Arcade Review Round-Up

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We’ve recently reviewed a few Xbox LIVE Aracde titles so here they are. Click on the links for the full game reviews.

Marty reviews Namco’s fighter Soul Calibur for the XBL Arcade.

“The legend will never die – and apparently it has not. Soul Calibur, a weapons based 3D fighter from Namco, first appeared in the Arcade in 1998, then later on the Dreamcast in Japan way back in 1999, yet despite being one of the biggest sellers on the system, it wasn’t enough to prevent the DC’s premature death.

The great news is, Soul Calibur has had a make-over and it wasn’t a bad looking game to start with. The hi-res visuals make for wonderful eye-candy, as beautiful blue weapon trails arc across the screen at a consistently high frame rate, the luscious background and fighting arenas oozes quality. Perhaps it’s not so remarkable compared to some of today’s graphical wonders, but it’s still as pretty as Kylie Minogue’s bum.”

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David gets hooked into Ticket to Ride in his XBL Arcade review

“Many board games are receiving the conversion to the XBOX Live Arcade. We’ve already had Carcassonne, Catan and Wits & Wagers but now it’s time for Ticket to Ride. Like the previous three, I hadn’t heard of Ticket to Ride before its release on the XBOX Live Arcade, but the minute I started playing, I was hooked.

The objective of Ticket to Ride is to connect American states with train lines and to gain points. The winner is the player with the highest amount of points including point deductions. Point deductions are given for not completing destination cards. At the start of the game, each player picks at least two destination cards. The further one state is away from the other, the more points the players get for completion. Each round, players have the choice of drawing track cards, drawing destination cards or claiming rail track. If players opt to draw track cards, they simply choose two from the five shown or the deck (un-shown). Each card has a colour which needs to be matched to the corresponding colour when claiming the rail track. If players choose to draw destination card(s), they have the choice out of three cards and must select one of them to continue playing. Finally, if players opt to claim rail track(s), they merely have to select the rail track they want to claim and select the card(s) they want to place.”

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Rob hops to a review with Frogger 2 on the XBL Arcade

“Do you know there have been a total of two other Frogger games bearing the name ‘Frogger 2’? No, nor did I and after playing Frogger 2 for the Xbox Live Arcade, I’d rather give those others a miss.

I seem to be picking the short straw when it comes to reviewing these Arcade titles because yet again we have another duff title on our hands. At the crazy price of 800 Microsoft Points it doesn’t come cheap either and one would have to wonder if this’ll land in the ‘Games to be removed’ by Microsoft pile; despite it only being released as they announced this particular method of removing older titles.”

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So there you have it, 3 of our latest XBL Arcade reviews. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

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