Rainbow Islands, Dead Space open up on XBL

Xbox Live Update: Taito platformer and Inferno Pool arrive on Microsoft's online Arcade for $10; Games on Demand get EA's shooter, Codemasters' Dirt.

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Except for the flap surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's art direction for Diablo III, rainbows haven't gotten much play in the gaming industry of late. That changes this week, though, as Taito releases Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! through Xbox Live Arcade for MSP800 ($10). Supporting play for up to two, Rainbow Islands is a platformer in which gamers attempt to navigate 10 different levels across four game modes.

What could be better than rainbows and waterfalls??

Joining Rainbow Islands on XBLA this week is the latest billiards sim, Inferno Pool. Also available for MSP800 ($10), Koch Media and Dark Energy Digital's Inferno Pool features 8-ball and 9-ball gameplay modes. The game's defining mode, however, is Inferno Pool, which lets up to four compete in a battle mode of sorts, where jump shots, combos, bank shots, and other tricky maneuvers become an individual player's ordnance.

Having laid out its Games on Demand schedule for October earlier this month, Microsoft said today that Dead Space and Dirt are now available for download. Released to a warm critical reception in 2007, Codemasters' off-road racer carries a $29.99 sticker tag. Considered one of the best games of 2008, EA's survival horror shooter can be purchased for $19.99. Both games occupy 6GB of space.

Discussion

8 comments
XeonForce
XeonForce

Until DLC is price competitive with hard copies, and until M$ can make an affordable hard drive, this news means nothing to me. btw, Dead Space is awesome.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Well, at least dead space is at the price point for new from the major retailers... So there's a right step... but unfortunately it doesn't come with a disc or a hard copy of the manual, so why should you pay the same as a legit long term copy of the game? Smarten up and make DLC games the price of the used market prices, not the new retail market prices. Then you might... maybe, be on to something. I'll stick with discs though thanks.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Just bought Dead Space for $15 and have the disk and the box, much better deal. I can let friends borrow it or trade it in when I am done with it. That is the reason I am not into buying games digitally.

benboz
benboz

I never going to buy from the games on demand section. Whats the point? I rather go buy the disc so I know I have it and I can let my friends borrow it too.

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

don't buy games on demand it will lead to never truly owning a game again. You will basically just be owning the rights to play it but you can't hold it, lend it, or sell it. So next gen when you upgrade your games are stuck on a hard drive. Thats fine for 5-10 arcade games and the occasional $10 map pack but who wants to spend $600 on just 10 full games and never truly own them. DO NOT BUY GAMES on demand.

abbnormmal
abbnormmal

1st, I love my 360, and my living room has 3 networked 360s in it. 2nd, I still feel too burned by having to be on Xbox Live to play all my DLC and Arcade games that I bought a couple of warranty returns ago. I will stick to the Disc until Im sure this problem is solved. (Yes, I know the "Fix" was to download them 1 more time on the new console, and they would work offline, but what about the 3rd console? Screwed.)

NuKkU
NuKkU

rainbow islands sounds amazing lol :D