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Sunday Roundup: January 15, 2017 - Busy, busy week, the new year is well on its way and you know what that means, the news mill is slowly starting to churn again. It also means, every week we will have more and more to catch up on, both old and new. We meet a new kittie, a few actors and lots of new heroes in the week's edition of the Sunday Roundup. 88 Heroes A fast pace 2D action-platformer where you have 88 heroes, to complete 88 levels in 88 minutes, can you do it. This ever-changing ad...
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Her Majesty's SPIFFING review: HMS Brexit - Of the hour and fifteen minutes that Her Majesty's SPIFFING lasts, I probably enjoyed about an hour. I spent the first five minutes coming to terms with the least Welsh sounding Welsh sidekick that I could possibly have imagined and the last ten breezing through a finale so rushed that the closing achievement is "That's all we could afford." SPIFFING is a point and click adventure in the most traditional sense, in that it is largely focussed on in...
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Friday new releases: January 13, 2017 - The new year has officially started at XBLA Fans with four new games and one Game Preview releasing for you to sink your teeth into this Friday. Not only that but we're mixing things up this year by providing you with some quick look teaser videos and giving you a chance to win copies of the latest games on Xbox One. So without further ado.. First up we have Adult Swim's Rise & Shine, which was developed by SuperMegaTeam. The game is being described a...
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Pit People Preview: Bear Essentials - When it comes to describing Pit People, I'm really struggling. The individual gameplay elements stack up logically, and clearly draw inspiration from the best in class, so that bit is easy. The graphics are clearly inspired by developer The Behemoth's most popular games to date (Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater) and the gameplay is a turn-based action strategy hybrid that feels oddly similar to Skulls of the Shogun to me. There's even a nefarious...
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Wednesday new releases: January 11, 2017 - After a close to two week drought of new releases it seems as though the new year is finally gaining steam with two new games now available on Xbox One. Up first is Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution by High Tail Studios. Acorn Assault is a strategy game in which players take control of squirrels of the forest as they revolt against the tyrant King Louis. The game's strategy revolves around turn-based gameplay as the narrative spans five acts spread ...
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Weekly deals: Xbox One sales and Deals with Gold - Thanks for joining us again for the weekly round up of the Deals with Gold. Please remember that all prices listed below require an Xbox Live Gold membership. All deals featured this week are for the Xbox One: Ginger: Beyond the Crystal — a 15 level platformer where you are trying to locate corrupted crystals throughout the various levels. We rated it, "Reader's Choice" – was $19.99, is now $14.99 Fortified — a tower of defense/shooter mash...
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Sunday Roundup: January 8, 2017 - We're getting pretty good at finding everything throughout the week, my jobs going to be nothing more than copy and pasting soon. Oh well, my job gets easier and everyone gets the news sooner, I won't complain. In this week's Sunday Roundup a muscle-bound barbarian and a top-down shooter that definitely will remind you of Smach TV. Circuit Breakers This fast-paced shooter being developed by Triverske will support up to six players and shouldn't be much more...
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XBLA Fans (a division of Gorilla Networks, LLC, which does business as Involved Fans Inc.) was created by Xbox Live Arcade Fans for Xbox Live Arcade Fans. We're passionate about what we do, which is providing the most accurate coverage possible for these downloadable gems. We're also about quality — each of our articles are peer reviewed by other writers for factual accuracy, grammar and overall readability. We tag each article appropriately. If it's merely a rumor, we tag it as such, meaning that you'll never wonder whether something is fact or fiction. We also share some of our writers and articles with the gaming industry magazineGamesauce, a leader in industry-based print and online publications. Full details of the collaboration can be viewed here.

We take a unique approach in our reviews as well. We believe that defined numbers don't really tell you what you need to know. If a friend asked you to rate a game how would you do it? Would you really sit back and say "It's an 8.5/10"? No of course not, no one would. The description of the game would develop into what was good and what was bad; hitting mostly on the highlights and lowlights. And in the end they would want to know if it's worth buying. Should they try it instead, or just skip it?

That is what our editorial staff at XBLA Fans tries to accomplish with our reviews. We want them to feel like a friend was writing to them in a way that actually gives them what they would want from a review. Unlike a lot of sites, we'll answer questions in the comments; prompting the creation of a dialog about the game. We do our reviews for our readers benefit, not ours.

What does each score mean:

Buy It: In general, everyone can find something to enjoy from this game. Unless you know ahead of time you absolutely hate the genre, you can pick this up without any concern for its quality or level of fun.

Try It: The game  won’t appeal to everyone. If you enjoy the genre of the game or notice it still sounds interesting after we have detailed all the negative parts, you should definitely give it a look. Every XBLA game comes with a trial version–use them to your advantage.

Skip It: Honestly, these are the games we play so that no one else has to waste their time or money. We highly recommend avoiding them.