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Minesweeper Comes to XBLA


Great news! You don’t really need Microsoft’s Windows to enjoy “Minesweeper” anymore as TikGames unveiled “Minesweeper Flags!” for Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA). Here’s a brief blurb taken from the official press release.

Minesweeper Flags brings explosive excitement from your computer to Xbox LIVE Arcade! In this all-new take on the classic PC game, players can choose the Classic mode, where the beloved game is available in all of its glory, or revel in never-before-seen modes like single player Campaign, featuring over 100 non-square levels, or multiplayer Flags.

Minesweeper Flags has been rated “E” for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for this platform, and is available now on XBLA for 400 Microsoft points.

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A Look at Burnout Paradise’s Party Pack


Last week, Criterion released its latest downloadable content (DLC) for its constantly evolving arcade racer “Burnout Paradise“. The new content, dubbed Burnout Party, is Criterion’s first attempt at local multiplayer for Burnout Paradise. So how does this $10 (or 800 Microsoft points) DLC fair?

Burnout Party enables up to eight gamers to play amongst each other on a single television using one controller. How is that possible you ask? The concept is pretty simple, the game dishes out mini-game challenges that players must complete within a certain time frame or under specific conditions. When an attempt is completed, the gamer then passes the controller to the next player. After a round is completed, scores are tallied-up and posted on a leader board, the players move to the next challenge (up to eight rounds).

The challenges are fairly easy and will surely please every type of gamer, whether you’re casual or hardcore. The challenges range from racing through oncoming traffic to completing a double-barrel roll. The update features enough mini-games that gamers might start ignoring their Wii’s when friends come over. The add-on is even as exciting when playing with as little as two people.

The latest Burnout Paradise patch must be installed in order to play the Party Pack. Don’t worry, the patch is mandatory and you are automatically prompted to download it as soon as you launch the game. The new patch is well worth the download as it not only includes the highly touted race restart feature, but also comes with minor gameplay and graphical enhancements.

Sure this might not be the split screen gaming we’ve grown accustomed to with past Burnout iterations, but Burnout Party is a pretty decent replacement that is well worth its meager $10. Burnout Party is available on both PS3 and Xbox 360, and is also available within the “Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box” for the PC.

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Dead Rising 2 Officially Unveiled


fter months of rumors and speculation, Capcom finally unveiled the long awaited “Dead Rising 2” for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The sequel to 2006′ “Dead Rising” is being developed by Canadian developer Blue Castle Games along side series producer Keiji Inafune (who according to the press release, will play an active role in the project). Below is a cut from the press release:

Dead Rising 2 is set several years after the infamous zombie invasion of Willamette. Unfortunately, the zombie virus was not contained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, spreading unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike.

Dead Rising 2 will be set in a casino based in Fortune City, US.

No word yet on when the game is expected to be release. The press release notes that further details concerning the story and gameplay of Dead Rising 2 will be made available shortly.

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The Check In – No More Heroes a Wii Gem?


I know I’m a little behind with the times here, but I finally got to purchasing a copy of Suda51’s “No More Heroes” for the Wii (which came out a little over a year ago). I haven’t played through much of the game, but I am really enjoying No More Heroes‘ (NMH) style and gameplay elements. The game might not look as good as a “Ninja Gaiden” or “Devil May Cry” title, but the art style is what makes NMH unique.

I’ve owned a Wii since launch, and I haven’t been really excited about that many titles on the console. Sure a gem creeps up once and awhile and surprises us, but for the most part Wii games are extremely bland and don’t offer anything for hardcore gamers such as myself.

I am always happy when I am able to find a game like NMH for the Wii. It makes me realize that with a little effort, developers can actually make interesting titles for Nintendo’s latest console. If you own a Wii and find the whole gaming experience pretty lackluster thus far, do yourself a favor and pickup No More Heroes. It might make you start believing that the console might one day be for hardcore gamers.

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Valve Announces Left 4 Dead DLC


Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced a series of content and development releases for its latest title, 2008’s best-selling new game property for the PC and Xbox 360, Left 4 Dead (L4D).

The first L4D DLC – dubbed the L4D Survival Pack — is due for release this spring and introduces a new multiplayer game mode entitled, Survival, plus two complete campaigns for Versus Mode . A Critic’s Choice Edition of the game is also heading to retail stores this spring, and will include access to all the content introduced in the L4D: Survival Pack.

In addition, for PC gamers and aspiring developers, the first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D’s matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC.

“Since Half-Life launched in 1998, Valve has made continuous efforts to expand the offering of its products beyond what’s included on the day of launch,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “With Half-Life and Counter-Strike, and more recently Team Fortress 2, we’ve learned that we’re no longer making stand-alone games but creating entertainment services. With Left 4 Dead we’re extending that tradition by creating additional gameplay and releasing our internal tools to aspiring developers so they may also create and distribute new Left 4 Dead experiences.”

Left 4 Dead is a survival action game from Valve that blends the social entertainment experience of multiplayer games such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress with the dramatic, narrative experience made popular in single player action game classics such as the Half-Life series of games. Released in November of 2008, L4D has earned over 25 industry awards from outlets around the world.
Visit the official Left 4 Dead website for more information.

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