"Look at the games on that," says random person about Xbox Live Arcade content, "I used to love playing [Retro Classic] when I was a [certain age]." It's a statement that's hard to argue against when you consider the catalogue of titles available from the Marketplace, but are these remakes pigeon-holing the service as one for just regurgitated gems?
Naked Sky Entertainment is one developer who wants to move XBLA into a new light, by offering what many believe to be the first next-gen Arcade game, Roboblitz. This 3D mechanical platformer-cum-shooter is powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3, which flaunts shiny graphics and real physics, better known for its dazzling display in Gears of War. Licensing such technology isn't cheap, and puts the title on wobbly ground. At 1200 Microsoft Points (GBP 10.20, EUR 15.11) it may well find itself answering more daunting questions than its cheaper brethren would receive; does it offer significantly more? Is the price necessary or is it expensive? Simply, is it worth it?
As promised, RoboBlitz has popped up on Xbox Live Arcade, offering you 19 levels of physics-based puzzle-solving and a bit of action in the latest Unreal Engine.
It costs 1200 Microsoft points (GBP 10.20 / EUR 13.96), making it the joint most expensive Live Arcade game there is, but there's a demo version at least so you can help make your mind up. It all weighs in at 49.32MB.
A quick first impression? Well, you roll around your factory home trying to set up the local space cannon to wipe out some pesky space pirates, and it looks very much as though you do this by completing three tasks each in six different areas - manufacturing ammunition, sourcing launch codes, etc. - by solving the aforementioned puzzly puzzle puzzles.
RoboBlitz will be this Wednesday's 8am GMT addition to Xbox Live Arcade, says Microsoft, after all we got last week was a patch for Texas Hold 'em. Cheapskates.
RoboBlitz, soon to be released on Xbox Live Arcade, has been released for the PC through Valve's Steam system.
Priced at US$ 14.95, the Unreal Engine 3-based, physics-driven action game in which a young robot called Blitz has to solve puzzles and "do some violence" across 19 levels, on the way to activating a Space Cannon to sort out some "maladjusted space pirates".
But don't take their word for it - if you've got Steam, you can actually download a trial version and see whether you like the cut of its robotic jib.
Announced yonks ago for Xbox Live Arcade, indie developer Naked Sky's physics-driven action game RoboBlitz is now on its way to PC as well.
Naked Sky has announced that action puzzler RoboBlitz is currently in development for the Xbox 360, and will be available via Xbox Live Arcade next year.