Monday, March 05, 2012
A Preview of Xbox 360, Kinect, Arcade and Windows Phone Games
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Last week in San Francisco, Microsoft held a special media event to show off some upcoming Xbox 360, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Games for Windows and Windows Phone titles. Here are some of the highlights from the event.
- "Halo 4" (343
Industries) - Get a first look at "Halo 4", through a behind-the-scenes video on HaloWaypoint.com.
Launching worldwide this Holiday, "Halo 4" takes the franchise
in a new direction with the return of Master Chief, and the
beginning of a new saga.
- "Forza Horizon" (Playground Games) - "Forza Horizon" is a fast-paced, pick-up-and-play racing game and the newest entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise. Available this Fall, the game is being created in partnership with racing development studio Playground Games
- "Forza Motorsport 4" (Turn 10 Studios) - Available this Spring, the Porsche Expansion Pack for "Forza
Motorsport 4" will contain 30 modern and classic Porsche vehicles from the iconic German manufacturer, seven of which are new to the "Forza" franchise.
- "Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City" - (Slant
Six Games, Capcom) Program the Nemesis and unleash devastating
attacks on your opposing squad in an exclusive fifth online competitive
multiplayer versus battle available only for Xbox 360.
- "Gears of War 3 "(Epic Games) - The fun continues with the release of the
"Forces of Nature" map pack for "Gears of War 3" on March 27. Included
in the game's Season Pass or available for 800 Microsoft Points, "Forces
of Nature will feature five maps, new characters, new weapon skins and
a 250 Gamescore. Also, starting March 27, "Gears of War 3" will be
available through Games on Demand.
- "Dragon"s Dogma" (Capcom)
Explore the woodlands surrounding a collapsed fortress and battle
against its fearsome inhabitants, including a monstrous Cyclops, a
vicious Chimera and a savage Drake Dragon. Additionally, purchasers of
the Xbox 360 version of "Dragon's Dogma" will be able to redeem a token
and download the "Resident Evil 6" demo globally on Xbox LIVEMarketplace 60 days earlier than on any other platform, starting July 3.
- "Darksiders II" (THQ/Vigil
Games) Explore non-playable character gameplay interaction with
exclusive fiction reveals from the vast Makers Realm in "Darksiders II."
Fans who pre-order the game will receive a complimentary upgrade to the
Limited Edition, or can pick up the Collector"s Edition.
Kinect on Xbox 360
- "Fable: The Journey" (Lionhead
Studios) From the geniuses at Lionhead, "Fable: The Journey"
is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline,
action and picturesque world of Albion. "Fable: The Journey" launches
this Fall on Kinect for Xbox 360.
- "Mass Effect 3" (BioWare,
Electronic Arts) Step into the role of Commander Shepard and use
voice controls to direct squad mates during battle and command weapon
selection to quickly engage in combat. "Mass Effect 3" supports dozens
of commands to interact with the world and the characters, without
pausing the action.
- "Kinect Star Wars" (Microsoft Studios) In "Kinect Star Wars," available April 3, Star Wars fans can physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the
Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a
vicious rancor monster and dance with iconic Star Wars characters.
- "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13"
(Electronic Arts) Featuring a more immersive Masters Tournament
experience as well as Kinect for Xbox 360 integration, the world"s
number one golf video game is back with "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13."
- "Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor" (Capcom)
Launching on June 19, fight side by side with your comrades and
retake Manhattan Beach from the enemy. Defend your infantry and blast
every VT that crosses your path!
- "Kinect Rush: A Disney"Pixar Adventure" (Microsoft
Studios) Pixar fans will be able to scan themselves into an avatar
based on their favorite character from Disney Pixar's "Up" and venture
into the vast interior of the Spirit of Adventure. Players will also
team up with characters from "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Cars"
and "Toy Story" to solve puzzles and uncover secrets.
- "Dance Central 2" (Harmonix) " Experience new add-on songs from electro-pop sensations LMFAO, including their hit single "Party Rock".
- "Kinect Sports: Season Two" (Rare Studios, Big Park) " Launching worldwide on April 3, the all-new
basketball game add-on content puts players" basketball skills to the
test by shooting, passing, and scoring with the new activities.
Xbox LIVE Arcade
- "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" (4J
Studios, Mojang) Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade in Spring 2012,
- "Wreckateer" (Iron Galaxy)
"Wreckateer" uses Kinect for Xbox 360 to put players in control of a
massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker,
players can travel the land and destroy 60 castles infested with goblins
using six magical projectiles.
