Posts Tagged ‘Xbox 360’

Classic X-Men Arcade Available Today for PS3 and Tomorrow on Xbox 360

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

That’s right. The classic X-Men arcade game you probably spent hours at as a kid is available today for the PS3 and tomorrow for the Xbox 360. This was one of the arcade games I played the most as a kid. I’ve been waiting for it to make it to a console, and it looks like it was worth the wait. Here is the product teaser from Konami:

“Experience the classic 1992 X-Men arcade game right in the comfort of your own home! Choose from some of your favorite classic X-Men characters including: Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, or Dazzler. Fight your way through hundreds of Sentinels and battle classic super villains such as Pyro, The Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut, Mystique and the Master of Magnetism himself, Magneto!”
Konami

Sounds fun, right? I am really looking forward to this game. According to the PlayStation Blog they left the game intact, cannon inaccuracies and all. This game will be just as you remembered it. The larger arcade screen was formatted to fit a wide-screen television, so you are able to play the full game with up to 6 players online or 4 players at home. Here are some of the game highlights:

  • Six Player Online Action
  • High Definition Visuals – (heads-up displays, menus and local/online Leaderboards)
  • Online Drop-In Multiplayer – Players can jump into available online games at any time. Choose from various levels
  • Custom Match
  • Create Match
  • Multiple difficulty modes

Needless to say this one will be downloaded to my PS3 shortly. It might even make a mention in my next Gifts for Geeks segment. The drop-in multi-player is going to be key to this game I think. It will make it more like the arcade experience when someone dropped in their money to join you for a short time or perhaps all the way to the end. You can find out more about the game from the PlayStation Blog or Konami. Check out the trailer below.

Marvel Pinball For PS3 and Xbox 360

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Zen Studios has teamed up with Marvel Comics to create a series of pinball games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. The Xbox version is already available, and the PS3 version is coming tomorrow. Available tables include Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Blade.

For the Xbox 360, the game tables are available as an add-on to the free Pinball FX2 game. You download Pinball FX2 for free and then buy the Marvel tables for 800 MSP. For the PS3 the game is available as a stand-alone product. Zen Pinball is available for $9.99 on the PlayStation Network. Current table add-ons are priced around $2.50, so I imagine the Marvel ones will be similarly priced. When I know the price I’ll post an update. So, what do you get for your money? According to the official site you get:

  • Battles against multiple enemies per table
  • 4 highly detailed, full-featured tables
  • Local (hotseat) and online (simultaneous) multiplayer modes
  • Local and online high score lists
  • Save/Load, slow motion, and other unlockable cheats
  • The Operators Menu lets you customize practically every aspect of each MARVEL Pinball table including table and mode settings, tilt settings, dot matrix display and more
  • Detailed play stats for each table, with literally hundreds kept for all you statisticians
  • Full 3D environments, characters and objects
  • Train with slow motion and save/load game features
  • State-of-the-art physics model

Not a bad set of specs. How about the differences between the Xbox Live and PSN versions?

Xbox 360:

  • MARVEL Pinball capitalizes on the power of the Pinball FX2 platform, as the new content will be automatically updated to the platform providing easy access
  • Continue your quest to become the Pinball FX2 king by adding to your Superscore and Wizard Score!
  • Multiplayer options including split screen
  • 50 Gamerscore per table
  • Robust trial system allowing you to try each table before you decide to make a purchase
  • Live video chat via the Xbox 360 Live Vision Camera

PS3:

  • Controller tilt feature used to nudge table
  • Vibration support for Dualshock 3 controller
  • Trophies for high scores and other accomplishments
  • Playstation Eye support (video chat)
  • Hero Score and Team Force scoring systems introduce a new level of social interaction!

Both versions look pretty good. In my house, ties go to the PS3 every time. While there may certainly be a little Sony love going on in my house, it is more of a lacking feature on the Xbox 360. I don’t have a Wi-Fi connection for my Xbox, but the PS3 and Wii are connected. I haven’t bothered running a wired connection to the Xbox, so it mostly gathers dust these days. I like the trophy system better on the PS3 as it is, so I am looking forward to increasing my score with this game.

This looks like a really fun way to play pinball, and I am looking forward to spending some time with it soon. It’s almost download day as I write this. Check out the trailer for the Spider-Man table below. I think you’ll see why I’m looking forward to this game. Additional details can be found at www.marvelpinball.com.

Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Microsoft held its E3 press conference on Monday. Among the hot topics is a new slimmer Xbox 360 which finally includes wireless networking, as well as a newly named Kinect for Xbox 360 (formerly Project Natal). There were some standard platform games displayed, but the focus of course was on the move. Microsoft thinks this is a big year for Xbox. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the Xbox console. Here is the video, courtesy of Gamespot.

Here are my initial thoughts from the video. First, I think the little girl playing with the tiger on the Kinectimals game was the best actor on the stage. None of the Microsoft Studios games looked that interesting to me, with one exception. Microsoft and Lucas Arts are working on a new Star Wars game, which has a lot of potential. In fact, it has so much potential that it is the only game shown that makes me want to buy a Kinect.

The best part of the Kinect, however, is not the video games. Kinect video looks like it has a lot more potential. Once you get past the cheesy dialog from the demo, there was a pretty impressive demonstration. It looked like the conversation started instantly. I don’t know if she had it on pause, or if it was an actual real-time connection. I am sure the details will come out soon enough. The ability to share games is interesting, and it reminds me of the early demos of Google Wave, where you can video chat and watch a movie together. Again, I think the video features are the reason to get the Kinect, at least for now.

Also of note is the deal with ESPN. Xbox Live customers will get access to thousands of shows through an exclusive deal with Microsoft. Considering how Microsoft has the best console-based Netflix app, I am looking forward to seeing what the ESPN experience looks like.

All in all, it looks like Microsoft had a decent showing. It wasn’t the most exciting thing around, but there were definitely some things worth looking at. I’ll be watching for new game announcements and talking about the interesting titles as information comes out. Until then, enjoy the E3 coverage and stay tuned for more.