Monthly Archives: August 2006

Far Cry Instincts Predator Demo

    Xbox Live members can now download a demo of ‘FCIP’ from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This content is not available in Asia.

Dead Rising sell 500,000 Units in Two Weeks

    Capcom announced today that Dead Rising, the company’s first game for Xbox 360, has shipped more than 500,000 units within the first two weeks of its launch. Dead Rising was released on August 8 in North America and it is scheduled to release on September 8 in Europe and on September 28 in Japan.

Download XNA Express Beta

If you followed the announcements at the Game Developers conference a couple of weeks ago, you know what this means…it’s time to download the free beta of XNA Express. There is about 92 MB of gaming development goodness waiting for you to download and give it a try. Have fun,

    Note: you also have to download and install Visual C# express as well …

Oblivion Gets Another Expansion

    Spell Tomes is on the way.
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is about to get another update available through the Xbox Live Marketplace or from The latest expansion, called “Spell Tomes” will add hundreds of books to the world that grant the reader new spells. Both low level and high level spells can be obtained through these books including new spells with compound effects.
    A few of the new spells and descriptions are listed on the Spell Tomes promotional page. They are:
    Blink: A low-level invisibility spell to get you out of trouble.
    Baltham’s Insight: : a short duration but long range detect life spell.
    Shield Wall: : Fortify Heavy Armor and Shield effect.
    Night Form: : Powerful Invisibility and Fortify Sneak, and take Sun damage, which reduces Magicka cost to cast.
    Pride of Hirstaang: : Fortify Strength, Resist Frost, and Summon a Bear
    Orum’s Aquatic Escape: Invisibility, Night-Eye, and Water-breathing.
    Elemental Blast: A powerful offensive spell with: Fire damage, Frost damage, and Shock damage.
    Magicka Vortex: Absorb Magicka, Weakness to Magic 25% and Stunted Magicka.
    The expansion pack will cost $0.99 for the PC or 80 Microsoft Points ($1 USD) through Xbox Live. It will be available on Thursday, August 31.

Time Pilot Now Available

    The classic Time Pilot is now available for download in the Xbox LIVE Arcade. This updated title has 12 achievements and tons of hidden, unlockable content. Time Pilot is available in all LIVE regions for 400 MS Points.

Burnout 5 Announced

    EA has announced today that Burnout 5 (working title) will be released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This version of Burnout is said to be a complete reinvention of the series which will do away with jumping from menu to menu trying to get into the action and allow for a much more open world feel for the game.

Madden NFL 07 Demo

    OK i know im a little late on this one but .. Xbox Live members can now download a free demo of ‘Madden NFL 07’ from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This free demo is available in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Battlestar Galactica

    Xbox Live users in the U.S. can now download the full length TV show ‘Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far’ in standard def from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Just in case you are wondering, this marks one of the first times that a complete TV episode has been digitally delivered to your Xbox 360 over Xbox Live. The file size is 492.20 MB.

August ’06 Back Compat Update

    There is a backwards compatibility update now available over Xbox Live. This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to almost 300.
    August 2006 Back Compat titles added/updated:
    Aggressive Inline
    Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis
    All Star Baseball 2003
    All Star Baseball 2005
    Burnout 3: Takedown
    Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart UPDATED
    Counter Strike
    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
    Dead to Rights
    Digimon Rumble Arena 2 UPDATED
    ESPN Major League Baseball
    Fatal Frame 2
    Ford vs. Chevy UPDATED
    Freaky Flyers
    Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
    Tom Clancy´s Ghost Recon – Island Thunder
    Half Life 2 UPDATED
    The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer UPDATED
    IndyCar Series 2005
    Kabuki Warrior UPDATED
    Lego Star Wars II
    Links 2004
    Magatama UPDATED
    Maximum Chase
    Mortal Kombat: Deception UPDATED
    MTX: Mototrax Featuring Travis Pastrana
    Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection
    MX vs. ATV Unleashed
    Outlaw Tennis
    Over the Hedge
    Sid Meier’s Pirates
    Richard Burns Rally
    Rogue Trooper
    Serious Sam
    Shincho Mahjong
    Smashing Drive
    Sneakers UPDATED
    Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
    The Legend of Spyro: A Beginning
    TAZ: Wanted
    True Crime Streets of LA
    The Suffering
    Trigger Man
    Torino Winter Olympics 2006
    Wrath Unleashed
    X-Men II: Wolverine’s Revenge
    For those Xbox 360 owners that do not have access to Xbox Live, you can download the update from Got more questions? Read the Backwards compatibility FAQ on

New Accessories Priced & Dated

    Microsoft has released some more info on the accessories announced and shown at E3 this year.
    Xbox LIVE Vision: Available Sept. 19th – ERP $39.99 – This package comes with the LIVE Vision camera, 1-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, Xbox 360 Headset, ‘UNO‘ and ‘TotemBall’
    Xbox LIVE Video Chat Gold Kit: Available Sept 19th – ERP $79.99 – For the extra $40 you will get the LIVE Vision package as well as ‘Robotron 2084‘ and rather than just 1-month on LIVE you will get an entire year.
    Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel: Available in November – ERP $149.99
    Xbox 360 Wireless Headset: Available in November – ERP $59.99
    Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows: Available in late December – ERP $19.99
    Not too much of a surprise since it was said at E3 that everything would/should be available for the Holiday season but it’s good to know they are still planning on having them all on the retail shelves by that time. My guess is that more solid release dates will be announced at TGS.
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