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XBLA games down 50% in EA publisher sale

Wondering how to spend those Microsoft Points you received this holiday season? Well look no further, for an EA publisher sale has started today and sees 50% off some great XBLA games:

Deathspank – 600 MSP (1200)
Gatling Gears – 400 MSP (800)
Burnout Crash – 400 MSP (800)
Heavy Weapon – 400 MSP (800)
Risk: Factions – 400 MSP (800)
Shank – 600 MSP (1200)
Zuma – 200 MSP (400)

The sale, which also includes DLC for retail games and games on demand, is expected to last until January 9. Check out the marketplace in your area for the full list.

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Celebrate NFL Blitz’s pending release with a look at the game’s over the top tackles and animations

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson has unveiled that Electronic Arts’ new NFL Blitz for XBLA will be launching on January 4th, just in time to coincide with the NFL playoffs. With the game’s release just days away, Operation Sports has obtained a series of videos from the game portraying Blitz’ unique animations and arcade flavor. You can check out the first video in the series above, and then head be sure to over to Operation Sports for the rest. Get ready to make some outrageous tackles football fans, NFL Blitz will be selling for 1200 MSP when it makes its debut on XBLA this Wednesday.

Source: Operation Sports and Major Nelson

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD countdown is a throwback message board

So the countdown wasn’t gameplay but it turned out to be something we all loved during the 90′s: message board forums with a flash player. The build-up from the countdown on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD website included clues to classic levels with hidden pictures and now we have a forum to talk about the game. They’re taking suggestions from forum users and wanting to see your classic videos from the previous installments. But the best part about all of this is the flash player playing all classic music from the games, suggesting maybe we’ll see all those classic songs again since they were unsure before. So get on the forum and start suggesting things while you blast Goldfinger or Del the Funky Homosapien.

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Unannounced XBLA games hit rating boards along with many others

Coming hot off the heels of the recent board ratings for the long awaited Fez and Trials Evolution, we’ve come across quite a few more XBLA ratings as we enter the final hours of 2011. Some games have been under our watchful eye for quite some time such as A.M.Y., I AM ALIVE and Retro City Rampage. Some, like Tetris Party Challenge and Microsoft-submitted Wreckateer, are the first glimpses we have at unannounced titles. Even Saints Row: Money Shot is rated while retaining it’s title of “Worst Kept Secret on XBLA.” Below is an alphabetical list of the newly rated games along with links to their ratings pages which originate from the ESRB, PEGI, Australian Classification Board, Korea’s Games Rating Board, and Germany’s USK (Note: The USK doesn’t have separate game pages we can link to but game-specific ratings as all ratings are posted in a list as they are rated).

The best part about this is we are one step closer to many games hitting XBLA in the (hopefully) near future. Thanks once again goes out to @lifelower for being such a workhorse tipster.

A.M.Y.
PEGI

Babel Rising
ESRB
GRB

Bang Bang Racing
AU Classification

Deep Black Episode 1 & 2
PEGI

Defenders of Ardania
PEGI

Dungeon Fighter Live (this final title is unannounced.)
GRB

Happy Action Theatre
PEGI

Haunt
AU Classification

I AM ALIVE
AU Classification

Nexuiz

ESRB

Quarrel
GRB

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
USK

Retro City Rampage
GRB

Saints Row: Money Shot

PEGI

Scarygirl
ESRB
AU Classification

Shank 2
USK

The Simpsons Arcade Game
AU Classification

Sine Mora

GRB

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 Episode II (officially announced today!)
GRB

Spelunky

PEGI

Tetris Party Challenge
(Previously unannounced)
AU Classification

Warp

ESRB

World Gone Sour
ESRB

Wreckateer (Submitted by Microsoft, but no details as of yet.)
GRB

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Trials Evolution races into ratings

When we hear about ratings, our eyes start glistening over whatever will come out next. Much like Fez‘s rating today, RedLynx’s new sequel Trials Evolution showed up on the PEGI rating board. How soon are we gonna be able to pull off crazy wheelies and jumps? We sadly don’t know but with this indication, it’ll be coming off the ramp sooner rather than miss the jump. Shout out to @wicket2961 for the tip!

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Tim Schafer voicing protagonist of Haunt, and other tidbits revealed in new interview with NanaOn-Sha

Gamasutra recently had the chance to sit down with Masaya Matsuura of NanaOn-Sha, developers of the upcoming Kinect enabled adventure Haunt for Xbox Live Arcade. During the interview Matsuura-san talks about some of the challenges of working with Kinect but things take a bit of a silly and interesting turn toward the end of the interview when it is revealed that none other than Double Fine Productions‘ Tim Schafer is voicing Haunt‘s main character. Is your mind not blown? That’s one more reason to look forward to the game, which is scheduled to launch in 2012. Check out the interview in full here, and if case you missed it, check out the most recent Haunt trailer from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

Source: Gamasutra

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Fez has been rated for release

We’re still waiting on a firm release date for the long-awaited Fez but we have some good news to make that wait a little better. According to a listing on the PEGI rating board, it has recently been rated for release which hopefully means we’ll be seeing it sooner rather than later. When it was delayed to 2012 this year, everyone got a little disappointed but all of us here have faith in Phil Fish to bring out a gorgeous platformer. Keep your eyes to our site for any more news on Fez‘s release. Shout out to @lifelower for the tip!

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Two teaser and details speed onto the scene

GameSpot recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ken Balough of Sega who unveiled to the world the first teaser trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Two, along with the first details surrounding the game. First and foremost, Mr. Balough announced that Episode 2 will be rocking entirely new graphics and physics engines, immediately separating itself from Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One. Additionally, the teaser trailer (which can be viewed above) reveals that Sonic’s old buddy Tails will be welcomed back into the fold this time around, and we expect him to be playable. On the villain side, it is being speculated that Sonic’s rival Metal Sonic will be taking center stage. The good news is that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Two will be speeding onto XBLA sometime in 2012. The bad news is that we have no idea when. We can only advise you to keep your eyes open. You know Sonic’s reputation; He just may blaze onto the scene sooner than you’d think.

Source: GameSpot

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Microsoft removing gun-like avatar items starting January 1st

Epic has taken to their forums to clue the world in on a new policy coming soon to the Xbox Live Marketplace. Starting on January 1, 2012, gun-like avatar items will no longer be allowed on Xbox Live Marketplace, and any currently existing items will no longer be available for purchase. Here’s the quote from Epic:

Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.

As they mention, you’ll be able to keep any avatar items you already have, so if you were holding out on purchasing a sweet virtual gun, now’s the time to pull the trigger.

Source: EPIC forums via Gaming Examiner

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD website reveals a mysterious countdown

It’s going to be a long wait until the summer when we see Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD hit digital shelves on XBLA but something mysterious showed up today. @lifelower tipped us to their website where they seem to be counting down to something for a reveal with “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour playing in the background. Could it be new game footage? Could it be “Superman” by Goldfinger playing on a loop for an entire day? One thing’s for certain, we’ll let you know as the reveal hits this weekend. Shout out to @lifelower for the tip.

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