XBLA Wednesday: May 16th, 2012

By Mark Delaney, 4 years ago
Soon we may just have to change the name of our weekly arcade coverage. It seems more often than not, at least lately, games have been coming out on Fridays as well as the usual Wednesdays. This week's games include a new music game, another bout of the blue hedgehog, and a re-release of a game that has more re-releases than LOST has mysteries.

JAM Live Music Arcade
Developer: Zivix
Publisher: Reverb Publishing
Price: 800

JAM Live Music Arcade is a robust musical experience of creative freedom. Through your guitar peripheral or controller, take control of all aspects of a song: guitar, bass, drums, vocals, synth and more. Featuring music from Modest Mouse, Fallout Boy, Atmosphere and much more, JAM has over 30 tracks from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop and techno. Be the DJ, producer and band leader in the live music sandbox or take on the arcade challenge.
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Sonic 4: Episode II
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA
Price: 1200 MSP

The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains! Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form an alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day! Now joined by Tails, race across four new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans! Experience the Sonic 4 saga as never before with the addition of a brand new engine; bringing you gameplay with updated physics and zones in stunning HD graphics! Also new to Episode II is the addition of online/local collaborative play where players can team up with a friend to take control of Sonic and Tails as they battle against Dr. Eggman! BONUS! Owners of both Episode I & Episode II will unlock Episode Metal! Play as Sonic’s greatest rival in this exclusive zone and experience the untold story behind Metal Sonic’s revival!
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Dragon's Lair (Releasing May 18th)
Developer: Digital Leisure
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Price: 800

Dragon's Lair, one of the most beloved arcade games of all time can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. This fully arcade authentic version is fully playable with Kinect or the Xbox 360 controller so you can really show how well you wield Dirk's sword. Included with this ultimate edition are bonus Avatar items, Gamerpics and even a full watch feature to sit back and enjoy Don Bluth's stunning animation. In Dragon's Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. Lead on adventurer. Your quest awaits!
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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.