Indieverse: Revenge of the Music Games (@OXM)


“The explosive Guitar Hero and Rock Band craze may have died way down in recent years, but there’s always still plenty of room for a few more quarters in the ol’ music game jukebox. Even if the big boys are slowing down, indie developers are still finding new, creative ways to weave together fun gameplay and good tunes. If you’re looking to find your groove, then scope out these rocking selections from the Xbox Live Indie Games channel.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: Welcome to Bullet Hell (@OXM)


“Twitchy arcade shooters bristling with ridiculous gobs of bullets have been around for a long time; there’s something about the reflex-honing nature of these frenetic games that’s pleasantly primal. When a split-second maneuver is all that stands between you and utter annihilation, things tend to go from zero to “Holy crap, I’m dead” fast.

Bullet-hell addicts don’t have to look far or shell out a lot of green for a quality fix these days, as the genre is well represented on the Xbox Live Indie Games channel. Here are some of the more unique and thrilling shooters on tap.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Indieverse: It’s Good To Be Bad (@OXM)


“News flash – being good is dumb. Running around saving captured princess, smiting the forces of darkness, and saving the land from being destroyed? Booorrrriiiinnng. We’ve done that all before a million times over, so why not let us players have the opportunity to cut loose and take a walk on the dark side?

Thankfully, a handful of indie developers exactly feel the same way. If you’re sick and tired of playing as the same old do-gooders day and night, it’s about time you join TEAM EVIL. We’ve rounded up four awesome Xbox Live Indie Games that allow you to kick off your sissy shoes and stomp through the garden of goody-goody lameness.

Whether you’re in the mood to incite a zombie apocalypse, feed babies to your dark lord, burn down the most decadent castle in the realm, or dine on the blood of your mortal enemies, these bite-sized downloadables have you covered.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.

Backtracking: Bullet Witch (@OXM)


“With her naughty school librarian-meets-S&M demon huntress attire, Bayonetta may still be the most recent extreme femme fatale still fresh in everyone’s mind, but she’s had some formidable predecessors. Back in 2007, Atari’s Bullet Witch took a similar, less-successful route in the “epic drudge match between killer vixen and demonic hordes” category. While Bullet Witch’s blue-haired, huge machinegun-toting protagonist, Alicia, may fall in line some of the usual eye-rolling stereotypes — including a god-awful array of trashy DLC outfits — it’s the game’s general over-the-top delivery that’s I find most titillating.”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

Indieverse – The Weirdest Xbox Live Indie Games and the Stories Behind Them (@OXM)


“These days, so many new releases on the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel seem to fall into the categories of creepy dating simulators, zombie-apocalypse shooters, or blatant clones of other successful game formulas that it’s easy to miss out on the truly innovative indies. Thankfully, if you poke around beneath the surface, you’ll unearth some crazy, interesting stuff.

After diving deep into the XBLIG rabbit hole to see just what kind of wild creations are down there, we handpicked the three most unique and unusual offerings we could find — then tracked down their creators to gain some insight into each peculiar project.”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

Indieverse: Attack of the Minecraft Clones (@ OXM)


“For a small indie studio, selling more than 4.7 million copies of your debut game is pretty incredible. Beginning in 2009, the blocky but absorbing sandbox fantasy realm within Minecraft grabbed a hold of gamers’ hearts (and eventually, their wallets) with surprising ferocity. Its runaway success on PC skyrocketed creator Markus “Notch” Persson and his development team, Mojang, into the mainstream public eye, generating some serious green in the process.

It’s no surprise that plenty of “me too” imitators have come pouring out of the woodwork to vie for a piece of the action, especially on platforms like the Xbox 360, where it has been unavailable. If you’re an Xbox 360 owner itching to get a taste of Minecraft’s RPG-survivalist building, crafting, and exploring adventure, that’s not such a bad thing. The Xbox Live Indie Games Channel is already packing a few crafty clones that offer a similar experience — and they’re pretty awesome for the few bucks you’ll spend on them. We still have a few months to wait before Minecraft hits Xbox Live this spring, so why not dig into these indies in the meantime?”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

Backtracking: Space Giraffe (@ OXM)


“It’s not often that a game’s splash screen is so alarmingly bizarre that it forces you to pause for a moment to consider whether or not it’s a good idea to proceed. Space Giraffe gets off to such a weird start that it makes you wonder if you’ve just been dosed with hallucinogens. You’re greeted with a swirling neon vortex punctuated with a fuzzed-out bobbing giraffe head, a child’s voice chanting repetitive gibberish, and high pitch electronic space blips — and that’s before you even start playing. While this love-it-or-hate-it retro space shooter made a splash with its over-the-top psychedelic freakiness, equally memorable is the controversy that surrounded its creator’s outspoken response to critic reviews and meager sales.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.