MARS Games Bring the Lightgun to the Modern World
I remember loving Duck Hunt on the NES. It was such a simple game yet hard and I got to play with a fun gun peripheral called a lightgun. Well, with CRT TVs dying out and people switching over to nicer flatscreen LED, Plasma, LCD, etc. TVs, lightguns don’t work much to the chagrin of many gamers. Well, a new series of games called MARS is being released for the Xbox One and they’re bringing the lightgun back. Using a Lightcon (their name for a lightgun) and an IR station, gamers will be able to play one of three games with up to three of their friends. The games available for MARS are Big Buck Hunter: Arcade, Qubits Quest, and Voyage of the Dead.
With Big Buck Hunter: Arcade, there's no need to wake up at the crack of dawn or climb through the marsh and woods. MARS is bringing the #1 hunting arcade experience right to your living room as you track down wild game in Whitetail, Moose, and Elk adventures.
Built just for MARS, Qubit’s Quest is an action platformer for up to 4-players of all ages who are on a mission to protect a loyal and very cute robotic canine, Qubit. Play a co-op adventure campaign or compete with other players in ten fast-paced minigames!
In Voyage of the Dead, another MARS exclusive, up to 4-players find themselves aboard a cruise ship overrun by a zombie outbreak. With a quirky art style and campy humor, you’ll laugh as you fight against a horde of undead menaces to protect passengers and escape the chaos.
MARS is being developed by PDP whose SVP of Marketing, John Moore, released a statement stating:
So now the real question. How much is it going to cost to play with a lightgun on my nice TV? Well, each game will be available as a MARS Starter Pack bundle which will include your game of choice, a Lightcon, and an IR Station for the price of $100. The great thing is that if you pre-order through Amazon, GameStop, Microsoft, or PDP then you’ll get an additional lightcon for free. The games will be sold separately for $20 and each additional Lightcon has an MSRP of $30. That means that if you pre-order a bundle and want four Lightcon, you’re going to be dropping about $160. If you want all three games as well, you’re looking at $200.
Are you interested in playing with a lightgun again?