Microsoft Corp. today unveiled a games portfolio for all ages and interests.
Included were new titles for music lovers such as "Lips" and the exclusive
launch of "Rock Band 2"; family-friendly games from the B-movie maker "You're in
the Movies" to next-generation game shows such as "1 vs. 100"; and even surprise
announcements to make the hardest-core gamer weak in the knees, with the reveal
of "Final Fantasy XIII," to be available on Xbox 360 at launch in North America
"Xbox 360 delivers entertainment choices so broad that it now rivals what people
can find on television and at movie theaters," said Shane Kim, corporate vice
president of strategy and business development with Microsoft's Interactive
Entertainment Business. "Whether it's sports, music, movies, game shows or great
games you crave, Xbox 360 is home to the biggest and best out there. From those
new to games and eager to jump in, to the hardcore gamer looking for the most
intense games experiences, this is truly the year to own an Xbox 360 system."
The New Game Show Experience, Live From Your Living Room
Xbox LIVE Primetime is a groundbreaking channel on the new Xbox experience, a
new generation of games and entertainment experiences that will be available
this fall for Xbox 360. The world's biggest virtual game show stage, Xbox LIVE
Primetime is a place where content is always fresh; play is global, live and
massively multiplayer; and prizes are plentiful. A first-of-its-kind phenomenon,
this new generation of interactive game shows lets Xbox LIVE members challenge
friends and choose to compete against people from across the globe in real time.
Xbox LIVE Primetime launches in the fall with the following interactive game:
-- "1 vs. 100" (Endemol). From the makers of "Deal or No Deal," Endemol, the
world's largest independent production company, brings the popular television
game show "1 vs. 100" to Xbox LIVE Primetime. The exclusive game pits one Xbox
LIVE member against 100 others from around the world with a live host and great
prizes. The goal of "the One" is to eliminate all the opposition by correctly
answering questions, hoping that the opponents will answer incorrectly and be
eliminated from the game. And stay tuned for "1 vs. LIVE," where one lucky
winner will have a chance to compete against the entire Xbox LIVE community.
Bringing Music Games to Life
Whether you're an aspiring groupie, songbird or big-haired rocker, Xbox 360
transforms your living room into a thrilling soundstage for you and your
friends. No other system connects you with all the music you love:
-- "Lips" (iNiS/Microsoft Game Studios). "Lips," an all-new music franchise
exclusively from Xbox 360, is the only singing game that offers wireless
motion-sensitive microphones and the ability to sing from your own music
collection.* Start channeling your favorite pop star, because it's you, your
friends and, most important, your music that makes "Lips" the world's ultimate
party experience this holiday.
-- "Guitar Hero World Tour" (RedOctane/Activision). When the house lights go
down this fall, a new generation of axe shredders, drummers and fearless
frontmen will come together and rock with "Guitar Hero World Tour." The latest
installment from the No. 1 best-selling video game franchise of 2007, "Guitar
Hero World Tour" will transform music gaming by marrying the exhilarating guitar
gameplay of "Guitar Hero" with a cooperative band experience that combines the
most advanced wireless instruments with revolutionary new online and offline
gameplay modes. The game will feature a slick newly redesigned guitar, a genuine
electronic drum kit and a microphone, as well as an innovative Music Studio
music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their own
rock-and-roll anthems, along with online Band Career and eight-player "Battle of
the Bands." "Guitar Hero World Tour" is being developed by Neversoft
Entertainment and will be available for Xbox 360 this fall.
-- "Rock Band 2" (Harmonix/MTV Games). Debuting exclusively on Xbox 360 this
September, "Rock Band" is developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games.
"Rock Band 2" is the next evolution of the franchise that allows players to
virtually step into the shoes of their favorite bands as singer, guitarist,
bassist or drummer. This next iteration of the best-selling franchise will allow
gamers to access all the great songs they purchased on Xbox LIVE for the
original game and will feature new online capabilities and instrument options.
Xbox 360 Is the Life of the Party
Xbox 360 truly gets the party started with a wide-ranging portfolio of exclusive
games for the whole family, including the following:
-- "You're in the Movies" (Codemasters/Microsoft). Get ready for your close-up.
