Whaddaya Buyin’? Five Resident Evil Titles Discounted on Xbox Live
Welcome! Got a fine selection on sale, stranger! Marking Day 3 of Xbox Live’s Ultimate Game Sale, every Resident Evil title available for download through Games on Demand has seen a significant price cut.
Whether you’re just breaking into the series or have been looking for crazy deals on your horror favorites (Code: Veronica’s five-fucking-dollars?!), Xbox owners would do well to check out the sales below:
- Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD - Was: $19.99/Now: $4.99
- Resident Evil 4 HD - Was: $19.99/Now: $9.99
- Resident Evil 5 - Was: $19.99/Now: $9.99
- Resident Evil 6 - Was: $39.99/Now: $19.99
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - Was: $39.99/Now: $19.99
Unfortunately, the closest Xbox fans can get to the key hunting, backtracking days of retro Resi is in Code: Veronica which, admittedly, has not aged gracefully; HD coat of paint and all. Still, even if it sits dormant on your harddrive, it’s difficult to feel buyer’s remorse over $5.
The rest of the collection features more modern examples of RE and their gun-toting glory, including RE4 at just $10, one of the best and most influential games of the last decade (not owning it can be called a “constant mistake” or an “everlasting D’oh!”). For the same price, you can grab its co-op clone, RE5 (still love it, but I call ‘em like I see ‘em)
And, yes, its poor performance means you’re able to snag the utterly reviled Resident Evil 6 at an all time low of $20 — if you’re asking me, it breaks into the top five of my series favorites; hell, the superior Mercenaries Mode — and the hundred hours I’ve sunk into it — is worth that cost alone. Hmm, what’s that? What about Operation Raccoon City? Personally, I think free-to-play would be too high of an asking price on that clunker, but if you’ve got a strong constitution and a blinding love for everything Resident Evil…you should still stay away. Far away.
All deals, forthcoming and currently standing, end on March 4th, so jump on them before the prices become unreasonable once more. [Over, out, and done with. The Res Evil sale ended the same day it started, but you can catch many more sales until the 4th.]
Jet Set Radio Dated For September, PS Plus Members Get to Vandalize Early
Kudos to Sega for not only pooling together 100% of the original Jet Set’s soundtrack, but also offering the full game download for an agreeable $9.99 (800 points in 360 currency). I’ve received a lot less than a top notch blast from the past for that price point and we won’t go into the crashing disappointments I’ve hunkered down with for way more than ten bucks.
You can expect this Dreamcast dinosaur to arrive on PSN Sept. 18th with XBLA and Steam receiving it the next day on the 19th. But if you’re impatient — and I hope you are so that I don’t feel like I’m alone in the universe — and also happen to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can treat yourself to Jet Set Radio as early as Sept. 11th.
PS Vita owners, unfortunately, will have to be a little more zen with the upsetting wait between now and the game’s availability for the handheld on October 16th. Assuming that your ownership of a portable system means you’re outside and on the go, might I suggest taking up real life rollerbladed graffiti tagging? It’s a valid, wheeled art form. An art form technically considered vandalism and could get you into legal trouble, but on rollerblades, the amount of exercise your body’s getting will make up for all the, uh, rollerblading away from cops you’ll be doing…Okay, fine, wait for October.
Sorry, Guys, the Fez Patch Isn’t Getting Patched
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but in the end, paying such a large sum of money to jump through so many hoops just doesn’t make any sense. We already owe Microsoft a LOT of money for the privilege of being on their platform. People often mistakenly believe that we got paid by Microsoft for being exclusive to their platform. Nothing could be further from the truth. WE pay THEM.”
Polytron Games explaining why 1% of you are going to continue experiencing save problems with Fez.
The initial patch that fixed a mess load of bugs in Polytron’s standout title Fez has been put back online after being removed once it was found out that a vicious little save glitch paired with the update would delete players’ entire progress.
Having investigated the matter, Microsoft determined only somewhere near 1% of the people that downloaded the patch ran into the problem, which places the patch in the “good enough” category by the company’s standards. Microsoft then gave the indie developer behind Fez two options; pay “tens of thousands of dollars to re-certify the game” or merely put the original patch back online, bugs and all.
Without the financial backing of a larger developer, and also still being reamed by the payments the dev has to make just to have their game on XBLA, Polytron took the only feasible route they saw (which was not to succumb to bankruptcy) and reissued the patch, deeming it safe for an overwhelming majority of Fez owners, putting to bed any chance of a patch for the patch.
Want to hear the kicker? Polytron fully admits that had they released the game for Steam, the fix would have only taken two weeks to launch without a single cost to them, Microsoft being the one factor stopping that scenario from happening for 360 owners. Yeah, with a smoking barrel of a statement like that, I doubt we’ll see another Polytron game on the Arcade anytime…ever.
