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Hidden Fronts Map Pack goes free on Monday

Here’s a little reminder to Gears of War fans who’ve not grabbed the Hidden Fronts Map Pack yet: Beginning Monday, September 3rd at 2:00 a.m. PDT this 4-pack of multiplayer maps will be available as a free download worldwide, joining the original Multiplayer Map Pack 1 and the Annex game mode.

The Hidden Fronts Map Pack is the top ranked piece of premium downloadable content on Xbox LIVE Marketplace with more than 500,000 downloads to date!

Included in the download are the following maps:

Bullet Marsh – “In this Kryll-infested swamp, an old generator still powers the area lights. A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll.”

Garden – “This overgrown and crumbling conservatory still has a working fertilization and pesticide system. This system can pose a serious hazard to anyone who ventures into the greenhouse without first venting the air.”

Process – “Fight for control of this subterranean Imulsion processing plant, still active despite the cessation of the Pendulum wars.”

Subway – “Timgad ‘s Central Subway station used to serve as a central hub for commuters. Now the tunnels are crawling with Locust.”

Here’s a note for those one or two people who weren’t aware: You’ll need to download these maps in order to unlock all of the Achievements in Gears.


August 31, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

New accessories coming on Tuesday

Halo 3 fans take note: On Tuesday, September 4th, store shelves will be stocked (at least for a little while) with the new Todd McFarlane designed Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo 3 Wireless Controllers (which includes a Limited Edition Halo 3 Master Chief figurine designed by McFarlane himself) as well as the Spartan green and gold Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo 3 Wireless Headset. These new accessories are priced at $59.99 each and will be available for a limited time.

Also making its debut on Tuesday is the new Xbox 360 Messenger Kit which comes with the very cool Chatpad attachment and an Xbox 360 wired headset for $29.99. No longer will gamers have to struggle using the on-screen keyboard or wrestle around a USB keyboard in order to communicate with friends. The Chatpad is nicely designed with a back-lit “QWERTY” keypad and fits comfortably on existing Xbox 360 controllers.

August 31, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Xbox LIVE | 4 Comments

Labor Day sale coming to an Xbox 360 near you!

What’s a long holiday weekend without a sale? It’s an American tradition!

This Labor Day weekend is no exception, although, with this sale there’s no parking woes, no picking through bargain bins and no standing in long check-out lines. In fact, you don’t have to get up from your couch or even wear pants (if you don’t want to).

Microsoft is running a great holiday “half-off” sale this weekend on Xbox LIVE Arcade. For a limited time (Sunday September 2nd at 12:00 a.m. GMT through Monday September 3rd at 11:59 p.m. GMT) gamers can take advantage of special holiday pricing on the following 4 titles:

Small Arms – 400 Microsoft Points (normally 800 Microsoft Points)
Zuma Deluxe– 400 Microsoft Points (normally 800 Microsoft Points)
Gauntlet – 200 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)
Dig Dug – 200 Microsoft Points (normally 400 Microsoft Points)

It’s a great opportunity to grab some really great games at a really great price. But remember, after Monday, these titles will return to their regular pricing!

August 31, 2007 Posted by | Console, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Next week’s Arcade offerings revealed early

Thanks to the long Labor Day weekend coming, we’ve received word on next week’s Arcade releases a little early.

For starters, Midway’s classic arcade hit Cyberball 2072 (400 Microsoft Points) makes its Xbox LIVE debut giving gamers a chance to relive another yesteryear gem. Manage your robotic football team to victory in this challenging futuristic title. Be warned that the game ball will heat up to dangerous levels if you don’t keep your team moving. More info on Cyberball 2072 is can be found here.

Also coming next Wednesday is Fatal Fury Special, the third entry in the Fatal Fury series (400 Microsoft Points). “Join Terry and Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi and 12 of the toughest titans in one of the biggest matches of the millennium. Set in Southtown, a fictitious American city, players must compete against the ruler of the underworld Wolfgang Krauzer.” Hit the link here to grab more information on Fatal Fury Special.

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Mass Effect gets North American release date

Microsoft Game Studios and BioWare Corp have just confirmed that Mass Effect will be shipping to North American retailers on November 20th, making good on Peter Moore’s E3 promise of a November delivery.

Mass Effect has been one of the most talked about games within the community forums, second only to Halo 3, since we got our first peek at it so long ago. The game has already garnered more than 50 awards, including the 2007 Game Critics Awards for “Best Console Game” and “Best RPG” at the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month in Los Angeles.

