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Xbox 360 to surpass Xbox 1 total sales of 25 million in November 2008 says Microsoft

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The Xbox 360 system from no hdd, to hdd, to Elite. Click for big pic

Give credit to Microsoft where it’s due, sales of the Xbox 360 are projected to exceed the lifetime instal base of the original Xbox by November, where the Xbox 360 will surpass 25 million units sold.

In Microsoft’s own words: “By the end of this month, we expect our global installed base to reach 25 million units, surpassing that of the first Xbox,” said Mindy Mount, CFO of the Xbox business, at the BMO Capital Markets Interactive Entertainment Conference.

This is a big deal because of Microsoft’s huge investment, at a gigantic loss, to break into the video game market. Now we all knew that the Xbox 360 was a successful platform, but this proves that there is more interest in the Xbox than ever before, and an important milestone to be able to surpass Microsoft’s first console.

And this is only the start, Mindy Mount went on to say. That’s because “more than three-quarters” of a console’s lifetime sales are made when the system falls to the “sweet spot” price point of $199.99 or lower. Which is the price of the lowest-end Xbox 360 available, the Arcade, reports Edge.

According to Microsoft, recently introduced 360 price cuts saw Xbox sales jump 42% month-on-month in the States, 62% in Europe and 500% in Japan.

Published on November 19th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PS3 and Xbox 360 music game instruments compatibility list for Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Rock Revolution

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World Tour on PS3Rock Band 2 on PS3Rock Revolution on PS3Rock Band on PS3

Michael Shorrock, Director of Publisher Relations at SCEA, announced on the PlayStation blog that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility. This means that the titles with musical peripherals will work with the other’s software. Activision-Blizzard made a similar Xbox 360 cross-game instrument compatibility statement at their E3 press conference last month. It’s a big improvement over the past music game indstruments incompatibility. Below you’ll find their comments listed.

List of compatible PS3 games:
* Guitar Hero: World Tour’s guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2 and Rock Revolution. Guitar Hero: World Tour also supports the SingStar microphones.
* Rock Band 2’s guitar and drum set will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour and with Rock Revolution. Rock Band 2 also supports the SingStar microphones.
* Rock Revolution’s drum set will work with both Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2.

List of compatible Xbox 360 games:
* Guitar Hero: World Tour will be compatible with the instruments for the first Rock Band. Other third-party guitar and drum controllers are expected to work with Guitar Hero: World Tour as well.
* Guitar Hero: World Tour plans to be compatible with instruments from Rock Band 2 as well. Since Rock Band 2 isn’t out yet, they haven’t been able to test those instruments with Guitar Hero: World Tour, but the fact that they hope to make it compatible could mean a cross-compatibility patch later on if it’s not already available at launch.
* Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, after a recent auto-downloaded title update, should make that game compatible with non-Guitar Hero guitars, including the Rock Band guitars.

Sony added that as far as further PlayStation compatibility goes, they are “still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly.”

Via Sony and MTV

Madden 09 cheats, achievements and helpful tips

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Madden NFL 09 for Xbox 360Madden NFL 09 is a great football game, but sometimes you need some helpful tips, or cheats to goof off with. Below you will find an overview of all of those with added video footage for clarity. As more secrets and possibly glitches get revealed, this page will be updated with cheat codes for all versions of the game on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, Xbox, PSP and DS. Big thanks to Joe for sending in tips and Gargamel198024 for the early videos!

Madden NFL 09 quarterback Brett Favre Jets screenshot
How to get Brett Favre’s uniform from Packers to Jets?
For online consoles (confirmed for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii) EA Sports will release a roster patch the Monday before the game is released in stores with all the changes that have been made in the off-season since the game went final. As a result, Brett Favre will go from a Green Bay Packer to a New York Jets. Just as Jason Taylor will be a Redskin instead of a member of the Miami Dolphins. The roster update is not mandatory – unless you are planning an online head to head game, or online league. A second roster update will be released before the start of the regular football season.

Get a new game box cover with Brett Favre in a Jets jersey.
At release the game will still features quarterback Brett Favre in a Packers jersey on the cover. Fans looking to change that into a Jets jersey, will soon be able to get that new downloadable cover insert via the official Madden website. You can then print this new cover out and insert it into the case of Madden NFL 09.

