The third original title to hit Xbox Live Arcade in less than a month, Assault Heroes
, will arrive on Wednesday (for 800 points). Wanako Studios' top-down shooter (à la Commando
, Ikari Warriors
, etc.) will follow closely behind two insipid releases, Small Arms
, which have appeared on XBLA during the past three weeks.
Ever since Geometry Wars stole the Xbox 360 launch spotlight
, there's been a great deal of anticipation for more original XBLA titles; and Microsoft has certainly put together a fine strategy: holding them off for a holiday blitz. But the early bait has failed to earn our confidence -- our assurance that XBLA can consistently provide distinguishing experiences. And so, it's with much trepidation that we look forward to Assault Heroes
' impending arrival.