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Published on November 12th, 2010 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

Weekly Round-Up: Gear up for the Indie Games Winter Uprising

Indie games on the Xbox 360 aren’t just about fart jokes and dating sims. That’s what developer Zeboyd Games (of Breath of Death fame) hopes to get across to gamers who may not play titles on the service with the Indie Games Winter Uprising.

The first week of December will bring with it a slew of what Zeboyd promises to be “amazing” games and the best week of gaming the service has ever seen.

Titles from veteran developers like Ska Studios and Radiangames will be joined with games from indie scene newcomers. I’m excited for the Super Smash Bros. inspired Chu’s Dynasty and Aphelion: Episode Two: Wings of Omega—the conclusion to an RPG heavy hitter reminiscent of the PlayStation 1 era. Check out the press release for a full list of games hitting during the event.

Also, everyone welcome longtime editor Cameron Woolsey as a new senior editor. What does that mean for you, dear readers? Well, you can expect even more of the gaming news and reviews on the site as we continue to improve and pump out the truth. We’ll also continue to show our love with contests held for you guys to win free stuff.

Now then, let’s see what GT had this week.

The truth:

Shogun 2, baby! I’m a fan of strategy and ancient Japan, so it’s no surprise that I’ve already marked March 11 on my work calendar as uber important. Check out the story trailer and new screenshots.

Racing fans can find out the release date to Gran Turismo’s long-awaited fifth entry in the series, and the release date for blasting evil creatures in Alien Breed 3: Descent has been released.

The debut trailer is out for L.A. Noire—a highly anticipated game of mine from developer Rockstar.

Sonic Colors DS is shaping up to be a promising 2D title. Developer Dimps of the great Sonic Rush is in charge of the hedgehog’s latest game, and we have a sweet video and box art unveiling for you. Now let’s just hope the Wii version turns out OK.

It’s totally on like Donkey Kong on Nov. 21. Don’t believe me? Watch this.

The reviews:

Dance Central proves to put on all the right moves on Kinect—though I wouldn’t be caught dead busting a move.

However, I wouldn’t mind checking out some of the wacky minigames in Kinect Adventures with a group of buddies.

Sonic Free Riders also takes advantage of Kinect but leaves much to be desired—much like other Sonic titles these days.

I love playing and watching soccer. So, it’s no surprise that I was a huge fan of Winning Eleven Soccer (now Pro Evolution Soccer) in the PlayStation 2 days. After the move to the current gen consoles things went south and it looked like Konami would never crank out a quality title in the series. PES 2011 would like to put those fears to rest.

Cameron has the same fear I do with third party accessories: they usually suck. However, Snakebyte’s Premium Remote XL+ proves that third party controllers can not only be good, but even better than the “real” thing. Check out this slick Motion Plus enabled alternative and prepare to be wowed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops has a lot weighing on its shoulders. Developer Treyarch is always the “other guy” when it comes to Call of Duty, and main developer Infinity Ward has been decimated after two head honchos—along with other staff members—left the studio to form a new one under EA. Many question if Call of Duty will ever be the same and are looking to Black Ops for shooter solace. Kyle gives an in-depth review on every component of the game and hails it as one of the best in the series. And hey, the insanely popular Zombie mode returns. Killing zombs is enough for my hard-earned cash, and Treyarch shows what they can really do with the series.

To end the week we have this sweet NBA Jam video. Why? Well, it’s NBA Jam, ‘nough said.

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