Since we all knew that this was coming, I'll let Major Nelson take it away:
Name: Heavy Weapon
Price: 800 Points
Not Available in: Hong Kong, Singapore or Taiwan
Dash Details: FANTASY VIOLENCE, USE OF TOBACCO] Single Player, Xbox Live Multiplayer 1-2, 5.1 Surround Sound, HD (High Definition). Sure, you can defend our way of life for free. For a while. But if you're serious about liberty and committed to dealing out gigajoules of destructive power, there's only one way to go. Buy Heavy Weapon now!
Whenever a PopCap game becomes available for the XBLA service, the old argument of "Why would I pay for a game that I can download from the Internet?" comes up. Well on top of the first answer that is it actually costs more to buy it from PopCap’s site (most of their games are $20 for the full version), comes the fact that this game looks better and plays better on the 360.
For those of you who haven't already, go check out the demo of the PC version of this game on the PopCap site here. The first thing I noticed when playing the game on XBLA this week is that it really does scream out for a controller. Without going into the whole keyboard/mouse vs. a controller, this game is night and day in comparison for the controller. Having a set area in which you can move the control for the gun just fits into the game play of moving the turret on your tank.
The other improvement is the graphics. With the art style being what it is in Heavy Weapon, the difference isn't huge, but it is better, and is a huge improvement when you consider that it's now in widescreen.
Throw in co-op play, achievements, and a probable 800 point price tag, and it's certainly moved up on my wanted list.
The Achievement list is:
There's a new interview up on K1lla’s Xbox Domain with Garth Chouteau, the PR Director at PopCap.
The good news?
Will support both four player battles as well as co-op play.
Not out till fall '06
Check it out here
It seems that some info is starting to leak out from the pre E3 darkness. According to a press release from PopCap, they are going to be in Microsoft's booth showing of the XBLA version of Heavy Weapon.
PopCap describes the game as:
Heavy Weapon is a classic arcade-style side-scrolling action game in which the player strives to defeat hordes of enemy armies in the form of tanks, jeeps, fighter jets, helicopters and other land- and air-based vehicles. Power-ups that provide additional speed, shields, firepower and other capabilities help the player overcome increasingly nasty enemy forces and bosses while progressing through levels representing the oppressed (fictitious) countries over which the war is being waged. Since launching for Web and PC Play, Heavy Weapon has been downloaded more than 10 million times.
The multiplayer survival game to be included exclusively in Heavy Weapon for Xbox Live Arcade will be on display at the E3 expo. This game mode allows the player to test his/her tactical prowess with up to three friends on a high definition widescreen display. The single player survival game is already a frenzied battle where the player is pitted against inexhaustible enemy forces. In multiplayer mode the action is even more furious, with as many as four sets of cannons blazing and endlessly intensifying waves of enemy forces. The ensuing chaos would make even a battle-hardened Geo Wars veteran sweat! Stop by the booth, grab a controller and get your nuke on.
If you want to see more of Heavy Weapon, head over to the PC versions site here