Major Nelson’s timely arrival is of no coincidence. Posted in concurrence with the last Summer of Arcade release, the good Major tells us about two upcoming XBLA games: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Shank.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, released August 25th, will be available for 800 MS points. The game, labeled by Mr. Nelson as a “beat-‘em-up arcade,” has a distinct cartoony look. It features up to four player co-op, with playable characters such as Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, Kim Pine, and even a surprise character! The game will follow the movie fairly closely; for a detailed look at the recently released film, check out this review by Daniel Manning.
Shank is a bloody 2D side-scroller starring your hero and mine, Shank. For me, the animation is reminiscent of the Samurai Jack cartoon series. Shank has the unenviable task of battling the “underworld’s deadliest assassins” in a story of guilt and revenge. This XBLA game will be released in conjunction with Scott Pilgrim on August 25th, only Shank will set you back 1200 MS points. Many thanks to the Major’s Minute for his help.
As always, I recommend taking a chance with Indie games in the marketplace. There are some real gems in there awaiting your discovery. To set you on the path of righteousness, I’ll let you in on a little secret known as Zombie Estate. Download the demo and mow down waves of zombies, upgrade your weapons, rinse and repeat. It’s fun.