It's looking like next week is going to be a nice one for surviving. Konami has just sent along word that their Smash-TV inspired undead shooter Zombie Apocalypse will be hitting Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network next week for 800 MS points/$10.
Based on information Paramount Digital Entertainment to us, we're also pretty sure the side-scrolling beat-em-up The Warriors: Street Brawl will be landing on Xbox Live Arcade next week, with a yet to be determined PS3 release next month. This game will also be 800 MS points/$10.
Additionally, Xbox Fan Force passed along word that a "Game with Fame" event on Xbox Live is advertising a chance to play against pop-punk band Paramore in Left 4 Dead's upcoming DLC campaign Crash Course. Now, this pack has not received a release date, but it would be weird to sneak an advanced look at the content just to play against a marginally popular rock band. If Crash Course comes out next week, it will be 560 points ($7).
Having plenty of experience with both arcade games--the former at E3, and the latter during an in-office demo a week ago, I've got to say both are well worth $10. Neither are rewriting their respective genres, but they do offer great throwback gameplay reminiscent of classic arcade games--Smash TV for Zombie Apocalypse and Streets of Rage for The Warriors. If you have to choose one, though, go with Zombie Apocalypse--it's got a little more replay value than The Warriors. I will say, however, after experiencing extreme disappointment with the Watchmen and Turtles in Time Xbox Live beat-em-up games, that The Warriors was pleasantly surprising. be sure to keep an eye on GamePro Arcade next week as they tackle these new titles.
As for Left 4 Dead, if you're like me, you're already obsessively checking the download page of Xbox Live for Crash Course. The Zombie Apocalypse press release is below.
KONAMI ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE AND ASSETS FOR ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
The Fight For Survival Hits Xbox LIVE(r) Arcade On September 23 and PLAYSTATION(r)NETWORK on September 24
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the release date and new screenshots from the highly anticipated downloadable game Zombie Apocalypse. Coming to Xbox LIVE(r) Arcade for the Xbox 360(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on September 23 and the PlayStation(r)Network on September 24, Zombie Apocalypse drops players in an epic battle between the dead and the living!
Equipped with ample artillery, players' dual analog stick shooting skills will be put to the test in the thrilling arcade style shooter. As gamers set forth on their mission to conquer zombies, they can choose from up to 11 diverse weapons including assault rifles, flamethrowers and teddy bears filled with C4 explosives. A chainsaw is also available to players who want an up close and personal encounter with the roaming dead. Savvy players can also take advantage of their surroundings as they utilize environmental hazards to destroy massive hordes of zombies.
Players navigate through seven environments and fight their way through 55 days of zombie attacks without becoming a brainless zombie. Should they succeed, they will be rewarded with seven challenging game modes that will enable them to re-live the apocalypse all over again. As an added bonus, gamers do not have to face the evil masses alone as multiplayer capabilities allow up to four shooters to take on the zombie confrontation locally or co-operatively online.
Zombie Apocalypse will be available on September 23 on Xbox LIVE(r) Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points and September 24 on PlayStation(r)Network for $9.99.
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