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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

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 – 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

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

Xbox LIVE features new Indie videos

Originally introduced at this year’s Comic-Con, Horror Meets Comedy will make its debut this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, this series of 8 comedic short films feature the unique perspective of some of the world’s most renowned horror directors including James Wan (“Saw”), David Slade (“30 Days of Night”) and James Gunn (“Slither”).

Another indie series to hit LIVE is actress/writer Felicia Day’s cult-classic “The Guild“. Co-produced by Day and Kim Evey (creator of web series “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show”) “The Guild” is a web sitcom about a group of online gamers and how they interact online and offline. Featuring Felicia Day (“House”, “Bring It On Again”) who stars as “Codex”, a struggling gaming addict, along with well known actors Jeff Lewis (“My Name Is Earl”, “According to Jim”) as “Vork” the Guildmaster, and Sandeep Parikh (creator of web series “Legend of Neil”) as Zaboo, Codex’s benevolent stalker. Season 1 of “The Guild” is available now for free on Xbox LIVE, with season 2 will premiering on the service tomorrow.

Other great content available at the Independent Video Channel in Xbox LIVE Marketplace includes:

  • The Jace Hall Show – The popular show features behind-the-scenes footage from game developers, as well interviews with actors, musicians, and athletes about games.
  • Red vs Blue – The show follows the civil war fighting of two opposing teams of soldiers in Blood Gulch. Seasons 1 & 2 are currently available on Xbox LIVE Independent Video channel, with seasons 3 & 4 coming soon.
  • Blind Ferret Entertainment – Some of their projects include “Player vs. Player” and “Ctrl+Alt+Del: The Animated Series”. New episodes will be going live on by end of year.
  • Major League Gaming – A multi-city gaming league where gaming tournaments are held and competitions are broadcast over television and on the internet. Xbox LIVE Independent Video channel with show 2007 series highlights and “Best of” specials live.

For more information on these and other indie offering, visit the Independent Videos page on Xbox.com.

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

Me and my…Avatar

I was going through my new Avatar-inhabited Friends List last night when I realized something really sorta creepy…

I’ve met a number of people on my Friends List either in person or via video chat and I have to say that the majority of Avatars these folks have created looked amazingly similar to their real life selves! Obviously the Avatars are not “lifelike” in any way, but they can definitely take on a very accurate depiction of their makers. I almost found myself waving back at them.

Creepy….

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Community, Xbox LIVE | 4 Comments

New Xbox Experience…are you ready?

We’ve seen many a Dashboard update over the past 3 years, but none even come close to the changes Xbox 360 gamers are about to receive.

The launch of the New Xbox Experience is now just hours away (2:00 am PST) and, having had the opportunity to play around with it over the past couple of weeks, I can honestly say that (the majority of) you will not be disappointed. I’m sure that you’ve all read countless articles by now on what NXE is all about and the new features included within the update so I won’t bore you with another recap. Instead, I want to emphasize that, while the new Avatars are definitely cool, they are only a portion of what this new Experience is about.

One other point; most people are adverse to change. NXE is a BIG change so, if your first instinct is to hit the forums and rip it to bits, I suggest you give yourself a few days to digest it before making the “Love it/Hate it” decision. I’m betting that it’s going to be a hit J

November 18, 2008 Posted by | Console, Xbox LIVE | 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

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

Judas Priest comes to Rock Band

Rock Band fans from the U.S. and Canada are the recipients of a new musical treat today as Harmonix and MTV Games released Judas Priest’s classic 1982 album Screaming For Vengeance on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Screaming For Vengeance, a heavy metal masterpiece, is the first full-length album to be released for Rock Band and features the original Judas Priest recordings. Here are the tracks included in the download:

“The Hellion”

“Electric Eye”

“Riding on the Wind”

“Bloodstone”

“(Take These) Chains”

“Pain and Pleasure”

“Screaming For Vengeance”

“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”

“Fever”

“Devil’s Child”

Gamers can now download the entire album for 1200 Microsoft Points or pick and choose their favorite tunes for 160 Microsoft Points each (Note: “The Hellion” & “Electric Eye” are offered together as 1 downloadable track).

For more info on Rock Band, and the 140+ songs available today, visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

Battlestar Galactica Season Premiere Play & Win Sweepstakes!

My buddy Morgon at My GamerCard.net has joined forces with Sierra Online to host the Battlestar Galactica Season Premier Play & Win Sweepstakes where players will have a chance to win some very cool prizes including a die-cast mini model of the Colonial Viper Mark II and a script from an episode of Battlestar Galactica signed by cast and crew members!

The Sweepstakes runs from Midnight April 10th (Eastern US Time) through April 23rd 11:59 PM. For the complete list of rules and prizes, head over to http://www.mygamercard.net/bsgsweepstakes/.

April 4, 2008 Posted by | Community, Contests, Xbox LIVE, Xbox MVP Webring | Leave a comment

One day sale on XBLA Battlestar Galactica this Saturday!

In honor of the new season of Battlestar Galactica which begins this Friday, April 4th on the Sci-Fi channel, Sierra Online will offer up their Battlestar Galactica Xbox LIVE Arcade game at half-off for a very limited time.

Normally priced at 800 Microsoft Points, Battlestar Galactica will be available on Saturday, April 5th at a reduced price of only 400 Microsoft Points. This is a 24 hour only sale so be sure to grab your copy this Saturday!

For more information on the game, head over to www.BSGarcade.com and http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/b/battlestargalacticaxboxlivearcade/.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | Leave a comment

This week’s Arcade Wednesday title revealed!

NAMCO BANDAI Games will be providing this week’s Arcade Wednesday title with the release of MR. DRILLER Online (800 Microsoft Points).

MR. DRILLER Online, a unique new puzzler, challenges players to…, well…, drill through colored blocks while avoiding a crushing collapse AND maintaining an adequate air supply. The game features single player Standard Driller and Quest Driller modes along with online multiplayer support for up to 4 players.

Head over to http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/m/mrdrilleronlinexboxlivearcade/ for more information on MR DRILLER Online.

Pinball FX fans should also take note since new downloadable content for that game will be available this Wednesday as well.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Games, Xbox LIVE | 1 Comment