|Journey isn't on XBLA, but it represents how I feel when I sit at the Marketplace menu.|
A recent change in both location and situation has left me with substantially more free time to spend playing video games. Laden with such time, my first port of call was my list of older games I wanted to catch up on, and after some deliberation I chose to start with the serially-delayed Remedy joint, Alan Wake, of which many good things were heard. Having then placed the order with my good friends at Amazon, I opted to pass the waiting time by delving into the cavernous realm of Xbox’s Game Marketplace to try out a few mostly-recent demos. Here are my impressions on them:
Journey - Before we foray into XBLA titles, just a quick mention of the title image. Thatgamecompany’s upcoming release has you wandering alone through a barren desert that is littered with ancient ruins. The game is wrapped in Legend of Zelda: Windwaker-style visuals, and makes use of a clean and cute art design that echoes the needs of the game’s simplistic execution. You hop and float through the landscape, activating the aforementioned ruins in order to learn more about the story; an action which rewards you with an extensions to your character’s scarf, and I think also adds embroidery to your cloak. The upshot of this, it seems to me, will be that players who have explored more of the world will demonstrate their mastery and efforts through their appearance. Perhaps players will even start to resemble the ancient wise-ones that are encountered throughout their travels. It still hasn’t received a confirmed release date, but it is currently in beta, and there is an intention for it to arrive later this Autumn. You can catch a quicklook of it over at Giant Bomb here.
|Auto-combat is still quite strangely tense.|
|It's so Tron that you just have to love it.|
|A screenshot cannot do this game justice.|
Download it toute suite.
|More of a light puzzler than a shooter.|
Alan Wake should arrive sometime this weekend, and so I expect to offer some extremely late news about that in the week to come. That is, provided I’m not cursed by too many sleepless nights and an urge to carry a torch everywhere. Fun fact: I do not own a torch. Will this be Remedied?