Xbox 360: XBLA – Asteroids – Wednesday, November 28

Here’s this weeks Xbox Live Arcade game. It will sset you back 400 points.

Two of the all-time classic arcade games come to Xbox LIVE® Arcade in Asteroids©, Asteroids Deluxe©, a combo of intense action where players must save earth from a deadly bombardment of asteroids. The full historic game is available in its original form, along with a completely re-stylized version featuring evolved graphics.

  • The original Asteroids: Released in 1979 by Atari, the simple black and white game was a masterpiece of vector graphics game design, and had millions of arcadegoers entranced by its simple mechanic of controlling a spaceship firing at and destroying asteroids.
  • The release of Asteroids Deluxe: The sequel to the original, released in 1980, Asteroids Deluxe featured the same classic gameplay but added a new shield feature and dangerous satellite enemies. Play both the original and its sequel in all of its classic old-school style.
  • Next-gen evolution: But now, both games have evolved. Support is provided for both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, including HDTV. Full-screen anti-aliasing and Dolby Digital surround sound complete the gaming experience.
  • Throttle Monkey mode: Both game versions come with a high-speed version known as Throttle Monkey. Can you survive?
  • Achievements and leaderboards: Twelve new achievements for you to earn, and new leaderboards to conquer. Show your friends who is the master at AsteroidsandAsteroids Deluxe.

Xbox 360: Friends of Friends Coming to Xbox LIVE

We don’t know much about next weeks dashboard update, but one new feature was revealed today: Friends of Friends. This is taken from Xbox.com

Friends of Friends Coming to Xbox LIVE

Microsoft is making it even easier to expand your Friends network on Xbox LIVE®, starting with the Fall Dashboard Update on December 4. You’ll be able to check out the friends lists of fellow Xbox LIVE members right from the Dashboard. With this new feature, members can find old friends or connect with new ones within the community of more than eight million people on Xbox LIVE around the globe and send messages and game invites, as well as compare games and Achievements.

With the prevalence of social media websites such as MySpace and FaceBook, this type of capability has largely come to be expected from consumers as a means to relate in an online community. Xbox LIVE continually seeks new ways to better serve the expectations of its members, which often result in free enhancements made available through the bi-annual Dashboard updates.

Friends List Settings
When the Fall Dashboard update is distributed on December 4, the new default setting on Xbox LIVE will be active, enabling members to see the Friends lists of other Xbox LIVE members. If you’d like to keep your friends list private, you can take the following steps to change your settings beginning today:

Log in to www.xbox.com/fof and select one of the three options available for your Gamertag:

  • Everyone (only available to members 18 and older)
  • Friends only (available to members 13 and older)
  • Blocked (available to all members, and automatic for anyone under the age of 13)

Stay tuned for more information about the Xbox 360 Dashboard Update later this month!

Wii: Virtual Conosle games – Europe – Friday November 23, 2007

Europe got two new VC games to download today.

Bubble Bobble
NES – 1990 by Taito – action – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Bubble Bobble is a puzzle-action game featuring the two Bubble Dragons, Bub and Bob. When it hit arcades in 1986 it introduced brand-new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles the blew and then popping them.

Altough it is possible to beat the game just by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as a “true ending” not obtainable in singel-player mode, hidden commands that lead to secret rounds and a ton of different items. These elements were one of the game’s most important selling point.

Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, making bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and make use of these diffenrent pattetern while playing helped make Bubble Bobble a revolutionary action game at the time.

The King of Fighters ’94
NeoGeo – 1994 by D4 Enterprise – fighting – 1-1 players – 900 points – age 12+

This seminal beat ‘em up, released in 1994, was the first King of Fighters game and set the template for the whole series. Unlike the usual one-on-one fight system, King of Fighters ’94 lets you choose one of eight teams, each madeup of three fighters from such SNK classics as Fatal Fury, Ikari Warriors, Psycho Soldier and art of Fighting.

The rules are simple – choose a country-based team and set the play order of your characters, then fight until one team has been vanquished! As well as the usual variety of special moves, each fighter has a power gauge that can be charged up to preform a devastating Super Desperation Move. This gauge builds up every time a fighter takes a hit, so even if you’re taking a real beating you might get a chance to turn the tables!

With crisp, detailed graphics, fluid animation nd stirring music and sound effects, this arcade perfect port is a must-have for any fighting game fan.

HD DVD and Blu-ray Top 10 on Amazon.com

Here’s the toplist of the most selling HD DVD and Blu-ray disc on Amazon.com as of Thursday, November 22.

HD DVD Top 10

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  2. The Departed (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  3. Shooter
  4. Hot Fuzz (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  5. Top Gun
  6. Happy Feet (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  7. Knocked Up
  8. Letters from Iwo Jima (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)
  9. Goodfellas
  10. The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum) [HD DVD] – Amazon.com Exclusive

Blue-ray Top 10

  1. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
  2. Die Hard Collection (Die Hard/ Die Hard 2 – Die Harder/ Die Hard with a Vengeance/ Live Free or Die Hard)
  3. Live Free or Die Hard
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End
  5. Ratatouille
  6. 2001 – A Space Odyssey
  7. Cars
  8. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition)
  9. Harry Potter Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set (Sorcerers Stone/ Chamber of Secrets/ Prisoner of Azkaban/ Goblet of Fire/ Order of the Phoenix)
  10. The Simpsons Movie

Playstation Store for PC

Yesterday, the Playstation Store became available on the PC. Here’s a quote from Playstaion Blog:

The PLAYSTATION Store for the PC is a free service that allows PSP owners to access a new world of gaming and entertainment content through the PLAYSTATION Network. Best of all, this new service lets PSP users establish a PLAYSTATION Network account and purchase content directly from the PlayStation Store for the PC.

The new PlayStation Store for the PC marks the first time that we’ve made the PLAYSTATION Network accessible to the millions of PSP owners who don’t own a PLAYSTATION 3. PSP owners can now use their existing or newly created PLAYSTATION Network account to access a variety of free content including the latest demos of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike, the latest addition to the popular SOCOM franchise and Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow, the highly anticipated sequel to Gabe Logan’s Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror for the PSP.

In addition to regularly expanding access to our library of new PSP games, we will be releasing titles that will be available only from the PLAYSTATION Store, including: Syphon Filter: Combat Ops, the next installation in the Syphon Filter franchise.

Here’s the link to Playstation Store: http://store.playstation.com/

Xbox 360: Undertow on XBLA, November 21

Undertow is comming to Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, November 21. It will cost you 800 points. (Source: Xbox.com)

Undertow is a fast-paced action-shooter that sends you underwater as you battle up to 16 players for control of the oceans! Non-stop conquest-style battles push the envelope of onscreen effects and combat action and boast some of the most stunning graphics ever seen in an Xbox LIVE® Arcade title.

  • Combat control: Undertow features relentless high-speed combat with simple and intuitive controls.
  • Visual style: The incredible next-gen graphics resonate with a vibrant underwater visual style.
  • Multiplayer matches: Undertow features 16-player multiplayer battles and two-player co-op modes.
  • Races and upgrades: The game includes three different playable races, each with four unique upgradeable units.
  • Single-player campaign: The 15-level single player campaign has a compelling story told through cutscenes.