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Milkstone Studios is back with another indie game called Little Racers Street, but is the game worth your time, consideration or money?  Simply put, yes on all fronts.

Little Racers Street is the latest Xbox Live Indie game from developer Milkstone Studios.  Milkstone has established themselves as a reputable Indie developer on the marketplace and their excellent reputation is only perpetuated by Little Racers Street.  LRS is an isometric arcade racer that offers an incredible amount of content in a small indie game package (and price).  The racing is fast and intense will have you clamoring for more after each play session.

Gameplay

The gameplay in LRS is by far its most defining feature.  Most of us have played some sort of isometric racer before, but I promise you none that perform like this title.  The point of racing game is to obviously beat your opponents by crossing the finish line before them, but what sets every racing title apart is how you go about doing that.  LRS has very basic, but delicate controls.  In order to win races and stay ahead of the competition you need to perfect the handling of each vehicle, because while this game emphasizes speed and acceleration; precision cornering and nitrous management is what wins races in this game.  The slightest miscalculation will run you into a wall and could cost you the race, while mismanaging your nitrous will leave you in the rearview of your opponents.  This might sound like a disadvantage for LRS, but the addictive nature of this title will bring you back to races to perfect cornering to increase lap times and finding the best spots to deploy nitrous.  With nitrous aside, I applaud LRS for putting emphasis on cornering because far too many games allow you to ride the wall and still have the ability to win; that is not the case in LRS.  The game also has 5 difficulty setting ranging from easiest to unfair (unfair is the difficulty description for clarification).  So depending on how fast you pick up the controls you have a difficulty to match.  One last thing to note; like most racing games LRS does factor in damage when credits are dispersed at the end of each race, so less precise or careless driving will net you less money after each race making it another reason to fine tune your skills.

Graphics

The graphics in LRS are very pretty for an Indie Game.  I’d even go as far as to say that it is probably one of the best looking indie games available on XBL.  The car models are very simple, but the lighting effects and driving animations are fluid and a sight to behold.  Smoke trails are left when drifting and nitrous trails light up the screen when boosting and I must say I was very impressed with these effects in particular.  An outline of your car will also illuminate when things hit the fan or when your view is obstructed behind scenery (and both will happen).

The environments are nothing to sneeze at either.  The variations in track designs while minor keep things fresh and also the weather effects (rain and snow) add a nice touch.  Day, Night and Dusk variants of each track also showcase different details making the same tracks look different which I thought was pretty clever.  Overall the game exhibits great design and the frame rate remains stable most of the time.  It has dipped on occasion, but nothing that interrupts the flow of a race or makes the experience any less enjoyable.

Presentation

LRS has a very simple layout and I think it suits the game very well.  There is no mystery as to what does what and you can jump into whatever you need to do with great ease.  The background at the main menu is dynamic which adds pleasant imagery when you are maneuvering through the menus.  The presentation isn’t a huge selling point for this game, but it doesn’t hurt the experience either.

Sound

The audio in LRS is superb for an indie game.  The sound effects for the cars are really good.  Engine noises are mostly uniform amongst the vehicles, but the sound effects are welcomed nonetheless.  Tires squeal when drifting, metal scrapes when you rub against walls and other vehicles beep when you hit them or cut them off.  The soundtrack steals the show in the audio department.  It boasts a well done mix of electronic music that compliments the “street” racing very much so.  Racing games usually have an eclectic mix of music that is all over the place, but the choice to go with an entirely electronic mix was an entirely appropriate choice to me.

Future Playability

LRS has a lot of content packed under its mini sized hood.  There are several challenges to complete with a ranking system for offline play and online leaderboards for lap times.  There is competitive multiplayer over Xbox Live and for system link play.  There are lots of cars to purchase (30+) and every car has the ability to be upgraded so that can also consume quite a bit of your time if you so choose.   All in all LRS has a ton of content for you to explore and will likely satisfy your need for an arcade racer.

Final Thoughts

I have spent a good amount of time with LRS and have taken a real liking to it.  It offers really fun and addictive gameplay and for only 80 MSP ($1) you can’t go wrong.  It is the most fun I have had with an arcade racer since NFS: Hot Pursuit if you needed anymore validation as to how good this game is.  It also has a car similar to the AE86 from Initial D (the Relampago 1.6 L) which is killer.  Also it will help support Milkstone Studio’s future products and updates (which LRS has gotten a few already).  Lastly the game does have a trial so if you are curious about it before making that huge financial commitment, give it a spin and see what you think.  As always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.  If you try out Little Racers Street and like it sound off in the comments section or shoot Milkstone an email, I’m sure they would love the feedback as well.  Until next time be easy everyone.

Little Racers Street was purchased by me for 80 MSP ($1).  It is currently available in the XBLIG market on the Xbox 360.  I have invested around 4 hours into the game prior to this review and plan to invest many more.

