This week, I took a trip back to my childhood and it was like Iâd never left. I made a visit to the Robomodo studios and went hands-on with four different levels for Tony Hawkâs Pro Skater HD. This game isnât some half-assed port with âHDâ slapped on it, though. While the ramps, half-pipes, and rails are exactly where theyâre supposed to be, the graphical overhaul brings them into 2012. This goes for the skaters as well, which have been drastically improved since we first saw them in 1999.
Archive for March, 2012
As you get ready to map out your plan of attack on the Boston Convention Center next week for PAX East 2012 – be sure to include the Xbox 360 Booth #524 (Expo Map, PDF) where you’ll find the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experiences for spring and summer in one huge space.
Get your hands on the first public hands-on for Steel Battalion Heavy Armor, the Kinect Sports: Season Two basketball DLC and a slew of Xbox LIVE Arcade games from Minecraft to Trials Evolution to the Kinect-enabled Wrecketeer. And be sure to check out the full schedule of panels.
Gamer & actress Felicia Day (Supernatural, The Guild, Eureka) makes her way to PAX East to talk with you about her latest endeavor Geek & Sundry, a new premium YouTube channel featuring original web-shows that showcase the best of indie geek culture. On Friday and Saturday, Felicia will sign autographs, show off her channel and play with fans on Xbox LIVE. Then, on Saturday night, she’ll be my special guest for the Podcast session.
Come on by the Fable Heroes demo every day between 1p and 2p to try and ‘Beat the Dev’ for your chance to win a Fable Heroes custom console. Be sure to bring three friends the rest of the weekend and experience the 4-person co-op mode.
Check back here for updates, and be sure to become a Fan of Xbox on Facebook to keep up with the latest and greatest details on all our activities at PAX East 2012. See PAX East website for information on tickets, event hours, programming details and directions.
For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on!
1p – 2p daily – come on by to “Beat the Developer” of the new Fable XBLA game ‘Heroes’ – winner takes home a custom Fable Heroes console!
LIVE Living Room: Felicia Day shows off her new venture Geek & Sundry on Xbox LIVE, plays ME3 and signs your stuff – come and see her Friday starting at 2p and Saturday at 11a.
Xbox LIVE is so much more than multiplayer gaming! There’s a huge variety of entertainment to choose from on Xbox LIVE, whether you’re in the mood for movies, sports, TV shows or music. Come to our booth to find out how Xbox can make your TV even more amazing, and try out some of our new LIVE apps like YouTube, UFC, Crackle and Syfy and many more!
Premium YouTube channel Geek & Sundry features the best of indie geek culture and the internet’s foremost geek voices. Founded by the producers of the hit web series The Guild, Geek & Sundry offers a diverse lineup of shows that create a hub for fans of comedy, gaming, comics, music, and literature around the world. Through compelling content and its powerful social media presence, the channel cultivates a thriving community amongst its viewers, allowing them to immerse themselves in nerd culture and connect with each other both online and off. See http://geekandsundry.com/press/ for more details.
Hands-on Gaming (Booth #524)
Kinect Sports: Season Two puts you in the game with six new sports and ground-breaking features that use the full-body play technology you can only get with Kinect for Xbox 360. With the all-new “Basketball Activity Pack” you can test your basketball skills by “making the shot”, “smashing the targets” or “completing the pass”! It makes for the complete sports experience – right in your living room!
Kinect Star Wars – Launched on April 3rd by LucasArts. Step into Star Wars and experience a new galaxy of physical gameplay. Pilot a starfighter, race speeder bikes and even become the ultimate Jedi, and enjoy more adventures by yourself or with friends. Feel the Force when you are the controller. Watch the latest trailers and get more information about the game or the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars console bundle here.
Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is happy to announce its first consumer hands-on experience at the PAX East Event in Boston, MA from April 6-8. On display at both the Microsoft and Capcom booths, the game will feature a uniquely immersive warfare gaming experience at each location. At the Microsoft booth, gamers can try their hand at the visceral New York City beach landing stage as they make their first stand to retake their homeland. At the Capcom booth, gamers will take to the streets as they experience a never before seen stage, “Old York City”, pushing them to risk life and limb for a downed comrade. On top of the hands-on gameplay that will be available, visitors can experience a fully thematic booth experience and receive tattoos, T-shirts, and even enter to win a brand new Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle (one awarded per day). Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is an exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 first person action game that releases in North America on June 19.”
