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Penny Arcade Episode 2 next week for 1200 points

Microsoft, it would seem, has no pity whatsoever for our aching bank accounts (or cash stuffed mattresses, these days), as it has been officially announced that Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 2 will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade next Wednesday, October 29. The game includes many new gameplay features, including extra difficulty modes, completion tracking, and the ability to transfer Episode One characters into the game. The game will also feature music from The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, a rock group devoted to the writing of H. P. Lovecraft. Perhaps best of all -- and certainly most interesting -- PAAOTRSPDE2 will cost 1200 Microsoft Points, a full $5 less than the 1600 point Episode One. Find another video after the break.

Gallery: Penny Arcade Epidsode 2

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First Penny Arcade Episode 2 screens

Given that PAX is organized by the creators of Penny Arcade (it's right there in the title, really), it's pretty much the perfect venue to release the first screenshots of Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode Two. For the sake of brevity, let's just call it Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 2, mkay? This first batch of screenshots hints at some of the story in Episode 2, namely the sanitarium that's featured briefly in the introduction of Episode 1. Also featured are shots of the game's combat. Sadly, it looks like the game's protagonist (i.e. "You") will not be ditching his or her trusty rake, as we spotted a special attack entitled "A License to Till." Check out all the new screens in the gallery below.

[Via Joystiq]

Gallery: Penny Arcade Epidsode 2

Penny Arcade teases PA Adventures Episode 2

In the latest update at the Penny Arcade website (or just "Penny Arcade" to the kids), Gabe gives the first sneak peak at Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 2. You can see it above, the Hat Spider, whom Gabe notes is "as ferocious as he is fashionable" (note the skull hat). Actual details about Episode 2 aren't given, though Gabe does announce that it will be shown at the Penny Arcade Expo later this year. Fans of Episode One should take note, as if there wasn't already enough reason to attend PAX ....

Penny Arcade Episode One third best XBLA launch to date

It looks like Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode One has broken through the controversy and landed as the third most successful XBLA games during its launch period.

According to a post from Penny Arcade's illustrator Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe), Episode One sold 16.5K units in the first three days of release. While it's already impressive for a new game wedged between known quantities like RezHD, Ikaruga and N+ to sell well, it's even more impressive considering Penny Arcade was priced twice as high as the rest in the top four.

According to Mike Krahulik, the top four three-day launch titles on XBLA are:
  1. RezHD -- 25k units
  2. Ikaruga -- 22.5k units
  3. Penny Arcade Adventures Episode One -- 16.5k units
  4. N+ -- 13k units
Also, according to a report by VGChartz, Penny Arcade's debut title has landed the top spot as the highest grossing XBLA title to date; at $330,000 in its first three days, Episode One beat out the record debut titleholder WormsHD.

Congrats to Hothead Games for rolling twenties.

X3F TV -- XBLA in Brief: Penny Arcade Adventures

For this week's XBLA in Brief, we welcome the arrival of (ahem) Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One. The first in a series of four episodes, Penny Arcade Adventures presents the very first episodic game to grace Microsoft's download service. The question that remains is whether or not it's any good. After our experience with the trial version, we'd say that it is (so long as you like Penny Arcade, role-playing games, adventure games or, even better, all three). Check out the video to find out if On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is for you.

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Joystiq talks with Tycho about Penny Arcade Adventures

Now that Penny Arcade Adventures has finally landed, Joystiq got to sit down with Jerry Holkins (better known by his alter-ego Tycho Brahe) and discuss the creation of the game and how it has impacted the folks behind Penny Arcade. To call it an "in depth" interview would be a disservice to the term. There are literally pages and pages of information to be absorbed here, and frankly we won't attempt to encapsulate them. Rather, we suggest you simply head over to Joystiq and ingest it all for yourself. Seriously, go forth. Ingest.

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode One hits XBLA

And a good morning to you too sirs and/or madams. Now available on Xbox Live Arcade is Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode One for 1600 MS Points. Penny Arcade fans will appreciate the humor and art style, while detractors of the popular web comic duo will continue to unleash healthy doses of searing hate--with a side order of rage.

The most frequent comment we've read so far is based on price, is the game asking too much? In the scope of XBLA releases we understand how people may feel that the title asks for too much, however, the perception of Arcade being quick and cheap entertainment might not be suitable for PAA:OtR-SPoD-E1 (sorry, had to try that at least once).

The Xbox Live Arcade is the only name for downloadable games on the Xbox 360, whereas Sony's PSN service just releases titles without the marketing department-spun category, and we've gotten used to the average price-points for what we expect as smaller games. As an entire experience being a $20 title, in line with the price-point behind Half-Life 2 episodes, Penny Arcade Adventures promises to be worth your money. For a 7-10 hour experience, which is longer than most episodic releases, the title hopes to keep you entertained.

We're not defending it, we're just saying you should at least check it out before you sweep it under the rug. Because so far, we're really digging it.

If you're a fan of turn-based role-playing titles, Penny Arcade or obscene appliances then On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness might be for you.

XBLA this week: Penny Arcade Adventures

Hitting Xbox Live Arcade this week is the first game to bare the hilariously-awesome Penny Arcade name. On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One from Vancouver based Hothead Games drops on Wednesday, May 21 for 1600 MS Points. Beefier than your standard XBLA release, and also hitting PC for $19.99, Episode One promises a 7-10 hour RPG experience with all the unique hilarity that made Penny Arcade famous.