Complete the 25 achievements listed below (from the Xbox 360 version) to get a total of 1,000 Gamerscore points.

Achievement (Gamerscore points) — How to unlock it.

1. 2 TD Kickoff Returns in a game (75) — Return 2 Kickoffs for a TD in a game (non co-op)

2. Shut out Rival in a Franchise (50) — Shut out Rival in a Franchise game (non co-op)

3. Kick a FG for over 50 yards (15) — Kick a FG for over 50 yards in a Franchise game (non co-op)

4. Complete a game without an INT (30) — Complete a game without an interception, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op)

5. 6 Rush TDs with the Dolphins (50) — 6 Rush TDs in a game with the Dolphins (non co-op)

6. Catch 10 passes in a game (50) — Catch 10 passes in a game with one receiver (non co-op)

7. Complete game without fumbling (25) — Complete a game without fumbling, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op)

8. 2 TD Punt Returns in a game (65) — 2 TD Punt Returns in a game (non co-op)

9. Intercept 6 passes in a game (50) — Intercept 6 passes in a game (non co-op)

10. Hold a Rival to under 300 yards (50) — Hold a Rival to under 300 yards total offense in a game (non co-op)

11. Score 60 points in a Rival game (30) — Score 60 points in a Rival game (non co-op)

12. Score 40 points in a Rival game (20) — Score 40 points in a Rival game (non co-op)

13. Record 12 sacks in a game (50) — Record 12 sacks in a game (non co-op)

14. 6 sacks with 1 player in a game (50) — 6 sacks with 1 player in a game (non co-op)

15. 80% completion for a game (50) — 80% pass completion in a Franchise game, 5 min+ quarter length (non co-op)

16. 7 Pass TDs with the Falcons (50) — Throw 7 pass TDs in a game with the Falcons (non co-op)

17. 550 Pass Yds with the Titans (50) — 550 Pass Yds in a game with the Titans (non co-op)

18. 300 Rush Yds with the Jets (10) — 300 Rush Yds in a game with the Jets (non co-op)

19. Hold a Rival to under 20 points (10) — Hold a Rival team to under 20 points in a game (non co-op)

20. Midway Monster (50) — Create a legendary player from the past.

21. Can You Believe These Seats?! (30) — Celebrate a touchdown in a wall hotspot

22. Steal Their Thunder (30) — Steal an opposing player’s touchdown celebration

23. Slam Dunk All-Star (30) — Dunk the ball over the goalpost (or at least attempt to) after a touchdown

24. Shine In The Spotlight (30) — Celebrate a touchdown in an endzone hotspot

25. Secret achievement: Now Here’s a Guy… (50) — Thank you for purchasing Madden NFL 09. Here’s to another 20 years!

Video Introduction: Getting started with Madden 09.
A run through of all the new features in this year’s game with tons of gameplay to explain each feature.

Madden 09 IQ Test demonstration video.
Madden NFL 09 is a game for the masses and is constantly monitoring your performance. No matter if you are a long-time Madden player or a rookie, an all-new Adaptive Difficulty Engine assesses your proficiency in the core skill areas of football, then tailors the experience to match your playing style. John Madden gives a demonstration of the IQ Tests for Rush/Pass Offense/Defense.

Madden 09 Play Tips On Rewind and Back Track at Locas Oil Stadium.
The rewind and backtrack features are two new Madden features that bring an entirely new dimension to gameplay. The rewind feature is essentially a football mulligan that lets you try a play over again if it fails. You can rewind any play, whether on offense or defense; however, as we found out, the CPU will not necessarily run the exact same play again when on offense. For example, we were defending a goal-line stand against the Steelers during one game, when Pittsburgh ran a sweep left with Willie Parker that resulted in a touchdown. After rewinding the game to try the play over again, we cheated our linebackers to the left, but the Steelers adjusted and put Parker up the middle, a clear case of the game being cleverer than the player. Rewind is an interesting feature, but it’s easy to see how using rewind too much could be tempting. Luckily you’ll be able to set the maximum number of times you can use the rewind in the game (or turn it off altogether).

