A three-fer of general success this week, with a variety of genres at work.
After the full retail release a few years ago of a title based on The Warriors movie, it is a surprise to see this dumped onto the Live Arcade, but it makes sense. This is a pure throwback, with a camera positioned to keep the game in a 2-D environment. Mechanics, while sloppy, carry weight behind the kicks and punches. Things are chaotic, and crowds make it difficult to gauge what is going on, but for true beat-em-up fans, this is one of the few modern attempts that seems to get it.
We’re not really sure what to think of this slow, dull shooter/non-shooter. ION Assault is about charging up your weapon to break objects and kill enemies. You hold the L trigger a lot to charge, which begs the question why you need to hold a button at all. Why not just always have the ship in charge mode and press the trigger to shoot? Dual-analog controls are fine, but the sluggish pacing simply kills any attempt at making this enjoyable.
While another dual analog game, this is how it is done. Swarms of zombies, allowed to be killed in countless ways, assault the player from all angles. This is classic gameplay, with survivors needing to be rescued, and a difficulty ramp that forces you to adjust in limited time. Gore is absurd, the characters are rejects from Left 4 Dead, the online play is wonderful, and the intensity never lets up. Awesome.