Alan Wake, I Am Alive headline XBL House Party

[UPDATE]: Third annual Xbox 360 game promotion kicks off February 15; THQ's Nexuiz and EA's Warp round out the offerings.

Microsoft has finalized the guest list for its third annual House Party, with four downloadable games invited to the 2012 version of the promotion.

This year's party promises to bring the house down.

In a video posted to the Xbox Live Marketplace, Microsoft advertised the House Party as featuring four games: Alan Wake's American Nightmare, I Am Alive, Nexuiz, and Warp. However, the clip did not give release dates or prices for the games. Last year's House Party promotion featured five titles (Hard Corps: Uprising, Full House Poker, Beyond Good & Evil HD, Bejeweled Blitz Live, and Torchlight) and kicked off in mid-February.

In Alan Wake's American Nightmare, the titular author journeys to another remote town full of spooky secrets. There he faces off against a new supernatural villain, Mr. Scratch, and the two do battle using the powers of light (for Wake) and darkness (for Scratch).

Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai, I Am Alive tells the story of an everyman who has lost his wife and daughter during a mysterious but cataclysmic event. This man returns to his hometown, Haventon, a year later to find the city in ruins, with its inhabitants taking "necessary actions" to survive.

Nexuiz is a multiplayer-only first-person shooter in which eight players on two teams square off against each other in Capture the Flag and Team Deathmatch modes. The game also features dynamic mutators that can modify the game mid-match, with effects that turn the screen black and white or force players to get by with inverted controls.

Finally, Electronic Arts is adding the stealth action game Warp to the House Party lineup. The game puts players in control of the teleporting alien Zero as it attempts to escape from an underwater laboratory.

[UPDATE 1/10]: While the specific titles remain undated, Microsoft has said that the House Party promotion will kick off February 15.

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Vodoo
Vodoo

Definately getting Alan Wake (that was a sick game!) and I Am Alive. Maybe I'll check out Warp but the fps game sounds so generic imo.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Looking forward towards I am Alive. But I'll read/watch the review first before buying it

mattg90520
mattg90520

Looking forward to both I Am Alive and especially Alan Wake. MS has been doing amazing lately for their House Party and Summer of Arcade, finding great titles including a lot of great indie gems. I can usually count of getting at least one or two every time.

TimboII
TimboII

Alan Wake is definitely the strongest game I see here, though I'm still dissapointed it's not getting a true retail sequel yet...but I understand it probably would have taken Remedy until the middle of the next Xbox's life cycle to design a full fledged sequel...I am alive looks great too...the rest however? We'll wait and see.

vidar77
vidar77

why does anyone care if a game is downloadable or retail? if its a good game, its a good game. I really am confused by this. also confused why everyone complains about exclusives? as long as the game you want to play is on a system you own, who cares if its on other platforms as well? I dont know, maybe its just me.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'll pass on all of these, Alan Wake should be a full retail game, I Am Alive could go either way but it's another that would have been better as a boxed game, Warp sounds stupid and I'm definitely not wasting my time on a online only game......

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

God, those games look awesome, between the Alan Wake game, I Am Alive, Nexuiz (Which is one of the first games out there to be developed using the CryEngine 3) and Warp I'm so going broke.

pszone
pszone

I agree with Maximumbarmage@ Only one great exclslive for xboxlive alan awake . but i am alive coiming to psn and ya more retro psn getting since last years odd world. Psn getting big retro house of the dead 3 and 4 only for psn. I do think xboxlive coming to end very soon since new xbox coming this years E3212.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

This seems interesting. I really wanted a Alan Wake Sequel that was a Retail game rather than an Arcade title I'm not big on them at all.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

That's a pretty terrible line up compared to last year. The 360 isn't doing much to dispell the increasing perception that it's getting far too light on games right now. Warp sounds interesting, but I think I'll pass on more Alan Wake. First game sucked.

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

Woo more Alan Wake! Been waiting all too long for another game, even if its XBLA. I Am Alive sounds kinda interesting too, hope to see some videos available for it soon.

pokecharm
pokecharm

oh, this sounds interesting, and two of those titles I'm very interested in too...have to check the dashboard out when I get home.