Classic Crossover Smackdowns Return in Marvel vs. Capcom Origins
Coming to PSN and Xbox Live this September, two arcade Versus classics are being smashed into one downloadable package. Both the seminal Marvel Super Heroes in its gem-happy entirety and its eventual successor Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes will be combined to form the Origins set.
Origins is returning with more than just arcade perfect versions of these aged fighters, though. Modern day fighting infects the titles with an HD uplift, GCPO supported online play, savable replays, online spectating, and new Third Strike HD-like challenges to accomplish mid-bout. No specific date in September was given, but Marvel vs Capcom Origins can be yours at $14.99 (which is a steal considering what both games are going for on eBay nowadays).
If you can’t wait until then, dust off your fightstick and head to 2012’s EVO where Capcom is debuting the remastered fighter. Not a fan of MvC3’s shift in style? Looks like you’re going to have a fantastic outlet for that frustration soon enough.
Another Year, Another Xbox ‘Summer of Arcade’
It’s not hard to tell when summer has arrived in Florida. Besides car tires melted like marshmallows, it’s tough to ignore the tremendous heat radiating from the sun when it moves within shouting distance of our state. But there’s an upside to this season in which I’m often ignited where I stand: Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade.
Beginning July 18th, Xbox owners will be bombarded by a slew of downloadable hits (“slew” meaning five in this instance). Here’s your official release schedule:
- Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD (July 18th/1200 MS)
- Wreckateer (July 25th/800 MS)
- Deadlight (August 1st/1200 MS)
- Hybrid (August 8th/1200 MS)
- Dust: An Elysian Tail (August 15th/1200 MS)
Mighty interesting selection this year. If you haven’t heard of a title listed, feel free to hit the link to view a trailer. I know I already have my Moon Points targeted on Tony Hawk and Deadlight. What’re you picking up this summer?
Tony Hawk Shows Chris Cole Video Games for the First Time with Pro Skater HD
What happens when a franchise takes a nose dive after peddling bullshitty peripherals and tired gameplay? It goes back to square one and rehashes the breadwinners in the series, of course. But I’d be an indignant liar if I said I wasn’t excited to return to the levels and gameplay that kicked off my score addiction that ended with me grinding my virtual deck across any and all surfaces Neversoft created.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD gussies up the original game’s visuals and condenses a greatest hits of fan favorite levels from the first two Pro Skaters into one downloadable package hitting PSN and XBLA this summer. The creator of skateboarding (editor’s note: No), Tony Hawk himself, has a sit down session in the video above with fellow board professional, Chris Cole, and teaches him the way of the rail.
We catch a glimpse of classic gameplay and locales that instantly recall the the hundreds of hours burned up shouting at the gaming gods after I bailed out of a seven digit combo. Let the misery begin again (in HD!).
Fable Heroes Reveals Itself as a Co-op Spin-Off to the RPG Hit
A listing has cropped up on Xbox’s site for an XBLA branch off of Lionhead’s Microsoft exclusive RPG series, Fable. Far removed from the adventure RPG elements that make up the backbone of the core games, however, Fable Heroes teams up to four players in a co-op hack n’ slasher that has you tangling against Albion’s miscreants and monsters.
Collecting as many coins as possible in the game serves you well by allowing you to upgrade your character, buy new ones, waste coin on items, and even unlock special items for the Kinect-frenzied sequel to the main series, Fable: The Journey. Unlike a lot of gamers, I’m all for publishers dipping their properties in new genres. But I sort of already bought Castle Crashers. In lieu of a sequel to that downloadable classic, I suppose a Lionhead backed brawler doesn’t sound quite so bad at all so long as they maintain the humor and style of Heroes’ bigger brothers.
Stay posted for more info as Microsoft sheds some light on Fable Heroes.
Sega Tags Our Eyes with a Jet Set Radio HD Trailer
Still no solid date for this PSN and XBLA port, but Sega has given a glimpse at Jet Set/Grind Radio in motion. It looks pretty damn exact to how I remember it on the Dreamcast back in 2000, and perhaps some memories should be unchanged (besides not being in physical form any longer). But with a cult beast such as Jet Set, it’s unsurprising Sega wouldn’t be too keen on changing much.
And why would you want to? Jet Set was amazing and my Dreamcast has long been dead, the laser having read its last classic, Sega Marine Fishing, seven years ago. I’d be happy to re-welcome this blast from Sega’s rocky past in digital form, so long as no one barks at me in song like this obnoxious trailer deemed it absolutely necessary to do.
Fight Off the Dark in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Ah, a launch trailer. We’re not too far off from fighting Mr. Wake’s machinations, now. On February 22nd, you can snatch up Remedy’s downloadable (but not “bite-sized”) entry to the Wake universe, American Nightmare, for 1200 MS points ($15 bucks to people living on Earth) on Xbox Live Arcade.
No, it’s not Part Two, but if you squint, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.