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Microsoft Announces August 'Summer of Arcade' Releases
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Microsoft Announces August 'Summer of Arcade' Releases

Earlier, we brought the pre-emptive report that Microsoft had dated Bionic Commando Rearmed for August 13th in Japan, before quickly removing it. Now, we not only have official confirmation of that, but the rest of August, and a contest to top it all off. Beginning Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT) with Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, XBLA users can earn entries into Microsoft's "Summer of Arcade" Sweepstakes by logging in and playing either the demo or full version of that week's Summer Arcade release. Following Geometry Wars 2 will be Braid on August 6th, Bionic Commando Rearmed on August 13th, Galaga Legions on August 20th, and Castle Crashers on August 27th, with the contest ending September 2nd. The Grand Prize winner will get 100,000 Microsoft Points, 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and an Xbox 360 Elite console. The two runner-ups will receive 10,000 Microsoft points and a free 12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription, and the five weekly prizes will be 4000 Microsoft points. The games will be available worldwide, with the exception of Bionic Commando Rearmed in Korea. The contest is open to legal residents of Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the 50 United States or District of Columbia 17+ Read More

Rumor: New Playable Race to 'Flood' Halo Wars?
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Rumor: New Playable Race to 'Flood' Halo Wars?

At the San Diego Comic Con's Halo panel, an interesting tidbit of information regarding the upcoming realtime strategy game Halo Wars came to light. Asked during a panel, "Is there going to be a Flood appearance in the Halo Wars campaign?" to which a panelist answered, "That's a very good question. "We haven't talked about any other races. All I can say is that it's a complete Halo game." So far, it has been revealed that the Convenant will be playble, so... take that as you will, I guess. Read More

Red Steel 2 to Utilize Wii MotionPlus
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Red Steel 2 to Utilize Wii MotionPlus

Red Steel was a fairly popular, yet sort of dicey launch title for the Wii, introducing a new concept of sorts and showing off what the Wii could do. However, it is often agreed that the controls were just a bit... lacking. Ubisoft Executive Director Alain Corre, who revealed that, like other developers, they had not learned of the Wii MotionPlus until its big reveal just prior to E3, says that the next installment in their franchise will utilize the device's 1:1 capabilities. "It's true that on Red Steel it's the typical product that will appreciate the new device," he said, admitting the first game felt "a bit rushed," though it still sells well... "at a lower pricer, of course. "Red Steel 2 has been in development for many months now, and this new device will help us be even more precise in what we do with the product," Corre said, adding that the improvement of 3D motions will help them to better achieve what they had set out to do in the original game. Click the link below for the full interview. Read More

Bionic Commando Rearmed on August 13th?
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Bionic Commando Rearmed on August 13th?

The eagerly-anticipated, highly-awaited and recurringly-delayed Bionic Commando Rearmed may finally have a release date: August 13th. Maybe. It seems that Microsoft had let the date slip on their website, quickly taking it down once it was discovered. It has not been confirmed for such a date in the US and Europe, though big games are often released the same day worldwide, so it remains a possibility. Furthermore, no release date for the PSN or PC versions have been revealed, though it would likely surface as early as the day after Xbox Live debuts it. Read More

Inafune Discusses Mega Man 9, Franchise, and Future
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Inafune Discusses Mega Man 9, Franchise, and Future

MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo recently got a chance to catch up with Mega Man 9 creator Keiji Inafune and Producer Hironobu Takeshita to discuss Mega Man 9, among other things Mega Man. One of the questions asked is if Mega Man 9 simply looks 8-bit, or actually is 8-bit, able to fit on an NES cartridge, etc. Takeshita tells him that "From top to bottom this is an old-school, NES-style 8-bit-graphic game. It's the same kind of game you probably remember playing. It could fit on an old Nintendo but this is for the next generation. It's a downloadable game." Asked about developing a game in such an old fashion, and whether or not they had to re-learn the style and how the skills were rediscovered, Inafune said there were still people at Capcom who remembered how to make such a game, and that those at Inti Creates, who are developing the game, is made up of some people who had worked on the original titles. Read More

E3 2008: Media: SPRay Trailer
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E3 2008: Media: SPRay Trailer

SPRay is another one from Tecmo. This title is headed for the Wii. Use your Wii Remote, probably, to aim and spray substances on surfaces to aid you in your quest. The trailer has some fun moments within. Read More

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