Sep 19, 2011

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Xbox Week in Review: Week of 9/17/2011

Xbox Week in Review: Week of 9/17/2011


The Tokyo Game Show has come and gone with it’s fair share of big news.  Though the Xbox 360 updates were hardly surprising, we’ve got the highlights as well as everything Xbox related in this Week in Review.

  • Chances are that if you’re even remotely interested in Xbox exclusives, you already know about Gears of War 3.  For those that don’t know, the conclusion to Epic Games trilogy is releasing tomorrow and praise has already been pouring in.  Along with capping off the franchise, improvements like the addition of four player co-op, Horde Mode 2.0 and the new Beast Mode add to an already stellar franchise.  If you have yet to pre-order Gears of War 3 there’s still time to do so for the (most likely) midnight launch in your area.
  • When talking about Gears of War, people always seem to bring up the Xbox’s other famous shooter franchise, Halo.  We’re still about a month and a half away from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition releasing but fans of the Halo 2 may be happy to know that the map ‘Headlong’ is being added to the ever growing list of multiplayer levels.  Also, 343 Industries has announced more details for it’s upcoming Halo: Reach update including the return of the classic Halo: CE magnum and the  balancing of armour abilities that players will get a chance to try when the beta playlists release on October 4th.  Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is set to release November 15.

  • Xbox Live is being brought to the PC with Xbox Live on Windows.  Coming to Windows 8 are your favorite games, movies, and more for Microsoft and Windows devices.  Microsoft is currently showing a build that will show developers how easy it is to create games that takes advantage of the power of Xbox Live. They have released keynotes to further educate those looking for more info.
  • Do you remember the game Twister and how awkward and fun it was playing with your friends?  Well doesn’t the idea of playing it in an imaginary space using the power of Kinect sound great?  No?  Well luckily you can win a free copy of the game along with an exclusive party pack by signing up to host a ‘house party.’  To enter you must record a short video of you and your friends doing your best Twister moves while mentioning the upcoming game Twister Mania by September 30th.  The party will then be hosted on November 5th and you and your guests will get the chance to enjoy this new party game.  More details can be found at the site.
  • On October 1 Xbox is teaming up with Extra Life for a charity event called “Gaming and Giving for Good” (G3) to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Gamers can sign up, create their own fundraising page, pledge hours and collect donations based on how many hours played on October 1st.  In honor of the event, participants will receive a free Xbox Live Gold membership for the weekend.  Xbox is also partnering up with GameStop to host in-store events to help raise awareness for the effort and along with 2K games and Hulu Plus have already raised thousands of dollars.  EA, Capcom, and Square Enix have also pledged their support and hopefully gamers can come together and play for a good cause for once.
  • Lastly we’ve got some news on a few upcoming Kinect games that may be noteworthy.  Jumping on Dance Central’s coattails will be a new karaoke/dance game based on the classic movie Grease.  Up to four players can doo-whop to Grease songs for the Move and Kinect next month.  Also releasing next month is Hulk Hogan’s Main Event which puts players in the cartoony shoes of a created wrestler.  The game looks horrendous but fans may enjoy laughing at how creepy and comical Hogan’s character looks.  The makers of Parappa The Rapper have created an on-rails game titled Haunt and it’s set to be a downloadable arcade title.  Though it’s name may give the impression that the game is scary, screenshots and early previews are showing more of a lighthearted fun house style game.  No word yet on a release date but Vivid Gamer will keep you posted with details when we get them.  Finally the Steel Battalion game for the original Xbox was known for being an exclusive but more so for it’s ridiculous controller.  Capcom has decided that instead of reusing the controller or creating an all new one, they’re going to be utilize a system that detects movements with the Kinect and controls with a traditional controller.  Capcom has yet to announce a release date.

Not too many surprises coming out of the TGS from Microsoft though the news we’ve gotten is decent enough.  I’m sure that most core Xbox 360 gamers will probably be picking up Gears of War 3 and for the Kinect gamers they’re probably still playing last weeks The Gunstringer (which will be reviewed soon.)  Hopefully gamers can sign up for G3 and game for a good cause come October 1st.

Thanks for reading and be sure to come back next week for everything Xbox related.  Don’t forget to check out Kyle’s PlayStation Week in Review for your PlayStation fix.

*Xbox Week in Review is a feature article that recaps the most interesting Xbox news of the week. We also run PlayStation Week in Review for all your PlayStation news of the week.