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Top 5 reasons Rock Band 2 should be on your Christmas list

As we head into the final 2 weeks before the holidays, I felt it was imperative to pass along this one bit of advice for gamers everywhere; if Rock Band 2 isn’t currently on your Christmas wish list, you need to get an amended letter sent out to Santa posthaste!!

While I’ve never officially reviewed Rock Band 2, I’ve put countless hours of quality playtime in with the game and can tell you it’s awesome! With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of the top 5 reasons why every gamer should hope to find it under their tree when they wake up Christmas morning.

5) Gameplay: Multiple career options, the ability to form (and compete against) bands over Xbox LIVE, new “Tour Challenges” and “Battle of the Bands” features along with the all new “Drum Trainer” mode add a replayability factor that few other games offer.

4) Appeal: Rock Band 2 is addictive because it’s fun! It’s as much fun playing through a tune you know and love as it is eeking out a 5 star rating on a song you’ve never heard before in your life. Plus, the game lets you experience all the coolness of being a true rock star without any of the downsides like negotiating tour contracts, long bus rides and those inconvenient trips to rehab.

3) (Almost) Anyone can play: Whether you’re young, old, experienced or just getting into console gaming, Rock Band 2 is a game that nearly everyone can play. The game features a great tutorial which walks newcomers through basic and advanced skills quickly and simply. Plus, the game’s tiered skill levels (Beginner through Expert) help inexperienced players get a comfortable feel for the game while steadily improving their playing abilities. Those who invest the time in the simpler levels will soon find their skills improving in spite of themselves!

2) The Music: There are now more than 500 songs available for the game. Rock Band 2 ships with 80 tunes, plus an additional 20 that can be downloaded for free. For a small fee, those who own the original can export all but a few of the songs within that game and make them available in Rock Band 2 as well. Plus, any DLC music purchased for the original Rock Band is automatically imported into Rock Band 2. Speaking of DLC, Harmonix offers a ton of great tracks in Marketplace covering a wide range of music genres ensuring “something for everyone”.

1) It’s just plain cool: The adrenaline rush from cranking out a stellar “Big Rock Ending” while thrashing around alone in front of your TV still beats the anxiety of someone walking in and catching you doing it!

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December 14, 2008 Posted by | Games, Review | 4 Comments

NHL 09 Alternate Jersey Code is Here!

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For those of you who have anxiously been awaiting EA’s release of their NHL 09 Xbox 360 Alternate Jersey code, the wait is over!

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*EDIT:¬†I didn’t realize this but the¬†code is case-sensitive (it should be all lowercase).¬†My thanks to Adam who pointed this fact out in the comments.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Games | 6 Comments

Classic returns to XBLA this Wednesday

The most well known bird & bear duo will be returning this Wednesday when the original Banjo-Kazooie makes its debut on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

For 1200 Microsoft points, gamers worldwide can once again experience this classic platformer from Rare. The game also lets players unlock new features in Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts released earlier last month.

“When the evil witch Gruntilda discovers that Banjo’s sister Tooty is the most beautiful girl in all of Spiral Mountain, she kidnaps her to steal her youthful good looks. Banjo and his best friend Kazooie must team up in order to defeat Gruntilda and rescue Tooty from the witch’s grasp. At first, Banjo and Kazooie perform simple moves like running and jumping to collect jigsaw pieces, dubbed “Jiggys,” but as players progress, the bird and bear will learn new moves and abilities to help them fly, swim and fight to advance to new worlds and save Tooty.”

Banjo-Kazooie will be available worldwide on Xbox LIVE Arcade beginning this Wednesday, December 3rd at 9 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT). For more information visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/b/banjokazooiexboxlivearcade/.

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Skate 2 screens released

Skate 2, slated for release in 2009,¬†¬†continues EA’s take on the world of skateboarding by challenging gamers to revive the New San Vanelona skate scene by circumventing the city’s increased focus on protecting private property.¬†

The latest screenshots from the game were released last week and I’ve included them below.

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Games, Screenshots | 1 Comment

New Fallout 3 content coming exclusive to Xbox 360

Bethesda and Microsoft have revealed 3 new Fallout 3 content downloads coming EXCLUSIVELY¬†to Xbox 360 and Games for Windows ‚Äď LIVE Marketplace.

The first DLC entitled Operation: Anchorage will arrive in January followed soon thereafter by two additional episodes, The Pitt and Broken Steel. Although Fallout 3 had no shortages in the depth department to begin with, these new downloadable episodes will expand the already impressive gameplay with new missions, enemies and more.

Operation: Anchorage adds a brand new dimension to the critically acclaimed RPG, as players enter a unique military simulation to liberate the city of Anchorage in one of the seminal battles of Fallout lore. Stay tuned for more details once the official release dates for these upcoming DLC episodes are announced.

November 28, 2008 Posted by | Console, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment

New screens from The Godfather II

EA is currently working on the follow-up to their 2007 hit The Godfather The Game appropriately titled The Godfather II. The folks at EA Redwood Shores released a new batch of screenshots from the upcoming game today and it looks like the series is headed for a major makeover. I reviewed the original and felt it was a very good game with a comfortable control scheme, lots of depth but somewhat weak graphics. Here’s hoping that The Godfather II takes the best features from its older siblings and adds a much needed facelift.

 

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Game Companies, Games, Screenshots | Leave a comment

First batch of DLC for Fable II coming December 12th

In just a few short weeks, mega-hit Fable II will see the first of what most likely will be a slew of DLC offerings.

