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The XBLA game with the overly long title of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One finally got some real details. Hothead games, the developer, released the game's final price, $19.99 (1600 MSpts). It remains to be see how the game will sell with a relatively high (for an XBLA game) price. It also remains to be seen what form of episodic game Penny Arcade Adventures will end up being. With a price of twenty dollars it seems more likely to be Half Life 2 style episodes (which debuted at the same price). The only other real episodic gaming example that would apply would be the Sam and Max episodes. Those however are $8.95 and have a monthly release cycle. What path PAA takes remains to be seen, but if it does end up following the Half Life 2 model, expect at least a trilogy of games with an overarching story across them all.

Via Joystiq

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3-28-2008 @ 12:59AM

iFester said...

Xav, do you buy the 1400, 2800 cards or use a CC when purchasing stuff of the Canadian marketplace? I don't think $20 is overkill, but I think this might be past the 150mb cap. What's worse than a $20 arcade game? $220 CND for a 120g HDD to save said game to. ;)


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3-28-2008 @ 2:03AM

mike said...

It sucks having to buy 1400 point cards here, We need to buy 4 of these points cards and 7 arcade games just to even out. Ive only purchased 3 points cards since the xbox came out and I still only bought 3 arcade games. Looks like it might be a while before I even out still.

Im not buying this penny arcade game. Sorry but 10 hours is not worth $20 when it comes to gaming. I bought N+ for only $10 and that has a level editor which provides hundreds of hours of gaming. Besides, I hate PA. They were let thier fame go to their heads. They were way better when they just started out.


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3-28-2008 @ 4:49AM

Eric said...

I sympathize with the fact that Xbox Live Arcade games, some of which are ten hours or more, are priced at 800 or 1200 points but it doesn't necessarily mean this game won't be worth it.

I mean, if you take the same exact game and put it on the PC for 20 dollars it all of the sudden becomes a reasonable price point given the fact that two episodes of Sam and Max, adding up to about 10 hours or less combined, goes for the same price.

The game hasn't been released yet so we have no way of knowing whether this game is good or bad but you have to accept that some game's may be worth more than that 1200 point limit that seems to have been set up by dev so far.


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3-28-2008 @ 7:56AM

Neuromancer said...

Value is a hard and subjective thing to determine, a $5 XBLA game like Uno can be a better "value" in terms of enjoyment and hours played than a $60 retail title (Turning Point: Fall of Liberty for example). That said, no matter how good this game is you have to feel that Tycho and Gabe are pretty hyprocritical in that they are the first to cry foul when a price for anything is too high and their debut game is the most expensive game on the XBLA.


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3-28-2008 @ 9:08AM

Ciaran Gallagher said...

For those in the UK, that's £18 or $36! There are numerous great full-length Xbox 360 games I could buy instead.. eg. Amped 3, PGR4, Condemned, Hitman, PGR3, COD's, Flatout...
It would have to be extremely good for that price! Which it obviously won't be, so you can definitely count me out and I'm sure every other sane person too...


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