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04-23-2005, 10:08 AM
Xbox 360 Titles Race to Launch
Wow, the things I've heard! You'd think that the guys who make games -- designers, programmers, and producers among others -- were a little like gossipy little high school girls. Man, do they love to, eh-hem, talk shop. We've learned that in addition to Microsoft's Perfect Dark Zero being a potential launch title, a few more are being lined up to boot.

These are lots of racing games coming your way. Microsoft is working diligently on Project Gotham Racing 3, lined up as a launch title, along with Atari's Test Drive, EA's Need For Speed Underground 3, perhaps Criterion's next Burnout title, and a renewal of a special Namco racing series. At least one more Japanese developer is officially in development with yet another racing title. So, what is that, six racing games at launch?

Launch Waves
Furthering its launch strategy, we've learned that Microsoft plans on shipping titles in waves. So, instead of releasing all 30 or 40 games simultaneously, MS will ship 15, maybe 20 games at launch, followed two weeks later by a second wave of maybe five to 10 games. Two to three weeks later, after everyone is full with the games they've bought, tasted, and fallen in love with, another wave of 10 or so games will wash in like the tide. It appears Microsoft has studied past hardware launches and analyzed which elements work best. All we can hope is that the hardware shipments are as plentiful as the potential software releases.

Halo 2.5
IGN's heard a new spin on the old pup. So, after all the hub-bub about Halo 2.5, which was spurned on by the game's abrupt ending and Bungie's supposed mad rush to finish it (also partially squashed by the Multiplayer Map Pack), this old dog has the balls to stick his head out again.

A source close to Bungie said that Microsoft plans to release Halo 2.5 with the launch of Xbox 360 this November. The game is allegedly nothing more than a prettied up, high-res, 720p, wide-screen version of Halo 2 -- with perfectly polished cutscenes sans those nasty LOD pop-in textures. Why would you want it, since you and 7 million other people already own it? Well, it's prettier for one, and who knows, maybe there are those same maps on it for Xbox 360, and maybe, just maybe it will come bundled with the hard drive, which is sold separately. It's just a rumor, but one of those nasty, sounds-like-it-could-be-true ones that stick to you. Kinda hard to skip the hard-drive when Halo 2.5 is on it, don't you think? And honestly, do you really think Microsoft will launch its new system without its ultra-successful flagship title Halo?

04-23-2005, 10:19 AM
I like the idea of launching games in waves. And Halo 2.5 on the HD seems like a no brainer, if the optional HD is a reality.

Now, if they were slapping Oblivion on the HD, I'd be twice as excited.

04-23-2005, 10:31 AM
Sounds a little fishy but we'll see.

04-23-2005, 10:51 AM
I hope they don't make the HD optional, because no one will buy it and suckers like me will be stuck with something developers have no interest in implementing into their games because of the limited user base..

04-23-2005, 11:25 AM
At the Game Developers Conference, they stated that they require developers to support a minimum level of high definition on the next console. I dont think they'd go around proclaiming the HD Era unless they were supporting it 100%.

Personally, I could care less about HD. I'm more interested in the changes to the Live component.

04-23-2005, 11:37 AM
I was talking about the Hard Drive. Isn't that what they meant, as in "Halo 2 will be on the Hard Drive"?

04-23-2005, 12:44 PM
If they added one more level after the ending or something for H2.5, that would make it sell alone.

04-23-2005, 02:12 PM
Sounds a little fishy but we'll see.
u mean "smells" a little fishy?

04-23-2005, 04:49 PM
u mean "smells" a little fishy?

No, it is called figurative speech. You've never heard of it?

04-24-2005, 05:00 PM
No, it is called figurative speech. You've never heard of it?


04-24-2005, 05:10 PM
u mean "smells" a little fishy?

No that's what I would say if we were talking about your girls kootchie. :p

04-24-2005, 08:09 PM
No, it is called figurative speech. You've never heard of it?
ive heard it both ways, i was just teasing.

No that's what I would say if we were talking about your girls kootchie. :p
funny, thats exactly what I would say if we were talking about your mom's