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Now With 50% More Danger… Joe Danger: Special Edition [Micro-Review]

Yesterday, Xbox 360 gamers were treated to one of the best PSN indie games released: Joe Danger. For those of you who remember the “good ol’ days” of gaming this newly minted XBLA version should remind you of the time honored classic: ExciteBike, only with more stunts and danger because it’s 2011 not 1984.


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Joe Danger Special Edition Launches on XBLA December 14th

Xbox 360 fans who were previously jealous of their PS3 buddy’s exclusivity with regards to fantastic downloadable title Joe Danger can now relax as everybody’s favorite dare deviling stuntman is landing on Microsoft’s XBLA this upcoming Wednesday, December 14th.


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First Joe Danger: Special Edition Trailer


As Geoff let us all know yesterday, the much loved side scrolling stuntman platformer Joe Danger is making the leap to XBLA, after having PSN exclusive so far. There’s no release date for the Xbox version just yet, but we know it’s coming. We also know it’s going to have a few new features, including “new environments, new levels, and new characters”, some of which we get to have shifty at in this latest trailer of Joe Danger: Special Edition after the jump.


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Joe Danger to Launch Himself Onto Xbox Live Arcade

Well count this as a major “win” for Xbox 360 gamers as one of the best Playstation Network exclusive games is set to launch on Microsoft’s own console sometime around the holidays. While PS3 fanboys might feel slighted, this is really just a huge win for indie gamers all over.

Back to the game at hand, those of you who are regulars will remember that I very much enjoyed the game when I reviewed it waaaay back when it was originally released. Some of my choice quotes were:


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Joe Danger: The Movie, Sean Murray Interview [Eurogamer Expo]

Here’s the last of my Eurogamer Expo interviews, and we’ve saved one of the best till last. It’s Hello Games’ top dog, Sean Murray, who was at the show giving the Great British public their first hands on with the freshly announced sequel to the 2010 breakout PSN hit Joe Danger, Joe Danger: The Movie. Listen on to hear Sean weighing in on how come they decided to make a sequel for their next game, the lessons they learnt making the first game, the important of health & safety posters, and thorny topic of platform exclusive distribution arrangements. Engage your ears with this here MP3 to get all the juicy details:

Sean Murray Interview

To find out more about Joe Danger: The Movie, check out my hands on with the game from the expo here, and stay tuned to DIYgamer for more on Joe Danger: The Movie as and when it happens.

[Hello Games]


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Joe Danger: The Movie: Eurogamer Expo Impressions

Joe Danger is back: And this time he’s in a movie! Joe Danger: The Movie is the sequel to the 2010 PSN outbreak hit, Joe Danger, from UK indie studio Hello Games. From what I’ve seen so far, fans of the first are going to very pleased with what they have in store for us with the sequel. Here’s my hands on impressions from Eurogamer Expo 2011.

The original Joe Danger saw the somewhat washed-up stuntman rebuilding his reputation as the greatest stuntman alive, and it looks like all his hard work has paid off, because now he’s got a movie deal. This time round the game takes place on the set of the greatest action movie never made, with Joe in the lead role. Whether it’s arctic-espionage missions, or runaway minecarts, you can expect plenty of classic movie style scene’s being re-enacted in brightly coloured sidescrolling platformer style.

Following the success of their first release, Hello Games have tooled up from a team of four to a team of ten, and it seems like the amount of content in the levels has increased by a similar proportion. I saw cities full of crosstown traffic, giant robots in the background, enemy skiers throwing bombs at your from the background. Everything is as bright and as bold, and filled with bright colours, and there has been a notable bump in graphical quality.

But the big new standout feature is the mix of different vehicles. In the first game, our Joe was motorbike-bound, but now he can use a wide variety of vehicles, all with their own physics and control nuances, but using the same basic control layout. New vehicles that we’ve seen so far include a Minecart, Skis, a snowmobile, Jetpack, and instead of his old stuntbike, there’s a policebike.

The different vehicles shift the emphasis between different style of challenge, where the Jet Pack is much like constantly boost jumping in the original. You can switch between the different vehicles mid-track too.

It’s all looking fantastic so far. It’s packed plenty of new features and ideas, and I can’t wait to see what else they come up with..

Check back later for my interview with Hello’s head-honcho, Sean Murray, and see our review of the original game here.

[Hello Games]


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New Characters Join Joe Danger for Some Daredeviling

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To coincide with their Thanksgiving Weekend sale, the developers at Hello Games have introduced a couple new characters to Joe Danger to ensure that Joe Danger doesn’t daredevil alone anymore.

Over all there are four additional characters, each with their own moves, motorcycles, style and collectibles. Here is the list of characters:

  • Sir Bonehead, an undead knight
  • Chicken Suit Joe… Joe wearing a chicken suit
  • Chuckles the Chimp, a monkey
  • Geronim-Joe, Joe’s Native American compatriot

The new characters should be out today, so if you own Joe Danger check em out. If you haven’t well, now’s your chance due to the amazing sale which puts Joe Danger at a meager $7.49, half of what it usually costs.

[Hello Games]

New Characters Video


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Joe Danger Gets New Levels, YouTube Support and a Contest!

JoeDanger001Great news for Joe Danger fans — even if only 10% of you completed it –  developer Hello Games as released the first ever free patch for Joe Danger, and it’s a biggun’!

First, and we’ll start with the most exciting news, Joe Danger now comes with two exciting new levels entitled: The Death Box and Death From Above (it wouldn’t be a dare devil game without tons of death!). You can check out the levels at the developers website. Needless to say they both look really solid and really challenging.

Next, in order to celebrate the new “Level Showcase,” Hello Games is throwing a contest. Basically they want you to make your best target tracks and then send them to Hello Games. The winners will be highlighted in the showcase as well as receive some sort of nifty prize, although nothing concrete has been announced.

Finally, Joe Danger now has YouTube support! You can now record your favorite replays and then upload them directly to YouTube’s massive database of internet meme’d videos. This is fantastic news for those of you who are really into creating elaborate Joe Danger levels and want to show them off a little more.

It’s great to see developers continue to support their games with new and interesting ways long after the game’s initial release. This is why we love indie developers.

[Contest Information]


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‘Joe Danger’ Demo Details, Patch Incoming

JoeDanger001Joe Danger is a fantastic game. How do I know? Well, because I read Pete’s news piece earlier this week letting us know that the demo would come out on August 17. However, that release date is only pertaining to the demo for the American PSN store. For the rest of the world, the trial demo’s release will be next week on August 25th. In other Joe Danger news, Hello Games announced that a new “feature upgrade” will be available soon after the demo’s release.

The “People’s Patch,” as the developers have named it, provides many fixes and updates as a result of community feedback. Managing Director Sean Murray claims “If you think you’ve completed the game… well, you haven’t.” Expect some huge updates for the game!

I don’t think we can recommend this game enough. Having finally played it, I can say it’s a very legitimate contender for indie game of the year. Check out Hello Games’ website for more updates.


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Taste the Joe Danger

JoeDanger1Just a quick note to point out that Playstation has just announced that a demo of the hit indie Joe Danger is dropping onto PSN tomorrow, August 17th.

While we highly recommended the title, some gamers just need to see the quality for themselves. So make sure you test out this arcade racer for the sheer cost of a few minutes of your time.