Microsoft announces Game Feast on XBLA this fall

This year’s Summer of Arcade on XBLA was a good one, I especially enjoyed Monday Night Combat, but that collection of games was missing several announced and undated XBLA games that I am dying to finally play. Where were all these amazing-looking titles that showed such promise even if they were overlooked at E3? Well, it was announced today that, just a month after Summer of Arcade’s end, Microsoft will be starting a new XBLA promotion going through most of October called Game Feast.

Above: That burger doesn’t look very well done 

Starting September 29, once a week for four weeks, XBLA will have one high profile new release go on sale. Here’s a quick rundown of the games in order of release:

September 29: Hydrophobia, 1200 Microsoft Points

Perhaps the biggest, fanciest looking game for XBLA, this is no retro throwback, no 2D beat-em-up. A third person actioner showing off some of really snazzy water physics, it looks like it could be a retail release, if not for its predicted five-to-six hour length. Announced years ago, we’ve been anticipating this game potentially changing the way people perceive XBLA games for too long.

October 6: Comic Jumper, 1200 Microsoft Points

The newest game from Twisted Pixel, the pedigree of that company speaks for itself. Responsible for two XBLA classic, ‘Splosion Man and The Maw, the developer now turns its clever wit and great game design towards the medium of comic books. This sidescroller takes the oddball hero, Captain Smiley, through comic book history, including Kirby-esque ‘60s comics and Japanese manga, as he tries to find relevance once more.

October 13: Pinball FX 2, Price: N/A

I’ll admit I'm not the biggest pinball lover out there, but this one still seems pretty neat. A sequel to one of the premier pinball titles on XBLA, this one has a unique pricing structure. The download is free, but you pay for each table individually, though the pricing on per table is up in the air still. You can try each new table before you buy it and all the tables from the first FX are playable to owners of that game and those tables will receive a graphical update.

October 20: Super Meat Boy, Price: TBD

Another long in the making title, Super Meat Boy intends to encapsulate NES-style platforming while still recognizing its indie roots. It probably isn’t a coincidence that SMB has the same initials as Super Mario Bros, as Meat Boy aspires to the same platforming greatness, but with tons more dying and restarting, as you watch the pile of meat murdered over and over. The cartoon visuals and wry sense of humor make it look like a real winner.

Overall this looks like a really strong line-up. In fact, I don’t know about you, but I’m more excited for Game Fest than I was for Summer of Arcade this year. How do you think it stacks up to this summers slate of XBLA games?

Aug 31, 2010




  • Ravenbom - October 13, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    This is a way better line up than this last Summer of Arcade. Though I might prefer a Thrift Store Fall where you could get past Summer of Arcade games at a discount, which would be less in conflict fall spending on full retail games.
  • FinderKeeper - September 1, 2010 4:59 a.m.

    About the same between summer and autumn. Limbo and Monday Night Combat stood out in the summer list, and Hydrophobia and Comic Jumper will likely stand out in the autumn list.
  • KielbasaNinja - September 1, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Comic Jumper has been the biggest tease since its announcement. If it's half as good as the other two Twisted Pixel games, it's a must-own. It's amazing how they continue to top their own unique level of creativity with each subsequent release.
  • kotosaku - September 1, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    Ahhhh block party that was t.
  • kotosaku - September 1, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    What was that promotion in the spring called? It had toy soldiers and a couple of other games in it?
  • shyfonzie - August 31, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Comic jumper sounds neat, especially since it sounds like it'll parody all comics and not just the superhero ones I don't really read. If there is at least one level that looks like a slimy udnerground comic, then I'm all in.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 31, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Both SoA and GF have amazing games, but I'm gonna have to say that SoA is the better deal. Monday Night Combat is one of my favorite games and a worthy substitute for Team Fortress 2 (since nobody plays the XBox version, and for good reason), and Limbo has hit me in a way that I have never felt before in a game. Still, I'm really looking forward to Hydrophobia, and Comic Jumper and Super Meat Boy look fantastic too.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 31, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Great strapline. I'm not really interested in any of these. Super Meat Boy has been talked about for years, thereby cooling my anticipation of it. Comic Jumper is doing nothing for me. The only one that looks remotely worthy is Hydrophobia.
  • MaynardJ - August 31, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Limbo was awesome and I'm going to get Lara's game too, but these four ALL look very interesting. So overall, yes, Game Feast does look better, with Hydrophobia as the most probable standout title.
  • Phazon117 - August 31, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    I wouldn't call this looking better than SoA.
  • Tymiegie - August 31, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    I love Limbo and I'm thinking about buying Monday Night Combat, so Summer of Arcade was pretty awesome for me. The only thing that stands out for me in Game Feast is Comic Jumper. I've actually been anticipating that game since I heard about it. 'Splosion Man and The Maw are both among my favorite arcade games. Both times are huge winners for me because I know I'll get a lot of enjoyment from both of them.
  • oufour - August 31, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    i want everything on that list except for the pinball game.
  • bhav_777 - August 31, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    ya it looks better but i usaully dont buy from the arcade hydrophobia looks sick
  • batmanboy11 - August 31, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    I may buy Comic Jumper, but Scott Pilgrim is likely to be the last and best XBLA for me this year. (I've already bought it)
  • litrock - August 31, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Summer of Arcade had Lara Croft, but ... yeah. Outside of that, this is a much, much more interesting list. I actually had already planned on getting all of these.

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