BioShock 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 DLC, Tecmo Bowl, After Burner on XBL update slate

Xbox Live Update: Microsoft's online platform heavily laden over next two weeks with headliners, Puzzle Chronicles, Halo 3 on-demand, Just Cause 2 add-on, more.

Microsoft's online network for the Xbox 360 is in for a busy couple of weeks. In addition to Xbox Live Arcade games ranging from After Burner Climax to Tecmo Bowl: Throwback, the publisher has Halo 3 for Games on Demand and under-the-radar expansion packs for BioShock 2 and Left 4 Dead 2.

Sega's After Burner Climax takes off on XBLA for 800 Microsoft points ($10). The flight combat game brings with it three high-octane jets and 20 stages to burn through. It is joined on XBLA this week by Puzzle Quest studio Infinity Interactive's Puzzle Chronicles. Also clocking in at MSP 800, Puzzle Chronicles is an "active puzzle combat" game with role-playing elements.

After Burner Climax is just one new addition coming to Xbox Live.

As previously announced, Bungie's blockbuster Halo 3 leads the Games on Demand update for this Tuesday. The top-rated sci-fi shooter carries a $29.99 price tag and should serve as a suitable primer for gamers expecting to hop into the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta on May 3. Next week's GOD additions will be Far Cry 2 and Shrek the Third, both of which go on sale April 27.

On April 28, Microsoft will huddle up with Tecmo Bowl: Throwback for MSP 800. Like other retro revamps, Tecmo Bowl: Throwback will include options aimed at purists, as well as those desiring a modern update. The game will let players switch from classic-style 2D graphics to new 3D visuals, customize their teams and rosters, and hit the global gridiron with an online multiplayer mode.

A number of high-profile titles will also get an infusion of postrelease content. On April 22, Valve will release the first add-on pack for Left 4 Dead 2 on the Xbox 360 and PC. The Passing scenario takes place just after the Dead Center campaign. It ties together Left 4 Dead 2 and its predecessor from 2008, as it sees the original game's cast meeting up with the second's contingent of survivors. It will cost MSP 560 ($7) on the 360, though the PC version will be free.

Next week sees the release of the Rapture Metro add-on for BioShock 2. The MSP 800 ($10) pack includes six new multiplayer maps set in the dystopian underwater city, as well as two new masks and three achievements. The add-on also raises the multiplayer rank maximum to 50. Square Enix's Just Cause 2 will also gain the Black Market Aerial Pack that week. The MSP 180 ($2.25) pack includes the F-33 DragonFly jet fighter, dual parachute thrusters, and a multilock missile launcher.

And for those gamers who can't be bothered with all these newfangled games, Microsoft also has a round of new additions to the Xbox Live Game Room on April 28. Vintage games slated to arrive include Super Breakout, Pitfall, Megamania, Night Stalker, Rack 'Em Up, Realsports Volleyball, and Basketball. The catalog update will mark the institution of weekly updates to the service, which had temporarily ceased following its mid-March launch.

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digi-demon
digi-demon

Microsoft/Sega should release more coin-op downloads. On XBL Arcade Sega games like Planet Harriers, Powerdrift, AB2, OutRun, Super Hang-On, Space Harrier. Last Bronx, Virtua Fighter Series, Daytona USA 1 & 2, Thunderblade, Sega Rally 1&2, Virtua Cop series, etc. Arcade would be amazing. Note newer stuff to cost 800 ms & older stuff no more than 400 ms points though!.

XanderZane
XanderZane

djpetitte that's good that passing is free on pc. it;s stupid it's not free for the 360, but that's business. ***************************************************************** The main reason it's not free on XBox 360 is because M$ has to host the DLC and they want a cut of the profits. 2K hosts the download for the PC so they get to charge what they want. They decided to make it free. I'd rather play it on the XBox 360 since it has a larger community and I know my friends will be playing it on the 360.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I still have to get the first Afterburner. I'll have to demo Tecmo Bowl. I loved the original, but we'll have to see what Temco did with this newer version. I loved Megamania on my Atari 2600. That was one of my favorite games. How many remember the song. "Mega..Megamania.. It's going to drive you insane. You got to shoot to survive, you got to move to stay alive!! It's Megamania!! lol!! Wow.. I'm old. Was Pitfall beatable? I never made it to the end.

hollow56771
hollow56771

whoa whoa wait a second..... didnt they already released Bioshock 2 dlc the raised the level cap to 50???

