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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

[News] [X360]

Among this week's offerings are a re-make of a popular coin-op classic and the premier title from a new developer.

Xbox Live Arcade

1942 - Joint Strike1942: Joint Strike
1-2 Player Local / Co-Op Via Live - Rated E10+ - 800 Points - Backbone Entertainment

In a parallel world reminiscent of our own WWII era, pilots take to the skies with stylized aircraft carriers and devastating weaponry. Inspired by the popular eighties arcade series, 1942: Joint Strike combines classic top-down vertical shooting with updated 3-D HD graphics.

Take on massive waves of incoming enemies while dodging explosions and missiles, as you face off with huge enemy bosses in death-defying dogfights. Recruit a wingman locally or online to pull off new "Joint Strike" attacks, combining the powers of both aircraft in one explosive barrage. With new weapons and power-ups in your arsenal, prepare to rejoin the battle!

  • Updated classic: Experience classic arcade style gameplay with 3-D hi-def graphics.
  • Co-op play: Team up for new Joint Strike attacks, weapons, and power ups. Use your wingman for two-player local or online missions.

Go! Go! Break SteadyGo! Go! Break Steady
1-2 Player Local / 2 Player & Co-Op Via Live - Rated E - 800 Points - Little Boy Games

Take on DJ Scruffy and the Beatniks in this combination rhythm and puzzle game. Featuring original gameplay, a unique visual style, and six amazing characters breakdancing to 20 finger-tapping songs, Go! Go! Break Steady is the ultimate hybrid of two popular and challenging genres. Will Hydro and his "All City Crew" become the Break Steady Tournament Champs and take home the most prizes? The answer depends on your own rhythm and smarts. Play it solo, team up with your friends, or play online to see who has the real Break Steady "skillz!"

  • Innovative game: This original game combines the best of the music and puzzle game genres.
  • Music and dance: The game features a unique visual style with characters break dancing to the beats of twenty new songs.
  • Multiplayer: Enjoy both multiplayer versus and cooperative local and multiplayer modes.
  • Independent design: The game is the debut title from Vancouver-based independent game studio Little Boy Games.

Arcade Hits

Jade EmpireJade Empire
1 Player - Rated M - $29.99 - BioWare - 2005

In the ancient, mysterious world of Jade Empire, train under your master’s watchful eye and learn powerful Martial Arts fighting styles and mystical powers.

Travel across the world, from the harsh mountains of the Land of Howling Spirits to the lush gardens of the Imperial City. Face powerful human and supernatural foes. Learn exotic and magical Martial Arts. Discover the darkest secrets of the world ...

Only by mastering the greatest fighting styles and defeating the most powerful enemies will you earn your place as a master of Martial Arts in the world of Jade Empire.

  • Epic story set in a world inspired by mythical China: Step into a deep, richstory in the tradition of BioWare games. Sinister events upset the peaceful harmony of an isolated Martial Arts school and draw you into a story that unfolds with drama, action, and adventure. Confront lawless bandits, evil magicians, demonic incarnations, and other foul villains that protect the Jade Empire’s darkest secrets. Stare in awe at the sweeping views of the lush environments, sheer vertical drops, and overpowering scale that provide the visual backdrop to the story.
  • The chance to be a Martial Arts master: Choose a character with a unique appearance and a powerful combination of ability scores and fighting styles. Choose to act for good or evil, and lead with an iron fist or a velvet glove.Your decisions will affect your reputation—a reputation that precedes you throughout the land, changing the course of interaction with other characters and followers. Take the role of a master of Martial Arts, build and develop a fortress, regale the populace with tales of bravery and honor, and recruit followers to your cause in an interactive, living world.
  • Innovative fighting system: Master fighting styles and mystical powers in a tale that matches the tempo and fury found in Hong Kong cinema favorites like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Bruce Lee classics. As you journey through Jade Empire, you can upgrade your combat style or learn entirely new styles to tailor a character to your specific gameplay preferences. Select from more than 20 different fighting styles, each with its own unique moves, speed, power, and form, ranging from punches and kicks to weapon strikes, mystical powers, and even transformations into supernatural monsters!


Add-On Content

Rock Band DLC
Nine Inch Nails 3-pack
440 MS Points or 160 MS Points each

  • “Burn”
  • “Capital G”
  • “Last”

Two additional tracks by the band Shinedown are available:
160 MS Points each

  • “Devour”
  • “Junkies For Fame”


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