Microsoft's upcoming free to play platformer for XBLA, Doritos Crash Course 2, will feature the addition of stars and medals for contestants to try and earn throughout the various levels of the game.
As we've seen in the many screens covered for the game already, stars will play a part in unlocking and progressing through the game's stages. Stars will need to be physically picked up by the player's character. Some stars are one-time pickups while others can be picked up over and over. When collecting stars, the stars eventually award bronze, silver, and gold medals with bronze being awarded for the lower amount of stars, and gold for the higher amount. Players can also spend collected stars to unlock courses and other objects and items of the game. Here's the details from Microsoft's blog with plenty of info on the stars and medals:
Collecting Stars (one time)Along with the freshly announced and much anticipated release date, we have another batch of screens to showcase. After venturing through the jungle, an octupus occupied island, the Arctic, and Egyptian themed stages, the latest load of screens feature a variety this time around with split-screen action and plenty of different level styles to look at:
Every course has a fixed number of stars to physically pick up, half on the main path, half in split paths (which you can purchase with stars). Each of these stars can only be collected once.
Players can collect stars in any game mode, except local multiplayer.
Earning Medals (one time)
Whenever the player earns a medal, he is awarded stars according to the medal type.
> Stars for medals are awarded only once.
> Gold medals are worth the most stars, silver are worth medium and bronze medals are worth the least.
> If a player earns a bronze or silver medal, he can earn a better medal on the same course. This earns him the difference in stars between the two medals.
> Players can earn stars from medals in any game mode, except local multiplayer.
Each course has a cycle of missions which, when completed, award the player stars. After completing Mission 1, Mission 2 becomes available; after Mission 2, comes Mission 3 and so on, after which the cycle repeats.
Players can spend stars to unlock courses, unlock split paths and to purchase consumables (Rewinds, Jinxes, Power-ups) and Avatar FX (rainbow trail, smoke swirl, etc.).
Doritos Crash Course 2 will be free-to-play once it releases on XBLA, and the release is now scheduled for May 8th. Yes, that's this Wednesday!
We've got the full list of Doritos Crash Course 2 achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.