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

I just bought the first Left 4 Dead i need to get the second one soon i just want to play through the first one. hopefully when this new DLC for L4D2 comes out the survival pack for the first one will be free lol

DarkKnightZ42
DarkKnightZ42

Instead of giving us DLC for bioshock 2 how about patching up the multiplayer so it doesnt lag and skip horribly leaving the multiplayer 90% F**KING LUCK!!!!!

digi-demon
digi-demon

Anyone downloaded Afterburner Climax on X360? IMO its excellent. Well done Sega/AM2 - Please can we have more download/retail 'arcade-style' titles of this quality please.

buckeyejuggalo
buckeyejuggalo

Better watch out!! We'll be promised L4D2 DLC and they'll just come out with L4D3 instead. :D

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Tomorrow? Thanks Valve, it's nice to not have an excrutiating wait for a change. (No sarcasm, I mean, I knew it was in development, I'm just glad we only jsut got the release date, since I'd forgotten about it :P)

alexanderthorne
alexanderthorne

Pfft. Multiplayer DLC for Bioshock 2? Who cares?!? I guess I got my hopes up for nothing-- the MP for that game blows...

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Dammit, We want Bioshock SINGLEPLAYER add-ons. The Multiplayer isn't the strong point (although it is good)

payne6705
payne6705

l4d2 DLC FTW I can't wait for it.

Sniper_Wolf_08
Sniper_Wolf_08

drugsrbadmkay16 I've noticed that dlc usually doesn't appear until around 2am pacific time

ascoteton77
ascoteton77

Hmmm...TecmoBowl...please tell me that the Bears are CRAPPY in this game!

AStriegel75
AStriegel75

squidracerX Thank you. First, I was not wrong as it was a question that was what I thought I heard. I knew most of that but I do find it kind of odd that someone does anything for free in these days. Second, that is exactly what I wanted to hear. It is MS windows making it another platform to MS. That means that it isn't exclusive to the xbox but it is exclusive to MS. It is strictly a great business decision to get people that don't buy an xbox to get some (not as much but I'm sure they get some) of the money from Sony players by buying the games. Like I was trying to say xbox doesn't compete with the PC at all they are friends where Sony is out on it's own which is also a good business decision because lets be honest Sony is a much bigger company than MS. Thank you for responding to my post.

drugsrbadmkay16
drugsrbadmkay16

So for the Left 4 Dead 2 DLC - when they say it will be released April 22, meaning tomorrow, does that mean it will be available as soon as it turns midnight? I kind of can't wait/won't be able to sleep tonight.

squidracerX
squidracerX

@AStriegel75 wow you have a lot wrong. First off - many companies would put their DLC out for free on xbox or ps3 if they could just liek on PC; but the console makers force them to put a price on a lot of their content. Mnay developers wil ltell you that to put content on xbox you HAVE to charge and they tell you how much. So in this case its probably Microsoft forcing Valve to charge on xbox, where as Valve owns steam so its free there because they get the money directly and would rather have you buy it off steam. Second you say "its wrong for Sony to hold their games back from the PC", well why would they release games for microsoft windows? (which they DO have some games on PC), when it is essentially a microsoft console/platform? If anything it is 100% crazier that all microsoft games do not come to PC, (the gears games, fable games, etc...), Sony does not want you to buy a microsoft PC, they want you to buy a playstation. that's not bogus - its business sense.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

At least Valve doesn't jack up the price unlike Lawsuitvision.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Looks like there is alot of cool stuff commin our way.

sandgroper
sandgroper

@AStriegel75 Hi, only console gamers (and MW2 players) like getting charged for what should be free.

