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Rare At Work

February 5th, 2007 . by Josh

According to Edge magazine in the UK, it seems that Microsoft is now having Rare develop a title for Xbox Live Arcade. 

Although no real details of the game have surfaced, it seems that Nick Burton (Kameo, Star Fox Adventures) and a small team are in fact working on a downloadable game.

[Source: CVG

Game Releases 2/4 – 2/10

February 4th, 2007 . by Josh

Well, we're getting closer to when each console is actually getting a decent title. For now what do we have? Well I'd say crap except the Playstation 2 and DS seem to be holding up rather well. 

Playstation 2:

  • SnoCross 2: Featuring Blair Morgan
  • MVP 07 NCAA Baseball
  • AR Tonelico: Melody of Elemia
  • Winning Eleven: Pro Soccer 2007

Playstation Portable:

  • Capcom Puzzle World
  • Winning Eleven: Pro Soccer 2007

Xbox 360:

  • Winning Eleven: Pro Soccer 2007

PC:

  • Galactic Civilizations II Gold
  • War Rock
  • The Sims: Life Stories
  • Luxor Mahjong
  • Air Cargo Pilot

Nintendo DS:

  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • Lunar Knights
  • Winning Eleven: Pro Soccer 2007

 

Xbox Live Weekly Activity

February 3rd, 2007 . by Josh

Well look at the Crackdown demo, rising up the charts. Is it a sign that people like the game? Or are they just trying to justify their purchase of it for Halo 3's beta. 

360:

  • Gears of War
  • Crackdown (demo)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas
  • Call Of Duty 3
  • Lost Planet

Live Arcade:

  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic HD
  • UNO
  • Lumines Live
  • Geometry Wars Evolved

Original Xbox:

  • Halo 2
  • Battlefield 2: MC
  • Madden NFL 07
  • Counter-Strike
  • Call of Duty 3

[Source: Major Nelson]
 

XBL Achievement Point Laws

February 2nd, 2007 . by jb

XBL has recently defined the rules of Achievement Points allowed by games.  I paraphrased the goods for you, as it's a lot of blah.

1.  Disc-based games MUST have 1,000 Gamerscore built into the game.  This 1000 Gamerscore can be from the game itself or free add-ons.

2.  Add-ons (free or paid) can supply an additional 250 Gamerscore.

3.  XBLA games can provide up to 250 Gamerscore, with an additional 50 via add-ons (free or paid).

The first and section seems alright, but what's going on with second and third sections?  So they are now encouraging the charging of microtransactions…awesome.  There are so many ways to abuse these rules it's not even funny.  Expect to get more incomplete games, and be sold the rest via microtransactions, because now you're paying for Gamerscore!

Thanks XBL!

[Source: GamerscoreBlog via Kotaku

Upcoming Lost Planet Patch

February 1st, 2007 . by Josh

It's nice to see Capcom taking an active role in keeping Lost Planet worthy of being one of the top Xbox 360 games out there. So to keep it going they're currently preparing a patch for the game to fix a few issues people have been experiencing.

New Stuff:

  • In the pre-game lobby, a country flag icon will be shown next to the Gamertag of each player. This will be especially helpful for determining location of the match
    host.
  • In the pre-game lobby, an icon will be added next to each player’s Gamertag, indicating connection strength, speed and rating.
  • In Team Elimination, Post Grab and Fugitive modes, an indicator will be added next to the Gamertag of the person who is speaking.
  • At the post-match Results screen, an indicator will be added next to the Gamertag of the person who is speaking.
  • At the post-match Results screen, Gamertags of the players who have left the session will be darkened.

Fixes:

  • Sometimes in Fugitive mode there would be multiple Fugitives instead of just one.
  • Occasionally, if an error occurred on the lobby screen, another lobby screen would be displayed on top of it.
  • Sometimes when there was a long delay/lag, the game would hang at the transition screen going from the lobby to the game and then reboot.
  • Sometimes when there was a long delay/lag, depending on the console, certain players in the match would become invisible for the duration of the match.
  • Sometimes post-match Results screens would show players who did not participate in the match.
  • Starting a taunt animation during a reload shortened the reload time as an exploit

For those expecting this update, you'll unfortunately have to wait until early March.

[Source: QJ

Fuzion Frenzy 2 Demo

February 1st, 2007 . by Josh

Well Microsoft seems to be keeping up with having plenty of demos avaliable on Xbox Live for you folks to download. First the Crackdown demo, then GRAW 2 and now Fuzion Frenzy 2 joins the race.

If you want to try the game before buying it, you'll now have your chance. Hop on Xbox Live and download the demo. 

[Source: Major Nelson

Unreal Tournament 3, Still On!

January 31st, 2007 . by Josh

Oh it's on! Midway seems to have made a tiny mistake on a fact sheet which in turn, caused everyone to believe the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game were coming soon. But what about the Playstation 3 version you ask? Well through Midways confusion people thought the game was delayed until 2008, it's not.

Now that the confusion is all cleared up, all three platforms will be getting Unreal Tournament 3 in 2007, no delay for the Playstation 3 or any other console, at least no yet. One thing most people forgot, it's Epic who makes Unreal Tournament, they'll decide when it will come out.

[Source: Joystiq

GRAW 2 Demo Available

January 31st, 2007 . by jb

GRAW LogoMajor Nelson announced that the GRAW 2 demo is available for download on XBL.

"Following up the 2006 platinum seller Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GRAW), Ubisoft brings the sequel GRAW2, with more of what fans loved about the original with 12 single player missions, 14 multiplayer maps, and a 6 mission coop campaign.  You are teh Soldier of the Future 2.0.  All systems have been upgraded to give you more power and control on the battlefield…"

Oh Major… you had me at GRAW 2.

[Source: Major Nelson

Vista Getting Support!

January 31st, 2007 . by Josh

MumboJumbo (see new owners of Ritual Entertainment) seems to be ready to back up Microsoft's release of Windows Vista. To show their support of the new anti christ operating system, they will be releasing two classic games for it!

So if you're interested in lets say, Luxor 2 and 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, then you too can play them on your freshly installed Windows Vista system! Of course, once they're released over at Vista Games

[Source: GameDaily

Poor, Poor Xbox Dreamers

January 31st, 2007 . by Josh

It's a sad day for any Xbox 360 user who dreamed, dreamed of having Devil May Cry 4 on their console. Apparently Capcom has come out of the closet.

They once more shattered a rumor in its infant stage denying that they plan on releasing the upcoming Playstation 3 exclusive on the Xbox 360.

But don't worry people, soon it will be February, and you all can come up with more rumors to spread about Capcom. Maybe bring back some favorite classics, like Microsoft buying them! 

[Source: Kotaku

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