HARD CORPS: UPRISING (PG)
Xbox Live Arcade, $20
★★★★ This side-scrolling shooter has players running from left to right, blasting anything that moves. It’s good, old-school fun, but less punishing than other titles in the Contra series. This is thanks to the new Rising mode that lets players earn points to upgrade their character as they play. Earlier levels can be replayed to boost health or weaponry if the challenge becomes too steep. Great fun. Out now.