DeathSpank smacks XBLA this week

Xbox Live Update: Ron Gilbert's comic-action RPG and Deadliest Warrior: The Game hit Xbox Live Arcade; Conan, NBA Street Homecourt now available as Games on Demand.

Microsoft's third annual Summer of Arcade promotion doesn't kick off until next week, but the action is already heating up on Xbox Live. Ron Gilbert's DeathSpank, which has been finished for months, finally releases on XBLA next to a television show-turned game and two Games on Demand entries.

Hothead Games' DeathSpank (1,200 MS points, or $15) arrives this Wednesday. The action role-playing game from now ex-Hothead Gilbert, supports cooperative play and has weapons, costumes, and other items to collect.

Ogres catch fire easily, or so it would seem.

The other XBLA title arriving this week is Deadliest Warrior: The Game (800 MS points, or $10) from Spike Games. The title, which is based off the Spike television program of the same name, lets players suit up as famous historical fighting classes (ninjas, knights, samurai), and battle it out. Players can customize their characters and take the fight online over Xbox Live.

Switching to Games on Demand, a duo of 2007 titles made its way to the download destination today. NBA Street Homecourt (1,600 MS points, or $20) from EA Canada is an over-the-top arcade basketball title, which lets players perform all sorts of high-flying and mesmerizing hardwood feats.

The other release in the Games on Demand department this week is Conan (1,600 MS points, or $20). From Nihilistic Software, the action adventure game puts players in the sandals and loincloth of the renowned Conan the Barbarian.

In other Xbox Live news, Microsoft has repositioned the release date for Destination Arcade, a new way to browse Xbox Live content through the Xbox 360. Originally pegged to release July 14, the new service will launch July 21 only in the United States, which is the same day the Summer of Arcade promotion begins. Additionally, the Destination will only be available until August 18.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

12 comments
ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

@ Cowboy-Bebop - but companies want 3x the profit...not 2x

dkdk999
dkdk999

@Gelugon_baat being silly is one thing but the name of the game is death...spank? haha i actually probably am going to buy this game though i love coop action rpgs like it.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

DeathSpank looks AWESOME! I am gonna get it for sure!

green_dominator
green_dominator

None of these games look good. The Deadliest Warrior is actually a pretty cool show but it makes a poor game I think...... Deathspank just sounds bad, the name alone sounds like a bad porn movie and the gameplay looks worse...... No wonder the industry is the way it is when stuff like this keeps coming out.....

dkdk999
dkdk999

does deathspank just look a little immature to anyone else?

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

Bought Conan as a physical copy for 10$ a few weeks ago, so no thanks. But Deathspank on the other hand, I'm gonna have my digital hands on that as soon as it comes out.

After_Math
After_Math

Steam does a great job with digital distribution. XBL and PSN should take notes.

uncleTACO8873
uncleTACO8873

there is only so much space on my hard drive. why can't they just release the disk

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

You can buy Conan for $5 all day in physical form. This is whats wrong with digital downloads. No physical package, no resale value, NO MIDDLE MAN = lower price not higher. Game companies need to get their heads out of their butts and quit trying to screw gamers over. I'll buy digital downloads all day, but they need to be around the $40 range for a new game since the companies will save at least that much cutting out the physical product and the middle man.

dean0null
dean0null

Is it just me, or does the title make it sound like it came out today?