This Week on XBLA (April 26, 2010)

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Deal of the Week


This week, Xbox LIVE Gold members can purchase the Xbox LIVE Arcade game Dishwasher Dead Samurai for 1/2 off (400 points.)

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is a 2-D stylistic action platformer for Xbox LIVE® Arcade showcasing fast action, deep gameplay, and a unique visual style. An undead samurai dishwasher in a dystopian universe is on a quest for revenge against the evil cyborg army. To dispatch hordes of zombies, cyborgs, and robots, the Dishwasher has at his fingertips a devastating array of attacks using ancient blades, disturbing machinery, and screen-obliterating Dish Magic. Compete with the rest of the world in a variety of speed run and high score challenges to become the most formidable Dishwasher yet!” [Via Xbox.com]

Thoughts:
I downloaded this game today, and it is an extremely fun button masher. There are certain complaints that revolve around the game, such as the art style or the insane difficulty. The art style isn’t as bad as many people make it sound. Also, it is very difficult but a little bit of practice will get you far.

On a side note, if you for some odd reason want to make your gamerscore not divisible by 5 this is the game for you. At least 4 of the achievements will throw your even gamerscore out of whack, and for a normal player it will stay like that because it is pretty hard to get the others to even it out again, hard but manageable.

XBLA release


Tecmo Bowl is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday for 800 points.

“The legend is back! Tecmo Bowl® Throwback is a remake of the classic Tecmo Super Bowl, with the same rules and fast-paced gameplay as the original, but with the option to play it in brand new high-definition 3-D graphics. Switch it back to old school in real time with the same graphics and music from back in the day. Tecmo Bowl Throwback brings back the gameplay you loved, and stays true to the Tecmo Super Bowl legacy.” [via Xbox.com]

Thoughts:
Not into sports games. However, it does look like a good remake with the classic graphics and gameplay of the original. We’ll have to see.

DEMO


Content: Split Second Demo
Price: Free
Availability: All Xbox LVE regions
Split/Second is an intense arcade racing game set within the universe of a mega-budget, prime-time reality TV show. Contestants race to be the 1st across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. The city is rigged to blow and you’re in control of the action – bridges will fall, buildings will be reduced to clouds of dust and cars blown to pieces – devastating explosions will decimate your rivals and rip apart the track, creating new routes and challenging obstacles. Explosive stunts, demolition and balls-out racing thrills combine to create the ultimate high-octane racing experience! Buckle up…it’s about to get explosive out there” [Via Xbox.com]

Add the Split Second demo to your Xbox 360 download queue

Thoughts:
The demo is surprisingly fun. You can’t blow up everything, and it has more strategy with it since you don’t want to randomly blow up things. There are certain “OMG!” moments, but after racing the track a few times and getting your movements down, everything becomes predictable. The demo also only includes 1 track and 1 car, but you do get enough to enjoy it and get the feel of the type of racing game that it is.

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