NEWS - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer is officially here

If you didn’t have the chance to sing along to your favorite bands at summer festivals, Xbox LIVE has you covered with LIVEapalooza. From July 6 through July 12, start a dance party on Xbox LIVE where you, your Avatar and your friends from around the globe can rally for a limited time sale on top music game add-ons. We’re discounting albums, track packs and songs for "Rock Band" (MTV Games), "Guitar Hero®" 5" and "Band Hero®" (Activision Publishing Inc.) and "Lips" (Microsoft Game Studios). From Green Day to The Rolling Stones, the stage is yours.


What’s summer without a little fun in the sun? Grab your toy soldiers and watch out for monkeys as you dive into three great new downloadable games and game add-ons, coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade.


Monkey IslandTM 2 Special EditionLeChuck’sRevenge (LucasArts)

July 7 | 800 Microsoft Points

This all-new "Monkey Island" adventure is bringing you more pirates, more adventure and more monkeys! Relive the second hilarious swashbuckling misadventure of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he searches for the lost treasure of Big Whoop, attempts to win back the beautiful Elaine Marley and takes on the now evil zombie pirate, LeChuck. Rating pending by the ESRB.


Toy Soldiers "The Kaiser’s Battle" Game Add-On                                        (Microsoft Game Studios)

June 30 | 400 Microsoft Points

"Toy Soldiers" Add-on content is here! "The Kaiser’s Battle" allows players to enter the fray as the French Army, take on a new experimental boss, earn 3 new achievements and battle into the midnight hours in new multiplayer and Survival Mode maps.


Worms 2 Armageddon Battle Pack Game Add-on                          (Microsoft Game Studios)

July 7 | 400 Microsoft Points

Incoming! Say hello to the "Worms 2 Armageddon Battle Pack." This Game Add-on package adds to "Worms 2 Armageddon" with the addition of six new weapons, thirty new single-player missions, an all-new game mode called "Survivor," ten new Forts, new speechbanks, additional Achievements, Player Titles, leaderboards and much, much more! It’s a package high on content and explosive goodness, a must for all "Worms" fans out there.


Save your summer cash for sunscreen and shades thanks to awesome discounts through Deal of the Week. During the week of June 28, enjoy six Critics’ Choice titles, all with a Metacritic rating of 80 and above, at discounted prices on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. From defending your grid to rioting your rocket, you’ll have your pick of blockbuster hits at great value to you, your tan, and your wallet.


Chime (Valcon Games)

Week of June 28 | 240 Microsoft Points

"Chime" pits gamers against the melody in this all-new puzzle experience. Place blocks against the clock and remix famous artists’ music tracks in this challenging and addictive puzzle game. Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available worldwide.


Darwinia+ (Introversion Software)

Week of June 28 | 800 Microsoft Points

Winner of three awards at the prestigious Independent Games Festival for Technical Excellence, innovation in Visual Art and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, "Darwinia+" brings an original virtual world to Xbox LIVE Arcade. The peaceful existence of the Darwinians is now threatened by the evil virus that has infected Darwinia and decimated their numbers - without your help, they don’t stand a chance! With a combination of fast-paced action and strategic battle-planning, choose from ten fantastic single player levels or five action-packed multiplayer game modes over 49 unique maps. Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.


Defense Grid: The Awakening (Hidden Path Entertainment Inc)

Week of June 28 | 400 Microsoft Points

The award-winning, fan favorite "Defense Grid: The Awakening" is on sale this week! "Defense Grid" is easy to pick up for players of all skill levels, engrossing to play, and hard to you won’t want to put it down. Strategically place your towers on the map to prevent alien enemies from stealing your power cores and win the game. "Defense Grid" includes ten hours of story play with twenty unique maps in "The Awakening" campaign, four bonus Borderlands maps, a wide variety of tower and enemy types, an interactive soundtrack, plus over one hundred unlockable challenge modes, adding dozens of hours of additional fun. Protect the Cores! Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 years and older by the ESRB and available worldwide.


The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom (2K Play)

Week of June 28 | 400 Microsoft Points

In "The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom," create your own paradox. Enter a macabre and comical silent world filled with mischief, time travel and delicious pie. Record yourself and harness your time-bending abilities to cooperate, compete against and disrupt your past, present and future selves. Winterbottom’s debut misadventures present a whimsical spin on the notions of time, space and play. Help Winterbottom travel through over 75 levels, causing mischief and mayhem in pursuit of the mysterious and elusive Chronoberry Pie on his spectacular journey through space-time. Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available worldwide (except Japan and Korea).


Poker Smash (Microsoft Game Studios)

Week of June 28 | 400 Microsoft Points

"Poker Smash" is an action-packed puzzle game with a poker twist. This game expands on the traditional match-three puzzle mechanic with elements of one of the world’s most popular card games: poker. Make vertical and horizontal matches by forming poker hands, and play in seven different game modes, including multiplayer. Fast and fluid controls paired with radical features such as super-slow motion and card-blasting bombs make this game a whole new puzzle experience! Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available worldwide.


Rocket Riot (THQ)

Week of June 28 | 400 Microsoft Points

Strap on your bazooka soldier, and get ready for the awesome action-packed side-view shooter "Rocket Riot." In this highly-stylized eight-bit era style game, blast your way through the environment against enemies or multiplayer foes online. Navigate through a completely destructible environment, uncover special power-ups, or even burrow into different areas of the map. The map regenerates, keeping the action fast-paced, but time doesn’t heal all wounds. Rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and available worldwide (except Japan).





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