On December 12th, gamers will be able to grab the Knothole Island downloadable content pack
(800 Microsoft Points). “The remote island of Knothole is dying: its golden sands and lush vegetation are covered with snow, its people freezing, its treasures buried. Only a hero can face the trials of the three shrines to bring back the sunshine“.

Along with this Premium download, gamers will also find a free Fable II downloadable pack which will allow co-op play with players who have downloaded the Knothole Island pack. NOTE: Both co-op players MUST download the Knothole Island (Premium) pack in order to play new quests and enjoy the complete Knothole Island co-op experience. The free content bridges the gap for standard game co-op play only.

Whether you choose to download the Premium pack or the free pack, expect to receive some new free treats including Knight’s Boots, Assassins Gloves, a special Weight Loss Potion, collectible silver book and more. Players will also be able to check their standing in over 50 new Leaderboards on Lionhead.com.

And lastly, Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Game Studios have created an all-new Albion dashboard theme in celebration of the launch of the New Xbox Experience. This new Albion theme integrates beautifully with the NXE and will be available for 250 Microsoft Points.

Be sure to visit www.xbox.com/fable2 or www.lionhead.com/fable2 for more information.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Community, Game Companies, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

AT&T giving away Guitar Hero World Tour game kits

*UPDATE: The Guitar Hero World Tour game kit offer actually runs through December 1st!

This week only, AT&T is giving away complete Guitar Hero World Tour game kits to new subscribers who sign up for AT&T’s High Speed Internet service or AT&T’s U-Verse TV service. By “complete game kit”, they mean the entire kit and caboodle: console game, guitar, drums and microphone. And by “giving away” they mean FREE!

Additionally, AT&T is giving away a real life Laguna Electric Guitar, Laguna Electric Bass Guitar, Orange County Drum and Percussion Drum Kit with Cymbals plus a $1000 gift card to the massive music retailer Guitar Center by way of their Get Ready to Rock Sweepstakes.

For more information and to enter the Sweepstakes visit www.att.com/guitarhero.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Contests, Games | Leave a comment

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix to compliment NXE

Capcom announced today that their long awaited Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD
Remix for Xbox LIVE Arcade
will be one of the first games to be featured in the New Xbox Experience with a Branded Destination Experience.

When it hits Arcade tomorrow, the Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix destination experience will provide a central place for Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers to learn about new content, view the latest trailers, and access downloadable content, including picture packs, and both Basic and Premium Themes. The new Street Fighter Premium Theme features extensive high-definition graphical layers that take over your Dashboard, presenting a fully dynamic and encompassing package for the ultimate social entertainment experience on Xbox LIVE.

With 1080p high-definition art and graphics, and the ultimate user feature set, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the perfect game to compliment the New Xbox Experience,” said Christian Svensson, VP of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Capcom Entertainment Inc. “Capcom is dedicated to providing captivating content to the digital space and we’re proud to participate in this new era of Xbox LIVE.”

For more information on the New Xbox Experience, visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/nxe

For more information on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, visit: http://games.capcomdigital.com/streetfighterIIhdr

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Console, Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

New Art & Screens from Halo Wars

Microsoft has offered up a new sneak-peek. Enjoy ’em!

 

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Games, Screenshots | Leave a comment

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe hits North American retailers today

Midway Games Inc. today announced that Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has arrived on store shelves throughout North America and is available for purchase for the Xbox 360 and the PLAYSTATION 3. The standard edition of the game is priced at $59.95, while the Kollector’s Edition is available for $69.95. The special, limited-run North American Kollector’s Edition is delivered in special packaging and features an exclusive removable print designed by Alex Ross, one of the world’s most pre-eminent and respected comic book artists, as well as bonus video content and a 16-page comic book by DC Comics that chronicles the shocking, universe-shattering events that lead up to the in-game story mode.

Some of the most popular characters from the DC Universe, like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker, go toe-to-toe against Mortal Kombat favorites, including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya and more. Featuring a brand new fighting system and unique intertwining storyline written by top comics writing team Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe combines spectacular multi-tiered fighting environments, such as Metropolis or the Batcave, with a compelling line-up of fighters to challenge and master.

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe brings together iconic characters from both the DC Comics’ and Mortal Kombat videogame universes to give gamers the opportunity to take part in extraordinary battles,” said Scott Johnson, vice president, business development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Working with Midway, we are allowing fans to control the destiny of famous heroes and villains with enhanced graphics and combat.”

Midway is proud to have been able to work so closely with the artists and visionaries at DC Comics to bring you a unique fighting experience that stays true to the hallmarks of the Mortal Kombat franchise,” said Matt Booty, president and CEO, Midway. “With the broad market potential afforded by the T-Rating, the engaging story mode, the critical acclaim we are already seeing from reviewers, and enthusiastic support of the fans from both franchises, we expect this to be one of our most successful Mortal Kombat games.”

Although this is the first Mortal Kombat title to be given a “T” rating by the ESRB, the game embodies all the qualities that made the franchise such an integral part of gaming culture, including the ability to perform the unique Fatalities and Heroic Brutalities that are a signature of the Mortal Kombat series. The title also features a re-vamped fighting system that harkens back to the wildly successful early Mortal Kombat games.

For more information please visit www.worldscollide.com.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | Games | Leave a comment

Assault Heroes 2 coming in May

Assault Heroes 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the XBLA hit Assault Heroes, has been given an official release date of May 14th and will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points.

With the far reaches of outer space as a backdrop, Assault Heroes 2 promises all the fast paced action of the original combined with new features such as hijackable enemy vehicles, more levels and enhanced on-foot and co-operative gameplay modes.

Keep an eye out for more details and screenshots as they become available…

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment