Novadrome from Carmageddon creators is the Xbox Live Arcade release this Wednesday

Novadrome screenshot
Stainless Software, the creators of the infamous vehicle-combat franchise Carmageddon, return to their roots with Novadrome, an original 3-D smash-’em-up game. The combat-driving game will be available for download worldwide on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, 20th December at 9AM GMT (1AM PST), at a price of 800 Microsoft Points (that’s $10 / €9.60 / £6.80).

In Novadrome (which was originally supposed to be an Xbox title), gamers blast, smash and crash their way to victory as they fight for survival among friends and foes alike in one of the 15 detailed 3-D arenas. Abducted by robots from the planet Nova, the players must stop their captors before they launch a full-scale invasion against Earth. Gamers will need to use their speed, wit and determination to defeat robot gladiators and other abductees in a series of combat-driving competitions in high-powered armored vehicles equipped with front-mounted automatic weapons. Novadrome also provides gamers with a frantic multiplayer mode for up to eight players via Xbox Live.

The game’s key features are:
* Frantic eight-player combat driving action set in a far-out alien world
* More than 20 off-road-buggy-style combat vehicles
* Fifteen arenas full of non-stop, furious action. Combat arenas feature upgrades, power-ups, obstacles and mines.
* A wide range of dynamic vehicle-mounted weapons. Players can destroy their enemies and acquire their weapons as power-ups.
* Adrenaline-pumping boss encounters. Humans in vehicles battle a variety of gladiatorial robot opponents.
* Multiple gameplay modes and event types to choose from. Modes are Career, Arcade Challenge, Free Play, and Multiplayer.
* Top of the class. Gamers can experiment with the various modes and master their gameplay to top the online “Novadrome” leaderboards.
* Twelve achievements. Players can increase their gamerscore by 200 points with 12 diverse achievements.