Microsoft has a decent sale going on
for fans of Japanese shoot 'em ups and saving money. As part of its
ongoing Deal of the Week promotion, the company has put up a block of
eastern shooters at half price, making arcade classics like Radiant
Silvergun, Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury, and Guwange available for just a few bucks
Available now until... well... the end of
the week, XBLA Gold Members will receive half off the regular price of
Treasure's Radiant Silvergun (now 600 Microsoft Points); Treasure's
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury (now 400 MSP); Arc System Works' Hard Corps: Uprising
(600 MSP); and Cave's Guwange (400 MSP).
Radiant Silvergun was originally
released as a side-scroller for Japanese arcades and Sega Saturn
systems back in 1998, and later brought to XBLA in September of this
year. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury also started life in the 90s as an N64 and
Dreamcast title, and was given the high-def treatment for Xbox 360
this May. Hard Corps: Uprising, however, is a fairly new title
released as a Contra prequel earlier this year, while Guwange is a
spruced version of Cave's 10-year-old bullet-hell classic.
All of these games have lived previous
lives on other platforms, however this is a good (and cheap)
opportunity to catch up on some solid shooters that may have
otherwise flown under your radar and died in a colorful barrage of
bullets and explosions moments later.
If bullet-hell isn't your thing, Microsoft has also update the XBLA library with the new Joe Danger: Special Edition (1200 MSP) and Sonic CD (400 MSP).