"The street was pitted with craters and blocked with smashed vehicles, but without weapons to fight back, all we could do was run and try to keep a few paces ahead of their heat-rays."
Sir Patrick Stewart, national treasure, beloved space-faring thespian and mocker of overweight comedians reminds me for not less than the 30th time that a brilliant idea, horribly executed, will always sink lower than consistent mediocrity.
Picard's involvement with The War of the Worlds has been well-publicised in advance of Other Ocean's release of its imagining of the classic HG Wells novel. A scrolling 2D platformer that combines remarkable visual styling with a mixed bag of precision platforming, puzzle-solving and, yes, crate-stacking, this game sounds like a dream come true.
Sega's updated port of Daytona USA, the Patrick Stewart-narrated War of the Worlds game and new DLC for Toy Soldiers: Cold War headline the latest Xbox Live release schedule update.
Xbox Live mouthpiece Major Nelson has firmed up the rest of this month's Marketplace release schedule, including a new alien themed add-on for last year's World of Keflings and a paranormal-themed pinball table for Pinball FX 2 - free for a limited time over Halloween.
Gamers can also expect savings on Halo Reach map packs and Dead Rising 2 standalone episodes Case Zero and Case West.
The eye-catching new 2D platformer based on H G Wells' sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds is up for purchase on Xbox Live Arcade from 26th October.
The game, which has a tempting whiff of seminal '90s jumpers like Another World and Flashback about it, is developed by Other Ocean - the same team responsible for the fun DSiWare Dark Void de-make, the recent Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection and the PSN conversion of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
The game's story roughly follows that of Wells' original tale, but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations and sub-plots.