Friday, January 14, 2011

Xbox Rundown From CES

Along with all of the new stuff Steve Ballmer and crew unveiled at this past CES, there were a few announcements of games across the various 'platforms' Microsoft supports on a (semi)regular basis.

Standouts were Torchlight, Contra Hard Corps Uprising,  and Beyond Good and Evil for LIVE Arcade- Age of Empires Online for the PC - and finally Pocket God and Game Room for Win Phone 7.

Check past the break for a list of what's to come in 2011-

Xbox 360
Xbox LIVE Arcade is home to some of the most innovative and fun downloadable games at a great value on Xbox 360. Kicking off on February 16 with Hard Corps Uprising (KONAMI), the second annual Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party will deliver five weeks of the best games of the season available to instantly download and play, including  Full House Poker, a new interactive game that features an inventive and exciting live poker game show called Texas Heat and companion Windows Phone 7 game. Media attending CES are invited to play these new titles at an event in Las Vegas, on Friday, January 7, 7:30 P.M. at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay where you can participate in a  Full House Poker game with actress Shannon Elizabeth.
The House Party title line-up includes:
  • Full House Poker  (Microsoft Game Studios – Xbox/Krome Studios – Windows Phone 7): In the world’s capital for card playing, Microsoft is unveiling  Full House Poker. Compete against your Xbox LIVE friends on Xbox 360 and build your bank roll on the go with a companion game on Windows Phone 7. Play a quick two-player game for some lightning action, join a big 30-player tournament, or play a round of Texas Heat, our live poker game show where you play with thousands of players worldwide and have 30 minutes to bluff, bet, and raise your way to the final table!
  • Bejeweled Blitz Live  (PopCap Games): Take on friends in the brilliant gem-matching action of  Bejeweled® Blitz Live! Choose your favorite playing style, Classic or Twist, and rocket up the leaderboards! Battle your way to the top in the all-new 16-player Party mode over Xbox LIVE.
  • Beyond Good & Evil  (Ubisoft): Now you can experience the thrill of the fan-favorite  Beyond Good & Evil® on Xbox LIVE in full HD. Enter the futuristic world of year 2435, a world full of deception, where nothing is as it seems and exposing the truth is the only hope of restoring freedom. Play as action-reporter Jade and capture the truth using stealth, force, and wits against a government that deceived you in this action-adventure game with elements of puzzle-solving and stealth-based games.
  • Hard Corps Uprising  (KONAMI): Thrilling retro run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in  Hard Corps: Uprising, a new 2-D side scroller developed by ARC System Works that pays homage to classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend in this prequel to  Contra: Hard Corps.
  • Torchlight  (Runic Games/Microsoft): A highly-regarded PC game with over 800,000 units sold to date,  Torchlight is now coming to Xbox LIVE! Combat is more exciting with revamped controls and mechanics, new armor and quests! There's even an exclusive new pet for your character. Send a select goodie or two to your friends on LIVE to share the fun for the first time.
Windows PC
2011 is the year to rule on your Windows PC, with the return of two epic franchises from Microsoft Game Studios. Choose your destiny as hero or villain on your way to leading your own kingdom in  Fable III, and manage a living, persistent online empire in  Age of Empires Online. Both games will be available to play in the Microsoft booth on the CES show floor.
  • Age of Empires Online  Marrying fresh features with classic RTS gameplay,  Age of Empires Online pays tribute to the iconic  Age of Empires series while incorporating a new look, feel and approach that appeals to long-time fans, newcomers and everyone in between. Currently in closed beta,  Age of Empires Online launches in spring 2011.
  • Fable III  Pioneered from the ground up to provide the most action-packed online experience,  Fable III redefines co-op gaming as we know it. Two heroes are now free to get married, raise children, start a business and rule together in co-op play, only on Xbox LIVE and Games for Windows – LIVE.
Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 is the only mobile platform with Xbox LIVE games, letting you collect Achievements, build your Gamerscore and check in with your Xbox LIVE friends on the go. CES attendees are invited to experience the latest Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone 7, including exclusive titles from Microsoft Game Studios, on the show floor in the Microsoft booth:
  • Fable III: Coin Golf  (Microsoft Game Studios): The best-selling  Fable franchise is coming exclusively to Windows Phone 7.  Fable: Coin Golf combines the fun of traditional British pub games with the logic of modern puzzle games to create a rich and entertaining  Fable III companion experience, allowing players to earn gold and unlock new skills and abilities that can be transferred back to  Fable III for Xbox 360 and the PC.
  • Game Room  (Microsoft Game Studios): Relive the glory days of the arcade with six classic coin-op games in  Game Room –  Centipede, Asteroids DeluxeShao-Lin’s RoadTime PilotLunar Lander, and  Pitfall. A shared  Game Room profile and global leaderboards let you track your medals and top scores across the phone, PC and Xbox 360.
  • Full House Poker  (Microsoft Game Studios): The mobile companion to the Xbox LIVE Arcade game,  Full House Poker on Windows Phone 7 lets you build your bankroll and unlock awards on the go. Enjoy Single Player Pro takedown, standard and tournament-style single player games against up to five virtual opponents in the first Windows Phone 7 title to let you play as your actual Avatar.
  • PAC-MAN  (NAMCO Bandai Games Inc.): The world famous arcade classic returns in this faithful rendition for Windows Phone 7! Direct PAC-MAN using the standard flick-to-change-directions method, or try out the virtual-analog “PAC-PAD” controls, new for Windows Phone 7. Munch fruits, chomp dots, and earn Achievements while avoiding capture by Blinky and his fellow ghosts.
  • Pro Evolution Soccer  (KONAMI): The unrivalled and award-winning soccer simulation is entering its first season on Windows Phone 7! Experience incredible gameplay, stunning graphics and the most advanced team and player AI on the market, all while comparing your skills with friends and rivals around the world on Xbox LIVE leaderboards.
  • Pocket God  (ngmoco): In this absolutely adorable and slightly twisted game, you rule a small island nation inhabited by itty bitty pygmies. Now, you can let the little pygmies live happily ever after, OR you can kill them in a countless number of hysterical and entertaining ways, boosting your gamerscore with exclusive achievements along the way.