Microsoft Reveal Future XBLA Titles and Arcade Hits

The XBOX Live Arcade titles heading to the XBOX Live Marketplace in the next few weeks have been revealed by Microsoft. The list consists of Rocky and Bullwinkle (which was given an E rating at the end of January), Shotest Shogi and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3.

Rocky and Bullwinkle (Zen Studios) – Based on the highly popular US cartoon series of the same name, Rocky and Bullwinkle on Xbox LIVE Arcade is a fast and fun party experience packed with over 100 micro-games and decked out in authentic retro art style. Plus, players with an Xbox LIVE Vision camera can control 25 of these games using fun gestures.

Shotest Shogi (AI Factory and Rubicon Development) – Experience a new kind of shogi, Japan’s top board game, which encourages complex tactical play and strategic sacrifices. Set in an elegant Japanese room, this beautifully rendered game features 16 challenging artificial intelligence opponents as well as an online multiplayer mode. For beginners, Shotest Shogi on Xbox LIVE Arcade also offers an advanced tutorial that guides and tests players as they progress through the game.

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (Capcom) – Xbox LIVE Arcade’s Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 revives one of the most popular arcade shooters with an all-new adventure. Battle solo or recruit two other specialised commandos to conquer the evil tyrant, General Ratiev. Players can play as Codename Wolf, Coyote or Fox to take on waves of soldiers, rescue POWs and blow up armoured vehicles through a variety of dangerous battlefields.

New details of TiQal and Wits & Wagers were also revealed.

TiQal (Slapdash Games) – An addictive new puzzler, TiQal takes players on an epic journey to save an ancient Mayan village. Players demolish enemy block walls by matching squares of the same colour and building them up to unleash massive combo points and mind-blowing power-ups. Partner with a friend over local or Xbox LIVE co-op play to rescue the village, while enjoying sumptuous graphics, exciting sound effects and an awe-inspiring musical score.

Wits & Wagers (Hidden Path Entertainment) – Party and trivia fun! Even if trivia isn’t your thing, the first trivia and party game to hit Xbox LIVE Arcade is one in which players can win by making educated guesses, playing the odds or just knowing the interests of other players, whether they are local or online. Break out the Big Button Pad controllers or play couch vs. couch on Xbox LIVE for a trivia party extravaganza.

Microsoft also revealed that as of this Wednesday (19th March), Doom and Assault Heroes will become Arcade Hits and discounted to 400 Microsoft Points (approx. £3.40) apiece.

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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