Still on the fence about the game? Check out our hands-on impressions from the recent Microsoft Press Event or check out the demo when it lands.

Gallery: Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (XBLA)

X3F Impressions - Penny Arcade Adventures

While the visual look of the game has been well known for some time now, the details of the long winded Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness have been a bit sketchy. Admittedly, we are Penny Arcade fans, but we were skeptical of the game, mostly because we didn't know of what it consisted. Turns out the game is a meld of Japanese RPG and old-school adventure.

The exploration, battle setup, and nested menus are straight out of traditional RPGs, but the cutscenes (if they can be called such) consist of a partly animated Penny Arcade comic. Albeit a Penny Arcade comic set in (*checks press release*) the deranged 1920's universe of New Arcadia. While the RPG elements have been updated for the times and are designed not be be slow, there isn't much here to hold you if you don't enjoy the Penny Arcade style of writing and humor. If you like the writing and are looking for something a little deeper and more involved, but just as funny and wrapped in a good RPG, give this a shot.

More details and impressions after the break.

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Penny Arcade Adventures storms XBLA on May 21st

Just because we know you haven't already had enough Microsoft Spring Showcase announcements, we thought we'd pass along word that Penny Arcade's (deep breath) Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 1 has now been confirmed to release onto the XBLA next Wednesday, May 21st. Phew! The semi-bad news is that this little Penny Arcade gem will cost a whopping 1600 Microsoft points, which is guaranteed to cause a lot of people's reaction to be something along the lines of "ouch!" or "no-way!" Though, we expect true Penny Arcade fans to unanimously agree that the $20 is worth every penny (pun intended) to experience a Gabe and Tycho featured episodic RPG. Check the new screens below.

Gallery: Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness (XBLA)

German Ratings Board reveals a slew of XBLA titles

Having revealed games before, the German games rating board the USK is at it again, exposing previously unknown XBLA games. Shown over at there are a myriad of titles across several genres, but the most stand out title would have to be a virtual version of the classic board-game Ticket To Ride in which players compete to build railroads across the countryside. From the sound of things it'll be similar to the conversion from the board game version of The Settlers of Catan and the XBLA version, Catan.

The other titles rated by the USK include the Penny Arcade XBLA game, the puzzler RooGoo, and a golf game entitled Golf: Tee it Up! Not only that, but there were also a few more games revealed by the American ratings board, the ESRB. Those two games were the ancient computer game Lode Runner, and the card game simulator Gin Rummy. None of these titles are official of course, but as with all games revealed in this fashion we must remember that rating's boards are not in the business of making of games, nor is having a game rated at all cheap. This is great news though, and should portend the approaching release of said titles. With such an ever expanding library of titles it seems XBLA is really coming into it's own, catering to a variety of demographics and hopefully with something for everyone.

Joystiq talks to Penny Arcade Adventures devs

Our power hungry potentates at Joystiq managed to snag Ron Gilbert and Joel DeYoung from Hothead games for an interview concerning Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, the upcoming episodic title for XBLA. Gilbert and DeYoung discuss what it's like to work with Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade, and also the challenges of translating a 2D comic into a 3D adventure game. The Hothead devs also discuss the reasoning behind the episodic structure for the game their plans to release new episodes every four months (woot). Hit the "read" link and soak it all in. You'll be glad you did.

GDC08: Penny Arcade, Braid, Schizoid and GGBS screenshot blowout

As part of the whirlwind GDC announcement fest that went on yesterday, we sort of lacked the time and energy to organize all the screenshots we obtained from Microsoft's Summer release Arcade press kits. But we've had our beauty sleep, drank our morning cup of coffee and diligently put together new XBLA galleries and added screenshots to old ones. So, if you take a looksy after the break, you'll see new screenshots galore for XBLA games including Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Braid, Schizoid and Go! Go! Break Steady. Enjoy the media as we take a quick break to refill our coffee.

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GDC08: More XBLA titles on track for summer

Though not as high profile or as long-delayed as Castle Crashers, there are still plenty of titles for XBLA that will be seeing released in the summer. The same Microsoft press release that held the Castle Crashers release info also had other XBLA titles on the summer release list. These games were as follows:

Braid, a platformer, Defense Grid: The Awakening, a tower-defense game, Go! Go! Break Steady!, a music rythm game, and finally there's Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Penny-Arcade's RPG adventure game. Whew. With so much good content seeing release this summer (Ninja Gaiden II) here's hoping we'll be able to find time to play these games, as some (if not all) of these hold real promise.

The descriptions from the press release after the break.

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Portal is Penny Arcade's top pick for 2007

The (143rd) Annual We're Right Awards at Penny Arcade have been revealed for 2007, and Portal has swept them all this year. Landing "Best Soundtrack," "Best Writing," and "Best New Game Mechanic," it looks like Gabe and Tycho like Portal (they really, really like it!). Honestly, we think it's a pretty good pick ourselves, as we were in love with it for the half a dozen or so hours it took to complete. What's remarkable here is not that Portal "won," but that it was the only game mentioned at all. Definitely big praise from one of the internet's largest gaming sites.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're working on our own awards for 2007.

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