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  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Shadow Complex

    Today, the Game Informer staff explores a series of games that you can beat in a day. Personally, I rarely beat short games in one sitting – often preferring to break them up into multiple playthroughs. I played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons in three days, and split Shovel Knight into several 30... More
  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Battleblock Theater

    As a longtime fan of platformers and someone who really enjoyed Castle Crashers, I was excited when I heard that The Behemoth was working on Battleblock Theater. For one reason or another, however, I never got around to playing it near its release in April. Now that it’s getting down to crunch... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate HD

    Konami released Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year. I liked MercurySteam's new take on the series' side-scrolling roots . Fans who don't own a 3DS or didn't get a chance to play it can get their hands on a high-definition version... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – DuckTales: Remastered

    Capcom's remake of the original NES DuckTales game releases tomorrow on PSN, Wii U's eShop, and Steam (the XBLA version is coming September 11). To give fans of Scrooge McDuck a taste of what they can expect, we played through the new prologue scenario of DuckTales: Remastered. The thieving Beagle... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Games Do You Want To Be Able To Download?

    Lately, I have struggled with splitting my time between playing current titles and playing older ones. Too many games exist that I never tried out – either because I wasn’t old enough to hold a controller or because I just didn’t play a title around its release window. Most recently... More
  • Blog Post: The XBLA Exodus: Can Microsoft Reinvigorate Xbox Live Arcade?

    Microsoft has a mixed track record with indie games on its XBLA platform. As indie developers flock to other platforms, can Microsoft reinvigorate Xbox Live Arcade? Note: This article originally appeared in Game Informer issue 242. Brian Provinciano knew he did not want to release his game, Retro City... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Doritos Crash Course 2

    Some of you may remember the original Doritos Crash Course, a free download on Xbox Live Arcade. Fans of free achievements can rejoice again today, as its sequel is now available for download. Andrew Reiner and myself decided to take the avatar-based platformer for a spin, and you can watch it below... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Special Forces: Team X

    With Gotham City Impostors, Section 8: Prejudice, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and more, XBLA has started offering multiplayer shooters at a steady rate in the last couple of years. Next up in the genre is Special Forces: Team X. It's available now for 1200 Microsoft points, and we're taking... More
  • Blog Post: Red Bull: Crashed Ice – Exposing People To A New Sport Via Kinect

    Ice is unpredictable. For as long as I can remember, any sport that used ice skating as its backbone has fascinated me. Every time a competitor steps on it, not only do they have to navigate the ice’s own obstacles, but they’re usually adding on stunts. Whether it’s landing a triple... More
  • Blog Post: The Skulls Of The Shogun Strategy Guide

    Every general needs an advisor to help them to victory every now and again, so heed this advice if you want to become the shogun of the Undead in Skulls of the Shogun. The XBLA-exclusive game is a turn-based isometric strategy title without the grid. Skulls' free-ranging movement system not only... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Skulls Of The Shogun

    The strategy genre isn't super well served in the XBLA downloadable games space, but that's going to change with Skulls of the Shogun. Take a look at the turn-based strategy title in action and pick up some useful tips in this episode of Test Chamber. The level below is taken from the middle... More
  • Blog Post: Video Preview: BattleBlock Theater

    The Behemoth, the creators of downloadable favorite Castle Crashers, have a new game on the way. BattleBlock Theater is all about working with a friend to complete puzzling platforming levels. It also has a chaotic, 4-player arena mode which pits players against one another in creative competitive platforming... More
  • Blog Post: Director's Cut: Interview With Robot Entertainment's Patrick Hudson

    In the current issue of Game Informer, we published an interview with Robot Entertainment's Patrick Hudson. The company, formed by ex-Ensemble veterans has left Age of Empires behind in favor of innovative downloadable and mobile games like Orcs Must Die and Hero Academy. Unfortunately, there just... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Alan Wake's American Nightmare

    Reiner and I were both big fans of the sometimes frustrating, always intriguing dark mystery introduced in the first Alan Wake in 2010. Now Remedy has released a new downloadable game starring Wake in a new setting. Join us for a quick tour of the creepy locale of Night Springs. In this video, we jump... More
  • Blog Post: The Zen Of Twisted Pixel: An Interview With Michael Wilford

    [Photo by Lance Rosenfield] Twisted Pixel Games is a tight-knit studio in Austin founded by ex-High Voltage developers Michael Wilford, Josh Bear, and Frank Wilson. The studio is known for humorous, challenging XBLA games like The Maw, Splosion Man, and the upcoming retail Kinect game, The Gunstringer... More
  • Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About Summer Of Arcade

    With XBLA's summer promotion now beginning, we take a brief tour of each game to help you decide which ones you'll use to hold off the summer gaming doldrums. 2011's Summer of Arcade begins tomorrow, July 20th, with the release of Bastion. Traditionally, Microsoft has reserved some of the... More
  • Blog Post: Video Hands-On With Crimson Alliance

    After several glowing recommendations, Phil Kollar and I grabbed a camera and trekked across the E3 show floor to find a surprising hit called Crimson Alliance. An action-RPG from a small studio with close ties to Bungie, it's games like this that are a real treat to discover at E3. Check out the... More
  • Blog Post: Video Interview: Greg Kasavin On Bastion

    Last week I had my first opportunity to go hands-on with Bastion, a beautifully animated and overwhelmingly charming Xbox Live Arcade title in the works from Supergiant Games. After playing for 15 minutes or so, I was joined by Supergiant creative director Greg Kasavin, who answered some of my questions... More
  • Blog Post: Here's To The Little Guys

    Every year development budgets balloon to unprecedented levels, as the industry's top designers strive to deliver the next big blockbuster. But not every studio has to spend millions of dollars to create a memorable gaming experience, and this year more independent developers made their mark on the... More
  • Blog Post: Games With Great Post-Release Support

    Sequels are a dominant force in video games. Publishers want to create blockbuster franchises that reliably rake in cash, and that means sequels. In the rush to pump out new games, sometimes developers forget people are still playing their previous titles. That’s why we appreciate when game makers... More
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