Xbox LIVE Arcade Ends Year with Arcade Hits and Fresh Lineup of Upcoming Titles

December 3, 2007

Xbox LIVE Arcade Ends Year with Arcade Hits
and Fresh Lineup of Upcoming Titles

Top-Selling Arcade Titles Available Tomorrow
at Discounted Prices with Launch of Xbox LIVE Arcade Hits

This week’s Xbox LIVE Arcade Wednesday is coming
a day early with the Tuesday, Dec. 4 launch of the Arcade Hits program, offering
some of the best-selling Xbox LIVE Arcade games at permanently reduced prices.
Timed with the Xbox LIVE Fall Update, Arcade Hits can be found within the Xbox
LIVE Arcade section of the new Game Store, making it easier than ever to build a
library of great downloadable games. The first games to become Arcade Hits:

  • “Bankshot Billiards 2” (PixelStorm). “Bankshot
    Billiards 2” improves on the original with nine game styles: classic 8-Ball,
    9-Ball, Cutthroat, Euro 8-Ball, 14.1 Continuous, 3-Ball, Trick Shots, Time
    Trial and Golf. The game will be available for 800 Microsoft Points.
  • “Lumines LIVE!” (Q Entertainment Inc.).
    “Lumines LIVE!” is a deep and entertaining game experience, enhanced with
    vibrant music and newly designed skins that players can custom-select in Skin
    Edit mode. The game will be available for 800 Microsoft Points.
  • “Marble Blast Ultra” (Garage Games). In
    “Marble Blast Ultra,” players compete against each other by navigating marbles
    through moving platforms and dangerous hazards, while collecting rare gems and
    power-up enhancements, in an effort to complete each course in record time.
    The game is available for 400 Microsoft Points.
  • “Small Arms” (Gastronaut Studios). Easy to
    pick up but hard to put down, “Small Arms” is a frantic multiplayer action
    game with the feel of an arcade shooter. The game is available at 400
    Microsoft Points.
  • “Zuma Deluxe” (Oberon Media). Gamers can
    explore more than 20 realms in Adventure mode and put their skills to the test
    in this fast-paced puzzle game. The game is available at 400 Microsoft Points.

With free trial downloads for every game and over
100 games to choose from, Xbox LIVE Arcade offers something for every member of
the family. Last month, Xbox LIVE Arcade celebrated two major milestones: its
100th title release on Nov. 14 and its two-year anniversary on Xbox 360 on Nov.
22, highlighting the platform’s leadership position as the premier destination
for digitally distributed, high-definition original and classic games. The fun
continues through the New Year as Xbox LIVE Arcade prepares to release several
new titles in the coming weeks:

  • “Arkadian Warriors” (Sierra Online). Gamers
    can play as one of three heroic shape-shifting warriors embarking on a trek of
    epic proportions to release the Land of Arkadia from the evil Gorgon’s stony
    gaze. An original title on Xbox LIVE Arcade, “Arkadian Warriors” features
    treacherous dungeons where cooperative hack-and-slash role-playing action
    enhances a deep single-player storyline. The game includes a robust
    LIVE-enabled cooperative multiplayer mode for two players online or on the
    same console.
  • “Brain Challenge” (Gameloft). An entertaining
    brain training program, “Brain Challenge” boosts brain activity and helps
    players develop stress-management skills thanks to a wide variety of games. A
    personal coach helps players develop their abilities in several areas of
    cognitive function, including logic, math, memory and visual thinking, in a
    fun and entertaining way.
  • “GripShift” (Sidhe Interactive). Through a mix
    of sky-high platforming and stunt driving, “GripShift” combines automotive and
    puzzle-solving skills across 120 challenge levels, 25 rubber-burning
    racetracks and 20 deadly Deathmatch arenas. Gamers can zoom to victory with
    four players over Xbox LIVE or race solo, all while enjoying a customizable
    music experience.
  • “N+” (Slick Entertainment and Metanet Software
    Inc.). Gamers can play as an acrobatic ninja in this addictive action-puzzle
    platformer. “N+” features inadvertently homicidal robots, stylish graphics, a
    level editor and intense multiplayer awesomeness.
  • “Omega Five” (Hudson Entertainment). “Omega
    Five” is a next-gen, high-definition shooter with awe-inspiring graphics.
    Gamers can fly through dangerous 3-D environments in this side-scroller and do
    battle with enemies that come at them from all sides, even the background.
    “Omega Five” comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade this winter.
  • “Poker Smash” (Void Star Creations). Players
    will experience a whole new puzzle game with a poker twist as “Poker Smash”
    delivers stunning visuals and radical features such as super-slow motion and
    card-blasting bombs. Gamers should get ready for a fast-paced innovative game
    with amazing HD graphics and a custom soundtrack that will blow them away!
  • “Rez HD” (Q Entertainment). The psychedelic,
    cult-classic shooter created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, “Rez HD” makes its way onto
    Xbox LIVE Arcade early next year. A frenetic, wire-frame adventure backed by
    industrial beats, the story of “Rez HD” takes players deep into the world’s
    computer network, where they must hack the system, alter the visual output and
    take over the music, creating their own rhythms and eye candy as they dig
    deeper into the cyberworld.
  • “Sensible World of Soccer” (Codemasters). The
    game that inspired a generation, “Sensible World of Soccer” lets players
    experience both the classic and modern HD version. With multiple play modes,
    they can play a quick game, start a career mode, manage a team or take part in
    their own Champions league.