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Friday, February 12, 2010
Microsoft Details 2010 Xbox Games

Today at X10, Microsoft Corp. showcased a barrage of exclusive games including the multiplayer beta of this year's blockbuster, "Halo: Reach," blasting off May 3, and the "Alan Wake" coming May 18 - both only available on the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment system, starting at $199.99 ERP.

Celebrating the franchise's Xbox 360 debut on March 9, Microsoft and Square Enix have created the Xbox 360 "FINAL FANTASY XIII" Special Edition Bundle, offering the complete experience at a price of $399 ERP.

Available in North America on Aug. 31, Japan on Sept. 2 and Europe on Sept. 3, "Dead Rising 2" picks up the action where the original left off, as gamers fight to survive swarming hordes of the living dead. Microsoft and Capcom Co. Ltd. have also announced that they are teaming up to set a new standard in storytelling through an exclusive "Dead Rising 2" downloadable prologue only on Xbox LIVE. "Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO," available shortly before the title releases in August, will allow Xbox 360 gamers to get their first glimpse into the "Dead Rising 2" story with exclusive content that will not be featured in the full game.

Last November, Infinity Ward took gamers back to the action-packed world rife with political intrigue, betrayal and heroism in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," becoming the largest entertainment launch in history. Now Xbox 360 owners will fully experience the biggest blockbuster titles with exclusive Game Add-ons, including a "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2"content pack arriving first on Xbox LIVE this spring.

Upcoming Xbox LIVE with the following games:

- "Halo: Reach" (Bungie). As the blockbuster prequel to the best-selling Xbox franchise of all time, developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed developer Bungie, "Halo: Reach" puts you front and center in the fateful moments that forged the "Halo" legend. As part of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers, you will be called upon to defend the planet Reach, humankind's last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. Starting on May 3, the "Halo: Reach" public multiplayer beta will give you the opportunity to drive the latest advancements in multiplayer gameplay in the blockbuster franchise that started it all on Xbox LIVE. Access to the beta will be available through the "Halo 3: ODST" game disc on Xbox LIVE.

- "Alan Wake" (Remedy Entertainment Ltd.). Launching May 18 in North America and May 21 in Europe, nightmares come to life in this Xbox 360. It is built like a chilling episodic TV series, where your wits and light are your only allies, and you can pre-order your copy now at participating retailers to reserve your Bright Falls Bonus Pack, which includes exclusive content such as avatar gear, an Xbox LIVE theme, and a "making of" video. Gamer can also pre-order the limited collector's edition, packed with bonus discs of behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive in-game commentary and hints from Remedy, a game soundtrack, "The Alan Wake Files"book, and more, all bound together in a hardcover package.

- "Crackdown 2" (Ruffian Games). Available exclusively on Xbox 360 and hitting store shelves later this year, the sequel to the 2007 hit features over-the-top action, a massive living world, online and multiplayer capabilities, and stylish graphics. Users can reserve a copy today and they will receive a code to download four exclusive suits of Agency-Issue armor: Gold, Brushed, Red and Blue Metal.

- "Dead Rising 2" (Capcom). Following the 2006 zombie-bashing action adventure hit, "Dead Rising 2" puts a new offbeat defender in the heart of the fight to save the United States from complete zombification. Before the mayhem launching in August and September, "Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO" will release as an exclusive Game Add-on only on Xbox LIVE.

- "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" content pack (Infinity Ward/Activision). The first content packs for title will be available first on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE. - "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction" (Ubisoft Entertainment). Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 and PC on April 13 in North America, April 16 in the United Kingdom, and April 28 in Japan, "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction" is the sequel in the multimillion-selling "Splinter Cell" series. Uniting revolutionary gameplay enhancements with a high-octane, no-holds-barred storyline, the game also features intense co-op espionage missions on Xbox LIVE.

- "FINAL FANTASY XIII" (Square Enix). The Xbox 360 "FINAL FANTASY XIII" Special Edition Bundle includes a 250GB hard drive, two wireless controllers, exclusive downloadable avatar items and a standard-edition copy of the dramatic sequel in the series. Xbox 360 is the only console outside of Japan to be bundled with the game, available in stores starting March 9, while supplies last. In addition, a very limited number of "FINAL FANTASY XIII" Limited Edition Faceplates have been created by designer Tetsuya Nomura. These faceplates are only available promotionally in fixed quantities across select retailers in Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

- "Fable III" (Lionhead Studios). "Fable III" delivers an action and adventure experience as players journey from revolutionary to the ruler of Albion and beyond. With your trusted canine companion, you will embark on an epic hero?s quest against injustice, forge alliances, crush your enemies and take control of your kingdom.

- "Lost Planet 2" (Capcom). The next installment of the popular third-person shooter returns you to breathtaking environments, unique Vital Suits and larger-than-life bosses of the world of E.D.N. III. The story picks up 10 years after the original game as players follow the exploits of their own customized snow pirate on their quest to seize control of the changing planet. You'll be able to play through the intense and action-packed campaign mode with three of your friends on Xbox LIVE. "Lost Planet 2" launches in North America and Europe on May 18.

- "Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing" (Valve). The first Game Add-on brings the original "Left 4 Dead" survivors down south for a meeting with the "Left 4 Dead 2" cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay, exclusively for Xbox 360 and PC. Targeting an early spring release, "Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing" will include new co-operative campaign and associated narrative and new arenas for Survival, Versus and Scavenge modes, and introduce a new co-operative challenge mode.

- "Toy Soldiers" (Signal Studios). An intense action game kicking off the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party on March 3, "Toy Soldiers" casts players into a fantastic, miniature world where antique toy soldiers fight in vintage World War I dioramas. To celebrate the release of "Toy Soldiers" on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft is launching a companion Facebook experience on Feb. 12, "Toy Soldiers: Match Defense,"which will have you and your friends matching items to collectively win countries and conquer Europe.

- "Game Room" (Krome Studios Pty Ltd.). Launching this March as a part of the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party, "Game Room" lets gamers relive the glory days of classic arcade and console games in their original forms, as the player's avatar takes part in the original sights, sounds and gameplay only on Xbox 360 and Windows-based PC.

- "Perfect Dark" (4J Studios). Fire up your Farsight and prepare for assignment - the Dark returns this March as part of the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party. Agent Joanna Dark brings her epic tale of galactic conspiracies in future America to Xbox 360 with remastered visuals, LIVE-enabled multiplayer modes, leader boards, achievements and avatar awards.

- "Scrap Metal" (Slick Entertainment Inc.). Launching in March as a part of the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party, "Scrap Metal" lets gamers drift around corners with guns blazing and take out competitors in this fast-paced, top-down racer. Gamers fight their way through explosive, action-packed missions, defeat cunning bosses, or jump on Xbox LIVE to race against their friends, exclusively on Xbox 360.

Microsoft also plans to debut the "Project Natal," controller in the holiday season.

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