At this point, it looks like I’ll be adding a couple of bucks more per week to my game-fund jar in order to keep up with this holiday release schedule. Thank goodness GTA IV was pushed to 08′ 🙂

August 30, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games | 2 Comments

Operation LIVE Jump

EA announced that they’ll be celebrating the launch of Medal of Honor Airborne with an event-filled weekend exclusively for Xbox 360 gamers beginning Friday, September 7th.

“Operation LIVE Jump” will feature an Xbox LIVE Leaderboard tournament, a 72-hour ‘Play & Win Sweepstakes’ where every hour a winner is awarded a special prize, a multiplayer showdown where you can play against the developers of Medal of Honor Airborne, and more!

More information on “Operation LIVE Jump”, including instructions on how to get registered, can be found at For a complete list of legalese including contest rules and such, click here.

Remember to always pack your own parachute and make sure you bring plenty of ammo J

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Game Companies, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Halo 3 goes Gold!!

It’s official! Halo 3 is now complete and has been sent for manufacturing. At 1 million pre-orders strong, the game could very well become the #1 selling launch-day title in history when it releases on September 25th!

Did you pre-order yours yet??

August 29, 2007 Posted by | Console, Games | 4 Comments

This week’s Arcade title revealed

Microsoft has announced that Capcom’s Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix will be released this Wednesday, August 29th on Xbox LIVE Arcade (800 Microsoft Points).

“One of the most popular puzzle games of all time is back with high-definition graphics, dazzling elemental effects and a new ‘rebalanced X’ game mode. “Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo® HD Remix” brings together Capcom’s coolest fighting characters to provide extremely addictive puzzle mayhem. Enjoy single-player, local and online versus play, and spectator modes.”

For more information on Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, be sure to visit

EDIT: Also being made available this Wednesday is the first add-on pack for Bomberman Live entitled Bomb-Up Pack 1 in addition to new downloadable content for Eets: Chowdown. More details on this new content can be found at

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment

Lost Planet connection patch coming this week

Capcom has just announced that their long awaited connectivity patch for Lost Planet: Extreme Condition will be hitting Xbox LIVE this Thursday, August 30th.

What’s interesting here is the fact that the fix will offer up 3 different connection options as a fix as opposed to a simplified “blanket” patch. Once the patch has been applied, gamers will be able to choose a connection option best suited for their own personal connection speed. Connection choices will be:

Default -This is the standard setting regardless of upload speed.

Pattern A – This is more suitable when your upload speed is fast.

Pattern B – This is more suitable when your upload speed is slow and your connection is not stable with Default.

Capcom has warned that players may experience some quirky gameplay once the patch has been released if they match up against opponents who have not applied the patch (which to me seems strange since game updates are usually mandatory if you wish to connect to Xbox LIVE, but hey, what do I know??) Some symptoms of this mis-match include glitches with screen text, game freezes and disconnects. If players experience one of these problems, they are recommending that you sign out and sign back in again.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Launch console finally went down

My Xbox 360 suffered some form of internal video failure Friday night and will now need to go in for repairs 😦

Mine was a launch console and considering the uncountable hours that I’ve logged onto that machine, I’m surprised that it took this long for something like this to happen.

August 27, 2007 Posted by | Console | 5 Comments

Community Gamercard pics available now!


Showing support for your favorite Xbox community just got a little easier! The Xbox team has now made available a new, free “community picture pack” which consists of the logos from some of the most popular Xbox community sites around. This first batch of pics contains logos from the following sites:

Gamerscore Blog, Gamercast Network, Achievement Junkie, Gamertag Radio, Podtacular, Sarcastic Gamer, Uncle Gamer and Video Game Show. More details on these new pics and future plans can be found in this post at

August 25, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

COD 4: Modern Warfare beta date announced

Activision has revealed that the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta will open to the public on Monday, August 27th, although I don’t have any details regarding how tokens will be distributed at this time. UPDATE: U.S. gamers looking to participate in the beta should visit on Monday, August 27th beginning at 12:00 noon PDT for a chance to win a beta token and get in on the action. 

International players from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland &the United Kingdom will also have an opportunity to participate. Details on International entry are promised soon at the same website.

I was given an opportunity to try the beta (for which I am greatly appreciative) and can tell you with great confidence that the game is awesome! Unfortunately, I’m a bit pressed for time at the moment but I will try and get my impressions of the beta posted up here a little later on today.

August 24, 2007 Posted by | Community, Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | 6 Comments