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Preview: Retro City Rampage (Vblank Entertainment)

January 12, 2011 4:37 PM | Michael Rose


Ask me which indie game I'm most looking forward to in 2011. Go on, ask me! Oh, well since you're asking, it would most definitely have to be Vblank Entertainment's Retro City Rampage, coming to Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare later this year. There are two main reasons for my RCR anticipation - the glorious gameplay, and the multitude of references that I can't wait to pick my way through.

Actually, multitude is quite the understatement. If you thought Super Meat Boy had more tributes to classic gaming titles than humanly possible, just wait until Retro City Rampage blows your mind. Not content to simply parody video games, Brian Provinciano's brainchild also throws film and music references into the mix too, with something to smile at every few seconds.

That's really not an exaggeration. Within the first five minutes of play, I had spotted references to the following: The Simpsons, Batman, Duck Hunt, Ducktales, Bomberman, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario, Bill and Ted, the NES, Monkey Island, Back to the Future, Frogger, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the A-Team, Tenacious D, Duke Nukem and, quite obviously, Grand Theft Auto. I should repeat: that was simply in the first five minutes of play, and I'm pretty sure I missed a fair number too.

5 Xbox Live Indie Games You Must Download

January 4, 2011 6:12 PM | Michael Rose

Now that Xbox Live Indie Games has managed to (mostly) ditch the crappy massage, avatar and kiddy titles that have held the service back for so long, some really great titles have finally started to pop up and blow us away. Over Christmas in particular, several fantastic games were released on the service - but what with all the festivities, not to mention the fact that most gamers still think the XBLIG service is a cesspool of plop, there's a high chance that they all completely passed you by.

Never fear, dear readers - it is I, Lord Mike of Xboxingdom, here to bring the best of the latest releases to your attention. The five games on my list just below the cut include two of the Winter Uprising releases (wasn't that meant to have finished by now?), a mental GAMMA IV finalist, a great Metroidvania blaster and a hilarious mix of zombies and JW's The Frenzy Defense.

Take a dive with me now, and remember - you can pick up the whole list of five for just $13!

Indie Games Winter Uprising Spotlight on Xbox Dashboard

December 29, 2010 9:35 AM | Michael Rose


How's this for a complete turn-around - just two months ago, Microsoft had dumped the Xbox Live Indie Games in between Avatars and The Game Room, and now the Indie Games Winter Uprising has been granted its own spotlight on the Dashboard.

That's right, Microsoft has actually done something nice for its indies! A special Indie Games Winter Uprising panel has appeared on the Xbox Dashboard, leading to a list of all the available Uprising games. Not all the Uprising games have been released yet, but we're told that each will be added as released.

Excellent news indeed, and a good sign that hopefully MS will pay more attention to the XBLIG section in future. Check out all our reviews of the Uprising titles to date.

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