If you're going to PAX East this year, you might want to stop off at booth 808 as Reverb has a nice assemblage of titles to check out. The smaller publisher might not jump to mind immediately when you think about big time downloadable games, but they're working hard to change that.
Dungeon Defenders (XBLA, PSN, Steam) – The guys at Trendy Entertainment will be unveiling some very special DLC coming to PC version of one of the best-selling digital titles of the past year. It’ll be playable on the floor, ready for four-player co-op madness.A lot there to like there, and there's something more. Something that Reverb promises is an "artistic re-envisioning of one of the most iconic gaming properties of all time " Think they could have pumped that up any more? Oh, and whatever it is that'll be shown? It'll also be playable.
Primal Carnage* (PC)– The online phenomenon is coming closer and closer to release as it joins Reverb Publishing’s roster as the best dinosaur game the industry has ever seen, throwing humans and prehistoric foes in an all-out deathmatch.
Sine Mora (XBLA) – The high-flying shmup is one of the best reviewed titles of 2012 (http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/sine-mora), so if you haven’t played Digital Reality’s latest game, now is your chance.
Black Knight Sword (XBLA, PSN, Steam) – A dark and twisted re-imagining of classic 2D platformers, the legendary Suda51 adds style and intrigue into a another fantastically presented digital title of epic proportions from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture.
Bang Bang Racing (XBLA, PSN) – Rife with obstacles and tricky terrain, this is a racer built for anyone. Boost, jump and cut corners to win it all.
JAM Live Music Arcade (XBLA, PSN) – Zivix has taken the music game genre and turned it on its head by making the player the mixmaster. A slew of great tracks from Owl City, Modest Mouse, Atmosphere and more across big and indie music names make for great, malleable mixes.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad (XBLA, PSN) – 2XL has a passion for racing games, and they’ve poured that heart and soul into a downloadable title that offers all the features you’d expect from a full-fledged retail title.
Shoot Many Robots* (XBLA, PSN, PC) – Tried-and-true veterans of the industry Demiurge Studios have put their PC porting to the test (as the studio that handled the PC version of Mass Effect) by beefing up the game for PC with a ton of new features and content.
Girl Fight (XBLA, PSN) – Kung Fu Factory has taken casual fighters to task with their all-girl cast of psionic fighters sporting genre defining psi amps, all with slick, 60fps graphics.
Wheels of Destruction (PSN) – Indie developers at Gelid Games have taken the best of car combat and class-based warfare turning it into a fresh PSN exclusive.
Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)– Pitting two legendary warriors from different eras against each other just got even cooler now that both Deadliest Warrior downloadable games have come together in a seamless retail package with loads of extra content.
Country Dance All Stars (Kinect) – GameMill introduces the premiere dancing game for country music enthusiasts, chalk full of country stars like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum in over 30 tracks.
*Demiurge’s Shoot Many Robots will be at booth 612, and Lukewarm Media’s Primal Carnage can be seen at booth 1167.