The new backtrack feature seems more like a legitimate teaching tool in Madden 09. Here, the game will give you a full breakdown of a play that you blew, complete with on-field graphics and voice-over explanation from Madden 09 color analyst Cris Collinsworth (one half of the Madden play-by-play team, which also includes Tom Hammond). These backtrack moments will happen during one of three scenarios: 1) If you thrown an interception when another receiver is open; 2) If your quarterback is sacked when an open receiver is available; 3) If you make a bad play call. Further, a “bad play call” is defined as a pass defense going up against a run offense, or a run defense going up against a pass offense that results in a big play. The amount of information shown during these backtrack segments is impressive, including breakdowns of all of the players involved in the play and percentages of success that a particular play had for succeeding. If you pay attention to everything Collinsworth has to say about the play, you’ll have a good understanding of what you did wrong so that you might avoid that same mistake in the future.

More gameplay tips from the Madden 09 team.
Producer Ryan Ferwerda gives the lowdown on the features that make this year’s Madden is the best looking sports game in the series yet. The game’s got a new look and feel thanks to an enhanced graphics engine and new player models, lineman battle in the trenches with more bulky physiques while backs and receivers fly around the field with a more sleek and slimmer look. The game features the most realistic-looking grass and field turf ever in a sports game, new weather and stadium lighting effects, and active exterior stadium views.

All Create-a-Player Options and Gear.

Madden 09 Create-a-Team Options.

Madden 09 Franchise Options.

Madden 09 Online League Tutorial.
Avid Madden fans have been asking for online leagues and Madden NFL 09 delivers. With a full online league experience, gamers can make a run for the postseason for the first time online. Featuring trades and statistical tracking for Online Leagues, up to 32 teams can battle it out using all-new flex scheduling.

New cheats will be added when discovered.

Published on August 11th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ Hot Coffee class action suit dismissed by court

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San Andreas for PS2The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas‘ Hot Coffee class action lawsuit has been dismissed by the court.

The huge Hot Coffee San Andreas scandal broke out around July of 2005 after a sexual mini-game was found hidden on the game disc. It was made worse when Take Two originally denied it, thus lying about it. San Andreas was eventually recalled and given the elusive AO “Adults Only” rating before being re-issued by Take Two with the sexual code on the game disc removed (thus retaining it’s M-Rating).

You may recall that in November of last year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted preliminary approval of a settlement of several class action suits against Take-Two. Take Two expected then to pay out up to $2.75 million for the settlement, pending Court approval.

Turns out that few actually filed claims. On July 31, the Court said that “the plaintiffs could no longer meet their burden of showing that the case could proceed on the proposed class basis” according to an SEC filing.

So now Take Two won’t be forced to write a check as big as everyone thought since they won’t have to settle the class action lawsuit filed over “Hot Coffee” claims. The court issued an opinion on the matter refusing to certify the proposed settlement class. Which means that the publisher of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may not have to pay out a proposed $1.025 million in settlement benefits. Why not? It’s possible that there was no actual representative class. Which means, too few people were offended, or could agree to be offended in the same way, for the Court to see the class as worthy of getting paid over a million dollars.

Via Kotaku

Madden NFL 09 new gameplay features on video

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Pre-Order Madden NFL 09 for Xbox 360Developed by EA Tiburon, Madden NFL 09 marks the 20th anniversary of the series. Among the more than 85 new features and enhancements in Madden NFL 09, the game includes adaptable gameplay tailored to every type of gamer, improved graphics and animations, and a new network-inspired broadcast style presentation that delivers an authentic NFL experience. With unique controls, modes and presentation, Madden NFL 09 All-Play is designed specifically for the Wii and features fun, approachable and innovative gameplay. No matter the skill level, players can be competitive with three gameplay styles to choose from, ranging from Easy to Advanced.

Madden NFL 09 will be released on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP and DS come August 12th, 2008.

EA runs through all the new Madden NFL 09 features in this year’s game with tons of exclusive new gameplay.

Published on July 25th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Unreal Tournament 4 release expected alongside Unreal Engine 4.0 completion

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Unreal Tournament 4 on Unreal Engine 4 expectation picture
Looking forward to the next next-gen (8th console generation) Unreal Engine 4.0 is expected to be released with Unreal Tournament 4 to show off its prowess, as with every new Unreal Engine comes a showpiece, usually an Unreal game. An example of this happened before the release of Unreal Engine 3, when Epic Games’ own projects — Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 2007 (later renamed to Unreal Tournament 3) — were touted as the company’s showcase titles for the latest Unreal technology.

