ID@Xbox Spotlight: Pixel Galaxy Turns Space Invaders on Its Head
If you’re looking for a game that’s easy to learn, hard to master, and a blast to pick up and play anytime, look no further than Serenity Forge’s Pixel Galaxy, coming to Xbox One via ID@Xbox. Designed to put a key twist on traditional arcade shooters, Pixel Galaxy puts you in an arena, facing off against tons of enemies... with no weapons whatsoever. Your only options are to dodge, and to absorb your foes by colliding with them – but not their projectiles or weapons' edges. It’s considerably more challenging and addictive than it sounds. There’s a bevy of different types of enemies, and each has a different kind of attack. Latch onto one, and he becomes an attacker for you – but be careful, you don’t necessarily want to blow away some potential helpful future enemies before you get a chance to assimilate them. There’s also the issue of size and space; a game of Pixel Galaxy takes place on a pretty small map, so the more enemies you take on, the less room you’ll have to dodge future bad guys. Not to worry, of course, as your newly assimilated friends act as hit points of sorts – but skilled players will want to plan how and where they latch onto new allies, to ensure the most efficient use of space.
Celebrate Gaming with April’s Double Games with Gold Month
You might think April’s the perfect time to joke around – but we have no intention of doing that here at Xbox. Instead, we want to take a moment to appreciate you, the Xbox gamer. Over the course of the Games with Gold program, more than 100 million games have been downloaded, with over 5 billion Gamerscore earned. That’s countless hours in the shoes of iconic heroes like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 2, Noble Team from Halo Reach and many others all free with your Xbox Live Gold membership.
Slender: The Arrival Arrives to Give You Nightmares
Is your boring life currently defined by a noteworthy – almost alarming – lack of sheer terror? Well, we’ve got some great news for you, then: Slender: The Arrival is now available for Xbox One via ID@Xbox, and it’s sure to leave you huddled up in the corner, your belabored sobs punctuated only by the occasional bloodcurdling scream. Yes, it’s that classic scenario ripped straight from your deepest, darkest nightmares. An impossibly tall, thin, unsettlingly proportioned specter of death – the titular Slender Man – pursues you through a number of dark and terrifying environments. Armed with only a flashlight, it’s your job to collect the scattered pages of what we’re assuming is some eldritch, Lovecraftian tome (sorry, our reading comprehension goes out the window once the panic-induced adrenaline threatens to swallow us whole). Do this before the horrific nightmare man catches you, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t look at him, or shine your flashlight on him, or do anything but run, or so help us, he will teleport in front of you and rip your face off.
ID@Xbox Spotlight: Classic Platform-Shooting Returns in Mighty No. 9
One of the first successful Japanese crowdfunded video games, Mighty No. 9 is an incredibly exciting proposition for those who appreciate the classic era of platforming games. Designed by Keiji Inafune – the man behind the iconic Mega Man series – Mighty No. 9 brings Inafune’s decades of expertise and boundless imagination to a new generation of gamers. In the game, players take on the role of Beck, the ninth in a series of combat androids called “Mighty Numbers,” which have been given powerful abilities to help bring security and stability to their world. The problem is that the other eight Mighty Numbers – along with tons of other, lesser combat droids – have been infected with a virus that has turned them against the good guys and set them on an evil path. It’s up to Beck and his female counterpart Call to navigate through some tricky levels, blast their way through some tough baddies, and take down the evil forces behind the viral outbreak.
Ominous Halo 5: Guardians Teaser Casts a Shadow on Humanity’s Greatest Hero
Fans who tuned into last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC got a world-premiere look at the new teaser trailer for Halo 5: Guardians. Next week, during the show’s season finale, the world premiere of the official live-action trailer will provide a first glimpse at the intriguing story of one of the year’s most anticipated games – launching exclusively on Xbox One this fall. The teaser, entitled “Bullet,” is now available online. Eagle-eyed fans can slow down and study the new video, frame-by-frame, to discover ominous new clues about the fate of the legendary Master Chief