Conclusion: Marble Blast Ultra is one of the more entertaining Xbox Live Arcade games it stands alone in its genre. Part puzzle game, part platformer, and part competitive multiplayer action title, Marble Blast Ultra is a good value for players wanting a quick dosage of fun without getting tied up into a marathon gaming session.
Conclusion: The Burnout series has always been good at reinventing the racing wheel. Burnout Revenge shows that EA and Criterion still have what it takes to produce an exciting game from the pretty much the same gameplay that has been on the market for years. True Burnout fans would be silly to pass this one up, and likewise, those that have never played a Burnout game would enjoy this one immensely.
Excerpt: In a genre cluttered with Forza , Need for Speed and Gran Turismo wannabes, the Burnout series has been able to carve out its own little arcade racing niche. While the others have focused on things from racing to upgrades, Burnout has focused on something you typically don't want to do in a racing game, crashing.
Summary: Burnout: Revenge is by far the best of the series. It has really matured into a deep, feature packed, all action racer and you really can't go wrong with a purchase of it - even if you have any of the previous three. There's lots of game modes, lots to unlock and even more time to spend in multiplayer modes so you get more than your money's worth and as it stands this is our racing game of the year.
Excerpt: Many of the same features from Takedown return in Revenge, although there are a number of tweaks to the format to make it stand out from its predecessor. One of the more significant changes made to the format is the protection from non-racing vehicles traveling in your direction. As players of the previous title were quite aware, it could sometimes get hairy to weave in and out of going and oncoming traffic without inevitably running into a car or a truck and dropping...
Excerpt: It may have started out as just another post-Ridge Racer driving game with a unique focus on beautifully destructive car crashes, but over the years, the Burnout series has really carved out its own spot in the racing genre. Last year's Burnout 3: Takedown was when the series truly came into its own by achieving a near-perfect balance between high-speed racing and nefarious racing tactics designed to put the other racers out of commission.
Pros: Completely mind-blowing sound effects, Unmatched sense of speed, Tight control, Great player-matching and online play
Cons: A little too much track repetition, Online crash mode still doesn't feel quite right without slow motion and aftertouch, Checked traffic sometimes bounces around like it's weightless
Excerpt: Gearbox Software has done some high-profile work in their last several years of game development - PC ports of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Halo, as well as a Half-Life expansion pack come to mind - but until now, they simply haven't gone out on their own to make a whole new game. That all changes with Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, their attempt to shake up the somewhat old-and-tired World War 2 first person shooter sub-genre.