"You're in the Movies" brings the cool factor to kitsch as you live out your
dreams of becoming a scream queen, zombie or kung fu fighter. Premiering
exclusively on Xbox 360 this holiday season, "You're in the Movies" is the first
and only game of its kind to literally transport players into a magical world of
cinema mixed with the hilarious world of improvisation. Using the Xbox LIVE
Vision camera, players' actions are captured and placed into short, riotous
films. Performances never end up on the cutting-room floor, and are never the
-- "Scene It? Box Office Smash" (Krome Studios and Screenlife/Microsoft Game
Studios). "Scene It? Box Office Smash," the revolutionary movie trivia game on
Xbox 360, will ignite your game night this holiday season with totally new
questions, movie puzzles and more high-definition (HD) content from real movies
including some of Hollywood's latest blockbusters. Trivia night goes global as
players challenge each other online over Xbox LIVE, customize their own
characters, and access extra questions and localized content from films around
-- "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts" (Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios). Available
exclusively on Xbox 360 in November, from the creative masterminds at Rare,
"Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts" is an action-adventure game that breathes new life
into a franchise that has entertained people of all ages for a decade. In a
platform genre first, players create their own abilities by building vehicles
for Banjo to pilot over land, sea and air in a variety of Challenges where their
choice of vehicle and tactics determines the course of the adventure. Players
can test their customized vehicles against other players' creations online or
simply compare and share their inventions with friends. The original "Banjo-Kazooie"
also debuts with "Stop 'N' Swop" on Xbox LIVE Arcade later this year.
-- "DanceDanceRevolution UNIVERSE3" (Konami). Celebrating its 10th anniversary,
"DanceDanceRevolution UNIVERSE3" dances its way to you with fun new modes --
including DJ Mode and Quest Mode -- and settings for players of all skill
levels. In addition to one of the biggest soundtracks -- more than 70 songs
spanning from the '70s to some of today's hottest tracks -- "DanceDanceRevolution
UNIVERSE3" brings friends together from around the world via Xbox LIVE.**
Character customization features more than 400 options of clothing, faces, skin
tones and hairstyles, allowing players to create the ultimate dancer.
-- "UNO RUSH" (Microsoft). "UNO RUSH" is a challenging and exciting party card
game for up to four players. Developed by the same team that brought the
original, best-selling "UNO" to Xbox LIVE Arcade, "UNO RUSH" boasts a wide range
of gameplay and social features -- multiple variants, house-rule options, local
and Xbox LIVE multiplay, camera support, avatar support, and more -- plus
fast-paced gameplay to keep the party going. "UNO RUSH" is coming exclusively to
Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2008.
-- "Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise" (Rare Ltd./Microsoft Game Studios). In
this sequel to the colorful sleeper hit "Viva Pinata" debuting in September,
players can venture outside the boundaries of the immersive and ever-changing
garden to retrieve exotic piņata species from two new lands, the Dessert Desert
and the Pinarctic. Developed by Rare, "Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise" allows
up to four players to work together to create the ultimate online garden via
Xbox LIVE.** Players can race their favorite pinata or enter them into the
P-Factor, Pinata Islands very own talent show and beauty pageant, online against
friends or against other gardeners from the island. They can now use the Xbox
LIVE Vision camera to drop a new piņata right into their gardens, change the
weather or share their custom piņatas with others.
The Biggest Blockbusters of 2008 and Beyond
With the most blockbuster, million-selling games and the most anticipated titles
of 2008 and beyond, Xbox 360 is the pre-eminent place to play all the big titles
that gamers thirst for, including the following:
-- "Final Fantasy XIII" (Square Enix). "Final Fantasy XIII" is the eagerly
anticipated title from Square Enix that takes full advantage of the superior
power and technology in Xbox 360, providing tangible, intuitive controls while
delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game
cinematics. Using the latest in cutting-edge technology, this latest addition to
the "Final Fantasy" series is worthy of the title "next generation."
-- "Galaga Legions" (NAMCO BANDAI Games). The arcade shooter "Galaga" has
captivated players all over the world, and now the legend lives on with "Galaga
Legions." Featuring table-turning game dynamics, updated graphics and vast waves
of ferocious enemies, "Galaga Legions" was created by the same team that
developed the best-selling "PAC-MAN Championship Edition" for Xbox LIVE Arcade.
"Galaga Legions" will debut exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2008.
-- "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2" (Bizarre Creations Ltd./Activision). The
latest version of the frenetic retro shooter, "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2"
debuts exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2008. Newcomers and pros alike will be
blown away by the screen-melting intensity and insane new features, including
six action-packed gameplay modes, new enemies, scoring strategies and a diverse
list of exciting Achievements. "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2" also supports
multiplayer mayhem for up to four players, with versus or co-op modes, and
features razor-sharp 1080p graphics and new, pulse- pounding music.
