Gyruss denied, Jetpac hits XBLA next week

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Gyruss denied, Jetpac hits XBLA next week

Alright, take a deep breath. Exhale. Good. Now listen, Xbox Live Arcade is about to receive its fifth game in a row. That's right, starting next Wednesday, there will have been five successive Wednesdays that brought us a new Arcade title. It turns out next week's game will not be Gyruss, but rather Jetpac Refuelled from Rare. First revealed last month, Jetpac Refuelled is a remake of Rare's classic Jetpac. The game charges players with assembling a rocket ship while avoiding and destroying enemies. Once the ship is assembled, players make their escape. The game features two modes of play, classic and Refuelled. Rather than simply slapping a new coat of pixels on the classic graphics however, the Refuelled mode adds completely new HD graphics, new weapons, new enemies, and a smartbomb. The game features 128 new levels, leaderboards, and local or Live versus play. So what does all this new Hi-Def wizardry cost? A paltry 400 points.

Could XBLA reach a six game streak? We'll find out soon enough. Be sure and check out our Jetpac Refuelled gallery for the latest screens.

Full press release after the break.

"Jetpac Refuelled" Rockets Onto Xbox LIVE Arcade

A galactic test pilot's work is never done, and in Rare's "Jetpac Refuelled" gamers have to fight off pesky aliens while trying to build rockets to take them to their next destination. "Jetpac Refuelled" will be available for download exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, March 28 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT).

Rare's "Jetpac Refuelled" is a revamped and modernized version of the 1983 classic space blaster "Jetpac." In "Jetpac Refuelled," players must clear a path through hordes of aliens to refuel their ship and amass a fortune over the course of 128 hi-definition levels, complete with achievements, leaderboards and simultaneous multiplayer action. Compared to the original "Jetpac," which included 16 levels, "Jetpac Refuelled" provides players with everything they loved in the classic, plus 128 new levels of enhanced gameplay.

"Jetpac Refuelled" can be played alone, or against another player on the same console or over Xbox LIVE. The game will be available worldwide for 400 Microsoft Points and is rated "E" for Everyone.

Game Features

* Includes two versions of the game
o Retro – The classic 1980s version
o Refuelled – Rare's 2007 remake of the classic "Jetpac" comes complete with entirely new hi-def graphics, menacing enemies, new smartbombs that produce an electromagnetic pulse, modernized weapon upgrades and updated gameplay for modern gamers
* Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points
* Completely updated graphical look of the game gives Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers a truly hi-def and in-depth gaming experience

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade."
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