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Saturday, April 30

Welcome to XboxLiveNetwork


On behalf of the Team XBLN staff, I would like to welcome everyone to XboxLiveNetwork. Hope you enjoy your stay!

Deus Legend,
Editor-in-Chief/Executive Producer

Friday, April 29

The Park Preview


The Park, set in a creepy amusement park hiding a dark and sinister secret, The Park is a one to two hour long first-person psychological horror experience focusing on intense storytelling and exploration instead of combat and action.

Key features:
-Explore Atlantic Island Park and step onto rides such as the Ferris Wheel, the Bumper Cars and the Rollercoaster; just beware, some of them have a life of their own
-Enter the mind of Lorraine, a woman facing every parent's worst nightmare, and unravel her story as well as the dark and tragic history of the park
-Call out for Callum to respond, and interact with the environment around you while examining clues and listening to Lorraine's own inner voice as the game progresses
-Compelling graphics and audio deliver a uniquely atmospheric setting rich in mood and mystery, developed by a team of award-winning AAA developers

Be sure to check out our preview video embedded above!

The Park launches on the Xbox Store on May 3rd for $12.99

For more information be sure to check out the official website: http://www.theparkgame.com

JumpJet Rex Preview


JumpJet Rex is a punishing, old school 2-D platformer where players take control of a Tyrannosaurus Rex with extraterrestrial jump boots to save dino-kind from extinction by a giant asteroid. As Rex, players will jump, drop and dash through more than 40 challenging levels and race against the clock to not only preserve life during the Mesozoic era,but also prove their platforming prowess against other dino enthusiasts. Players can explore the galaxy and unlock new worlds alone or team up with a friend in co-op mode, where players will need to coordinate movements to get past challenges.

Key Features
Old School Gameplay
Retro Platforming
Co-op Modes
Secrets and Collectibles
Replayability
Arena Battles
Party Game Modes

Check out our video preview embedded above

JumpJet Rex releases on the Xbox Store on 4/29 for $9.99

For more information on JumpJet Rex, visit the official website http://treefortress.com/app/jumpjetrex

Thursday, April 28

SuperHot Preview


SuperHot is the FPS in which time moves only when you move. There are no regenerating health bars, no conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.

With its unique, stylized graphics SuperHot finally adds something new and disruptive to the FPS genre. SuperHot’s polished, minimalist visual language helps you concentrate on the most important - on the fluidity of gameplay and cinematic beauty of the fight.

SuperHot features:
- Endless Mode - How long can you last against unyielding waves of enemies?
- Challenge Mode - Take on SuperHot with your bare hands, no restarts, timed runs, and more
- Replay Editor - Edit and upload your best runs for all to see
- Extras - Delve further into SuperHot with mini-games, ASCII art, and [redacted]

Coming on May 2nd, we will have a video preview of the SuperHot and will be live streaming on our Twitch channel. Be sure to check it out!

SuperHot releases on Xbox One on May 3rd price is TBA

For more information on SuperHot, visit the official website: http://superhotgame.com

Tuesday, April 26

Paranautical Activity Preview


Paranautical Activity is a first-person shooter that uses procedural dungeon generation and permadeath, features common of roguelikes. The various levels in the game include random enemy generation, shops and treasure rooms where players can buy health, armor and better weapons. Killed enemies will drop health and in-game money to be used in shops. Each level features a boss battle that must be fought before the player can move on to the next level.

Key Game Features:
-Unique FPS/Roguelike combination
-Procedurally generated levels
-Hidden levels
-Over 100 items
-40+ enemies
-Boss Battles

Be sure to check out our preview video embedded above!

Paranautical Activity launches on the Xbox Store on April 29th for $9.99

For more on the game, visit the developers official website: http://www.codeavarice.com

Also be sure to check out a future game the developer has that can potentially release: Arkshot

Friday, April 22

Azkend 2: The World Beneath Preview

While traveling from Liverpool to New York your ship was pulled down into a massive maelstrom and you woke up in a place that may have never been gazed upon by the eyes of men. From now on your goal is to ascend from the bowels of the earth and return to civilization.

