While most of us have all the big blockbuster games, there are always newcomers to introduce them to, and Microsoft is aiming at them with the expansion of its Classics collection in Europe by including three games – Halo 3, Mass Effect and Project Gotham Racing 4. They will be re-released on March 20 for just £19.99.
No introduction is really necessary for any of the titles. Halo 3 is essentially the most popular first-person shooter ever, amassing a huge following since its Xbox days. Mass Effect is the latest action-RPG from BioWare; exclusive to Xbox 360, the game has players travelling across the universe to save the world from a destructive civilization. Finally, Project Gotham Racing 4 is the latest installment in the street racing series.
“We are delighted to add three of our finest titles to the Classics range, adding to the exceptional entertainment offering available on the Xbox 360 at outstanding prices,” said David Gosen Vice President of Marketing, Xbox Europe. “As we see more and more families looking to save money by staying in, Xbox 360 continues to offer high-quality home entertainment at fantastic value and consumers are clearly recognising this as we sail past 8 million console sales in Europe.”
A few new details about the Photo Mode in Project Gotham Racing 4 have been revealed. It will feature the same set of standard effects from its predecessors, but with a couple of additions including noise, wobble, tunnel and vehicle blur filters.
They also revealed that a “3D filter” will be applied on images. This effect will apply a sort of 3D effect on the images, which can be seen when one wears those crazy red-blue glasses. Some screenshots below:
Microsoft Game Studios and Bizarre Creations today revealed new details on Project Gotham Racing 4. The game will feature an all-new career mode, dynamic weather system and PGR on demand. They also revealed new vehicles that will be in the game:
- Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged 2004
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage 2005
- Austin Mini Cooper S 1964
- Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1969
- Ferrari F430 2004
- Caparo T1 2007
- Caterham R500 2000
- Lamborghini Gallardo 2004
- Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 2005
- Tesla Roadster 2008
- BMW F 800 S 2006
- Honda NR750 1992
- Honda CBR600RR 2005
- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 2007
- MTT Turbine Superbike 2006
- MV Agusta F4 Senna 2006
- Norton 500 Manx 1962
- Triumph Speed Triple 2005
- Triumph Trident 2005
Six new screenshots have also been released to show off the vehicles. PGR4 is set for release on October 12 for £44.99.
This studio update on Bizarre Creation’s website reveals the locations that will be present in Project Gotham Racing 4. It also talks about the “racification” of the tracks, the challenge of adding motorcycles, weather and some other things related to the locations themselves.
This year’s X06 saw a couple of big announcements from Microsoft. Very big announcements. Let’s check them out:
- Peter Jackson, who is currently associated with the upcoming Halo movie, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Fran Walsh and Microsoft Game Studios have teamed up to create two new games exclusively for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. The first series will be a collaborative with Bungie to co-create the next game in the Halo universe, while the second series will be a completely new IP. Additionally, they have also partnered up to form Wingnut Interactive, the studio which will dedicate itself to bringing these series’ to the next-gen console.
- Besides the Wingnut Halo game, Ensemble Studios is working on Halo Wars, a new real-time strategy game based on the legendary universe. Before you cry foul, keep in mind that these guys are behind the Age of Empires franchise, which has been a solid series so far. The game is entirely exclusive to Xbox 360.
- Hoping to make a dent in Sony’s future, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox 360 version of Grand Theft Auto IV will receive two exclusive downloadable, “epic” episodes via Xbox Live, each with many hours of entirely new gameplay. These episodes will be available just months after the game’s release next year.
Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will ship at the same time in October 2007.
- In a move that is very uncharacteristic of Ubisoft, the publisher confirmed that the next Splinter Cell title after Double Agent will be a console-exclusive on Xbox 360. It will also be released on PC for those without the console.
- Yes, BioShock is also exclusive to the console. It’s on PC as well.
- Banjo-Kazooie is back, courtesy of Rare! Another exclusive to Xbox 360, the title will feature the much beloved characters, who, according to the press release, will thankfully retain their “sharp wit and hilarious sense of humor.”
- Another exclusive: Marvel Universe Online. In development at Cryptic Studios, the game will also be released for Windows Vista.
- Everyone saw this coming, but not this soon: Project Gotham Racing 4. The game was unveiled at the show, though it is not expected until late next year, or 2008.
- id Software’s DOOM and Codemasters’ Sensible World of Soccer are now available on Xbox Live Arcade.
- And finally, the Xbox 360 HD-DVD player will be released in North America, UK, France and Germany this November. It will retail for $200 in North America and €200/£130 in U.K., France and Germany. The player will also come with a copy of King Kong on HD-DVD and the Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote.