5/4/2010 10:32 PM
by Brian Wray
Two new games this week. RAYSTORM HD is a high definition remake of classic arcade space shooter by the same name. Zeno Clash is advertised as a first person puncher. While punching may be the main way to battle in the game, there are guns to be found. Both games are priced at 1200MS points.
The classic shooting game returns with the original gameplay and newly updated graphics in RAYSTORM HD. You control the R-GRAY, a fighter plane equipped with a lock-on laser system, and battle your way through eight stages. A variety of game modes includes Arcade Mode and Extra Mode, with four selectable planes including the untested new R-GEAR. Rankings can be registered, and replay data can be uploaded and downloaded online.
Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition
In the land of Zenozoik, the city of Halstedom is ruled by a powerful clan, one which Ghat has betrayed by killing Father-Mother, the clan's leader. As Ghat, fight your way through your former brothers and sisters, crazed individualists, and worse in order to escape in the unique first-person puncher Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition. The bare-knuckled brawl to reach the truth has just begun.
* Fascinating world of grotesque beauty: Equal parts breathtakingly beautiful and utterly disturbing, prepare to be swallowed up in a surreal fantasy world powered by the Source engine. Explore lush environments and confront bizarre animal-humanoid foes on your mission of discovery and redemption.
* Visceral first-person fighting: Combat is up close, personal, and entirely satisfying. Start with a series of punches, kicks, and grabs, follow with a knee to the enemy's face, and hit him with a finishing move to send him flying yards away. Learn new moves to mix it up. Guns and melee weapons offer additional power and tactical options.
* Ultimate edition additions: The already highly praised gameplay has received an overhaul including combat rebalancing, interface enhancements, improved animations, new modes, and new gameplay content.
* New cooperative play modes: Enlist a friend to take on enemy waves in Tower Challenge, a special survival mode that offers additional replayability beyond the single-player campaign. Play cooperatively online, or locally via split screen. With leaderboards to rank you against your friends, the challenge never ends!
Zeno Clash does look quite good, but the price is a little high for my blood.