Sierra crashes Xbox Live Arcade

Assault Heroes, Mini Golf announced for Microsoft's online service; both games set for release this winter.

Assault Heroes--carnage on the high seas.

Though initially thought of as a roll of the dice, bringing games to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade is proving to be a sure bet. Seeing the opportunity the service presents, several publishers are jumping on board in attempts to part casual and retro gamers from their cash.

The latest to do so is Sierra Online, a sub-brand of Vivendi Games. The company today announced that it is bringing two games to Xbox Live Arcade--Assault Heroes and 3-D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures.

Both games are being developed by Wanako Studios and are set to be released sometime this winter. No pricing on either game has been announced.

Assault Heroes is an action game that puts gamers in the combat boots of an elite Special Forces soldier as he looks for a secret underground lab. Gamers will be able to drive an armored 4x4, pilot a speed boat, or go on foot as they shoot their way through enemies with weapons such as flak cannons, flamethrowers, and grenades. The game's cooperative mode supports up to two players, offline or online, on the same screen.

Take a wild guess which game this is.

3-D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures is (surprise) a miniature-golf game featuring 36 holes of diminutive links. The game supports up to four players in its multiplayer mode, though Sierra did not say whether the game supported online play. The 36 holes are spread across three themed courses--Classic Theme Park, Old Western Ghost Town, and Wacky Science. The game also features a customizable course editor for aspiring greenkeepers.

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40 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

should be good

legs1986
legs1986

New arcade titles is always good, the golf game looks pretty cool.

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

Bah, I thought they crashed XBL or something. I was prepared to tease some Xbox fanboys.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

From the headline I though maybe they were talking about the first Crash Bandicoot game but I guess some other publisher owns that franchise. Gamespot you sneaky twerps! :D

boocreepyfootdr
boocreepyfootdr

Awesome! Great news! Maybe not as good as Rugrats mini golf, but... :D

Ace_Gunner
Ace_Gunner

I wish Die Hard: Arcade would come to XBLA. I loved that game when I was a nipper.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I thought I had already heard about these titles. Nonetheless, looking good.

MROmeo10
MROmeo10

comeon Sierra, give us Lode Runner.... pleasssssse......

Killagorilla27
Killagorilla27

You should probably change that headline, Gamespot people...That wouldda been funny tho...

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

I also thought they literally crashed XBL. WTF...I don't care about this crap...why did GS have to be coniving.

doomsoth
doomsoth

I thought they literally crashed XBL or something. Anyway, both arcade games don't interest me.

Buck_Hotep
Buck_Hotep

Assault Heroes may just bring back memories of spending quarters after quarters playing Ikari Warriors.

Pipboy360
Pipboy360

SecretWasianMan lol, no kidding man, I saw that and was like "oh **** I bet that FEAR demo crashed the XBLA" :lol:

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

Nice! XBLA is such a great concept that seems to have sputtered a bit out of the gate. Good to see developers finally getting around to producing some original games for it.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I am all about a mini golf game... it would be good to see Sierra start putting some Quest games up there too (King's / Space / Police), provided MS would provide some USB mouse support.

chaos_theory_09
chaos_theory_09

I can't wait to play that mini golf game. It looks fun.

FoxHoundADAM
FoxHoundADAM

Ha, finally some cool origional XBL games.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well it is always nice to see more game to download. So this is great news.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

I saw the title of the article and thought, "WTF!!! OMG!!!" :lol: Those look pretty cool. The mini golf I don't have too much interest in, but Assault Heroes could be fun :)

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--PlanoPunisher-- My HD has been full for many months...demo's, arcade games, so on and so forth... They better have that ability to move non-game data from a 360 to networked PC in the November update!

phinsfan
phinsfan

Sierra Mini-Golf? I used to play that all the time on the PC, I didn't know the franchise was still going, and I thought Sierra was bankrupt, well, this is a nice suprise.

Pumper
Pumper

No word yet if Mini Golf has on-line play. Imagine if they didn't support it? It would deem that title completely useless.

Ohidjwae
Ohidjwae

Hmmm. . . I used to LOVE 3D Ultra Minigolf on the PC. I hope it's just as entertaining on the 360. Might be the first XBLA game I actually purchase! :-)

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

XBLA is one of the best things about the whole system, its not likely to make anyone buy it for just that but as a bonus it's really nice, Street Fighter, texas hold 'em, Smash TV, Marble madness, little studios get to be experimental with things like Cloning Clide and outpost kaluki x, and my girl gets to play all the puzzle games, Sweet deal all around.

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

Sorry but this is a really lame title for the article. Gamespot - I have noticed a trend in tricky naming of your less momentus articles - this policy is manipulative and it sucks.

Dolacide
Dolacide

So they are making the games specifically for XBLA, cool.

Luciaphile
Luciaphile

Both look good to me. I'll definitely give the mini-golf game a go.

dj_megaman
dj_megaman

Or how about Microsoft just take the huge step and put M.U.G.E.N on XBLA. Straight bananas!!! Just a dream, we all know thats not happening.

dj_megaman
dj_megaman

Ok I guess. Something like Gunstar Heroes should come to XBLA. That would be awesome!

PlanoPunisher
PlanoPunisher

If they keep releasing XBLA games at this rate, the 20GB hard drive is going to fill up!

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

Just bring an arcade perfect version of Twin Cobra.

qah661
qah661

That sounds cool.