.
Visit the Xbox.com page here;