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Top 10 must have XBLA titles for 2012


2012 has been an outstanding year so far when it comes to retail video game releases. We’ve had titles such as Diablo 3, Spec Ops: The Line, The Amazing Spider-Man, Darksiders 2 and Sleeping Dogs headlining video game news. But what about the under-dogs and the titles that tend to fly under the radar? I’m speaking of course about the titles released as exclusive, download only medium, such as those made available on the Xbox Live Marketplace and of course the PlayStation Store.

Being ITF Gaming’s go to guy when it comes to the arcade titles on the market, I thought I’d introduce my top 10 titles on each respective platform (Sony PlayStation and Xbox 360).

Let’s start with Microsoft’s console giant, the Xbox 360.

10. Sine Mora
Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up titled developed by Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture. It has a very anime feel and fans of such titles as 1942 will really enjoy the gameplay and premise of this title. A must have for fans of the genre.

Read our full review here.

9. Hybrid
A brand new third-person-shooter from the guys who brought us Scribblenauts. 5th Cell brings this futuristic world to life, with never-before-seen dynamics being introduced to the genre. Instead of running around, you instead utilise a jetpack to jump from cover to cover in this fast paced, action-packed multiplayer title. If you’re looking for a new type of challenge, Hybrid is the perfect fit for you.

Read our full review here.

8. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
A continuation of the Alan Wake story on Xbox Live Arcade. It pits the titular protagonist of the original game against a bizarre evil manifestation of himself, called Mr. Scratch, in a nightmarish world filled with shadows and other gloomy horrors.

7. Joyride Turbo
Microsoft Studios introduces us to a turbo injected sequel to its Joyride Kinect title. Race as your avatar against the CPU or your friends on the same screen or on Xbox Live. A must have family title.

Read our full review here.

6. Fable: Heroes
Lionhead studios introduces us to a different take on the Fable world they have created. Go on a journey with some of the most memorable characters in the Fable universe. Play through several levels in an immersive 2D side-scrolling adventure.

Read our review here.

5. Dust: An Elysian Tale
Humble Hearts presents a story set in a lush and beautifully created fantasy world. It is not your typical side-scrolling game as it introduces various role-play elements into your experience. Craft your own weapons and push stat points into an excellently crafted system as you level-up your character and continue on your quest through a
hand-painted and creative world.

Read our full review here.

4. The Splatters
From SpikeySnail Studios comes an absolutely brilliant new take on the puzzle genre. Shoot your blobs around the level and take out the bombs scattered against the walls and ceilings. If you’re looking for a challenging and fun new type of game to play, give this one a try. I dare you!

Read our review here.

3. I Am Alive
One of the most elusive titles to ever be in development, finally made its way onto the Xbox 360 this year in the form of I Am Alive. Ubisoft Shanghai has really set out to create a breathtakingly awesome setting for what turned out to be one of the biggest post apocalyptic stories to hit the platform for a long time.

Read our review here.

2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
One of PC’s most popular titles finally finds its way to the Xbox 360. Mine your materials and build yourself a home. Go dungeon crawling and fight enemies. Play online with your friends or strangers. One of the fastest selling titles on Xbox Live in history.

Read our review here.

1. Trials Evolution
Trials Evolution has taken Xbox Live by storm. With its breakneck action and sadistic style Trials Evolution has literally evolved into one of the biggest must-have Xbox Live Arcade titles to have in 2012.

I hope you guys enjoyed my Top 10 must have XBLA titles for 2012. The PlayStation Store Top 10 will be hitting your screens soon. In the meantime, please feel free to share your own Top 10 must have XBLA titles for 2012 in the comments below. And if you don’t agree with mine, please feel free to tell us why.

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