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – After 4 million purchases in its alpha and beta stages, the PC gaming phenomenon Minecraft comes to Xbox 360. Imagine it, build it! Minecraft for Xbox 360 lets you create worlds from the comfort of your sofa. Play alone or play with your friends. Explore, build and conquer! At night monsters come out, so make sure to build a shelter before that happens. After that, your world is your imagination. Turn your hours into minutes with Minecraft for Xbox 360!
Deadlight – In an apocalyptic world where existence is futile, a solitary man treks the American west coast. Survival is the measure of all. In an alternate vision of the 1980s, a mysterious disease has decimated mankind, transforming people into killer automatons. During his odyssey, Randall Wayne will find other survivors, men and women who are no more than ghostly remnants of a fading society, a flame in the desert fighting extinction.
Trials Evolution by RedLynx, Ltd. Is the follow-up to the smash hit “Trials HD”. The game will have you flipping, climbing and racing your way across levels that span both indoor and outdoor tracks, or building your own level using the new level editor that lets you share your creations with anyone on Xbox LIVE.
Fable: Heroes is an action-packed hack-and-slash adventure set in the “Fable” universe and will launch this spring on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It offers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise, taking playful competition to the next level with four player co-op, time trials and leaderboards on Xbox LIVE. In “Fable Heroes” players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with each other to collect gold coins, which will level up their character and unlock unique items in “Fable: The Journey” when it launches later this year.
Bloodforge — It is an ancient world of myth and legend. Powerful gods rule and vicious tribes swear allegiance to them. One warrior stands free: Crom. He has given up battle in favor of his family. The gods brutally decide to drag him back in to their fight, leaving Crom with only one option: Revenge.
Crimson Dragon – Embark on a 3D dragon flight shooter as you control your dragon with Kinect to take on massive and hostile alien creatures. Train your dragon to learn new skills, and take on massive enemies in numerous quests. Combine several dragon types with more than 150 skills to challenge the quests how you see fit. Once online, invite your friends for a co-op attempt at the quests. Collaboration with your teammates may yield unseen new skills! Now, with Kinect as your reigns, command your dragon to take on the skies!
Wreckateer – Step up to Kinect for Xbox® 360, young squire, and join the ranks of the Wreckateers™, the finest medieval demolition service in all the land. By the King’s orders, you will be charged with demolishing unwanted castles across the kingdom. Wielding the Ballista, a giant medieval crossbow, you will use your body to steady your aim, fire and guide magical shots mid-air. Using a vast array of ammunition including the Flying Shot, the Explosive Shot, the Speed Shot and many more, Wreckateers will be tasked with bringing massive castles occupied by grubby goblins crumbling to the ground. Featuring a robust single player campaign, local multiplayer mode, and Xbox LIVE leader board support ensures your entire family will have an endlessly royal good time.
Dust: An Elysian Tail — Set in the beautiful yet mysterious world of Falana, this game chronicles protagonist Dust’s journey to liberate an oppressed village, and rediscover his past. He is aided by an ancient sword, Ahrah, and his helpful if unreserved sidekick, Fidget. Meticulously hand-animated and painted, this episode of Elysian Tail welcomes exploration, platforming, and above all else, mastery of a fighting system that rewards skilled gamers.
Do a fly-by of the Xbox booth and you’ll also get to experience the all new thrill of the recently released “Microsoft Flight.” Take to the skies in a thrilling and visually stunning PC adventure that captures the powerful freedom of Flight. Immerse yourself in a variety of exciting missions or chart your course through the skies – your flying style is up to you. Stop by to experience a sneak peak at the next content pack which has you mastering the wilderness and extreme weather of Alaska!
Major Nelson Podcast!
Saturday 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Manticore Theatre
Join the crew with as we hang out, and talk about games, PAX and whatever else we think of.
Plus, Stepto will also be joining us. Special Guest Felicia Day will also drop by to say hello.
