Limbo darkens XBLA

Xbox Live Update: Playdead's gloomy platformer comes to Xbox Live Arcade; Facebreaker, NFL Tour, Stuntman: Ignition added to Games on Demand.

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Microsoft's Summer of Arcade five-game lineup kicked off today with the arrival of the shadowy Limbo complemented by a trifecta shot of Games on Demand additions spanning the fighting, racing, and gridiron game genres.

The most significant release this week is Playdead's Limbo (1,200 MS points, or $15). The 2D platforming game is dark and is filled with chilling ambient noise and a variety of puzzles. Players control the body of a boy whose only intention is to travel right in search of his sister. The game is brimming with death, spooky scenarios, and traps hindering the unnamed adolescent's quest.

Limbo frightens XBLA this week.

Switching to Games on Demand, Microsoft unleashed a digital triplet this week spanning a variety of pugilistic genres. Electronic Arts' 2008 arcade fighter Facebreaker (1,600 MS points, or $20), which didn't fare well with critics, is now available to download. The cartoony boxing game lets players snap images of their faces (using the Xbox Live vision camera) and use the mugs in-game. As a caveat for would-be purchasers, Electronic Arts shut down Facebreaker's servers for online play in February.

Another arcade spin on a classic sport, NFL Tour (1,600 MS points, or $20) came to Games on Demand this week. The seven-on-seven gridiron title from EA Tiburon puts players in the cleats of stylized avatars of professional NFL athletes. The game was originally released in 2008 and was generally not recommended by critics.

The last game to come to Games on Demand this week is Stuntman: Ignition (1,600 MS points, or $20). A sequel to the original Stuntman, Ignition puts players behind the wheel of a hopeful stuntman. The game's single-player campaign starts players off as a no-name commercial stuntman and tasks them with performing feats in parodies of Hollywood films to earn respect. The title also sports a multiplayer mode that features two race types, as well as eight-player support for Xbox Live matches.

Discussion

18 comments
thenephariouson
thenephariouson

A definate Day 1 for me, just want something different from the generic 'Run n Gun' affair.

6h05tly
6h05tly

Played the game trial, loving the grayscale-chiaroscuro look :)

JoeSour
JoeSour

Im with xxTDGPainxx... its after 4 am est, where's Limbo?!?

JoeSour
JoeSour

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xxTDGPainxx
xxTDGPainxx

Umm... It's July 21... I WANNA PLAY.

wondernova
wondernova

i think nearly everyone is hanging out for LIMBO, ever since the first images of it appeared. now positive reviews behind it, its gonna be huge.

RadView
RadView

$15 for Limbow guess Ill wait for the sequel then play the first one when its at least half price...and so on

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

There's seriously charging $20 for Facebreaker? I could buy it at Gamestop for $5 tops. Not that I'd ever want to play that abomination again. 10 minutes with it was more than enough time to realize that it WAS as bad as everyone made it out to be...

MissObvious
MissObvious

I'm really looking forward to trying out Limbo tomorrow! Hopefully it's as awesome as everyone is saying it is! :D

childe_roland
childe_roland

Fight Night Round 4 is only $10 at EB right now, why would anyone waste dough on Facebreaker.

MrBubblezz
MrBubblezz

Well I feel retarded, Limbo's not on the arcade, and it was most likely because of my skimming in the article skills, that i assumed this. CRAP

okami5436
okami5436

@MrBubblezz You'll have to wait another day despite the excitement. I also plan on getting the game with its release tomorrow.

JoeSour
JoeSour

Can't wait for Limbo tomorrow. From a lot of different reviews... it's worth it

MrBubblezz
MrBubblezz

Why am I on gamespot?! Im going to go buy Limbo right now! Have fun guys :)

metalkid9
metalkid9

Facebreaker sucked. I got it for $10 brand new from walmart a year ago and it still wasn't worth it for $10, let alone $20.