6 Xbox Exclusives Releasing this Year

Microsoft has been criticized a lot lately over the issue of games. Gamers have voiced there anger over the internet over the fact that the Xbox is becoming more of a media machine. While it is true that the Xbox is used more as a media device, gamers should have nothing to worry about when there have been some pretty amazing XBLA titles released this year. That’s why we decided to give these indie titles the spot light in hopes that gamers will have their angered quenched for a while.

The list below represents a groups of games we think have been overlooked because they are not consider AAA. Indies need some love too.

  • Skulls of the Shogun-Available Now

Skulls of the Shogun is one of the first games to support cross platform play between Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. Although the game is on all three platforms it’s high quality is present on all three and is as equally as fun to play with a Xbox360 controller as it is with a touchscreen or mouse.

The game is one of the most addicting strategy games to hit XBLA. Gamers play as a dead Samurai warrior in the afterlife. Once you’re in the realm of the living dead you face other fallen samurai and receive help from mystical gods. Many different factors will help you conquer the afterlife in this incredibly journey.




  • Ascend New Gods

Originally shown at E3, Ascend New Gods is a new IP by Toy Soldiers Cold War developer, Signal Studio. The game is also believed to be headed towards Xbox 360, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The Windows Phone version will be different from it’s two counterparts. The phone version will be more in the style of the popular iOS game Infinity Blade. It has also been revealed that the mobile version of Ascend New Gods will help players gather rewards on the console version.

A while ago we gave out links to the Ascend New Gods Beta. Luckily for you, the beta has not ye started. Here is the link to the Ascend New Gods beta http://t.co/u4Sxc2SeFF .

More About the game from the developer.

Wage war for your God as a brutal Chaos Warrior on a unique journey to Ascension. Destroy the spawn of the Titan, invade other player’s parallel worlds, and tip the balance in the Crusade between the alliances. But the greatest rewards require the ultimate sacrifice—your character! Your Ascended Champions bestow abilities that shape your growing army into the ultimate Chaos Warriors.



  •  Battle Block Theatre-Available Now

From the creators of the massively popular XBLA game Castle Crashers comes this new hotly anticipated game. Indie Studio The Behemoth has been working on this game for a long time and has received some fairly positive reviews. Battle Block Theater is only available on the Xbox Live Arcade and can not be found on the mobile phone or PC.

This game is more of a platformer/brawler in which you make your way through obstacles in a colorful and vibrant world. The artwork is topnotch and is matched by it’s hilarious story. Also in the campaign, Compete against others in amazing co-op gameplay fun!

More About the game from the developer.

Shipwrecked. Captured. Betrayed. Forced to perform for an audience of cats? Wait, what?? You’ve just unlocked the door to BattleBlock Theater! There’s no turning back once you’ve started on your quest to free your imprisoned friends from evil technological cats! Immerse yourself in this mind bending tale of treachery as you battle your way through hundreds of levels in order to discover the puzzling truth behind BattleBlock Theater.


  • State of Decay

This game was revealed a year ago and was highly popular because of its unique features. The game boasts amazing new ways to experience a zombie outbreak.

The game is open world and will have players traverse a zombie infested land to either save other stranded citizens and help each other survive or fortify by yourself and play it safe. The game will dynamically change with the decisions you make.

The game will be available in June but if that’s not enough info for you, below is the trailer for the game. Fans of survival horror will definitely will enjoy this.

More About the game from the developer.

The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents.



  •  Lococycle

Perhaps one of the less serious of all of the above XBLA games, Lococycle is a game in which gamers play as a sentient high tech Motorcycle named I.R.I.S. The game is by Twisted Pixel a game company known for its wild and crazy video games. The game was unveiled at E3 last year and will launch later on in the year 2013.

Lococycle will feature combat by the Cycle’s on board weapons and some melee combat, yeah you heard correct. As mentioned before, the game is not meant to be taken seriously and is for those who want a fun experience rather than a competitive hardcore game.

We couldn’t find the box art for Lococycle so have look at this video by the folks over at (sigh) IGN.

  • Max and the Curse of Brotherhood

Last but certainly not least we have Max and the Curse of Brotherhood. The game is created by PressPlay, the studio which made the game “Tentacles” on Windows Phone 7. Max and the Curse of Brotherhood is the sequel to the first Wii exclusive title, Max and the Magic Marker. This time around the game will be a XBLA exclusive with upgraded graphics.

This time around protagonist Max must travel to another world and save his brother whom he wished away. The game is very dark and is nothing like the original Wii title, save for the marker mechanic, and will be very much like the classic game Limbo.

More About the game from the developer.

When Max wishes for his annoying little brother, Felix, to be whisked away by unknown evil forces, he gets more than he bargained for. Armed only with an marker and a hope of undoing what he has just done, he sets out on a perilous journey across deserts, eerie lantern-lit bogs, ancient temples and lush green forests to get his younger sibling back. Along the way Max gains the powers to manipulate his environment and overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.