-- "Portal: Still Alive" (Valve/Microsoft). "Portal: Still Alive" features the
full award-winning "Portal" single-player game from Valve plus a new challenge
mode. Designed to change the way players approach, manipulate and surmise the
possibilities in any given environment, "Portal" has earned more than 70
industry honors for its innovative gameplay, with more than 30 Game of the Year
Awards. Solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering
objects, and yourself, through space. The game is debuting on Xbox LIVE Arcade
-- "South Park" (South Park Digital Studios/Doublesix/Microsoft). Based on the
Emmy- and Peabody-award winning show, a "South Park" game (title TBA) is coming
exclusively to Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2009.
-- "Fable II" (Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios). This Xbox 360 exclusive
action role-playing game offers players an epic storyline and an unprecedented
level of freedom and choice. Every decision defines who the player becomes and
influences the evolving world around them. "Fable II" is the next great step for
the genre, with an innovative dynamic cooperative mode, where players can choose
to invite a friend on the same couch or over Xbox LIVE to experience the world
together.** The journey begins in August with a first-of-its-kind exclusive Xbox
LIVE Arcade title, which allows players to get a head start on earning gold that
will transfer to the rich world of "Fable II" when it arrives at stores in
-- "Gears of War 2" (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios). Epic Games' design
director Cliff Bleszinski gave a stunning new look at the "Gears of War 2"
campaign, and confirmed the ability to ride the fearsome Brumak. Also detailed
was the all-new five-player cooperative mode "Horde," where players unite to
battle a seemingly endless onslaught of Locust Horde forces.** "Gears of War 2"
is the most anticipated Xbox 360 exclusive title this holiday season and will be
released worldwide Nov. 7.
-- "Grand Theft Auto IV" (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games). Continuing its
blistering pace on the Xbox 360 platform, the first of the Xbox 360 exclusive
downloadable episodes for this record-breaking game will be available this fall
- the only console with new "Grand Theft Auto IV" content available this holiday
-- "Halo Wars" (Ensemble Studios/Microsoft Game Studios). Microsoft is further
expanding the "Halo" universe with "Halo Wars," the blockbuster strategy game
designed exclusively for the Xbox 360. A piece of the "Halo Wars" story is
revealed through "Five Long Years," a trailer from Ensemble Studios and
Microsoft, which showcases the brutal struggle for control of Harvest early in
the Human-Covenant wars. "Halo Wars" will put gamers in command of the entire
battlefield, leading both UNSC and Covenant forces.
-- "Infinite Undiscovery" (Square Enix). "Infinite Undiscovery" is the newest
fantasy role-playing console game from Square Enix, drawing gamers into a
real-time world woven of countless threads where player choices spin untold
discoveries -- only on Xbox 360. Players will be confronted with a variety of
dramatic situational battles, such as executing a daring escape while a gigantic
ogre follows in hot pursuit, or waging battle amid towering tidal waves. Dynamic
environments change and respond in real time, creating an entirely new
experience never before seen in the genre. The title is scheduled to release
exclusively on Xbox 360 in North America on Sept. 2, 2008.
-- "The Last Remnant" (Square Enix). "The Last Remnant" is a new role-playing
game crafted using the finest artistry and technology Square Enix has to offer.
Set in a fantasy world, war-torn and scarred by years of conflict, gameplay
revolves around mysterious artifacts -- Remnants -- that possess magic powers.
Groundbreaking graphics possible only on Xbox 360 bring the intensity to a whole
new level. "The Last Remnant" is launching worldwide on November 20 and will be
available only on Xbox 360.
-- "Resident Evil 5" (Capcom). Destined to bring new fans to the series,
"Resident Evil 5" is the sequel to one of the highest-rated video games in
history (according to Metacritic.com and Gamerankings.com). Promising to
revolutionize the series by delivering an unbelievable level of detail, realism
and control, "Resident Evil 5" unleashes an unprecedented level of fear for the
next generation. New technology developed specifically for the game, as well as
incredible changes to both the gameplay and the "Resident Evil" world, will make
this a must-have game for gamers across the globe.
-- "STAR OCEAN: The Last Hope" (Square Enix). "STAR OCEAN: The Last Hope" is the
long-awaited continuation of the celebrated science fiction and fantasy
role-playing game series. Slated for release on Xbox 360 in spring 2009 and
published by Square Enix, this prequel set during the aftermath of World War III
combines science fiction and fantasy elements spanning multiple planets and the
vastness of space itself to recount the origins of the STAR OCEAN universe.
Exhilarating combat expands upon the franchise's famous real- time battle
system, introducing the amazing graphics and visual effects possible only on
-- "Too Human" (Silicon Knights/Microsoft Game Studios). "Too Human" is an epic
action game with integrated role-playing game elements, and will be available in
North America on Aug. 19 and in Europe on Aug. 29. The game features a rich
storyline with deep character development, both hallmarks of Silicon Knights'
legendary tradition of video game development.