Going the way of wireless carriers, Microsoft is now offering prospective Xbox 360 buyers the chance to snap up a 4GB console bundle (which comes with Kinect) for just $99. You have to pay $14.99 a month for 24 months, which amounts to a grand total of $360 once it’s done with. That money gets you the console and Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Engadget has more details, including breakdown of early termination fees.
Aching for a physics-based puzzle game? Konami has a treat for you. They have released Puddle, a winner in the 2010 GDC Indie Games Festival, on Xbox Live Arcade. You can grab it for 800 Microsoft points.
The project was initially a project from six students from ENJMIN, a French game development school. It was eventually picked up by Neko Entertainment and was developed further. The game highlights the various basics of physics – momentum, friction, etc. You’ll need to work your way through fires, rifts, spells, and more without evaporating away.
Puddle is expected to be released on PlayStation Network on January 31 for $9.99.
Let your inner psychopaths out – a demo for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is now available on Xbox Live. Only for some, though, as the “exclusive” demo requires a code to access.
Getting the code isn’t so hard – there are three ways you can get it. First off, sign up at the game’s website. Second: stare at your Xbox 360 dashboard, you might get a chance “soon”. Finally, check 1UP to test your luck at getting 1 of 1,000 codes.
The single-player demo takes place at a restaurant in Shanghai. There’s also some multiplayer action.
Microsoft sent out word that Alien Hominid HD, the award-winning Xbox Live Arcade game from The Behemoth, will be the “Deal of the Week” this week. It will see a 400 point price drop during this time and, as an added bonus, players who receive at least one achievement will unlock the playable Alien character for Castle Crashers.
A new trailer shows off the wintery playgrounds to be found in the upcoming “Snowblind” map pack DLC for Gears of War 2.
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Coca-Cola has teamed up with Microsoft this week to give away $37,000 (£25,000) worth of Microsoft points on Xbox Live for free.
The partnership will see three million points given away via a Happiness Factory promotion on the service on a first-come-first-serve basis.
These points can be used on anything, ranging from dowloadable content for Xbox 360 games to songs for your Zune.
Starting the “Days of Arcade” promotion, EA’s donwloadable board game collection Hasbro Family Game Night has hit Xbox Live Marketplace today.
It’s a free 237MB download that offers four demos of classic Hasbro games Connect 4, Yahtzee, Battleship and Scrabble. The full version of each of these games costs $10 and requires players to download the client application.
Hasbro also promises three more titles – Boggle, Sorry! and Sorry! Sliders – which are listed as “coming soon”.
Black Lab Games today announced Operation: Star Hammer, an action shoot ‘em up coming soon to the Xbox Live Community Games portal.
The game will have players serve as a new recruit enlist with the Alliance of Planets Defense Force to save the universe from total destruction. Presented in a top-down view, players will fly a space fighter using full 360 degree freedom of movement. There will be sixty missions across three separate campaigns and both solo and multiplayer modes.
The game is due out Q2 2009.
A listing on Xbox’s official website reveals that a playable demo for Ubi’s upcoming flight-action game Tom Clancy’s HAWX is set to hit Xbox Live Marketplace on February 11.
The Xbox 360-exclusive demo will offer two missions and include co-op support for up to four players. The full game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 next month.
Want an Xbox 360 Elite, but no money to get it? Shortfuse Games is running a contest in Colosseum that will see one player getting the console by beating one of the game’s many bosses. However, just killing them won’t do – they’ll be judging style and finesse as well, so customize your character and perform some nice combos and specials to defeat the boss.
Colosseum is available on Xbox Live Community Games for Xbox 360. The contest ends March 15, 2009.