Indieverse: Vehicular Mayhem


“Slamming down the gas pedal to the floor and smashing into stuff is a favorite pastime for many virtual racing enthusiasts, ourselves included. You don’t have to be a total gearhead to get a few kicks from hopping into anything with a seat, a steering wheel, and a high-powered motor. When it comes to all things racing and motorized, the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel has some horsepower under the hood. Here are some of our favorite picks for racers, both quick and quirky.”

Check out the full feature here at Official Xbox Magazine.

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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.

Review: Deathsmiles


“There’s no doubt that Deathsmiles is bound to garner some attention for its clearly underage witchy schoolgirl protagonists who must battle through evil hordes and demonic forces in provocative attire. However, this gothic-themed Lolita shooter isn’t haphazardly slapped together by just anyone. It’s a finely honed bullet-hell shoot-’em-up crafted by Cave–the Japanese developer responsible for a remarkable number of insane arcade shooter games in the east. As such, the game is less about catering to pervy-minded gamers who get cheap thrills from a few up-skirt shots and more about delivering a seriously palm-sweat-inducing ride through a deadly hailstorm of insurmountable bullet fire. It’s a bit of a rare treat for stateside gamers to get a shot at surviving the psychotic deluge dished out by Cave games, short of importing them at a high price. Games like Deathsmiles make it well worth the wait because the glut of play modes, crazy gameplay, and over-the-top boss battles draw you into a twitch-laden vortex from which it’s brutally hard to escape. And you won’t want to escape.”

Check out the full review here at GameSpot.

Feature: All About XBLA


“Xbox Live is kind of like the granddaddy of online downloadable gaming services on home consoles. It first launched on the original Xbox, allowing players to access online play and game downloads from home, and was reborn in a snazzier format with the launch of the Xbox 360. It’s been around for many years now and only seems to get better with age, thanks to steady updates and new features.  If you own Microsoft’s gaming console, you’d be remiss not to check out the downloadable games available. Here’s what you need to know to get started!

Check out the full feature, which is geared towards newcomers to the Xbox 360,  here at What They Play.