Back in August 2005, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein revealed that the creators of the Unreal games and technology have already begun work [two years before in 2003] on what will eventually become Unreal Engine 4.

Unreal Tournament 3 for PCEpic Games boss Tim Sweeney, who’s been working on the Unreal Engine 4 core system design as the technical director, said in March 2008: “There is a long life ahead for Unreal Engine 3. [Unreal Engine] Version 4 will exclusively target the next console generation, Microsoft’s successor for the Xbox 360 [AKA Xbox 720], Sony’s successor for the PlayStation 3 [AKA PlayStation 4] – and if Nintendo ships a machine with similar hardware specs [AKA Wii 2], then that also. PCs will follow after that.” Mark Rein later clarified that Tim Sweeney meant that Unreal Engine 4 was coming to PC, and that “When Tim Sweeney was talking about Unreal Engine 4 … he mentioned something along the lines of it being exclusively for the next generation of consoles… what he meant was, it won’t run on this generation of consoles.”

For those interested, Unreal Engine 4 development will fully start sometime in 2008. With the next generation of consoles not expected to launch until around 2011-2012, it’ll be a while before you’ll be fragging photo-realistic enemies in Unreal Tournament 4.

References: Teamxbox, TGdaily & Wikipedia

Metal Gear Solid 2 storyline videos: recap in 7 hours (or 20 minutes)

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The Essential Collection for PS2Metal Gear Solid 4 is coming to PS3 on June 12th. After running you by the original Metal Gear 2D games earlier, and Metal Gear Solid 1’s storyline last week. We’ll take you through the entire series, with the third game next week. Up now is a recap of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and MGS2: Substance (PS2, Xbox, PC) in 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you’re looking to experience the entire storyline in gameplay, codecs and cutscenes, then you can watch Metal Gear Solid 2’s full story in an impressive 7 hours!

If you’ve never played the previous games before and don’t plan to, I’d really suggest watching the awesome full story videos in an hour a day (or one evening) to catch up. — If your anticipation for the game is building, don’t forget to join our Metal Gear Solid 4 competition.

The short recap of the second Metal Gear Solid:

The full recap of the second Metal Gear Solid:
Part 1 starts off 2 years after the Shadow Moses incident and Solid Snake again chases down a new type of Metal Gear Ray on a tanker.

In part 2 Snake has the photographic evidence of the incident. But he couldn’t prevent Ocelot (Liquid) from taking over the tanker and the Metal Gear Rex.

Part 3 takes place 2 years after the tanker incident. A new one man army “Raiden” infiltrates a decontamination facility called “Big Shell” and he then meets a man who calls himself Iroquois Plisken. Ofcourse we all know who he is…

In part 4 after seeing the fire from hell by the Queen Fortune, you meet a bomb expert Peter Stillman, who will teach you how to disarm C4.

In part 5 a lot will happen and you’ll meet a few bosses, but the first priority is still to save the President by disguising yourself.

In part 6 after talking to Ames, Raiden gets out of the hostage room and faces Solidus Snake!

In part 7 Raiden finally finds the president and gains lots of information on what’s going on.

In part 8 Raiden has to fight that blood sucking Vamp.

Part 9 is about Emma and Hal (Otacon) finally meeting. Raiden is captured (naked) and as he starts to learn about the S3 project everything goes weird…

In part 10 everything is still weird! Raiden finally get his gear from Snake. Snake faces Fortune and Raiden has to take down 25 Metal Gear Ray units but then…

Part 11 is the final stage of the story. Arsenal is heading to Manhattan for a reason.

Part 12 is the ending of the game! Make sure to wait until after the credits to listen to Solid Snake and Otacon talk.

Via Alexfung

Painkiller retrospective on Zero Punctuation

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Painkiller on PCThis week on Zero Punctuation, Painkiller gets a retrospective. This video review is of the 2004 PC, Xbox, PS2 and PSP first-person shooter that carries the tagline “Heaven’s Got A Hitman”. It seems the Australian-based writer Yahtzee doesn’t have issues with this one. As always, foul language ahead in this video.

Published on May 22nd, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Come an get your Xbox 360 PJ on!