Online Gaming Communities and ‘Real Life’ Relationships
Friday 10:30am – 11:30am | Cat Theatre
Panelists include: Derek ‘DSmooth’ Nolan [Co-Founder / Host, 2old2play / 2old2type Radio], Faith ‘Phoenix’ Harrison [RTX Event Organizer / Frag Dolls Biz Dev, Rooster Teeth / Ubisoft], James Stevenson [Community/Marketing Lead, Insomniac Games], Jon ‘Weezul’ Long [Social Media Manager, Seagate Technology], Alexis ‘Tart’ Hebert-Ruiz [Community Manager for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft], Will ‘raczilla’ Kinsler [Community Manager, Epic Games]
From Lurker to Leader
Friday 8:30PM to 9:30PM | Arachnid Theater
Panelists include: Kelli Dunlap [Content and Community Manager, GrifballHub], Jeff Easterling [Administrator, Halo.Bungie.Org], Barbara Dunkelman [Community Manager, Rooster Teeth Productions] and Eric Doty [Community Manager, Xbox LIVE]
See you next week!
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Well, this really sucks. Gamers that backed up their endgame Mass Effect 2 saves via the Xbox Live Cloud will not be able to import this information to Mass Effect 3. Fortunately, there is a solution; find out what it is after the cut.
Big-screen remakes of popular TV shows are usually a bust. Case in point â the painfully awful McHaleâs Navy featuring Tom Arnold and the kind of tone that makes you wonder, âUm, why was this made again?â But every once in a while, Hollywood manages to surprise; our weekend at the movies review of 21 Jump Street is after the break.
The technological advancements in Crytekâs CryEngine 3 are mind-blowing. The lighting and shadowing effects are beautiful, the character models are hyper-realistic, and environments are stunning; because of this a video was released.
Today we’re announcing that Phil Harrison is joining Microsoft to help grow our efforts in Europe. Full text of the press release is below, but please join me in welcoming Phil to the Xbox family.
REDMOND, Wash. — March 13, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Phil Harrison, video games luminary and former Sony executive, has joined the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) leadership team as corporate vice president with an emphasis on growing the division’s European business.
As the senior IEB leader in Europe, Phil will not only lead the Microsoft Studios European organization directly, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB’s European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future.
In addition to the wealth of experience Harrison has in the console gaming space, he has immersed himself in new business models and technologies, particularly in the mobile and social space and will bring that market perspective to bear in the new role. He will also tap his deep experience in studio leadership to grow Xbox’s development efforts in Europe, including overseeing UK-based developers Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions and Rare Ltd.
“I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry,” said Harrison. “I am really impressed with the company’s long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed.”
“We are honored to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios. “Phil is one of video gaming’s true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region.”
“Phil has played an instrumental role in shaping modern console history through his keen insights into both hardware and software strategy,” said Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business. “His addition to our leadership team will impact our global business in innumerable ways, as he aligns our studio development and growing portfolio of entertainment experiences in Europe to drive our continued growth worldwide.”
Harrison brings 25 years of games industry and development experience to his new role as the senior leader for IEB Europe. He was a long-time leader at Sony Computer Entertainment, where he held various senior executive positions within the company, most recently as president of Worldwide Studios. After leaving Sony, Harrison joined the board of Infogrames, as president of Atari, where he led the company’s transition into online gaming. Most recently, Harrison is co-founder and General Partner of London Venture Partners, LLP the venture capital firm focused on the web, mobile, social and cloud game sector, where he will continue as Special Advisor.
Starting next month (April 2012) all new Xbox LIVE Arcade games will have the option to increase from 200 to 400 Gamerscore points, with the addition of up to 30 Achievements. Even better, this Gamerscore increase will be required in all new Xbox LIVE Arcade games starting in June 2012.
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Content: I Am Alive
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points
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Dash Text: One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event has wiped out most of human civilization, a man struggles for survival. Faced with an insecure, decaying, and hazardous world, he scours a desolated city, searching for his long lost wife and daughter. Survive the suffocating, murky streets covered in dust. Climb the teetering remains of the last standing skyscrapers to reach breathable air and find untouched resources. Explore the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving metropolis. And discover a changed human condition, punctuated by distrustful survivors, dangerous armed gangs, and victims in need.
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The game Fez, developed by the independently owned Polytron Corporation, has taken home the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the 14th Independent Games Festival Awards; check it out after the break.