DESCRIPTION
 Enjoy dozens of exciting levels with variable gameplay in the story mode. The Jules Vernesque story of your journey will be told with gorgeous animated full screen cut scenes and professional voice overs. You'll experience awe and wonder through all the eight fantastic scenes that change constantly as you move through them. Azkend 2 presents you several different and exciting level styles throughout the adventure. You can also earn almost 20 unique powerups and over a dozen achievements. Choose your powerups wisely for each level to hasten your journey. In addition Azkend 2 has two challenge game modes called Time and Medals. The Time-challenge is a quick two minute bite-sized game where you'll try to gain as many points as possible and gain fame on the leaderboards. In the Medals-challenge you can replay all the levels from the story and try to gain a medal from each one.

FEATURES
Eight unique hand drawn & animated scenes
Three game modes including the adventure and two challenges
Over 60 levels in the story mode
Compete on the GC leaderboards in the Time-challenge
Challenge yourself and replay the levels in the Medals-challenge
Gain more than a dozen GC achievements
Professional voice overs in story scenes
Carefully polished puzzle gameplay

Azkend 2 launches on the Xbox Store on May 6th

Be sure to check out our Preview Video embedded above

For more information about Azkend 2, check out the official website: http://www.10tons.com/Game/azkend2.html

Tuesday, April 19

Pang Adventures Preview

Pang Adventures is are remake of the arcade series from the early 90s. Guide two brothers on a quest around the world to save humankind from a massive alien invasion!

Pang Adventures features:
2 Player Local Co-op
3 Game Modes: Tour Mode: Fight back the alien forces, one location at a time! Score Attack: Save the world with only 3 lives and NO CONTINUES! Panic Mode: Bust balls like a legend! 99 levels of continuous battle will put your skills to the ultimate test! Battle in more than 100 levels such as Antarctica, Scotland, Death Valley, Bora Bora
Gear include machine guns, flamethrowers, lasers, and shurikens
Boss fights!

Pang Adventures launches on the Xbox Store 4/19

Watch our video preview embedded above!

For more information about the developer, check out their website http://www.dotemu.com/en

Monday, April 18

Skyling: Garden Defense Review

 

Skyling: Garden Defense, developed by Mighty Studios is a 2D, isometric maze game that has blooming plants, colorful monsters and sleeping cats. There are 30 gardens that need your help in rescuing. Old School and veteran Arcade game players will feel right at home playing this game as it may remind you of your classic games. The story of the game is that you help a young Skyling named Bloom restore each garden that have been overrun with Blight Monsters. The gardens feature switches, gates and elevators you can use to avoid the enemies looking to take you down. There are sleeping cats who can be your friends in the garden that you can pick up and move throughout the garden to keep the Blight Monsters away, or use them to hold down switches.

Pros:
+Nice casual game
+Relaxing music
+Nice Level Designs
+Good Premise
+Cute
+$5

Cons:
-More Levels
-Difficulty adjustment tweaks needed on some levels

Improvements:
Skyling is a fun casual game, the game is very accessible and welcomes players into its world, however just one minor improvement will make it even better, including adding more levels to the fun. All around great enjoyable game!

Score:
8/10

Gear Gauntlet Review


 Gear Gauntlet is a 2D side scroller game developed by Drop Dead Interactive.

Here are some of the features:
Fast, intense, action guaranteed to keep you on edge.
4 Gauntlets with 10 unique levels.
Hand drawn watercolor art style.
80+ global / friends leaderboards to track best times and scores.

Pros:
+ Addictive gameplay
+Well thoughtout level designs
+Presents a great challenge
+Fluid Gameplay
+Will make you rage!

Cons:
-More Levels
-Timing of enemy gear cogs can be off that forces you to restart level and no way around them
-Repetitive soundtrack

Improvements
Although Gear Gauntlet is a great game these minor improvements will make it better. Add more variation in levels or add different cog enemy types. Find a way to add either coop or head to head competitive modes to the game.

