So, you know that nifty New Xbox Experience you’ve been hearing about all over the place? Well, our pals up in Redmond gave us the opportunity to grab the dashboard a few weeks before it becomes publicly available on November 19th. We have a bunch of info coming your way in the coming days (and, please, feel free to leave any questions on the forum and we will answer them all - seriously, ask away!). In the meantime, though, we thought we would take you through the setup process. After downloading the update (which takes a good, I dunno, 10 seconds), your Xbox 360 will reboot, load the new firmware, and hit you with a high impact video before dumping you into the new dashboard. It really is all sorts of fancy. We’ve created a New Xbox Experience setup gallery with a bunch of pictures showing you the process of installing, setting up, creating your avatar, and browsing around the new interface. Go ahead and take a look, and don’t forget, leave your questions here.
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A new Xbox Live pack is coming to the US next week on November 4th. The pack is mainly for those who don’t yet have a hard drive on their Xbox 360, but is a decent upgrade if you have the original 20GB hard drive, and are in need of more space. The $99 bundle includes a 60GB hard drive, Xbox Live headset, and 3-months of Xbox Live Gold. The upgrade comes just weeks before the new Xbox Live Experience dashboard upgrade on November 19th. The hard drive should allow much more storage if you plan to use the Netflix subscription service on your 360 and want to store all of your media which also debut’s on the 19th. There is also a $30 upgrade option for the 20GB hard drive being offered due to the New Xbox Experience requirements which will not work if you lack a hard drive.
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Looking for a new inexpensive adventure? Play Asia has a special on Kingdom Under Fire Circle of Doom for Xbox 360. The game features several different worlds with randomly generated maps, six heroes to choose from that can be customized and multi-player capability for up to 4 gamers. Of course there are tons of baddies and upgradeable weapons.The game is in English, but subtitles are available in 8 other languages. The bargain price of $14.90 is good for this week only and there is a limit of 2 games per person.
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News from the Tokyo Game Show includes Microsoft’s formal announcement about their Xbox 360 holiday bundles. As part of their new Xbox Experience, the Arcade comes with Sega Superstars Tennis (plus bonus games) for $199.99, and the Pro at $299.99 includes LEGO Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda. Go for the deluxe Elite at $399.99 and get the same two games. From the titles chosen it appears obvious that they are aimed at the younger crowd that have yet to discover the “experience.”
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At the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft finally let everyone in on the date that their current Xbox experience would be ending, and the New Xbox Experience would be, er, beginning. We knew it would be coming in the fall, but the firm date is November 19th. We hope you’re ready to spend hours working on that perfect Avatar, because we are going to so own you in 1 vs. 100, despite having never seen it on television. The New Xbox Experience will go live for all Xbox 360 gamers across the world at the same time - no staggered launch here, folks. We must admit, we’re looking forward to it.
Okay, we know that the financial markets are extremely unstable at the moment, and coupling that with all the great games that are going to be making their way to stores this holiday, you probably don’t need any more reason to spend more on your gaming fix. This is why the Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition has us scratching our heads. Granted, it looks amazingly cool, but it is going to retail for $150. You might be considering what you might be getting in exhange for a bill-and-a-halg, so let us fill you in. This version of Dead Space will be available only to 1,000 people, as that is the number that are going to be produced. Aside from that, you get the game, some special packaging, bonus DVD content, lithograph art, “Downfall” DVD, a 160-page graphic novel, a 97-page art book, and an Ishimura crew patch. Yeah, it sounds amazing, but $150 amazing? You decide.
If you can’t live without it, you can pre-order Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition now at the EA Store online, as long as 1,000 others haven’t already beat you to it.
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Well, this is an odd piece of news. Apparently, one eagle-eyed gamer realized that release details of the New Xbox Experience dashboard update were staring him right in the face, by way of an advertisement in the current dashboard. As you can see in the image above, in the ad for Rock Band 2, you see the phrase “Check out the New Xbox Experience coming in November!” Okay, cool, but can we view this as accurate? Microsoft always has the last say on when their dashboard updates hit, but they also have final say on how advertising appears within the Xbox ecosystem. Thoughts?
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Here I am, about seven weeks after the launch of Soul Calibur IV, finally getting to bring you guys our thoughts on the game. Before we jump in, a bit of background on Soul Calibur IV. The game hit Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on July 29 here in North America, followed by a release in Japan, Europe, and Australia on July 31, and then finally the UK on August 1.This is the fourth installment in the Soulcalibur series, and it features a Story mode, as well as Arcade, Training, Museum, and Tower of Lost Souls modes. That last one is new to the series, and rewards you, as the fighter, for winning special battles. Also new to the series is the inclusion of a few characters from the Star Wars universe - namely, Darth Vader, Yoda, and the Apprentice.
The game comes just about three years after the release of Soulcalibur III back in 2005, and is the first Soulcalibur title to feature online play. Now, on to our review.
We are right around the corner from the release of Rock Band 2, so we figured we would bring you this extensive preview of the game, starring the makers of the game themselves, Harmonix. We bring you a 15-minute primer, focusing on all the new hotness in the next iteration of Rock Band, including the tracks, features, and instruments. We also go in to a little of the history behind the Rock band franchise and the reason it came about (other than seeing that Guitar Hero was a raging success, we mean.) We end it with a demo of the game, with a couple of people teaming up to form bands on the fly. If you are into Rock band, this is definitely one to watch.
I’ve been looking forward to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from the moment that I saw the original teaser, where Sub-Zero and Batman were beating the crap out of each other. Back at E3, we were able to get our hands on the title, and were even more impressed when we got to experience Superman, Scorpion, and The Flash. However, now we can happily report that the full roster of the game has been revealed. It’s looking good:
Mortal Kombat side: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya, Jax, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Liu Kang, Raiden, Kitana, Kano, Baraka
DC side: Batman, Superman, Catwoman, Green Lantern, The Joker, Shazam, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Deathstroke, Lex Luthor, Darkseid
So we get 11 characters from each side (and who knows if we will get any hidden surprises?), and in turn, we get some interesting combinations. Raiden vs The Flash? Lex Luthor vs. Kano? Good stuff. You can get your hands on the game when it hits retail stores on November 10 for Xbox 360 and PS3.
Oh, and for those fearing that the DC license might mean a watered-down Mortal Kombat experience, we’ve got a video of The Joker’s fatality for you, after the break.
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