Forget the past and stop predicting the future - the "golden age" of gaming is now, believes Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex developer Chair.
Epic Games has announced the acquisition of developer Chair Entertainment, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
You only need to check out the Game Add-Ons tab in the Xbox Live Game Store to see that the world of downloadable content, once so feared and mistrusted, is here to stay. There's been a bunch of notable new material released just recently - and even more since we started on this instalment in our Xbox Live DLC Roundup series - and most of it has helped to prove the naysayers wrong. There's been fresh content for recent blockbusters, and older cult favourites. There have been updates for full price releases as well as Live Arcade games. And, best of all, the paid-for content has generally been reasonably priced and balanced out with a surprising amount of freebies. Here are some recent examples that you might want to check out.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Variety Map Pack
Overlord - Raising Hell expansion and Challenge Pack
Chair Entertainment has popped Undertow expansion Path of the Elect onto Xbox Live Marketplace.
It costs 400 Points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.80) and adds the Elect race with a five-level campaign of its own, doable in co-op or single-player.
The Elect will be the fourth race, and be playable in multiplayer along with four new maps. You can get a glimpse of this in our Path of the Elect gallery or trailer.
Remember that free Xbox Live Arcade game we were all promised to thank us for our loyalty? It's Undertow.
Undertow is a side-scrolling shooter in which you must capture five checkpoints littered around the murky underworld in order to stave off attack by numerous types of bad guys. You take on the guise of Iron Marines, Nemodians (followers of Nemo of course!) and Atlantians. Your motivation for all this shooting is to survive a new water world that has been created after we all threw our fridges into the sea and the world warmed up thus melting the polar caps and drowning the planet. Ok, the 'we' is an alien race and the 'threw our fridges into the sea' is 'devastating attack' but you get the picture. It all sounds rather silly, and in fact it is rather, but sometimes I like a bit of silliness and this is one of those occasions.
You can choose between four types of craft that vary in speed, agility and firepower. Sometimes you might just need some light infantry to scuttle across the map to the unmanned checkpoint, stand there for a few seconds, wait until it goes blue and then it's yours. However the enemy will soon suss you out so it's time to bring the big boys in. But they are slow and don't have a very high rate of fire. So if the enemy are numerous then maybe you should choose something in between. It's not the hardest concept in the world but it's highly addictive.
Similar to Geometry Wars, it's a left-stick move, right-stick shoot scenario with the addition of a boost button (handy for quickly wrangling yourself free from a surprise three-pronged attack) and button for dropping depth charges (handy for giving the bad guys something to think about just before you make your aforementioned hasty retreat). The ease of which you can pick up and play Undertow works to the game's advantage for the most part as it makes it perfect for a quick fifteen minutes' gaming whilst the missus is putting her face on.
Chair Entertainment's underwater shooter Undertow is set for release on 21st November, according to an IGN report.
Microsoft has confirmed that Mutant Storm Empire will be released on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, priced 800 Microsoft points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.30), and has also highlighted some of the other XBLA titles due out in "the coming weeks".
Mark Rein says that if Unreal Engine 3 games look alike then it's probably just because the art directors share similar ideals.
Chair Entertainment has announced Undertow for Xbox Live Arcade.