As Xbox Live Arcade titles go, we haven't seen one quite as zany as Diabolical Pitch. Of course, there's a likely reason for that. Announced at TGS 2010 under the name "Codename D," it's a game that will be hard not to identify in XBLA Marketplace...
What is it?
Diabolical Pitch can best be described as a Kinect XBLA on-rails shooter that uses
baseball as a motif instead of guns. But that’s really, really oversimplifiying
Who is the
developer? Grasshopper Manufacture is the team behind such “it could only come
from Japan” favorites as Killer 7, No More Heroes, and Shadows of the Damned.
How does it
look? Diabolical Pitch has Grasshopper’s trademark motifs: it has menacing
characters that look like warped versions of friendly and familiar things.
Giant monstrous creatures in mascot outfits attack you at a carnival that looks
like a leftover from House of the Dead: Overkill’s “Carny” stage. Your hero has
a bionic arm and the uniform from Santa Destroy’s baseball team. Yes, that Santa Destroy from No More Heroes.
How does it
play? Exactly like an on-rails shooter, except you’re using your throwing arm
to take out waves of undead. You can target and lock-on to enemies with your
non-throwing arm, and after building up enough direct hits without damage, you
can unleash a devastating wipespread attack. In our demo, we were able to
unleash fire and lightning attacks on our enemies.
make a kicking gesture, you can clear out waves of monsters to stun them for a
baseball attack, but you have a limited number of those attacks. Also, while
the game judges your throws and scores you to build up those massive offenses
against monsters, there’s a fatigue meter that keeps you from spamming your
All in all,
the demo we played was exactly as crazy as we’d expect from a Grasshopper game,
but it’s charming. If there’s any concerns we have at this point, they pertain
to space. It seems to be a little finicky about positioning, and you may need
lots of room to play it.
When is it
out? April 5th will be the day that you can start icing down your