Apparently, XBLA's "Hot August" has left a little fire damage on Microsoft's stock of old XBLA games. The big M has announced that they will be offering special Labor Day weekend XBLA deals (at least for four XBLA games). Small Arms, Gauntlet, Zuma, and DIG DUG will all be half price from 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday through 4:49 p.m. on Monday.
For those of you keeping score that means the previously 800 MSP priced Small Arms and Zuma will be only 400 MSP and Gauntlet and DIG DUG will be available for the ludicrous price of only 200 MSP.
Apparently, if we tell David Edery what we want, we might just get it.
And this is the weekend I choose to travel. Damn.
Who is going shopping?
Multiplayer is not an online deathmatch per se, but you do actually compete. On your handset, you must plow through as many AI-controlled animals as possible. The more you cut down, the more your opponent must deal with. Local Battle pits you against as many animal brawlers as you desire -- it's a good way to practice your skills.Is anyone else worried about how this dual stick fighter will transition to the cellphone numpad? [Via The Xbox Domain via IGN and our own Blue Falcon]
The Small Arms DLC that we were first told about by Godfree over at Gamertag Radio, will be dropping tomorrow. Coming with two new characters, two new levels, and two new achievements, it's quite surprising that the price tag is only 250 MS points.
Also being released tomorrow is a title update for the game. Including many performance and bug fixes, the update also includes some balancing work. Hopefully this means that we'll start seeing people use more than just Lord Peet and Tyrone.
Click read more to check out the press release.
Godfree, of Gamertag Radio, was kind enough to tip us off to the details on a ton of new, upcoming content for Small Arms. The GTR podcast (arriving Monday) will sport an interview with Don & Jake of Gastronaut Studios focused on all the following new bits and bobs:
First, two new Characters: Ivar and Gullarp (Screenshots here, videos upcoming)
Second, two new maps.
And last (but certainly just as important) a massive update to fix bugs.
All in all, sounds like Gastronaut is serious about the staying power of Small Arms. And now with all the recent XBLA competition, it is definitely a smart business move to get their title back in the spotlight. So, go over to GTR, take a gander at the screens, listen to the podcast (on Monday) and let us know whether you are excited to play Small Arms again (or did you just never stop?).
Here's the Video (thanks again to Gamertag Radio and Godfree):
[via Gamertag Radio, thanks Godfree!]
Poking around the XBox.com forums, I stumbled upon this post from Major Nelson:
For all the players who have registered for and are competing in the Global Arcade Challenge, there is an update on the Small Arms competition. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the Small Arms TruSkill Rankings Leaderboard was not wiped on 12/24 at 12:01AM GMT. To ensure all players have a level playing field, we are moving the competition to early January. We are in the process of working out the details and will post them later this week. When the new date is posted, all you have to do is play; all registrations will continue to be valid. Thanks you for your participation in the Arcade Challenge and hope you are having a happy holidays!
Considering how badly I had my rear end handed to me on Christmas day in this game, I'm not all that disappointed.
You can check out the post here.
Gastronaught Studio's "SSB with guns" game has finally seen the light of day. For 800 points, you can now download Small Arms which searching around shows is going to quickly become one of the best rated titles for the service so far.
On the achievement side, has anyone here played against the Gastronaught team and received the "Six degrees of Small Arms" Achievement yet?
According to the press release below, Small Arms with (thankfully) be this weeks release on the XBLA service. After one too many retro titles (we love 'em, but please stop giving us only retro) the indie developed Super Smash Bros. with guns will be available on November 22nd.
While I don't want to give too much away, make sure that you get it early and practice often, as a week after it's release, we will be announcing details about our first tournament here at XBLArcade.com.
Here's the press release:
Small Arms Embraces Social Gaming on Xbox Live Arcade
Networking with friends reaps new rewards with this highly anticipated Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday release. The frantic multiplayer brawling game “Small Arms” will be available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, November 22, after 0800 GMT (1:00 a.m. PST).
Social gaming innovation in “Small Arms,” which begins with the four developers at Gastronaut Studios, will pass to Xbox Live Arcade gamers from around the world. “Small Arms” includes a unique social networking Achievement called “Six Degrees of Small Arms” that can only be earned by playing with someone who already has it – and which only the game’s creators will possess at launch!
In “Small Arms,” up to four players can join in the battles across many dynamic and richly detailed levels. Gamers can choose from a cast of outrageous fighters like the cyborg tabby cat, assassin truffle pig and mutant chimney sweep. While jumping from platform to platform shooting with 360° aim, gamers of all skill levels will be able to pick up and play this innovative side-scrolling action title.
“Small Arms” is available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points.
* 12 characters, each with their own weapon
* 8 unique levels
* 12 Achievements, including the innovative “Six Degrees of Small Arms” viral achievement
* Up to 4-player multiplayer offline and on Xbox Live
* Local Multiplayer / Xbox Live Swap – allows players to swap out a local friend with a friend over Live without leaving the game!
* Three single player game modes (Story, Challenge, and Shooting Range)
* Colorful 3D graphics with classic side-scrolling run and gun action
* Expect premium downloadable content for this title in the future – providing new game play elements and unique challenges for Small Arms fans
WHERE CAN I GET IT: Download “Small Arms” beginning on Wednesday, November 22, at 1 a.m. PST on Xbox Live Arcade.
In a move that hopefully is a sign of what will come out next week, Microsoft has opened up a new forum for the upcoming indie game, Small Arms. While this is certainly no guarantee that the game will be next (or even that it will be released anytime soon), it is certainly something that will get peoples hopes up (Mine included).
You can check out the forum here.
Godfree and Pink Sage over at Gamertag Radio have done a great job of reporting a tonne of info from Digital Life in NYC. Along with their podcast with tonnes of impressions and info, Godfree has posted 3 new videos on YouTube (it's a bit of a shaky cam, but it'll certainly do).