Will Eurogamer sink or swim?
Frenetic co-op platformer Moon Diver arrives on Xbox Live Arcade on 4th May priced at 1200 Points, publisher Square Enix has announced.
Originally released on PlayStation Network last month, it's a four player side-scroller from Koichi Yotsui, the creator of Capcom's classic 1989 arcader Strider.
"Moon Diver is one of those divisive little numbers that you'll either love because of its repetitive, twitchy bombast, or want to drown in its own spittle," wrote Eurogamer's Kristan Reed in his 7/10 review. "It's here. It's queer. Get used to it."
It is really a year since the first Download Games Roundup? Already? If I'd known you were coming, I'd have baked you a cake.
A question I get asked by my esteemed colleagues on a frequent basis is "Don't you get bored of reviewing so many games all the time?". I suppose ten games a week sounds like quite a few when you annualise that figure. More than 500 a year? How am I not insane?
I suppose the answer to that is the instant nature of most of these games, coupled with a risk-taking creative sparkle that the full-priced offerings struggle to match. The difference is that you can pick up these games, play them for an hour or two, and really have the measure of them. You'll never get this 'it gets good after 20 hours' bollocks. If it's good, you know about it within about the first couple of minutes. It's like listening to a pile of hit singles, versus having to wade through a double concept album.
Game developers should resist the temptation to reproduce the techniques used by filmmakers when trying to replicate emotion and storytelling.
Downloadable from PSN today.
Moon Diver is a PlayStation Network timed exclusive, Square Enix has confirmed.
It's due out in Japan and North America on Tuesday 29th March, and in Europe on Wednesday 30th March.
Moon Diver is seen by many as a four-player co-op version of classic platform action game Strider. It's designed by Koichi Yotsui, who was one of the leads on the first Strider game, published by Capcom and released in Japanese arcades in 1989.
Not one for the hungover.