- "Fable Heroes" (Lionhead Studios) "Fable
Heroes" delivers a fresh spin on the "Fable" franchise with an
action-packed hack-and-slash adventure on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
- "Trials Evolution" (RedLynx/Ubisoft) Coming soon are new "Trials Evolution" maps in the next dimension of "Trials HD."
- "Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD" (Robomodo,
Activision) Activision"s "Tony Hawk"s Pro Skater HD" for Xbox LIVE
Arcade takes the best elements of "Tony Hawk Pro Skater" and "Tony Hawk
Pro Skater 2" and upgrades them with sharp visuals and fresh content.
- "South Park: Tenorman"s Revenge" (South
Park Digital Studios, Other Ocean Interactive) Scott Tenorman is back
and he wants revenge! Play multiplayer with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and
Kenny to take on Tenorman and his army of Ginger robots before they
destroy South Park!
- "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" (Hidden
Path Entertainment, Valve) The all-new "Demolition" mode in
"Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" delivers a fast-paced game experience
made up of tight small maps to get into the action quickly.
- "Quantum Conundrum" (Airtight Games,
Square Enix) Enter a new dimension " the heavy dimension " in the
latest environment-bending feature in the quirky, first-person puzzle
game "Quantum Conundrum" from Square Enix and Airtight Games.
- "Bloodforge" (Climax Studios) "Bloodforge" combines devastating melee, ranged and magical attacks to
deliver a brutal combat experience available
exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
- "Deadlight" (Tequila Works)
"Deadlight," a brand new experience for Xbox LIVE Arcade, is a
narrative-driven puzzle platformer set in the post-apocalyptic 80s
devastated by a zombie epidemic.
- "Diabolical Pitch" (Grasshopper
Manufacture) Available beginning April 4, Kinect for Xbox 360 turns
living rooms into playing fields and the "Diabolical Pitch" is the main
- "Joe Danger: The Movie" (Hello Games) "
Race jetpacks against hoverboards and skis against skidoos in all-new
multiplayer modes in "Joe Danger: The Movie."
Xbox 360 Hardware
- Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle Available globally beginning February
28 for $299, the bundle includes a limited edition all-white Xbox 360
4GB console, white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller,
"Kinect Sports," "Kinect Adventures," and a three month subscription to
Xbox LIVE Gold"the complete Xbox 360 experience.
Games for Windows
- "Microsoft Flight" (Microsoft Studios) Available to download for free at www.MicrosoftFlight.com,
"Microsoft Flight" is a new Windows PC game that lets players jump into
the thrill of flight with no special hardware or past experience. This
Spring, fans will be able to purchase the Journey to Alaska Pack, the
second in a series of expansion packs for the game with over 1.2 million
square miles of captivating scenery, additional missions and new
- "Carcassone" (Microsoft Studios) The
tile-based board game "Carcassonne" is coming to Windows
Phone! With the online multiplayer, Xbox LIVE achievements, leaderboards
and more, this game never gets old.
- "Civilization Revolution" (2K) Sid Meier's "Civilization Revolution" is coming to Windows Phone! Build, Discover, Rule the world.
- "DODONPACHI" (CAVE) An
original shooter by Arcade veteran CAVE is arriving for Windows Phone.
Can you handle EVAC Industries" Maximum Bullet Simulator.
- "GeoDefense Swarm" (Microsoft Studios) The
fast-paced tower defense game "GeoDefense Swarm" for Windows Phone
gives the power to obliterate a horde of vibrant, vector-styled enemies
with multiple weapons of choice.
- "Gerbil Physics" (Microsoft Studios)
In "Gerbil Physics," a physics-based puzzle game that blows up buildings
made of gerbils for Windows Phone, it's all about adorable destruction.
- "Pinball FX2" (Microsoft Studios)
"Pinball FX2" for Windows Phone features new tables and all-new features
including a state-of-the-art physics model and a connection to your
Xbox 360 "Pinball FX2" scores.
- "Pirates!" Available now on Windows
Phone, Sid Meier"s "Pirates!" is an exciting high-seas adventure
overflowing with intense pirate action and a treasure chest of gameplay
- "Pro Evolution Soccer 2012" (Konami) This spring, the football simulation from Konami is entering a new season on Windows Phone
- "Shoot 1UP!" (Microsoft Studios) " This Spring, an armada of ships is coming to Windows Phone in "Shoot 1UP."
- "Wordament" (Microsoft Studios) " In
the world of "Wordament" for Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone word searchers
across the whole Internet compete on the same board, in real-time, to
get the highest score.