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When I turned my Xbox 360 on this morning I was prompted for an update.  Unless something huge is being rolled out updates usually don’t make headlines, so I really didn’t think anything of it.  This update almost went under the radar until I went to search for some new indie games and noticed the layout had changed.  This kind of threw me for a loop and for a moment I thought I was searching in the wrong area of the dashboard.  After careful examination I realized that the infamous “Game Type” button had been removed and that Arcade, Indie, and Games on Demand each had their own dedicated buttons within the Games Marketplace.

Say goodbye to this and the Game Type button that preceded it

A celebration is in order because that was one of my biggest beefs with last fall’s dashboard update.  Finding downloadable games became so layered that prior to today it made finding new games a bit cumbersome, but not impossible.  I also remember a slight uproar in the Indie developing community because the search ability for indie games was buried a few levels deep.  Well worry no more you unsung heroes of video game development because your games are now easily accessible within the games marketplace.  I think that everyone will be pleased by this slight adjustment to the games marketplace and it will make future browsing much more accessible.  We think this update works well, but maybe you might have already gotten used to the previous build.  If so sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Xbox Live DOTW 12/13 – 12/19

Posted: December 13, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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Xbox Live keeps the deals rolling and this week is no different.  The theme for this week’s discounts is Japan’s Finest.  These anime inspired/themed titles are on sale for this week only and come to you at a pretty deep discount.  So I will not keep you waiting any longer; here are you Xbox Live Deals of the Week.

Xbox Live Deals of the Week 12/13 – 12/19 – Japan’s Finest

  • Bangai-O HD – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Hard Corps Uprising – 600 MSP (50% off)
  • Radiant Silvergun – 600 MSP (50% off)
  • Guwange – 400 MSP (50% off)

Need Points? (via Amazon)

There you have it folks; your Xbox Live deals of the Week.  Check back often for new deals and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

 

Xbox Live DOTW 11/29 – 12/5

Posted: November 29, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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The Dealpocalypse that was last week has subsided for the most part, but moving forward there are still deals to be consumed.  Xbox Live Deals this week are from the folks over at Capcom and are combat themed.  So if you are in the mood to get some booty (treasure of course) or viciously uppercut someone you may be in luck.  Deals are below so get at them.

Xbox Live Deals of the Week 11/29 – 12/5 – Capcom Specials

  • Age of Booty – 200 MSP (50% off)
  • Super Street Fighter II HD Remix – 600 MSP (50% off)
  • Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting – 200 MSP (50% off)
  • Final Fight Double Impact – 400 MSP (50% off)

Need Points?

Also for those of you at work who want to purchase these titles take this link over to Xbox.com to put them in your download que

There you have it folks your Xbox Live Deals of the Week.  Check back often for deals and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Xbox Live Cyber Monday Deals

Posted: November 28, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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With today being Cyber Monday it would only make sense for Xbox Live to run a sale right?  Well they are and while it isn’t a huge one I think it is better than what they offered on Black Friday.  The discounted items are listed below and if you are interested in any of them go fire up your Xbox and get to downloading.

Xbox Live Cyber Monday Deals

  • Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD – 240 MSP (70% off)
  • Risk: Factions – 200 MSP (75% off)
  • Dungeons and Dragons Daggerdale – 600 MSP (50% off)

Just figured I’d lump this in secretly

Amazon Gaming DOTD 11/28link to deal

  • Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360 and PS3) – $29.99

There you have it folks, some Cyber Monday goodness.  Amazon will be running lightening deals all day on games once again, so if I see any crazy deals I will more than likely post them on Facebook and Twitter.  As always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.


This week in conjunction with other sales Xbox Live is running a Fan Appreciation Sale with select XBLA, Indie Games, Add-ons and other nifty things (like movies) discounted for this week only.  I will have them posted (minus the movies) below for your viewing and deal hunting pleasure.  Happy Digital Shopping (finally picked up Bejeweled Blitz Live, so good).

Xbox Live Fan Appreciation Sale

Full Games

  • Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 – 400 MSP
  • Civilization Revolution – $22.49
  • Bejeweled Blitz Live – 200 MSP
  • Bejeweled 2 – 200 MSP
  • Stacking – 600 MSP
  • The Fancy Pants Adventures – 400 MSP
  • Weapon of Choice – 200 MSP
  • Flotilla – 200 MSP
  • The Baconing – 600 MSP
  • Super Meat Boy – 400 MSP
  • Outrun Online Arcade – 400 MSP
  • Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm – 400 MSP
  • Phantasy Star 2 – 200 MSP
  • Sega Soccer Slam – 600 MSP