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So, you have everything there is to do with Xbox, huh? You have all of the accessories and all of the games you care to “give a chance”, but there’s one thing you probably don’t have. Xbox PJ’s, of course. Now if you say you’ve already got a pair, stop lying to yourself, because I know you never thought of this essential part of the Xbox “empire” of merchandising.

Yes, you to could be styling in your very own Xbox PJ’s. There’s no sarcasm here folks. ;) Nothing but pure unadulterated PJ happiness as the immense feeling of joy rushes over me as I realize what’s be missing in my life. No more worrying about having world peace, general news actually being news, celebrities finally being put in their place, or having Idiocracy actually come true. No! None of that matters anymore, when I get my pair of Xbox 360 Pj’s.

One word of advice for all. Head on over to Webundies.com and get your pair , because the world won’t be the same until Xbox not only rules your consciousness, but warms your legs to.

[Via Digg]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Published on May 19th, 2008 under , , ,

Xbox Originals added today: Stubbs the Zombie and Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows

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Stubbs the Zombie for XboxSeven Sorrows for XboxFrom today, through Xbox Originals, you’ll be able to download and play Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse and Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows on your Xbox 360. Xbox Originals on Xbox LIVE Marketplace brings you original Xbox games that are compatible to play on your Xbox 360, so you can relive your favorites or find games you missed out on last generation.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse description:
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points (that’s US$15 / €14.40 / £10.20 / CAN$18.60 / AU$19.80).
Availability: Worldwide, except not available in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Korea and Japan
Size: 1.92 GB
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) CRUDE HUMOR, BLOOD AND GORE, INTENSE VIOLENCE, SEXUAL THEMES, STRONG LANGUAGE] Local Multiplayer 2, 5.1 Surround Sound. GAME-PLAY ALERT: This game has been fully tested to successfully play on your Xbox 360 console. However, in some cases, you may see some minor irregularities with audio/video for brief periods.
Description: Meet Edward “Stubbs” Stubblefield in Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse. During the Great Depression, he was a down-on-his-luck traveling salesman. Now it’s 1959 and he’s a zombie with an insatiable hunger for human brains. How could this happen?

The answer lies buried somewhere in Punchbowl, Pennsylvania, a high-tech “City of the Future” built by the world’s richest man. Punchbowl is a paradise of hovercars and helper robots, where crime and pollution simply don’t exist. It’s the perfect city: safe, clean, and convenient. Stubbs can’t wait to move in … and have the last laugh on humanity. Indulge your appetite for vengeance … and brains.

Features:
* Be the zombie: Play as Stubbs the Zombie and conquer the retro-futuristic city of Punchbowl.
* Possess the living: Use any weapon in the game — machine gun, bazooka, sniper rifle, and more, by clamping your severed hand onto the gunman’s head.
* Build a zombie horde: Convert your enemies into undead allies and lead a zombie assault upon the living.
Use your body as a weapon: Hurl gut grenades, spit zombie sputum, and unleash unholy flatulence to bring down your foes.

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows description:
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points (that’s US$15 / €14.40 / £10.20 / CAN$18.60 / AU$19.80).
Availability: Worldwide, except not available in Japan or Korea
Size: 1.17 GB
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (TEEN) VIOLENCE] Local Multiplayer 2-4. GAME-PLAY ALERT: This game has been fully tested to successfully play on your Xbox 360 console. However, in some cases, you may see some minor irregularities with audio/video for brief periods.
Description: The legendary arcade classic Gauntlet is reborn with a new vision, story, and gameplay in Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows.

Seeking to undo the past, a powerful emperor is lost in his own dreams and nightmares. After being imprisoned by the emperor for two centuries, four immortal heroes set out to undo their tormentor’s lifetime of regrets. In the process, they must deal with the consequences of their own actions and watch as the world shakes apart around them.

Seven Sorrows is the fusion of fantasy fighting action with the strategy and fascination of user-friendly RPG elements, challenging gamers in solo play, co-op, and a thriving online community.

Features:
* New fighting system: Experience easy pick-up-and-play with deeper choices for more advanced players.
* Online RPG and collection elements: Enjoy significant replay value.
* Online multiplayer action: Live the adventure online for the first time ever.
* Co-op play: Team up in a world filled with ancient splendor and action.
* Intense combat: Hack, slash, and combo your way through fierce battles and spectacular levels.


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