For all those still contemplating last week's XBLA offerings here are the results of our new community
fighting rating system:
The number inside the parens is the number of total votes that came from demo-only players. Thus, "2(1)" means two votes, one of which was made by a demo-only player.
[Update]: New votes from comments added.
Street Trace: NYC
Cost: 800 MSP
Thumbs?: Up - 4(0); Down - 1(1); Undecided - 0(0)
Highlights from the comments: "...a lot of variety", "online...an absolute blast", "Game play feels at least twice as fast as Wing Commander: Arena...", "A bit rough around the edges", "Too many buttons", "in the racing mode, it was too hard to find a good/safe route."
Cost: 400 MSP
Thumbs?: Up - 3(0); Down - 2(2); Undecided - 1(1)
Highlights from the comments: "Very creative game", "a modern 'arcade classic'", "Way too hard to determine when I'm about to die...Surprises and frustrates", "nearly impossible sell at 800 MSP, but at 400 MSP it's a bit tempting"
Now, I know there are more of you other there with strong opinions. Chime in already (witty banter optional). We need to hear from you so we don't miss the gems or buy the duds (money is tight after all). Feel free to comment here and I'll update the post as I can with the new numbers.
Promotional consideration for this marketplace update was paid by The Letter "S".
In case you missed it, a bunch of miscellaneous XBLA content sneaked onto Marketplace (or snuck, if you prefer). You can't be blamed for missing it though, what with all the psychedelic lights dancing about on your screens.
Details after the break, but here's the short and sweet version:
Street Trace:NYC -- New Theme (150 MSP), Picture Pack (100 MSP), and Video (Free)
Sensible World of Soccer -- Trailer (Free)
[via Major Nelson]
Calling all opinioned XBLA lovers! Wanna warn our community about a stinker of an XBLA game? Need to convince someone else to buy an XBLA game so you have a multiplayer buddy? You've come to the right post.
Since we lack the technology (as of this moment) to implement the oft discussed and desired XBLACRS (aka XBLArcade Community Rating System) I've decided to take matters into my own insane brain and hatch a post like no other. And this is that post (cue the trumpets).
Read the "rules" post-leap and then get to work!
Since I've been horribly backlogged with tips and other stories I thought I'd turn this into a regularly occurring feature. It's an easy way for me to catch up and also harness your collective tipster skillz.
So, here's what's been happening around the XBLA world that I haven't had the chance to share:
I was wrong. SPFIITHDR let me down. But in its place are two other highly sought after titles beginning with the letter "S". The long awaited and gritty Street Trace:NYC is joined by Jeff Minter's triptastic Space Giraffe.
Both clock in at 800 MSP and They will be available at the usual time on this Wednesday, August 22nd. This marks an XBLA first: two new IPs debuting on the same day for 800 MSP each. Street Trace:NYC will be available at 800 MSP. Apparently, Gamerscoreblog got a little confused with all the dancing lights in Space Giraffe and tried to price it a little high but Jeff Minter says 400 MSP. And there was much rejoicing. Yay...
[Update]: Pricing information corrected. Stupid mistake ruined my whole post...grr...
I took some time to finally look over the current state of achievement coverage for unreleased XBLA games over at xbox360achievements.org and here's a summary of what I found:
Multiplayer is where I think Street Trace: NYC really shines. The first bit you should notice: 8 player matches over Live and up to 4 players locally in split-screen. Thank you Gaia for understanding the importance of both setups! And yes, there are bots too. Beyond that, it gets better and better. First, you choose a tournament type.
There are three: Cash Tournament, Pickup Tournament, and Exhibition.Continue below for the full story.
Here is part 2 of the 3-part preview of Street Trace: NYC. In this part I will cover the single player experience in the game.
Street Trace: NYC's single player experience consists of a three-pronged attack -- Tournaments, Time Trials, and Exhibition matches. (I mentioned it before but let me reiterate -- there is also a Tutorial. Use it.) Personally, I think single player will be more of a tasty appetizer before a meal of multiplayer. But do not fret loners -- the single player content is plentiful and varied enough to stand alone, just like you. "Read more" for the breakdown of each of the modes.