Virtual Arcades - Sarin

As we enter the time of Wii, I think it is important to remember all those who didn't get one, are waiting for Christmas day, or just plain didn't wan

As we enter the time of Wii, I think it is important to remember all those who didn't get one, are waiting for Christmas day, or just plain didn't want one! There are other consoles out there, and it's often wise to wait a little after launch before buying. The benefit of all those extra games available and more reviews to read. Which isn't to say that those who got the Wii straight in there aren't very lucky wee pumpkins!

Anyway, I thought I would remind all ye forgetful about the joys of the Xbox live arcade. I wonder how many people will receive Microsoft points this year as Christmas presents instead of wrapped games? The Arcade is a great resource, regularly updated and full of tasty memories. This weeks instalment is Assault Heroes, which looks really quite beautiful for an XBLA game.

Assault Heroes is a shooter (as if you couldn't guess from the name), quite old school in it's gameplay, but with nice spangly graphcis. It's offers a single player mode as well as online co-op, and there are 200 gamer points hidden away for you score whores. Best thing is that it only costs 800 MS points to buy (unlike the last few big 1200 point XBLA games). With games of this quality appearing in our living rooms through the ether, why ever leave the house again?

After the dark months of iffy over-priced arcade conversions, I'm pleased to see that the Live Arcade now seems to be offering what Microsoft promised. Good, regular, original content at reasonable prices.  Wii and PS3 could do a lot worse than follow Xbox 360's lead.