Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Maw

Originally uploaded by seeson

Upcoming DLC Map for The Maw, by Twisted Pixel Games!
The Maw was just released on the Xbox Live Arcade on the 21st and it's the cutest game I've seen this year so far. For an Arcade title it's more than worth the MSP's and as soon as I add more points I'm adding it to my list of Arcade titles.

The story revolves around a little blue alien called Frank that runs around with a purple blob like pet named Maw. You navigate Frank in 3rd person mode who then drags Maw around on a leash while gobbling up every little creature in it's path. The more Maw eats the bigger he gets.

I know that doesn't sound like much, but to tell the truth I like to play games for the story. The gameplay has a big role in my decision and sometimes so do the graphics, but the story line is what really reels me in. So far the developers of The Maw have managed to wrap me up in the storyline from the start and that's what I enjoy the most.

If you can keep my attention for more than 5 minutes with the intro and not make the controls so complicated that the trial takes forever to get started then you just might get me to add more points. :)

My Rating: 7.46 lol

Arkadian Warriors

Originally uploaded by DaKing240

Arkadian Warriors
I usually just play the demo's in the Arcade and never buy them. There are actually quite a few that I would love to buy, but I don't throw my Microsoft points away unwisely. Plus, if it's not great, I won't have it take up space on my Xbox. Of course, because I shared my box with Rigid for a long time I didn't always have a choice.

Whatever the case may be, I remember kind of liking this game. For an Arcade title that is; not enough to buy it though.

This is a "so so" version of countless other dungeon crawlers and pretty much not my bag. The character classes include "Soldier", Archer", and "Sorcerer" that you can play with one other gamer on Live.

As in most of these games you'll gain experience as you vanquish your foes filling up your battle meter as you go along to morph into a phoenix, lion or dragon, depending on the class you choose.

It's too bad it just didn't have what it takes to impress anyone. Even ING gave it a mediocre rating and I deleted it after about 2 or 3 goes.

My Rating: 3.5

Fun Fact Quiz: IGN & Gamespot both gave the same rating. What was the rating out of 10?

Maha's XLA Review: AegisWing

This game came out a long time ago on the Arcade as a freebie and I have to say it was one of the BEST freebies I have seen in EVER on the Live Arcade.

This side scrolling shooter blasts you through screen after screen of enemy fighters. It has been compared to the famous "Bullet Hell" sub-genre of manic shoot-em up video games as it almost completely bombards you and your team with endless bursts of enemy fire.

You and a multiplayer team of 3 other gamers can log on and enjoy the mayhem together. The power ups and health pickups aren't great, but very necessary. You can also choose a navigator and connect your ship to theirs for bigger better blasting power, but beware of those tight spaces! It's always the ship in the back that gets it first!

This game is just nuts so if you haven't tried it go for it. I'm actually not sure if it's still free, but I've never gotten rid of mine and every once in a while you'll still see me on it.

My Rating: 8.5

Fun fact quiz: In the summer of 2006 three Microsoft interns where chosen to create this title. Who might they be?

Maha's XLA Review: 1942: Joint Strike

Joint Strike is a classic vertical scrolling shooter w/ 2 player co-op multiplayer action. I actually never played it, but I did ask Rigid Raider if he'd tried it and what his thoughts were on the game.

And I quote, "It F'ing sucked. It was a bad remake of the original. Why?"

I have no idea what he's talking about, but I'll take his word for it. There are few vertical scrolling games that I would actually recommend. Quite frankly they bore me and if I have to mash buttons to play you can definitely forget about it.

When asked what rating he would give it he gave it a 3.5.

Ah well, so much for my first review huh?