Since Project Natal’s now dubbed Kinect introduction last year, Microsoft has often said the peripheral will work with all existing Xbox 360 consoles. Today with the unveiling of the newest revision to the Xbox 360, a new proprietary port marked Aux is actually a special Kinect port that handles both data and power for the new motion sensor system. Existing 360 owners will still however be able to use Kinect just not natively like the Xbox 360 “slim”. This means you will need to utilize a USB port and an independent power source.
The Transformers: War for Cybertron multiplayer demo hit Xbox Live today and the gameplay looks fantastic. In the demo you can choose between the Solider and Scout class. You have the choice between Team Deathmatch and Conquest (a capture point) mode.
A new trailer showing some gameplay was also released.
It can’t get any more retro and action packed than this. Doom II is now out on Xbox Live Arcade. Go back to the times when life was more simple. Back to the times when gameplay meant more than graphics.
Initially released in 1994, DOOM II expanded upon the white-knuckle excitement of the original DOOM with an amazing assortment of additional weapons, monsters, and carnage-filled environments. Upon its release via Xbox LIVE Arcade, players will be able to download and relive all of the heart-pounding action of this classic PC title ?
But here’s the best part of the news:
now complete with 5.1 Surround Sound, HD display, never before seen Achievements, multi-player, and co-op over LIVE!
Yup. You read that right. Doom II with all the goodies you expect from an Xbox Live Arcade title. Get on your Xbox and grab this title for $10. Not bad for a trip down memory lane.
Yesterday, we here at Pixelated Geek were fortunate enough to be invited to the Konami offices in El Segundo, California for a little taste of what they had in store for E3. One of the games we got our hands on was Def Jam Rapstar. Def Jam Rapstar is the first exclusively focused hip hop music game for the current generation of consoles. Think of it as Rock Band, but strictly rap and hip hop. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Not another freakin music game.” Well that’s what I think when I hear of titles like Rock Band: Green Day. But it’s true, fans of rap and hip hop have been largely ignored by these types of games. Def Jam Rapstar aims to change that. But don’t let the name fool you, it not only includes artists from Def Jam, but various artists from different labels as well. More after the break.
It’s time for Things to Look Forward to… Essentially a list of stuff that’s coming out this week. This week starts out over 9000!!! With the release of Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One on Blu Ray. Not familiar with Dragon Ball Z Kai, essentially an HD Version of DBZ :) Follow that up with some GTA on horse back with Red Dead Redemption on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. If that wasn’t enough to Wake you up there is always the psychological thriller Alan Wake jumping to the Xbox 360. Then it’s time to take a journey back to far away land with yet another Shrek Sequel this time it’s Shrek Forever After.
Microsoft has certainly made a huge impact with this generation of gaming. Carrying ovwer the momentum from the original Xbox the Xbox 360 has been a huge succes with millions of gamers logging on to Xbox-Live every night to rain some fire upon fools heads. Here is my Top 5 list of 360 exclusives. 5)Left 4 Dead
I’ll admit I wasn’t that excited for Left 4 Dead when I first heard about it. Maybe it was the hand holding up four fingers. Thought it was cheesy. But then the game dropped and blew everybody away with it’s well oiled mechanics and addictive team based missions. When my friends and I picked it up we litterally played through every campaign in one sitting. With great adrenaline pumping moments and wonderful gameplay Left 4 Dead was a welcome addition to the 360 family.
Activision and Infinity Ward released the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package, a collection of five maps for the Xbox 360, Tuesday March 31. The bundle includes two locations from the previous Modern Warfare (Crash, Overgrown), as well as three new areas to explore (Bailout, Salvage and Storm). While costing 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), downloading it seems like something a Call of Duty fan will do without even thinking about the price.
Tomorrow, Microsoft and Bungie will be releasing another Halo live action short based on the upcoming game, Halo Reach. I guess a short film for a video game as the heart of a marketing campaign works wonders on sales numbers. I’ll admit it that, even with all the bad reviews on Halo: ODST. I still bought it hoping to feel like I’m in that short film they made for it.
The short film, titled “Birth of a Spartan”, runs 60 seconds long and goes online tomorrow at 5:00am GMT (tonight at 10pm PST for you US west coasters).
The short will be available on www.welcometonobleteam.com on Tuesday, April 27 at 5.00 am GMT. In addition to being able to view the short, users can also upload a photo of themselves and get an image created of them as a Spartan III. On the following day a special, extended two minute 30 second version will be available for download on Xbox LIVE exclusively for Gold members. The ad short will also premiere on April 28 in cinemas across North America in select theaters with screenings through the opening weekend of “Iron Man 2″ and concludes on May 13.
Like paying over $60 for your games? Like hand painted statues and other goodies with your games? Well, Microsoft has you covered. The upcoming Halo Reach game will be coming out in three flavors. Standard, Limited Edition and Legendary Pack.
“Halo: Reach” Legendary Edition – $149.99
The complete “Halo: Reach” collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents of the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes:
Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statue is a must-have for any serious “Halo” fan
UNSC-themed custom packaging
An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armour effect
“Halo: Reach” Limited Edition – $79.99
In addition to the game disc and manual, the Limited edition includes:
Game disc housed in recovered ONI “black box”
An exclusive Elite armor set for use in multiplayer modes
Artifact bag containing Dr. Halsey’s personal journal and other classified documents and effects that unravel long held secrets from the “Halo” universe
“Halo: Reach” Standard Edition – $59.99
In addition to the game disc and manual, the Standard edition includes:
A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like to subscribe to Game Informer magazine
A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like to reserve another game
A Gamestop employee asking you if you would like Halo Reach Limited edition or Legendary pack instead
A Gamestop employee asking you if you have anything to trade in
A Custom Gamestop receipt with your credit/debit card’s last four digits