Nov 14, 2007
Yesterday's big news was of the next big 360 dashboard update seeing the launch of original Xbox games as downloads on Xbox Live, but out of the seven initial games announced for the service, five have known problems running on the new hardware.
Just like when you slip an old Xbox game disc into your Xbox 360, the games will run using software emulation which, by its very nature, causes all sorts of problems. Microsoft has already documented these known issues ahead of the big
14th Nov 2007
Can you believe how much our little boy has grown? The years have just flown by. It seems just yesterday that Xbox Live was taking its fledgling stumbles into the online console gaming world, but half a decade of additions and refinemenents later, Microsofts community has grown into a nigh-legendary and highly influential modern institution of videogaming. Theres no doubt that cake, lemonade and spurious vomiting are to be had later, but for now Microsoft is doing a few other
Nov 7, 2007
Microsoft has revealed a new parental control feature for the Xbox 360 dashboard called the Xbox 360 Family Timer, which will be available for download from Xbox Live in early December. This new feature will let parents set the amount of time little Johnny can play games on a daily and weekly basis. The Timer will automatically turn off the console when a pre-determined time limit has been exceeded, and notifications will warn players that the session is coming to an end.
Oct 30, 2007
Bad news if you're bored of XBLA arcade shooters and puzzle games; there are plenty of them lined up for the next few weeks.
As well as confirming this week's release, (another) arcade shooter Mutant Storm Empire, Microsoft has detailed the seven games in the running for the next few weeks including N+, Switchball and, uh, SpongeBob SquarePants.
Mutant Storm Empire, the sequel to Mutant Storm Reloaded, will be up tomorrow morning for 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80). Here's
Oct 30, 2007
EA has uploaded the first download content for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 in the form of one new course - the Doral Golf Course.
For 400 Microsoft points (that's $5.00 or £3.40 in real money) you get 18 holes on one of the toughest courses in the world, for you to master.
That's a bit steep, but let's hope they don't go the way of Guitar Hero II (500 MS Points for three lousy songs) and start charging a fiver for a new FIFA stadium.
Microsoft sends word that this week's pair of Xbox Live Arcade releases will be addictive RPG puzzler Puzzle Quest and advert game Yaris (which has everything to do with the motor).
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, we're told, is the cheapest version yet of the ultra-polished puzzle game, and should already be drawing in the certain journalists in our office who play the DS version in the pub, instead of being sociable or looking at pretty girls.
The XBLA version sports a
Aug 31, 2007
Good news cheapskates; Microsoft is slashing the price of a handful of Xbox Live Arcade games by half - for this weekend only.
Gauntlet, Dig Dug, Zuma Deluxe and (something worth buying) Small Arms have all been slashed for the weekend, the first two down to 200 ($2.50 or £1.70) points and the latter two for 400 points ($5.00 or £3.40).
The last one - a Power Stone-style fighter/platformer from Gastronaut - is definitely worth picking up if you've got some points
Right on time, Microsoft has confirmed this week's Xbox Live Arcade offerings as Konami's Rush 'n Attack and Xevious from Namco.
The first game is a side-scrolling shooter which has you gunning through levels rescuing prisoners of war. It's been given a slight (and we mean slight) visual overhaul for XBLA, along with the usual Leaderboard and Achievement mischief.
Xevious is a shooter of the vertical kind, with spaceships and other exciting stuff to shoot at. It was pretty damn good fun back
Friday 16 February 2007
The man responsible for overseeing the Xbox Live Arcade portfolio, David Edery, has revealed that Microsoft wants to offer a more diverse selection of games on its popular download service.
In an interview with Gamasutra, Edery admitted that there were certain types of game that Microsoft were looking to bring to XBLA, specifically "More 'experimental' games and models of gameplay... Non-combat, cooperative multiplayer games... More board games."
Given that the
Tuesday 8 August 2006
Microsoft has announced the games that be available on Live Wednesday throughout August and has also revealed that 360 gamers will be able to get hold of Lumines Live at the start of September
The full list was first revealed on the Official Xbox 360 Magazine website (oxm.co.uk) and runs as follows:
9 August: Pac-Man
16 August: Texas Hold 'Em
23 August: Time Pilot
30 August: Scramble
6 September: Lumines Live
With the weekly release of new games having proven to be so