Score:
8/10

XBLN Live Review Launches Today!

We are launching a new show where we will review games live on our Twitch stream. The new show is called LIVE REVIEW! This new show is the next generation of gaming reviews where you can see us actually play and review the game. Also during the show a written review will also be created and posted right here on our site. You will be able to see our whole review process LIVE! Also, the game creators can join us live during the review and hang out in our Twitch chat during the stream. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on our website when the show is Live! Don't worry if you miss the show, it will be uploaded in its entirely to our YouTube channel so you can watch whenever you want. For our inagural edition of LIVE REVIEW, we will feature Gear Gauntlet and Skyling: Garden Defense.

Here is our review guidelines we will use for our reviews:

Game Overview(We will tell you what the game is about, info from our preview article)
Pros
Cons
Improvements(What we think would make the game better)
Score(Based on 10 point system)

Saturday, April 16

Party Hard Preview


Party Hard is a game where you play as someone who is tired of the neighbors having loud parties. Instead of calling the police, you decide it’s a better idea to kill everyone! Your weapons of choice are your trusty knife and the environment. This tactical strategy game follows a series of killings at parties. Party Hard has semi-procedural environments and focuses on unique ways of killing people. Your main goal is to kill and not to get caught, while silently picking off unsuspecting victims one by one. Party Hard has 19 unique levels with random variations in which you can use traps, cause explosions. There are also multiple unlockable characters you can play as in the game.

Party Hard releases on the Xbox One Store on April 26th for $12.99 USD.

Check out our video preview embedded above!

For more information about the game and the developer, please visit the official website: http://tinybuild.com/partyhard

Wednesday, April 13

Soda Drinker Pro Preview


Introducing The Original FPS (First Person Soda) Game, Soda Drinker Pro. Where you can simulate the act of drinking soda on the beach, in the park and even in space. Soda Drinker Pro also contains an abstract secret game titled Vivian Clark.

Soda Drinker Pro Launches on April 15th on the Xbox Store.

Check out our Video Preview embedded above!

For more info on the game, please visit the official website http://sodadrinkerpro.com

Saturday, April 9

Gear Gauntlet Preview


Gear Gauntlet is a 2D side scroller game. Here are a rundown of some of the features:

* Fast, intense, action guaranteed to keep you on edge.
* 4 Gauntlets with 10 unique levels.
* Hand drawn watercolor art style.
* 80+ global / friends leaderboards to track best times and scores.

Check out our Video Preview and Game Play video embedded above!

Gear Gauntlet will be available April 15th on the Xbox Store for $9.99.

 For more information, check out the developers official website http://dropdeadinteractive.com

Friday, April 8

Skyling: Garden Defense Preview





Skyling: Garden Defense is a 2D, isometric maze game that has blooming plants, colorful monsters and sleeping cats. There are 30 gardens that need your help in rescuing. Old School and veteran Arcade game players will feel right at home playing this game as it may remind you of your classic games. The story of the game is that you help a young Skyling named Bloom restore each garden that have been overrun with Blight Monsters. The gardens feature switches, gates and elevators you can use to avoid the enemies looking to take you down. There are sleeping cats who can be your friends in the garden that you can pick up and move throughout the garden to keep the Blight Monsters away, or use them to hold down switches.

Game Launches on Xbox Store on April 19th for $4.99

Check out our Video Preview and Gameplay footage embedded above.

Check out the official website for more information! http://www.mightystudios.com

Wednesday, April 6

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered Preview


Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered, where words are your weapon features Story and Endless Modes. In Endless Mode, you choose your favorite background art, music, character, weapon, and letter tiles and see how long you can survive. The game also has fully animated enemies and shopkeepers, a brand new soundtrack in addition to the original music, and 70 quests to complete with many ways to play them.

Check out our Preview Video embedded above.

Game launches April 8th on the Xbox One Store. Check out more on the official website! http://www.letterquestremastered.com

Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek Game Play Video

Check out game play from upcoming game Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek releasing Friday 4/8 on the Xbox One Store!