Fresh from E3: Xbox LIVE enhancements and new games for Windows Phone

Fresh from E3: Xbox LIVE enhancements and new games for Windows Phone

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I know all of the gamers out there have been eagerly following all of the news coming out of the E3 expo in Los Angeles [games and voice]. Of course, I am partial to Xbox news especially when it comes to new stuff for Windows Phone. With that, I am stoked to announce some new Xbox LIVE functionality coming in the release of Windows Phone code-named Mango, in addition to some awesome new game titles.

First off, soon you’ll find an update to the Xbox LIVE Extras app, this is the new Avatar Marketplace! Now, you have more options to customize your Avatar with a wide range of props and clothing right on your phone.

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Coming later this year in Mango is more native support of Xbox LIVE features in the Games Hub like:

· See your played games and unlocked/locked Achievements

· Compare Achievements with other Xbox LIVE members

· Search your list of friends to see who is online and what they are doing

· See your Xbox LIVE messages and Send/Accept/Reject friend requests

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But what would the kickoff of E3 be without some new games to announce? This new line-up of Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone will be available later this year; four of which will be available exclusive to Windows Phone! Here’s a snapshot of the games we will be previewing this week:

“Beards & Beaks” (Windows Phone exclusive!): Developed by the award-winning team at Microsoft Game Studios, “Beards & Beaks” is an all-out turf war between gnomes and crows that knows no bounds. A race of treasure heisting, a ballet of gnome flicking, and a natural disaster of very unbecoming behavior, this game is unlike any other!

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“Hasta La Muerte” (Windows Phone exclusive!): In this unique 2D world, you are the emissary of death responsible for freeing souls of those whose time has come. Encounter trials, bosses and enemies in more than 30 worlds with the aid of “soulpets” in this thrilling quest.

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Tentacles” (Windows Phone exclusive!): From Press Play, the creators of “Max & the Magic Marker,” this beautifully crafted game features Lemmy, a creepy yet adorable creature who navigates through 40 levels of madness attaching his tentacles to the environments with the tap of your finger. Enjoy groundbreaking, intuitive gameplay as you guide this eyeball-eating creature through boss fights and challenges and outrun Dr. Phluff’s acid attacks.

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“Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne)” (Windows Phone exclusive!): This is not a typo. It’s an epic 3-pack of musically charged shooters from Ska Studios which includes: “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMB1ES 1N IT!!!1,” “Time Viking,” and “ENDL3SS ZOMB1ES!!!1” – including original music and the ability to upload a friends (or foes) face onto your zombie enemies from your photo library!

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“Let’s Golf”: Gameloft presents a fun new way to golf with eight fun 3D characters with super powers, customized golfers, 108 holes across 6 locations, an in-depth Career mode, and new challenges like Shoot Out.

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“Splinter Cell”: In this game from Gameloft, play as Sam Fisher, a highly skilled Special Forces operative and fight a corrupted secret agency to get your daughter back. Follow a trail of intrigue that leads from Iraq to a high-security building in Washington. Run, jump, fight, and shoot using a handgun, shotgun, AK47 and bazooka, or maintain stealth by improvising with nearby objects.

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“Top Gun”: Defend the skies in the most authentic first person jet shooter game on Windows Phone, courtesy of Paramount. Become one of the few to survive the Highway to the Danger Zone! Shoot down enemy jets, dodge incoming air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, navigate dangerous environments and obliterate the enemy's air power.

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Some great new titles coming soon to Windows Phone! I’ll be honest, I am looking forward to donning my black skin suit and night vision goggles for some Splinter Cell action on the bus. In the coming weeks, look for a deeper drill down into the Games Hub to see what’s new and hear from some of the folks behind the scenes responsible for creating it. In the meantime, happy E3 week!

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  • Awesome news on upcoming games! Glad to see Gameloft back in the mix, would love to see NOVA 2.Tentacles looks really cool.

  • bigjim01
    27 Posts

    This just shows how people who purchase iOS and Android devices are just plain losers! In addition to these great games, you have Zune and Office!

  • I really hope MS would open the Marketplace to more countries. In our country, we can purchased games via the Apple Appstore, BB Appworld, Android Market and even Samsung Bada.  Why can't we purchase apps for windows phone?  Hope MS would consider this as the other countries not open to buy in the marketplace are some of Nokia's leading markets.. Here's hoping that MS would do these ASAP.  I would really like to buy those games.

  • Any chance of bringing the excellent Xbox-Live game LIMBO to Windows Phone?

  • Me likes! Xbox Live is the number 1 reason I bought into this phone. Keep it up.

  • Useless for me if you can only buy games with a credit card.

  • With Mango Live-Multiplayer can be implemented but it is still up to the Game Developers to actually do so.

  • bg7316
    6 Posts

    co-op on the splinter cell game?  Wouldn't be worth it unless it was on wifi.

  • arrow22
    50 Posts

    Disappointed to hear nothing about the implementation of real-time multiplayer support.

    This is a feature that is truly lacking on this platform and that should have been there from day 1, following in the excellent path of Xbox Live.

  • wizll
    9 Posts

    nice, now let's see more Xbox Live integration between platforms like full house poker and that tech concept with kinect adventures rally ball. perhaps bring back that whole concept that forza and you guys showed off a few years back.

  • King
    32 Posts

    Great post guys. Looks like some really cool games coming down the pipe. And you guys should be flattered (and motivated) that apple unvieled so many features that are just blatant rip offs of features you guys already have or will have in mango. One step that they have ahead of you guys though is multiplayer. I understand that a true multiplayer experience would require faster data speeds and would consume alot of data but you guys cant be so concerned about our wallets and the carriers networks that you put off things that the customers demand. There's no reason i shouldnt be able to invite a friend to a game of checkers or to play co-op in that new splinter cell game. I know it can be done and i know you guys can do it well, i just hope you do it sooner rather than later. You guys know full well how big multiplayer and social gaming is with the success of xbox live. if you guys can deliver comparable social gaming on windows phone your success will be overwhelming. Keep at it guys!