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Best Of Console Digital News: Guardian Rocks

Starting today, Gamasutra rounds up the week's top stories for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Guardian Heroes on XBLA and Rock of Ages.
[Starting today, Gamasutra rounds up the week's top stories for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Guardian Heroes on XBLA and Rock of Ages.] So things have changed a little bit around here; GamerBytes has now been integrated into Gamasutra as a whole. Don't worry, I'm still here writing up the latest news and store updates, just in a format that will hopefully get out to more people. This week was pretty slow, which is par for the course for the pre-E3 doldrums, but we're starting to see some games that might be part of the next Summer of Arcade. Top Trailers Renegade Ops (XBLA / PSN, Avalanche Studios) Not a whole lot of footage [YouTube], but footage nonetheless for Avalanche Studios' upcoming XBLA and PSN game Renegade Ops. When they said the game looked a bit like Jackal, they weren't kidding. Reminds me a lot of Capcom's Mercs, too, which is a good thing. Rock Of Ages (XBLA / PSN, Ace Team) This new trailer [YouTube] for Rock Of Ages shows off the variety of scenarios the player will be playing in, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Romanticism. Of course, you're still hurling through the air as a giant boulder in each of them. Guardian Heroes HD Daily Demo (XBLA, Treasure) Last week Sega revealed that Guardian Heroes would be coming to the Xbox Live Arcade, courtesy of original developer Treasure. When early screenshots revealed some less-than-stellar smudging tool being used over the original games' very pixelated sprites, players were less than pleased. Thankfully GameSpot's daily demo provided some relief -- the game will support the ability to play with the original sprites, which look stellar on a HD screen in their pixelated glory, at the original Sega Saturn resolution, with no "mushy" look. The game will come complete with two player cooperative modes and all the features from the original's Saturn debut. Top Stories
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Mercury HG In Development For XBLA, PSN The German USK has revealed that UTV Entertainment is looking back into its catalog, and is bringing PSP puzzler Mercury to the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. Mercury HG -- HG being the periodic symbol for Mercury and a delightful pun for HD -- is a puzzle game where you control a blob of mercury, which must move around a level to a goal, while also splitting it up and adding colors to the separate pieces.

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