Instead, I switched on my recently-neglected XBox 360. I really haven't given it much time at all lately, and there were a couple of XBLA games I fancied checking out from their poorly-titled Summer of Arcade. The first game I tried was Deadlight.
|Standing here is all well and good, but what the hell do I do now?|
Deadlight is a good game. You know what it reminded me of, just a little bit? Flashback. I think the animation is the main reason for that, but the game itself is a side-scrolling platform game where you have to solve puzzles while avoiding the zombie outbreak, all the while searching for your family and safety. I haven't played all that much of it yet, but what I have played was enjoyable and it's presented really well.
The other game I tried was Dust: An Elysian Tail. This game is also a side-scroller, but it's very different from Deadlight. It's a fast-action beat 'em up with RPG overtones, levelling up, items to collect and a shady merchant, apparently on his holidays from Resident Evil 4, who you can buy useful items from. It's got some beautiful graphics, although a few of the monsters are a touch dull. But that's being a bit harsh and nitpicky.
|The whirling Dust Storm attack is great, but it makes for crap screenshots.|
So there you have it... what I did on my day off. Well, you have to keep it current sometimes. And in doing so, it's good to see that in these days of first-person 3D ultra-realistic games there's still plenty of room for classic side-scrolling action. A good game is a good game, simple as that.