Not only do they get to play games filled with exiting, extending, shooting, more shooting, and even trigger hearts (whatever those are), but they decided to post up their impressions just to rub it in my face. That's right. To spite me. Specifically.
Okay, so we all know now how wrong I was about the Brutally Fun site. However, it was not a total loss. Alongside the announcement of Ninja Gaiden 2 was a bevy of Japanese themed XBLA games that are coming.
And guess what is among them? Ikaruga. It even says "available soon."
As awesome as it is to hear Ikaruga's solidly confirmed (not that we didn't expect it), I must say the surprise story for me is the announcement of Rez coming to XBLA. Then again, maybe it shouldn't surprise me after all.
The full list of mentioned XBLA games is as follows: Every Extend Extra Extreme (Q Entertainment), EXIT (Taito), Ikaruga (Treasure Co. Ltd.), OMEGA FIVE (Hudson Entertainment), Rez (Q Entertainment), Triggerheart Exelica (Warashi), Braid (Number None Inc.), Castlecrashers (The Behemoth), and Schizoid (Torpex Games LLC).
I'm too tired to say anything else of value, so just read the details after the break and let all this all sink in.
News Flash from xbox.com after the break.
This competition between the ESRB and the USK is finally heating up (sure it may all be in my head, but isn't it more fun to imagine it like a bloody cage match?). Not to be outdone by the regular, small updates at the USK, the ESRB has dropped their megaton. The following games have ratings at the ESRB:
Okay, okay, we've seen most of those at the USK already. But add those to the already massive list of unreleased games that have ESRB ratings and you can't help but smile a little bit. The future seems very bright for XBLA.
The only one we have virtually no info on is Hexic 2. But if it's an improvement on Hexic in any way it will probably lure my attention away from Lumines Live for a while.
[via ESRB, thanks El ViX]
The USK (Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle) is quickly over taking the ESRB for the best place to uncover unannounced XBLA titles.
The most recent update to the USK site shows the following for Xbox 360:
EXIT (TAITO Corperation)
Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix (CEG Interactive)
Tetris Splash (Microsoft EPDC)
Well, to be honest, actually we did know about it. We just didn't know it would be called Tetris Splash.
Anyone mad they just bought Tetris Evolution?
[via Xbox-archiv, thanks again, Wasabi!]
(In case you are wondering about "Microsoft EPDC", it is the European Product Development Centre which is responsible for overseeing the localization of Microsoft products for European markets.)
Japanese developer Taito revealed in Famitsu this week that they will be bringing their hit PSP game, Exit, to Xbox Live Arcade. The game will retain it's cool style puzzle/platformer and add a few new levels exclusive to the Xbox 360 version. Sadly, only a Japanese release date and price point has been announced (Summer 800 MS Points), but I wouldn't doubt this will be coming out overseas as well. The game itself has critically done rather well with a 77% combined rating from Metacritic and Gamerankings and a 90% from both 1up and Gamespy. At the very least it will be a good way to hold us over until the next Cloning Clyde is released (hopefully). Below is a video of the trailer of the original Exit game for PSP.
Feel free and chime in about what you thought about the game if you have played it previously on the PSP.