AStriegel75
AStriegel75

You say that like a bad thing eal-zubieri. Isn't it kind of a fantastic thing that PS3 owners can play all of the games on the PC. That way they get to experience all of fantastic games. I am pretty sure that the xbox doesn't try to compete with PC where apparently Sony is. I think it is more wrong of Sony to hold their games back from the PC to try to get people to pay for over priced DLC and 60 dollars for a game that would only be 50 on a PC (most of the time). Screw Sony for not allowing the xbox owners to play their games.

JoshuaM55
JoshuaM55

@eal-zuberi the simple fact most people these days prefer consoles to a PC. So let microsoft says its an exculsive on the xbox, half the titles are, and bearing in mind most people have microsoft is on most PCs, i dont think it matters to them about technicality. Oh, and as far as good exclusives just on xbox go, try GOW2, about a million arcade games like shadow complex and castle crashers, Blue Dragon, Crackdown, Ninja Gaiden 2 (the proper good version...), Forza series, Fable 2, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark, and a little game called Halo 3?? that enough?

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

and by the way i got both of system so i am not a fanboy .

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

@sleepnsurf " PS3 has nothing good on the horizon so their fanboys will be out in groves hating on us 360 owners for all the good stuff we got coming" since when the xbox got any good exclusives releases? not even one, l4d 2 and many other games that xbox fanboys claims exclusive is on pc and doesn't needs a strong (most of them) pc to run it so please straight your facts properly before posting something wrong.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

"ASG_ Posted Apr 21, 2010 3:35 pm GMT @sleepnsurf Most people who have a PS3 would just get L4D2 on PC, the specs aren't too demanding really." Yeah exactly ! I have ps3 only and playing L4D2 on a netbook , im not hating 360 owners for having L4D2 lol , if i wanted i could buy a 360 anytime

ASG_
ASG_

@sleepnsurf Most people who have a PS3 would just get L4D2 on PC, the specs aren't too demanding really.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

L4D2 dlc is going to be great. PS3 has nothing good on the horizon so their fanboys will be out in groves hating on us 360 owners for all the good stuff we got coming.

CombatDoughBoy
CombatDoughBoy

Umm the previous DLC pack for bioshock already increased the rank to 50 didn't it?

speedfog
speedfog

Cant wait for the dlc for l4d2!!

lowkey254
lowkey254

More ways to juice our pockets. I'm so glad that I have the choice to say no.

AStriegel75
AStriegel75

From what I understand it isn't easy to sell DLC for PC because everyone will just steal it anyway right? I personally don't mind paying 7 dollars for the content for L4D2. That's much better than other games like Halo and MW2. I suppose it's all about supply and demand but both of those games cost way to much for a few maps of a DLC.

Djin
Djin

@Atombomb1981 I played through BioShock 2 on the hardest setting, had max ammo and life through the whole game and beat it on the first try. I never understood why people thought it was so hard to have ammo. I love BioShock and even got a tattoo to show my dedication, but I am very dissapointed with BioShock 2. For such a huge title, it could of been so much better.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

l4d2 dlc free on pc - best news ever!

digi-demon
digi-demon

So when exactly is Afterburner Climax going to be released on XBLA then? a date for it would be useful.

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

The Bioshock 2 single payer campaign had a very big problem in my opinion. There were more than enough resources available to fight your way through, thus making practically useless, most of the smart strategies that could have been used, to fight your way through. So in my opinion a new DLC that add more tonics, plasmids or any kind of items in the single player campaign, would be already useless. But introducing higher levels of difficulty and maybe reducing the items available, would be a much better idea.

isshiah
isshiah

i'd like to see some single player add ons for bioshock. New maps dont interest me.

isshiah
isshiah

i'd like to see some single player add ons for bioshock. New maps dont interest me.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

if there making the pc version free of l4d make the xbox one free. still i look forward to the dlc i love left 4 dead.

0B3L15k_o_Li9hT
0B3L15k_o_Li9hT

@MissMorphine Oh yeah, you still want it! New gun, new cheeves, old friends, and even more reason to play an awesome awesome game. I think Valve time their DLC releases pretty well, it reinvigorates the customer's desire to play, while not leaving them feeling shafted about something which should've been in the game in the first place I can't wait (but still begrudge paying) