Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: XBLA

Souls reignite as Soulcalibur II HD Online launches for 360, PS3

Namco Bandai has announced that Soulcalibur II HD Online is now live for 360 and PS3. The Project Soul-developed port includes updated visuals, online multiplayer, and two of the three console-exclusive characters from the 2003 original: Heihachi and Spawn. The re-release features seven modes in total, which include Arcade, Survival, VS Battle, Time Attack, Team Battle, Practice, and Weapon Master.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Demo launches for co-op brawler Final Exam for consoles, PC

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A new demo has gone live for Rocket Studios’ action title Final Exam. The trial of the 2.5 side-scrolling brawler features the tutorial, the first chapter (with support for up to four players in co-op), and several weapon, skill, and combo unlocks. And for that extra touch of fancy, the demo also has its own leaderboards.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

(Xbox 360 Review) How to Survive

“… might not have the most exciting cast, but it can certainly deliver some satisfying zombie-slaying combat.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Soulcalibur II HD Online to reignite souls on November 19 and 20

Namco Bandai has announced that Soulcalibur II HD Online will be launching on November 19 for PS3 and on November 20 for 360. The $19.99 release will not only include updated visuals and support for online play, but it will also feature two of the three characters that were console exclusives when the game originally launched in 2003: Heihachi and Spawn. Several new gameplay trailers were also released and are available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

Hexodius pewpews its way onto Xbox Live Arcade for 360

Hexodius (360, PC) XBLA Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Brain Slap Studios’ top-down shooter Hexodius has launched on Xbox Live Arcade, according to publisher Namco Bandai. Already available for PC via Steam, Hexodius features a story mode, six worlds, boss battles, multiple difficulty levels, and leaderboard support.

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Xbox 360 News

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX blasts onto Live Arcade

Ares Extinction Agenga EX (360) Announcement - Screenshot 3

Origo Games and Extend Studios’ side-scrolling platformer A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is now available on Live Arcade. According to publisher Aksys Games, the original 2009 PC release has been redesigned for 360 with a revamped UI and control scheme, added leaderboard support, and a host of new material, including high-res textures, weapons, abilities, enemies, levels, and challenge stages.

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Xbox 360 News

Mutant League’s return Kickstarted as Mutant Football League

Mutant Football League (360, Android, iOS) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 1

Gamers who cut their teeth during the 16-bit era will undoubtedly remember EA’s strange Mutant League series for the Sega Genesis. The violent sports line featured teams of monsters and mutants battling it out in football and hockey. Now, on the 20th anniversary of Mutant League Football’s release, series creator Michael Mendheim is looking to resurrect the line with Mutant Football League. Mendheim is hoping to crowdsource enough funding through Kickstarter to develop and release the spiritual success for Android, iOS, and Xbox Live Arcade. Some of the planned features include 30 teams, stadium traps, weapon-wielding fans, team and character customization, four-plus races, and a loaded arsenal including bombs and chainsaws.

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Android, Apple Handheld, Xbox 360 News

Heihachi and Spawn added to Soulcalibur II HD Online roster

Soulcalibur II HD Online (360, PS3) Spawn and Heihachi Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soulcalibur fans looking forward to Soulcalibur II HD Online received some good news today. Namco Bandai has announced that two of the three console-specific bonus characters that were released with the original 2003 home versions, Tekken’s Heihachi and comic antihero Spawn, will be included with the upcoming 360 and PS3 downloads. The only fighter left to be added from the original lineup is the GameCube-exclusive character, Zelda’s Link.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News

(Xbox 360 Review) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

(Xbox 360 Review) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

“… a story-driven puzzle-platformer that, although light on challenge, is poignant and satisfying.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

(Xbox 360 Review) DuckTales: Remastered

(Xbox 360 Review) DuckTales: Remastered

“… an unexpectedly forceful reminder of what gaming once was: brutal and unflinching.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews