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Minecraft Review

Minecraft's younger XBLA brother does the brand proud.

Minecraft

The announcement that Minecraft was coming to XBLA was guaranteed to cause a great divide of anger from the PC-gaming faithful and rejoice from console gamers. The question of why Minecraft should be ported to a console is a valid one, with many gamers claiming it could only be a lesser version. The lack of mod support for this version alone is enough for most to turn their nose at the thought, and though updates are planned for the game, it has been said by Mojang, the game's developer, that the Xbox 360 Edition would be a bit behind it's PC counterpart. Yet with all of these things considered, is it not possible that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition could be up to par with, or even best its brother?

Minecraft

Perhaps the main draw of this version of Minecraft is how the player will experience the game: on a television, from the couch, controller in hand. The gameplay is the same addicting, tried-and-true formula that granted Mojang overnight success some three years ago. However, the 360 Edition boasts new additions like split-screen multiplayer and a crafting guide(!), the latter making Minecraft a heck of a lot easier for newcomers to pick up and play. This may dissuade fans of the original, as part of Minecraft's charm was essentially throwing the player in a sandbox with no directions. The basic concept of Minecraft remains untouched in the 360 Edition, but the need to remember each crafting recipe or keep a browser window open with a Minecraft wiki has been rendered unnecessary, and is better for it.

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Toy Soldiers: Cold War DLC - Evil Empire & Napalm Review

Take back the toy box once again, with Toy Soldiers: Cold War's two new DLC Packs.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

With the release of two new downloadable packs for Toy Soldiers: Cold War anyone that's played this game should be excited. Both of these mini expansions  for this tower defencs game bring back all the great game play you loved in the first place and gives you new maps, new weapons and new vehicles to play in. Depending on what kind of experience you're looking for each of the packs have their own benefits and are sold separately for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) on XBLA.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Evil Empire

Evil Empire turns the tables as you take over the Soviets and lead your comrades against the American army. A few fun changes have been made to the commando barrage (who is now Ivan and yells things in what we can assume is Russian) and while the turrets are a slightly different design all the same familiar options and upgrades are there for you to use. The new barrage this pack adds is Orbital Laser. Thanks to the Soviet space station you are now equipped with, what is essentially, an instant kill ray that takes out everything it touches and sends your enemies flying through the air on fire. Another awesome addition to this game is a new survival mode level. Trauma takes defending the toy box beyond just your enemies; your weapons now work against you. Things get way more complicated with the friendly fire aspect thrown in. The mini-game, Pop-A-Pig, is whack-a-mole with a turret gun. It sounds cool and is for a few minutes but like most shooting games it's really just the same old speed and accuracy test. Sadly, the "new" Super Tank boss isn't really new at all. While the waves may be a little bit different it's really the same boss you faced in the main version of the game. It can take a while to kill but there wasn't anything too extraordinary about it.

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Warp Review

NEVER call Zero cute.

Warp

Take control of Zero, an alien captured by a government organization and taken deep below the sea to a government lab where testing is being done on a number of alien subjects. They've been stripped of their power source and condemned to a life of testing and behavioral analysis while the humans study their every move. With the need to escape, and maybe for a bit of revenge along the way, you have to make your way through the labyrinthine facilities collecting grub, destroying film canisters and finding other aliens while avoiding the armed soldiers and Commander who isn't going to let you escape without a fight.

Warp

Making your way out of this facility won't be easy. The halls are filled with security patrols that upgrade your equipment as they learn more about you and the rooms have scientists ready to press the panic button that will leave you trapped in the room while activating laser turrets and bring the armed soldiers right into the room with you. As you make your way through the areas you'll have to solve puzzles to get yourself through the areas safely and collect or destroy everything as you come across it. There will be back tracking, some areas can't be accessed until you earn morn powers through out the game. Collecting grubs and destroying canisters is technically more of a side quest (both of which can earn you achievements) but it's highly suggested that you collect as many grubs as you can get your hands on because they're used to upgrade your powers and will benefit you in the long run. Upgrades are done at checkpoints, but not every checkpoint is an upgrade station. Once you've found one though it will be added to your map so you can easily find it later on.

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Retro City Rampage Goes Multi-Console

Retro City Rampage

As promised earlier this month, today saw a big reveal for the upcoming 8 bit styled action parody Retro City Rampage. Originally announced as an XBLA and WiiWare title, it is now going multi-console, with simultaneous releases on the PC, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, XBLA, and WiiWare. In addition, a series of digital pre-order bonuses were unveiled: namely a 10 track soundtrack sampler, a printable faux NES box and label, a digital game manual, and a 20% off coupon code toward RCR merchandise.

In keeping with what has become the tradition whenever RCR news breaks, a new trailer has been released as well, check it out below:



Retro City Rampage will be available this May, for $14.99 (or 1200 Microsoft Points). The PC Version is available for pre-order now here.

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New Retro City Rampage Trailer Released

Retro City Rampage

Retro City Rampage, the upcoming retro styled open world action parody from Brian Provinciano, is nearing release. To mark the occasion, a new trailer has been released, featuring gameplay from a near final build. Note that the character sprites have been retooled quite a bit since the last time RCR was on display. Watch the teaser trailer, in all its 8-bit glory below:



Currently, a release date hasn't been announced, but the video teases a "big announcement" on February 20th. With development on the game finished, expect it to launch in the near future.

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