XBLA Wednesday: May 1st, 2013 [UPDATE]

By Mark Delaney, 3 years ago
The 1980s were a weird time period. Sylvester Stallone appeared talented. Music didn't require anyone actually playing instruments. Reaganomics was a thing. The list goes on. This week's XBLA offering pays tribute to the neon absurdity of the era and if I've offended you by saying these things, that means you'll probably love this game.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Developer: Ubisoft
Published: Ubisoft
Price: 1200 MSP
Playing Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon doesn't require a copy of Far Cry® 3. Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon is THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil. Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide.
Edit: A surprising release also landed on Friday, May 3rd.

Way of the Dogg
Developer: Echo Peak
Published: 505 Games
Price: 800 MSP
There is trouble on the street and your weapon's the beat! Listen up, student: everyone has a heartbeat. For some it’s the pursuit of money, others are driven by power, and there are many more beats that are less… Clear. All those rhythms, they overlap but the noise of the city doesn’t matter to America Jones. America cares about two things... his woman and the fight. He was the best fighter in the city; everyone knew that but then one night, everything changed. Hell bent on revenge, America comes to the Temple to train with Snoop Dogg. Finding the way means finding the beat that drives the fight, in order to revenge Sierra and bring peace to this troubled city… and that is why you are here. Train as AJ, pick a side, take your chances and find the way: The Way of the Dogg. Way of the Dogg is a brutal, rhythm-action combat adventure, set to Snoop Dogg’s music. Each level is a fresh fight against a different character in a new location defined by a Snoop Dogg track. As AJ, fight your way through 14 levels, each a superbly choreographed beat-matched fight, set to Snoop's music, including 'Who am I?', 'Gz and Hustlas' and '10 Lil Crips' to name but a few. Go head-to head with friends in multiplayer rhythm battles and follow Snoop's lead in the Temple Tutorials. Train with Snoop, pick a side, take your chances and find the way: The Way of the Dogg.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a lifelong gamer and current Assistant (to the) News Manager on TA. When not playing games, he can be found cheering for a bad football team, playing Batman action figures with his son, or going to concerts with his lover. Days where he does all of those things are his favorite.