Castle Crashers Rings in the New Year at Number One!
Company: The Behemoth
Independent studio The Behemoth’s 2D beat em’ up Castle Crashers has soared to the number one spot amongst Xbox LIVE® Arcade titles released in 2008 for full versions purchased according to data recently released by Microsoft. Castle Crashers has remained a fan favorite and has received critical acclaim for its engaging art style and its entertaining and accessible game play.

On December 25th, 2008 The Behemoth released a title update for Castle Crashers that addresses several issues that were unknown prior to the game’s retail release. Most notably, the update corrects networking and online connectivity issues as well as resolves problems that caused potential saved data loss. As a result of feedback from the fans, the update also fixes numerous small bugs as well as refining a few minor gameplay points. These include:

· Removing the point cap, allowing players to continue to gain XP indefinitely reflecting in leaderboard scores.
· Arena Master Achievement now unlocks after 40 total wins in any combination of arena types, instead of requiring all 40 to be in one type of arena.
· Rebalancing of some characters Magic and Melee attack stats.
· When playing multiplayer, ALL players will now gain quest items when completing key levels.
· Eliminating an exploit involving the Boomerang weapon that allowed players to increase XP very quickly.

To receive the free update, players who have purchased the full version will simply need to launch Castle Crashers and the game will download and install the update. New customers will automatically be prompted to install the update as well. For full release notes visit: http://thebehemoth.com/castlecrashers_tu_releasenotes.pdf

About Castle Crashers
Hack, slash, and smash your way to victory in this red-hot arcade adventure! Featuring hand-drawn characters, Castle Crashers® delivers unique hi-res illustrated visuals like nothing you've ever seen before. Play with up to three friends locally or over Xbox LIVE® to save your princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles with an arsenal of combos and magical attacks to choose from! Priced at 1200 Microsoft points, Castle Crashers boasts 20 levels, over 40 weapons, and 20 unlockable characters, making this one of the largest games available on Xbox LIVE Arcade. As Xbox LIVE Arcade’s top hit of 2008, the game has attracted a wide-ranging audience with its engaging art style, easy control system, and simple yet addictive game play. From seven-year-olds playing their first video game to hardcore older gamers looking to recapture the 2D arcade games of their youth, this game has something for everyone.

About The Behemoth®
The Behemoth is an independent console game developer that specializes in making games that are fun to play and beautiful to look at. The Behemoth was founded by a small group of hardcore gamers in 2003 with the modest goal of bringing craftsmanship and originality back to the game industry. The Behemoth is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.thebehemoth.com.
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