The xbox 360 Summer of Arcade is finally in full swing with the release of several highly anticipated titles. There is still more to come, but here is a taste of two that are already well worth the price of admission.
On the Kinect we have Wreckateer a catapault blast of a game.
Your purpose is to wind up varuous projectiles and fling them toward increasingly more well protected strongholds and castle ramparts to try to hit combos and destruction modifiers.
Using your arms like birds wings you can control the flight trajectory of the projectiles you are flinging. Leaderboards track your career as you fling your way through a humorous often slapstick campaign of castle demolition.
Wreckateer is a lot of fun and is luckily one of the few titles that are decent on the peripheral. The new Mars lander minigame was nothing more than a sidetracking time waster as everyone held their breath for the real meat of the meal to show up on the game marketplace.
Which brings us to the other huge title in Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade lineup.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD, A throwback to the first game in that storied series lost in the wastes of Sequel hell so long ago. Technically it is the best of the first two Pro Skater titles. But a large bulk of the content is directly from Pro Skater 1.
It isn’t really a massive visual leap forward and the title still suffers from poor camera angles and slow reactions to the angle your skater has taken as he begins to approach landing a trick or jump. But it is very playable and has a lot of replay potential to offer.
There are a ton of unlockables, customization possibilities, and levels to keep you coming back for more. But! Alas it suffers from several of the newer Tony Hawk game’s legacy issues. There are moments where you just can’t see far enough ahead of what you are doing to land real high scoring meaningful combos. This rachets up the difficulty for those of you who really want to play a challenging game with lots of rewards.
The gameplay is exactly what you would expect from the series. Spell Skate, highest combo challenge, and many others make their return to the series.
Between the old content and some curious new additions, there are plenty of reasons to take a challenge on this game. However, I admonish the developers for putting limitations on the demo. The trial version of this game constantly wants you to dashboard or purchase the full game. They won’t let you simply replay the trial a few times back to back to get the feel for it. So shame on you for that. So far I know you have lost sales because of this frustrating restriction.
Next time, let us play the game for an hour with two maps or even just one without interruption from the game telling you buy it or leave, no loitering.
I don’t think gamers want to be harassed by their games. Maybe its just me.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 arrived over 12 years ago. This is a welcome reminder of just why that title sparked such a huge revolution in gaming and real life time wasting.
For those of you Carolinians who are suffering from the heat then rain, heat then more rain, hotter heat, more rain weather. These are great titles to keep you busy while your waiting for mother nature to pick one or the other. Enjoy the demos first though. Its worth your time to check both games out immediately.
Stay out of the heat gamers!