We’re back for another week as the Xbox LIVE Wrap-Up rolls into May. Today, we have a decent amount of content to look at as Xbox LIVE Arcade explodes with two Arcade titles and a brand new Game Room update. Also, we have deals, demos and more on tap so, hopefully, you took advantage of that Target sale I pointed out to you in our last update.
Xbox LIVE Arcade – Zeno Clash, Raystorm HD, Game Room
First, in what is being billed as the most feature-packed Xbox LIVE Arcade title to date, Atlus is bringing Ace Team’s Zeno Clash to the 360 with a brand new Ultimate Edition. The first-person action title was original unleashed on the PC and if you are to believe Guy Desmarais’ review of the title, the standard version alone was an experience that earned it a nomination for 2009 fighting game of the year from Diehard GameFAN.
Thanks to both Atlus and Ace Team, we were able to get a fairly sizable look at the Ultimate Edition back in February and after a brief delay, the game finally hits the service with expanded features. Make sure you check out that detailed preview and if you are interested in Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition, you can download the title for 1,200 Microsoft Points.
In another title receiving a content bump, Square-Enix is re-launching the classic shooter Raystorm with a new HD version. Not only are the graphics overhauled, but Square-Enix is advertising new mode options and a brand-new spacecraft developed for the version. If you were a fan of the original entry, Raystorm HD might be right up your alley for the price of 1,200 Microsoft Points.
Lastly, Game Room Pack 3 is now available. Downloading the pack will add the following titles to the Game Room store, where you can pick them up for 240 Microsoft Points a piece: Super Breakout (Arcade) Pitfall (Atari) Megamania (Atari) Night Stalker (Intellivision) Rack ‘Em Up (Arcade) Realsports Volleyball (Intellivision) Realsports Basketball (Intellivision)
Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week – Zombie Apocalypse is now 400 Microsoft Points
Konami’s zombie-infused arena shooter is a great title for those that enjoy the shoot first, ask questions later, type of game and this week gamers can pick up the experience at 50% off. I like to think of Zombie Apocalypse as a Smash TV with zombies, but if you need a second opinion, you can read Diehard GameFAN’s review of Zombie Apocalypse.
While it’s no longer valid, Microsoft sprung a surprise on me last Thursday, introducing a “Thrifty Thursday” sale. The sale saw the fantastic Trials HD go for 800 Microsoft Points. Will Microsoft keep up with this Thrifty Thursday one-day-only sale? We’ll find out today, so keep your eyes peeled for it.
Game Demo – Lost Planet 2 Multiplayer
Capcom has made the multiplayer demo for Lost Planet 2 available publicly now for all to enjoy. If you haven’t been keeping up with the title, you can check out our most recent videos on the title, courtesy of Capcom. Our videos showcase gameplay in Amaruba Jungle and Central City (below). The title releases May 11, so keep checking back for more coverage on the title.
Games on Demand – Prince of Persia, Skate 2, Brothers in Arms
This week adds both Prince of Persia and Skate 2 for the price of $19.99 along with Brothers in Arms for $29.99. You can get a quick opinion in Diehard GameFAN’s review of Prince of Persia and Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. We don’t have anything for Skate 2 on the site, but perhaps you could download the demo of Skate 3 that was added last week and see what you think.
Avatar Marketplace – Final Fantasy XIII, Game Room
According to Major Nelson, today’s Avatar Marketplace updates will contain goodies from the Final Fantasy XIII and Game Room franchises.
With many music game titles receiving expansion content on a weekly basis, it may start to become hard to follow, especially with these updates usually covering up the entire line of recent updates on the Xbox Dashboard. This week, new updates unfold for our usual lineup of titles:
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom Album
“End It on This”Â
“World Go “ËœRound”Â
“You Can Do It”Â
Orianthi – “According to You”Â
Picture Me Broken – “Dearest (I’m So Sorry)”Â
Classic Rock 3 Track Pack
Foreigner – “Juke Box Hero”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
Steve Miller Band – “Take the Money and Run”
The Go-Go’s Song Pack
“We Got the Beat”
“Our Lips are Sealed”
“Head Over Heels”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “Bad Reputation”
Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”
LL Cool J – “Going Back to Cali”
Dexys Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”
David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”
Last, but not least, you’re probably doing this as we speak instead of reading the Xbox LIVE Wrap-Up, but owners of the Halo 3 ODST disc have had access to a special multplayer beta of Halo: Reach since May 3. If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to check out the beta before it expires. Enjoy this week’s additions for now as we’ll be back next week with another page full of Xbox LIVE updates.
D.J. Tatsujin has been writing about video games on a rigorous schedule since 2005. He is able to so through extensive training of his first dorsal interosseous and diet consisting of nothing but pineapple. D.J. is most interested in the rhythm and fighting game genres, so when a game is announced that involves both, he camps outside of Best Buy 72 hours prior to the launch of the game. This usually ends with the police telling him to go home.