Xbox 360 Primes Every Passion With Games That Rock, Race and Sizzle



June 1, 2009 

Xbox 360 Primes Every Passion With Games That
Rock, Race and Sizzle

Microsoft unveils "Forza Motorsport 3", "Halo: Reach", "Crackdown 2",
"Shadow Complex", and "Alan Wake" on Xbox 360

Rock out. Duck and cover. Shift into
overdrive. On the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft
Corp. today made it perfectly clear: No matter who you are or what games you
crave, Xbox 360 is the only gaming and entertainment console for you.

At a time when, according to NPD Group Inc.,
nearly seven in 10 consumers plan to spend the same or more on video games
compared with last year, Xbox 360 today unveiled a lineup that is sure to
tip the scales in favor of more — more fun, more entertainment value and
more games available only on Xbox 360.

A “who’s who” of hot games, the list of Xbox
exclusives includes “Forza Motorsport 3”, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
Conviction™”, “Left 4 Dead 2”, “Alan Wake”, “Shadow Complex”, “Crackdown 2”,
blockbuster “Halo 3: ODST” and the surprise announce of Halo trilogy prequel
“Halo: Reach.” Sharing the stage were blockbusters Infinity Ward’s “Modern
Warfare 2” and the “The Beatles: Rock Band.”

“We know that your fun and our success boil
down to one thing: our ability to make games that are creative, diverse and
entertaining. Period. And this year, we deliver in spades with the biggest
and best lineup in our history”, said Phil Spencer, general manager of the
global Microsoft Game Studios business. “From the core first-person-shooter
fans who’ve enjoyed Xbox since the first ‘Halo’ to new audiences who are
discovering us today with genre-defining games like ‘1 vs 100’, we have
something for everyone with our best and broadest lineup ever.”

Xbox 360 has the most celebrated, most
played, most coveted and most E-rated games in the industry — and with
1,000-plus titles to date, there’s more than one for you.

Heart-Thumping Entertainment, Exclusively
on Xbox 360

Get behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10 in
“Forza Motorsport 3”, jump into the immersive movie-like action of “Alan
Wake”, and download “Shadow Complex”, the newest Xbox LIVE Arcade game from
the minds behind the blockbuster “Gears of War” franchise. Some of the most
exciting games in 2009 and beyond are only on Xbox 360, including the
following:

“1 vs 100” (Microsoft Game Studios).
Are you ready to win big? The “1 vs 100” U.S. and Canadian beta launches
today, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. PDT. For the first time, “1 vs 100” on Xbox LIVE
combines the best of TV gameshow experiences with social gaming to create
the largest interactive game show in the world. Based on the hit TV game
show of the same name, “1 vs 100 Live” is regularly scheduled and features a
live studio host who provides comedic commentary throughout the show and
fresh content from a team of trivia writers and experts. Players can play as
“the one,” “the mob” or “the crowd,” for the chance to win real prizes.
Check your local Xbox LIVE listings to join “1 vs 100 Live.”1

“Alan Wake” (Remedy/Microsoft Game
Studios). “Alan Wake” is the all-new psychological action thriller from the
renowned creators of the “Max Payne” franchise. Coming in spring 2010 and
exclusive to Xbox 360, “Alan Wake” will immerse players in an intense
cinematic thrill ride of dreams and reality, where light is the only ally.

“Crackdown 2” (Ruffian
Games/Microsoft Game Studios). The sequel to the award-winning “Crackdown,”
“Crackdown 2” is the premier open-ended action experience that lets you be
judge, jury and executioner for a vast city. Coming exclusively to Xbox 360
in 2010, “Crackdown 2” will take multiplayer2 gaming to unprecedented levels
for the ultimate cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience,
providing you and your friends with the complete freedom to explore, destroy
and play as you return to restore justice and peace to Pacific City — by any
means necessary.

“Forza Motorsport 3” (Turn
10/Microsoft Game Studios). Launching this October, “Forza Motorsport 3” is
the definitive racing game for everyone from hardcore tuners to anyone who’s
ever dreamed of driving at full-throttle. Backed by breathtaking HD graphics
and bone-jarring physics, you’ll take the wheel of more than 400 of the
most-beloved cars on over 100 renowned real-world tracks and exotic road
courses from around the globe. “Forza Motorsport 3” includes driving assists
and adjustable skill levels to make the game a gripping pick-up-and-play
experience for audiences of all ages and skill levels, while new
customization and sharing tools will further fuel the imaginations of the
thriving “Forza Motorsport” community on Xbox LIVE.

“Gears of War 2: Dark Corners” (Epic
Games Inc.). The “Gears of War 2: Dark Corners” Game Add-on includes seven
brand new multiplayer maps and a new campaign chapter, “Road to Ruin.” “Dark
Corners” launches on Xbox LIVE Marketplace on July 28. The entertainment
blockbuster of 2008, “Gears of War 2” has now surpassed 5 million copies
sold worldwide.

