Among the most addictive games back in the day for the DailyGame crew was Chessmaster. Laugh all you want, but we used to love the thinking-man’s game more than you can imagine. Well, this week Xbox Live Arcade is getting its own, shiny new version of Chessmaster, and we couldn’t be more stoked.
Rez HD, a new game by the same team behind Lumines Live, will also hit Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday, but really, Chessmaster is where it’s at. Full details on both games, including Microsoft Point costs, are below.
Chessmaster Live allows players to play chess against the AI or opponents around the globe via Xbox Live. Chessmaster Live will feature five original chess variants, including a Message Chess option that allows gamers to engage in matches over the span of several days, weeks or even months. The game’s 3D chess sets are inspired by luxury chess-board designer House of Staunton. Chessmaster Live will be available worldwide (with the exception of Japan and Korea) for 800 Microsoft Points.
Developed by Q Entertainment, the same team behind Lumines Live and Every Extend Extra Extreme, Rez HD for Xbox Live Arcade is a high-definition update of the original game, with brand new visuals and sound effects. The game features five levels, each with its own unique visual theme, style and musical track, as well as three modes: Easy, Main and Score Attack. The gameplay goes like this: players embark on a wire-frame adventure set to industrial beats and rhythms that match the action. The story takes players deep into the world’s computer network, where they must hack the system, alter the visual output and take over the music, creating unique rhythms and eye candy as they dig deeper into the cyberworld. TRON on steroids? Perhaps. Rez HD will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points.