New Releases: Feb. 7th - 9th
This is our first article on the new Xbox Live Indie Games released over a certain span of time. The New Releases feature is a new introductory utility that The Indieverse will employ to promote and to shed some light on the noteworthy new releases. Each article will have a synopsis of the games, a brief "impression" on each of them (after a playthrough of the Trial Game) that will act as a mini-review of sorts, links to the game on the marketplace, a link a video of the game (if applicable), box art picture, and a Rating (0-5, where zero is the lowest and 5 is the highest).
This particular edition will be focusing on titles released from February 7th - 9th, and in this short span we've seen a good number of games added to the marketplace. Since we can't focus on all the games, we've picked what we believe to the best out of the new releases.
In the last two days we have seen quite a few additions to the XBLIG marketplace. There have been many official new releases, each title being unique and quite entertaining. We will be focusing on these games:
- Defy Gravity Feb. 7
- Final Rift Feb 7
- Zombie Concentration Feb 8
- Elemental Revolt: Battle High - San Bruno Feb 8
- Mind's Eye of Jupiter 03 Feb 9
In order to provide consistency we'll focus on the games in linear chronology in the format of ascending order--that is to say they'll be listed from earliest release date to latest. For my source of information I am using the official xbox.com Indie Game Marketplace page.
New XBLIG Releases Monday, February 7th 2011On this day we see two exciting and unique submissions--Defy Gravity and Final Rift. Each game has their own features and elements, but overall all three titles are quite superb and fun.
Developer - Fish Factory Games
Rating - 4/5
This game is very addictive and quite enjoyable for gamers that were fans of the Super Metroid games. It's a space-theme platformer that offers dynamic backgrounds and great music, but it's most unique element is the gravity gun that is utilized throughout--with nearly infinite possibilities, these gravity and repulsion wells are you key to beating the game. It gets rather difficult as you progress, sometimes to the point where you have to die a few times to see what works and what doesn't.
Developer - LargeLaserGames
Rating - 5/5
Final Rift is a slightly watered down version of Space Pirates of Tomorrow in terms of mechanics and gameplay. The game itself is fantastic, though, and provides a unique hybrid of space-shooter and RPG. Shoot down other enemy ships, attack pirates; or you can be evil and smuggle illegal substances to other pirates or attack government ships. All of these scenarios and more are available in this highly-enjoyable galactic shooter!
New XBLIG Releases Tuesday, February 8th 2011Tuesday brings us a very exciting title in particular; the fighting game Battlehigh. This game is a must-have for all Street Fighter fans out there, especially the die-hard veterans. We also are treated to DDI's next game Zombie Concentration, a top-down zombie shooter that takes both strategy and know-how to beat.
Developer - Point 5 Projects
Rating - 5/5
Elemental Revolt - Battlehigh: San Bruno is a true breakthrough in XLBIG's, especially in the fighter genre. It's one of the first low-res fighters that function just like Street Fighter. Everything about this title is awesome, and at a mere 80 MSP, it's a steal. A true must-have for all fighting game enthusiasts, especially Indie gamers.
Developer - Drop Dead Interactive
Rating - 4/5
Amidst all the zombie games out there, this game is a great shmup that offers a similar playing style to the original "I Maed A Game About Zombies!1!1". With co-op play the game takes on a whole new level of fun and zombie slaughter--yet solo offers the challenge of survival hordes of undead by yourself. Will you be victorious, or will you be dinner?
New XBLIG Releases Wednesday, February 9th 2011
Today we see the introduction of the last installment of one of my favorite game series, The Mind's Eye of Jupiter. It is with mingled excitement and trepidation that I write this, as I'm anxious to see the conclusion of the story but I don't want it to end. I'm sure some of you know exactly what I mean.
Mind's Eye 03
Rating - 5/5
The Mind's Eye of Jupiter series offers amazing graphics and very odd, unique environments. Never have I seen such strange architechtcure from any game, let alone an XBLIG. This series is truly a visual feat that features first-person style adventure gameplay. Mind's Eye 03 is the last installment in the trilogy, and it will conclude the story and end Alice's journey through time and space. Will the Dream Guide prevail, or will the Nightmare Guide reign supreme?
That concludes our New Releases article on The XBL Indieverse. Remember, if you're skeptical make sure you "try before you buy" and get the Free Trial for each of these games to see for yourself.
--Deeke777 @ The XBL Indieverse