Bloodforge, a fantasy action-adventure from Climax for Xbox 360

Bloodforge brings a good, gory romp to Xbox Live Arcade (review)

Bloodforge isn’t a great game or even a good one in some respects. It’s not very polished, and it’s not very deep. For some of us, though, it’ll dish out 15 bucks worth of violent lunacy. And let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes we just want to hit some buttons and watch some heads explode.

4JStudios readying Minecraft for May 9 release on XBox 360

Dundee, Scotland-based development studio 4JStudios has been tapped to port Minecraft to the XBox 360. According to Major Nelson, the game will be promoted as part of the “Arcade Next” series of games, which includes Trials Evolution, BloodForge, and Fable Heroes. It will release on May 9, 2012.

Sine Mora, a side-scrolling shooter for the masses (review)

Sine Mora inspires a certain amount of wondering about what a 2D shooter really needs in the way of production values. Does it need an original soundtrack by a big-name composer? Does it need an extensive, otherworldly backstory? Does it need an elaborate time-travel plotline about saving someone’s life in the past and avenging his death in the present? Does it need poetically-written cutscenes and voice-overs delivered in Hungarian?

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare doomed to live in original’s shadow (review)

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is change-up for hardcore fans of Remedy Entertainment’s story-driven psychological thriller Alan Wake. It is available as an Xbox Live Arcade downloadable title for $15 on the Xbox 360. The experience is a real stand-alone game, but it is not as deep or sophisticated as a $60 console game. It has its own self-contained story and a fun new arcade mode that makes the game play much more enjoyable.

Remedy CEO: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a “Gordon f***ing Ramsay hamburger”

Remedy Entertainment had a big week this week with the debut of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, a new adventure in the Alan Wake series available on Xbox Live Arcade. The downloadable game started out as an arcade action game and it evolved into a full-fledged story-based episode where the hero Alan Wake, a bestselling horror novelist, has to grapple with a nightmare that is born from Wake’s own pulp fiction.

GamesBeat Giveaway: Quarrel (XBLA)

Originally released as Quarrel Deluxe on the iPhone and iPad in 2011, developer Denkei’s brave little word game saw release on Xbox Live Arcade this week.

Sonic CD blasts onto console and mobile today

Sega of America has announced that Sonic CD is now available across a multitude of platforms today. Originally released in 1993 for the Sega CD, this version of Sonic CD  comes boasting both the Japanese and US soundtracks, and the exclusive ability to play as Tails, Sonic’s flying sidekick fox. The game will likely appeal to older gamers who are nostalgic for the games of their youth.

This week on Xbox Live: Expansions for Battlefield 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, and Gears of War 3

Microsoft has expanded Xbox Live to enable new entertainment options such as YouTube and Verizon’s FiOS TV, but the bread and butter of the Xbox 360 remains games. This week will see a slew of attention-grabbing new content on Xbox Live for some of the year’s biggest titles. Battlefield 3 finally gets its Back to Karkand expansion, available for $15, or free to those who purchased the Battlefield 3 Limited Edition retail package. Gears of War 3 kicks off its 12 Days of Gearsmas celebration with the RAAM’s Shadow campaign. You can read my review here. I didn’t like it. And Assassin’s Creed Revelations receives the first of several content bundles with the Ancestors Character Pack, which adds a few new faces to the multiplayer.