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Omega Five and Tron hit XBLA

It's hard to get used to the now consistent barrage of bite-sized games offered on Xbox Live Arcade. This week brings the ever delectable combo of both a retro title and an original title. Lest you don't know which is which, Tron is an arcade game circa 1982. You may recall an awesome movie of the same name. The game features both original and improved graphics, online and offline multiplayer gameplay, and kick ass light cycles. As is the case with most retro titles, the only question you really have to ask yourself is if you enjoyed the original enough to plunk down the 400 MS Point entry fee. Of course, you can always give the trial version a go.

Omega Five is an omni-directional side-scrolling shooter. In other words, you move with the left stick and shoot with the right stick, just like many other shooters on XBLA. Unlike many other shooters on the service though, Omega Five pays tribute to the Japanese shoot 'em ups that littered both arcades and consoles in the late eighties and early nineties. Pick a character, move to the right, and shoot everything that moves. Honestly, except for the addition of a few more directional options, game design hasn't changed that much, has it? Alas, Omega Five's multiplayer is restricted to local co-op. Still, if blasting is your thing, you may want to give it a try. If it tickles your fancy, the whole enchilada can be had for 800 MS Points.

Gallery: Tron (XBLA)

Gallery: Omega Five (XBLA)

Read -- Tron - Game Detail Page
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Omega Five and Tron launch to the XBLA this week

We just received a heads up from the folks over at the Gamerscore Blog telling us that this week we'll be treated to an XBLA twofer. One that we fully expected and one that sort of snuck up on us.

Both Hudson's Omega Five and some very, very old-school Tron will make their way to the XBLA this Wednesday, January 9th with a reception the scale of a presidential inauguration. Omega Five will release for 800 Microsoft points and feature pretty 3D graphics, local co-op and crazy amounts of "boom!", "kablam!" and "splat!". Tron on the other hand will release for 400 Microsoft points and feature multiplayer co-op local or over Live (double the grid bug killing fun!) as well as a versus mode too. Not to mention it'll also sport some sexy CD quality audio. Again, both games will release to the XBLA this Wednesday, so give 'em a try and be smiley.

Omega Five dated for Jan 9th XBLA release

Staying on top of their release schedule announcements, Hudson Entertainment today revealed that their sides scroller Omega Five will be coming to the Xbox Live Arcade next Wednesday, January 9th for 800 Microsoft points. They also revealed some information tidbits about the game's weapons and unlockable characters, all of which is readable in the press release after the jump. And if you still need more Omega Five content, we put together a handy screenshot gallery below for your viewing. Be prepared fanboys. More 3D side scrolling mayhem is coming to the XBLA next week.

Gallery: Omega Five (XBLA)

December and January XBLA games revealed

In a press release announcing the Fall Update's Xbox Live Arcade Hits program, Microsoft also announced the next few months' upcoming Xbox Live Arcade games that are scheduled for release. As things stand right now, the next XBLA games to get released are Arkadian Warriors, Brain Challenge, GripShift, N+, Omega Five, Poker Smash, Rez HD and Sensible World of Soccer. No specific release schedule for each game has been confirmed just yet, but it's always nice to see what's headed down the old XBLA pipeline. And this list also lets us officially get excited for N+ and Rez HD. A big w00t to that!

Bionic Command and Omega Five trailers on XBLM

Not too much in the way of interesting content on Xbox Live Marketplace today, though we do have a pair of notable trailers. First up, the debut trailer for Bionic Commando is available now. Granted, there's nothing you haven't seen before, but at least it's hi-def and on your TV now, right? Also available is a trailer for Omega Five, yet another omni-directional shooter for XBLA. This trailer hasn't made it onto the web yet (as far as we can tell), so we've embedded a shaky-cam video from TGS earlier this year. The game looks decent enough, though we're a little miffed that it appears not to include online multiplayer of any sort. The video makes mention of "local co-op" but that's it. And there you have it folks. Go grab these videos if you are so inclined.

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