CrunchArcade roundup

Here’s what went down today in the world of gaming.


The other week we told you about Atari’s Riddick title coming in April and today they’ve let loose the demo for Xbox Live. No word on when the demo for PS3 will drop, though.

Featuring the Athena Main Decks level, the demo showcases the evocative art style and breadth of gameplay contained in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, including brutal melee combat, nerve-rattling stealth, and high-powered gunplay. Among other gameplay elements, the demo also lets players try one of the game’s unique features, controlling a Drone, while classic Riddick cut-scenes bring the harsh Riddick universe into sharp focus.

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On the PC side, the upcoming Batman: Arkham Asylum title will be a Games for Windows Live title. It hasn’t been dated, but we’ll see it this summer along with Stormrise, Battlestations: Pacific and Red Faction: Geurilla.


For all the Watchmen fans in the crowd, the XBLA title Watchmen: The End is Nigh is available today for download on the Xbox 360 and PC. PS3 owners will have to wait until tomorrow. In case you’re wondering, this game takes place before the Keene Act gets passed and follows Nite Owl and Rorschach. It’s more or less a prequel to the story we’ve all read. You can play as either vigilante and they both have special finishing moves like Rorschach’s Rage and something to do with Nite Owl’s Owlsuit. There are six levels and you can play single player or split screen co-op multiplayer.

Capcom’s Resident Evil 5 launches on the 13th and they’ve come up with a pretty novel launch day stunt. Capcom has teamed up with American Red Cross and are encouraging gamers in LA to hit up the World of Wonder Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard to donate blood. While you’re there, you can play the game at one of the many kiosks they’ll have set up and enter for a chance to win a red RE5 Xbox 360 or the game itself. Capcom will also be handing out goodies like limited edition posters, buttons and other crap.

If you live in LA and want to schedule a time to donate bleed hit up this link.

Friday, March 13, 2009
11 AM – 5 PM
World of Wonder Gallery
6650 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


EA Montreal is expected to announce a brand spankin’ new title on March 12th. No word on what the game is or even could be, but these guys developed Army of Two. Apparently there’s some sort of press event for local media in Montreal to come check out whatever it is, but there’s an embargo until the 16th.

And Majesco just announced that they’re bringing back A Boy and His Blob for the Wii. Look for it this fall.

One last thing. Microsoft is now including the NXE update on games as it’s a mandatory upgrade going forward. No word on which games will be the first to carry the update, though.