“Halo 3: ODST” (Bungie). Launching
Sept. 22, “Halo 3: ODST” is a new game in the landmark “Halo” saga that lets
players experience the events leading up to the epic story told in “Halo 3”
through the eyes of a special forces ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper). In
addition to an all-new campaign, “ODST” includes three new “Halo 3”
multiplayer maps and the complete, stand-alone “Halo 3” multiplayer
experience.2 The game also introduces Firefight, an exciting new cooperative
multiplayer mode that pits up to four players against increasingly
challenging waves of enemies. As a special bonus, “Halo 3: ODST” also
includes an invitation to the “Halo: Reach” multiplayer beta on Xbox LIVE.
Also, launching on the same date with “Halo 3: ODST” is the “Halo 3: ODST
Collector’s Pack,” which offers “Halo” fans a new and exclusive wireless
controller and the game title in one package at a great price.

“Joy Ride” (Big Park/Microsoft Game
Studios). Avatars, start your engines! Full of wild driving fun, “Joy Ride”
will get your adrenaline pumping as you tear up the track with your friends,
or jump, flip and trick your way through the Stunt Park as you work with the
whole community to unlock rewards. “Joy Ride” is completely free to download
and gives you all new ways to play, whether you’re looking for a quick game
or a deep, custom social experience, all on Xbox LIVE.2 Design your dream
car or purchase new tracks, game modes and avatar items. You can share the
racetracks and game modes with your friends so no one is ever left out.

“Left 4 Dead 2” (Valve). “Left 4
Dead 2” is the sequel to the best-selling and critically acclaimed
cooperative multiplayer smash from Valve, creators of “Half-Life,” “Portal,”
“Team Fortress” and “Counter-Strike.” Introducing melee weapons and new
enemies to the original’s award-winning gameplay, “L4D2” casts players as
one of four new “Survivors” battling zombie hordes as they travel from
Savannah, Ga., through New Orleans’ French Quarter.

“Shadow Complex” (Epic Games Inc.
and Chair Entertainment Group/Microsoft Game Studios). New from Epic Games
and Chair Entertainment, “Shadow Complex” combines the best of old-school
side-scroller design with modern, cutting-edge gameplay and incredible
high-definition graphics. Collect power-ups, discover new abilities and
evolve your character into a force of destruction as you explore an original
story set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire.”
“Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with
the accessibility you love, exclusively on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE Arcade.

“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction™”
(Ubisoft). Coming exclusively to Xbox 360 this fall, unleash the
ferocious skills of renegade agent Sam Fisher and uncover a deadly terrorist
plot in “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction™.” Completely reinvented and
revolutionized, “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction™” ushers in a new
breed of action gameplay leaving players fully immersed in the life of the
world’s most dangerous spy. Take full advantage of the 20 million member
Xbox LIVE community in this latest installment of the award-winning
“Splinter Cell” franchise.

Blockbusters Here, There, Everywhere on
Xbox 360

It’s a simple truth: third-party games play
better on Xbox 360. Why? Because only Xbox 360 can pair must-have titles
like this year’s blockbuster from Infinity Ward, “Modern Warfare 2”, “The
Beatles: Rock Band” and “Tony Hawk®: RIDE™” with Xbox LIVE, the world’s
largest social network on your TV. The result? As the world’s largest online
gaming network, Xbox LIVE gives you more friends to play with and its
exclusive collection of Game Add-ons ensures the fun never ends. It leaves
only one question: Why would you play these blockbusters anywhere else?

“Final Fantasy® XIII” (Square Enix).
The world-renowned “Final Fantasy” will continue making its home on Xbox 360
with the upcoming release of “Final Fantasy XIII,” the eagerly anticipated
title from Square Enix. “Final Fantasy XIII” uses the power and cutting-edge
technology of Xbox 360 to deliver seamless transitions between real-time
gameplay and in-game cinematics as gamers summon the courage to execute
powerful attacks with an evolved Active Time Battle system and ultimately
fulfill their destiny. Scheduled to be released only in North America and
Europe.

“Modern Warfare 2” (Infinity
Ward/Activision). On Nov. 10, 2009, Infinity Ward will make its return with
the release of “Modern Warfare 2” on Xbox 360, the most-anticipated game of
the year and the sequel to the best-selling first-person action game of all
time, “Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™.” “Modern Warfare 2” continues the
gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as
players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the
brink of collapse. Xbox LIVE gamers will also be the first to get their
hands on two “Modern Warfare 2” map packs coming first to Xbox 360.

“The Beatles: Rock Band” (Harmonix/MTV
Games). On 09.09.09, “The Beatles: Rock Band” will allow fans all over the
world to pick-up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles’
extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a
journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. In
addition, “The Beatles: Rock Band” offers Beatles fans the opportunity to
rock out with new hardware replica controllers modeled after instruments
used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr throughout their
careers. And, for the first time, players will be able to download music and
make a change: Available only on Xbox 360, all Apple Corps, MTV Games and
Microsoft proceeds from downloads of “All You Need is Love” will benefit
Doctors without Borders.

“Tony Hawk: RIDE” (Activision).
“Tony Hawk: RIDE” redefines the sports genre by offering a dynamic
hands-free gaming experience featuring an innovative skateboard controller.
Using full motion sensing technology, players physically control the action
by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly
translate into amazing tricks in the game. The skateboard controller
provides an accessible and social gaming experience on Xbox 360 that allows
players of all skill levels to battle for skateboard supremacy by
challenging gamers worldwide over Xbox LIVE, the largest social gaming
network.

 


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