Week in Arcade: Warriors, Zombies, and Ions

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A three-fer of general success this week, with a variety of genres at work.

The Warriors: Street Brawl

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.

ION Assault

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.

Zombie Apocalypse

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.

Cumberland County College falls to 0-2 with loss to BCC

Press of Atlantic City November 17, 2006 From Press staff reports Caress Williams recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 10 assists and 11 steals to lead the Burlington County College women’s basketball team over visiting Cumberland County College 77-27 Thursday. go to site cumberland county college

Julie D’Avenio had nine points for Cumberland County, which fell to 0-2 with the loss.

Cumberland County 19 8 – 27 Burlington County 49 28 – 77 CC – D’Avenio 3 2-2 9, Schmidt 3 0-0 6, Sarog 2 0-0 5, Upham 2 0-0 5, Spencer 1 0-3 2, Watty-Savage 0 0-2 0. Totals 11 2-7 3.

BC – Giles 2 3-6 7, Mayo 3 0-0 6, Washington 2 0-2 4, Warrick 1 6-6 8, Jones 3 0-0 6, Murphy 5 2-6 12, Williams 12 0-1 27, Gibson 0 2-4 2, Thompson 1 3-6 5. Totals 29 16-31 77. this web site cumberland county college

3-pointers – D’Avenio, Sarog, Upham CC. Williams (3).

RECORDS – Burlington County College 1-0; Cumberland County College 0-2.