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Yaris Not Totally Missing in Action...Yet

One of the best/worst advergames ever is quietly disappearing from Xbox Live, but you can still download it...if you've already downloaded it in the past.

This is by far the best thing about Yaris.
If you asked me when I woke up this morning what was on my agenda for the day, I promise you the list would not have included "write about Yaris." Yet here I am, letting you know that last year's awful Toyota-inspired advergame is actually being removed from Xbox Live Arcade as we speak. According to Joystiq, the game has vanished from the Marketplace download index, so you can no longer grab it and experience the terror for yourself.

Destructoid has provided a follow-up stating that the year-long contract for Yaris has expired, which explains the absence. This isn't Microsoft making good on its past plan to start delisting XBLA games or anything. Yaris' time has simply come. Actually, Yaris' time should never have come in the first place, but that's neither here nor there.

Though Destructoid says Yaris has been "completely eradicated from the Arcade consciousness," we verified that the game isn't completely gone yet. Ryan was able to pull up his download history (in the NXE dashboard, no less), find Yaris on the list, and download it again. That will only work if you downloaded the game in the past, though; otherwise you're probably out of luck. But then, other than 200 achievement points, you aren't missing anything. At all.

I truly can't believe I just wrote a story about Yaris. I mean, really? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
This is by far the best thing about Yaris.
If you asked me when I woke up this morning what was on my agenda for the day, I promise you the list would not have included "write about Yaris." Yet here I am, letting you know that last year's awful Toyota-inspired advergame is actually being removed from Xbox Live Arcade as we speak. According to Joystiq, the game has vanished from the Marketplace download index, so you can no longer grab it and experience the terror for yourself.

Destructoid has provided a follow-up stating that the year-long contract for Yaris has expired, which explains the absence. This isn't Microsoft making good on its past plan to start delisting XBLA games or anything. Yaris' time has simply come. Actually, Yaris' time should never have come in the first place, but that's neither here nor there.

Though Destructoid says Yaris has been "completely eradicated from the Arcade consciousness," we verified that the game isn't completely gone yet. Ryan was able to pull up his download history (in the NXE dashboard, no less), find Yaris on the list, and download it again. That will only work if you downloaded the game in the past, though; otherwise you're probably out of luck. But then, other than 200 achievement points, you aren't missing anything. At all.

I truly can't believe I just wrote a story about Yaris. I mean, really?
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Posted by OmegaPirate

Heheheh - news must be sparse these days ^_^

Posted by sloppyjoe

Yaris should be the starter car in GT5... like the PT cruiser from GT3

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Posted by Scooper

Brad you just wrote a news story about Yaris, what the hell.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Judging from that picture, it's obvious that Yaris was a clearly a big influence on The Darkness.  I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who for some bizarre reason hasn't yet deleted it.

Posted by Milkman

Oh, Yaris...You suck.

Posted by j_meyer_13

Yaris pisses me off...I have one ach from it, and the game is too atrocious to play any more of it and earn the rest.  Srsly, it's horrible...it makes me want to hurt something...

Posted by drik

i hate that car. :|

Posted by John

I actually have a solid 130 points on it. Not a good game though.

Posted by Donkey_Kong

Ooo, glad i grabbed this gem before it went away.

It sucked tho, never played it after the first time i got it.

Posted by Smallville123

DAMN YOU YARIS....DAMN YOU ALL TO HELLL!!!!!

Posted by Media_Master

puke

Posted by RHCPfan24

Yaris...eww.

Posted by dagas

I've never heard of a Yaris game. Was it only available in North America?

Posted by HatKing

I played that game more than anybody should have ever played that game.

Posted by ferrarimanf355

I'll admit to downloading it and getting 165 points out of it. I'm not proud of it, though...

Posted by spiceninja

I only managed to get 10 points out of the game. After that I just couldn't take it anymore. That game is awful.

Posted by jangofett88

Yaris makes the Burger King games look like they should be winning D.I.C.E. awards across the board.

Posted by Kraznor

That game was unbelievably bad, it wasn't even good for points as it required you play far to much of it. Still have it and I guess I won't delete it, but this is no big loss at all.

Posted by LCad

Looking at the concept art for Yaris in the menu is hilarious because someone designed all of these cool looking things that were then used in this horrible game.

Posted by GiantBomber

I sure did get a horrible surprise when I saw what you were playing earlier today!

Posted by TwoOneFive

You're a brave man Brad.

I salute you!
Posted by pirate_republic

Brad you are are amazing. Wait... Yaris? The hell?

Posted by albedos_shadow

I'm officially redownloading it right now.

Posted by WholeFunShow

What the fuck is a Yaris? & yes, I know it's a car, & (apparantly) a bad X360 download, but... what the fuck is a Yaris?

Posted by Pazy

Ive never even had a chance to play this before because im pretty sure it was only avalable in north america. Pretty sucky because a free game is a free game, even a bad one lol theres a SHMUP thats also NA only (which apparently isnt bad).

Posted by mrdre

Worst game ever!!!!!!

Posted by Rotnac

i dont think i got any points from that game, lmao. it gave me a headache due to the mass amount of suck it contained.

Posted by Harry

Possibly the worst game I ever played....and i've played quarrantine on the 3DO.....actually,I bought that game :S

Posted by TechnicallyProficient

 Yaris is absolute trash, and this is coming from someone who has all 200 achievement points in Sneak King.

Posted by GunsTanksCannon
@ferrarimanf355 said:
I'll admit to downloading it and getting 165 points out of it. I'm not proud of it, though...
That's not as bad as my 700+ points on Rock Revolution... le sigh.