Add Ons

  • Pinball FX 2 Classic Pack – 400 MSP
  • Pinball FX 2 Core Pack – 400 MSP
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: The Da Vinci Disappearance – 400 MSP
  • Homefront : The Rock Map Pack – 200 MSP
  • Homefront : Fire Sale Map Pack – 120 MSP
  • Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing – 280 MSP

Games for Windows (no prices listed just percentages off)

  • Bulletstorm – 50% off
  • Section 8 Prejudice – 50% off
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition – 50% off

Games for Windows Phone (one again no prices just percentages off)

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – 29% off
  • Full House Poker – 33% off
  • Assassin’s Creed – 40% off

Other Stuff on Sale

  • Sega Rally Arcade Online – 400 MSP
  • Crazy Taxi – 400 MSP
  • Streets of Rage 2 – 200 MSP

Need Points for this content

You can also sign into Xbox Live online (if you are at work perhaps and add these to your active downloads)

There you have it, your Xbox Live Fan Appreciation Sale deals.  Check back for more deals from Xbox Live this week because they have one day sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday respectively.  As always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Xbox turns 10

Posted: November 15, 2011 by Tim Utley in Editorials, News and Updates
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A beast of a system

Microsoft’s not so little black box that could has completed its 10th year of life today, hooray!  Microsoft was instrumental in re-inventing console gaming and the Xbox led the charge.  This is a huge milestone for the Xbox and to celebrate it we here at TGA are going to give you 10 reasons why the original Xbox is and will always remain a classic piece of hardware.

  1. The original Xbox had a built in hard drive, built in value, memory cards existed but were not required for saving files
  2. The console had DLC, last generation this was huge because other systems would have to completely re-release a game to add additional features
  3. Xbox Live changed the way we communicate and play games together, it started on the original Xbox, fond memories of Unreal Championship when it first launched, did online proper
  4. System link capabilities brought LAN parties to the masses
  5. Was the spiritual successor to the Dreamcast, had sequels for Jet Set Radio, Shenmue and Sega GT
  6. Custom soundtracks gave players the ability to listen to their own music while playing games
  7. Four controller ports out the box, not the first to do it, still an awesome feature
  8. The first system to dabble in HD, NFL 2K5 looked sweet in HD
  9. The controller had a built in breakaway cable, small feature to some, kept my Xbox from being ripped off the shelf
  10. Xbox was home to the original Halo, probably one of the biggest game changers of the decade

Too much for some, but perfect for others

Happy Birthday old friend and I look forward to another 10 years of gaming with you.  Viva la Xbox.  What did you like about the original Xbox?  Add to our list and sound off in the comments section.  Let us know what you think and help us celebrate this occasion.  As always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.


This week there is a huge amount of content on sale through Xbox Live.  XBL is running their own deals in conjunction with a 2K Games Publisher Sale.  The Xbox Live deals have been posted on Major Nelson, but for some reason haven’t quite gone into effect (besides Ms Splosion Man, that is active).  I will update this as soon as I see them active.  I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer so here are the deals this week.

Xbox Live Deals

  • MS Splosion Man – 400 MSP (50% off)

2K Games Publisher Sale

Full Games

  • Mafia 2 – $14.99 (25% off)
  • Prey – $14.99 (25% 0ff)
  • The Darkness – $14.99 (25% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates – 600 MSP (50% off)
  • P.B. Winterbottom – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Axel and Pixel – 400 MSP (50% off)

Game Add Ons

  • Mafia 2 Jimmy’s Vendetta –  400 MSP (50% off)
  • Mafia 2 Joe’s Adventure – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • All Borderlands Expansions – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Bioshock 2 Minerva’s Den – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Bioshock 2 The Protector Trials – 200 MSP (50% off)
  • Bioshock 2 Rapture Metro – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Bioshock 2 Sinclair Solutions – 200 MSP (50% off)

There you have it folks your Xbox Live Deals of the week.  Stay tuned for more deals and as always you can follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.


This week’s deals on XBL are for those looking to get their fix of death (or deathly related content).  Either way there are 3 XBLA games on sale and here they are:

  • Death By Cube – 400 MSP (50% off)
  • Limbo – 600 MSP (50% off)
  • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile – 400 MSP (50% off)

These deals will run into early next week until another set are put up.  So if any of these interest you act fast because they won’t be around much longer.  Stay tuned for more deals and as always follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.

Xbox Live DOTW

Posted: October 19, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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This week’s deals on Xbox Live are for the millions of Halo Reach fans/players that don’t own either map pack that has been released for the game.  If you haven’t purchased them you can grab both the Defiant and Noble map packs for 400 MSP ($5 US).  This deal is only good this week so if you are interested in expanding your Halo Reach online multiplayer experience buy now or forever hold your peace.  As always stay tuned for more deals and follow us on Twitter @GamersAbstract and like us on Facebook for more content.