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Daily News - 27th June 2011 - Summer Of Arcade, Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, Journey and The Supreme Court Rules On Violent Games

Xbox Live Summer Of Arcade 2011 Details

Every year Microsoft do a little scheme called the Summer Of Arcade, where they pick a handful of (generally) awesome games being made for XBLA and release them one after the other, with nerry a rubbish game in sight (again, generally). With past Summer Of Arcade's including such absolute classics as Limbo, 'Splosion Man and Shadow Complex it's always something to look forward to, and this year should be no exception! The games have been named, dated and priced and look like a good bunch!

Bastion - 20th July - 1200 Microsoft Points

From Dust - 27th July - 1200 Microsoft Points

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - 3rd August - 1200 Microsoft Points

Fruit Ninja Kinect - 10th August - 800 Microsoft Points

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - 17th August - 1200 Microsoft Points

Plus: Buy all 5 and get Crimson Alliance for free

If I had to only pick 1 for you to buy it would definitely be Bastion, a great looking top-down action game that seems to be an instant classic. From Dust and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet also look worth a buy, although admittedly I've seen less of those 2. A promising summer! (Unless, like me, you're unemployed)

Bastion is sure to be a classic

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Won't Let You Ever Delete A Save. Yep, You Read That Right.

I had to read this story on 2 different websites just to be sure, and I still don't understand. So apparently, once you start a game on Mercenaries 3D, that will always be the game that is on your cart. What this means is that buying the game 2nd hand is absolutely pointless, as is renting it, as the game you're getting will be, chances are, irreparably completed and there's nothing you can do about it. This is a ridiculous decision, obviously made to counter what were sure to be lots of 2nd hand and rental sales of the game. But, if you want a statement from Capcom about the situation then prepare your eyes to read some bullshit gibberish:

"Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer. In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset. The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users."

That. Answers. NOTHING!!! What annoys me most about this story is that I was actually really looking forward to Mercenaries 3D! Kenzi199 and I have spent many an hour playing Mercenaries on Resident Evil 5 so I'm in a pretty awesome position to be pumped for the game... which I was, before Capcom spat in my face and then lied about doing it.

I was proper looking forward to this aswell :(

Did You Get Into Journey's Miniscule Multiplayer Beta?

ThatGameCompany invited people to it's multiplayer beta yesterday, but there were some specific requirements. First of all, you had to be an "early adopter" of Flower on PSN and also be a Playstation Plus member, and then if you hadn't done those things, you could email them to be in with a chance of getting into the beta. The nature of the game's multiplayer is unique, with players connecting to other players without being prompted, without being told if there's a player in your game, where they are and not having any means to communicate with them in any way... so they didn't need many beta testers, still, if you somehow got in you're a lucky, lucky soul and I would very much like to borrow your seven-leafed clover.

I think I could look at Journey forever

Video Games Officially Protected By America's First Amendment - Freedom Of Speech

A MASSIVE court case was decided yesterday that would, if successful, have made vigeo games illegal for sale to minors (essentially putting them alongside pornography) which would have been obviosuly devastating for the industry. Thankfully the law wasn't passed, which is a huge relief to anybody who's even glanced at this site. There was a great quote from somebody involved in the case that really sums up the whole needless ordeal:

"Reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat, but these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional ones. Crudely violent video games, tawdry TV shows, and cheap novels and magazines are no less forms of speech than The Divine Comedy, and restrictions upon them must survive strict scrutiny."

Truer words have never been spoken.

God bless our right to shoot a head off

Reader Comments (3)

I'm not really a fan of XBLA games, but Monday Night Combat is well worth the money.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuke D

There are a TONNE of great XBLA games! As a matter of fact, I smell a potential article!!!

June 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterGaZZuM

Haha you can try open my eyes, I own MNC, Trials HD and 3 on 3 NHL Arcade. All of which are pretty good but I just feel safer buying a full game, probably because I can trade it in if I don't like it.

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuke D

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