Switchball and Word Puzzle on XBLA This Week

Boost your brain power with “Word Puzzle,” a new spin on the classic word search game, and make Sir Isaac Newton proud as you embrace the laws of physics with “Switchball” on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Both games will be available this Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PST).

The traditional pen and paper word search game is taken to a whole new level this week as InterServ brings “Word Puzzle” to Xbox LIVE Arcade. This brain-busting game features intricate 3D boards, exploding word bombs and a whole host of synapse melting challenges and special effects. With five unique game modes, LIVE support for up to four players and Xbox LIVE Vision Camera support, “Word Puzzle” will keep you playing with friends and family for hours. The game will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E.

· For more details on “Word Puzzle,” please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/w/wordpuzzlexboxlivearcade/default.htm

In “Switchball,” players conquer breathtakingly beautiful labyrinthine mazes as they manipulate the unique physical properties of an ever-changeable ball to solve clever puzzles. Morph into the Metalball and ram objects out of your way, charge the Powerball to dash up ramps and jump over obstacles, switch to the Airball to float over physics based death traps or use the Marbleball for speedy rolling around action. Created by Sierra Online, “Switchball” empowers players to harness the laws of physics and triumphantly roll their way through five elegantly detailed 3D environments or they can join friends in 2 player co-op or 8 player competitive racing fun through Xbox LIVE. The game will be available worldwide (with the exception of Korea) for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E.

· For more details on “Switchball” please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/s/switchballxboxlivearcade/default.htm

Devil May Cry Collector’s Edition Announced

Capcom® Entertainment, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the contents of the Devil May Cry® 4 Collector’s Edition package, which includes volume 1 of ADV Films’ Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, a Steelbook™ case and a bonus DVD filled with extras. The $79.99 Devil May Cry 4 Collector’s Edition will be available February 5, 2008, for both the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The Devil May Cry: The Animated Series anime disc will be packed with the Steelbook case, and will include the first four episodes of the 12 episode anime series. Volume one of the four-disc DVD anime series will be available from ADV Films at the same time the game launches. Inside the case will be a second bonus DVD alongside the game that users can slip into their computers. The bonus DVD will contain a “making of” feature on the game, music from the Devil May Cry 4 soundtrack, a digital art book with images and sketches from the development team, wallpapers, icons and screen savers.

The highly anticipated Devil May Cry 4 immerses gamers in a gothic supernatural world, where a new protagonist clashes with series mainstay Dante. As new leading man Nero players will be able to unleash incredibly powerful and stylish attacks and non-stop combos using a combination of the Devil Bringer arm and the Exceed system, both of which are new gameplay mechanics for the series. Fans of Dante won’t be disappointed as he too will be playable during the course of the game.

Devil May Cry 4 is an epic story where the lines between good and evil are constantly blurred. Taking full advantage of the advanced graphical and processing power of the next-gen systems and Windows PC it draws gamers into the rich and highly detailed world of Fortuna and its surrounds with more enemies than ever before and some of the most breath-taking bosses ever conceived.

Devil May Cry 4 includes the following features:
• From the producer of the original Devil May Cry® and Resident Evil® 4
• 2 playable characters – take control of both Nero & Dante
• High-definition visuals moving at 60 frames per second
• Blend of familiar and new: newcomer Nero clashes with veteran Dante plus appearances from Trish, Lady and others from the DMC series
• Exceed System allows Nero to easily charge up his sword with a throttle effect, revving up to three levels with powerful and varied attack options
• Deep combo system rewards stylish dispatching of enemies
• Unique “Devil Bringer” arm opens up a range of never seen before combo options
• Distinct set of weaponry and moves for Nero and Dante
• New active style change system for Dante allows him to switch styles and weapons on the fly, producing crazy combo possibilities
• Numerous new characters and environments
• Signature blend of guns and swordplay

Devil May Cry 4 Collector’s Edition contains the following extras:
• Volume 1 of ADV Film’s Devil May Cry: The Animated Series on DVD, including four complete episodes of the anime (a retail value of $29.99)
• Unique Steelbook™ metal case
• Bonus DVD
o Making of Devil May Cry 4
o Music from the soundtrack
o Digital artbook
o PC content (screen savers, wallpapers, icons)

Rock Band Delayed *Update*

Looks like official sites such as Xbox.com and the Rockbandstore.com are reporting a new release date for the game. The release has been moved from 11/20 to 11/27 . With the log jam of releases on the 20th of November such as Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, and Uncharted, plus reasons I outlined in Podcast #3, with what Rockband is going up against November, this seem like the logical move.


Update: On the official Rock Band forum a Harmonix team member is claiming the game is still shipping on the 20th. Guess we’ll have to wait and see why Xbox.com and the official Rock Band store changed the ship date. Ship date calls are usually made from the publishers and not the developers. I’ll wait till MTV games has something to say about it or something more definite is announced.


Mass Effect Soldier Class Combat Videos IN GAME!

Hello Commander,

Your mission to lead an elite squad to save the universe from a merciless enemy begins in less than a month – are you ready? In “Mass Effect,” the Soldier character class is required to master a variety of weapons under intense combat situations. To prepare you, we’ve put together a new combat video to show you exactly how the Soldier Class takes care of business.This evening you will find the brand new “Combat Scenario: Soldier Class” video . This will provide you a taste as Commander Shepard equips weapons, targets enemies and takes cover before your detailed training begins on November 20.All footage in the video is taken directly from the game, and you’ll get to see a sampling of enemies and weapons in addition to the user interface.For additional information on “Mass Effect,” please visit http://masseffect.bioware.com

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Call of Duty 4 Live Fire Weekend

CALL OF DUTY® 4: MODERN WARFARE ™ TO DESCEND ON XBOX LIVE FOR LIVE FIRE WEEKENDSanta Monica, CA – Nov. 1, 2007 – Ten days following its U.S. release on Nov. 6, Activision Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™ will invade the Xbox LIVE®online entertainment network for a 72-hour Play & Win Sweepstakes full of games and prizes beginning on Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:01 EST. Hourly prizes will be awarded all weekend, including Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare shirts, Infinity Ward autographed posters and Xbox LIVE point cards. One Grand Prize winner also will receive an Xbox 360 Elite console and a Limited Edition Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare faceplate, among other items.

Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, November 18 – Play and Win.

Register and Play COD4: Modern Warfare on Xbox LIVE during the weekend and win an Xbox 360 Elite, Infinity Ward team autographed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare swag, limited edition Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare faceplates, Xbox 360 accessories, Microsoft Points and other great Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare prizes. There will be one winner for every hour that weekend (72 hours) as well as the grand prize which includes the Elite, autograph swag, faceplate and accessories. (The hourly winners get Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare poster, t-shirt, and MS Points.)

Friday, Nov. 16 – 6pm -9pm EST – Play with over a dozen gamers from developer, Infinity Ward.

Saturday, Nov. 17 – The PMS Clan joins the online action for Saturday night gaming.

More details on registering for the Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare LIVE Fire weekend and information regarding terms, conditions, and official rules are available on the official event page: www.xbox.com/livefire/. Registration is open now and will end at 11:59pm (ET) on November 18, 2007.

For times, rules and other details please visit: www.xbox.com/livefire or www.charlieoscardelta.com.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows® PC and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system will begin deployment on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 and has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB for Intense Violence, Strong Language, Blood and Gore. The game will also be available for and Nintendo DS™ and has been rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB for Teen for Blood and Violence.

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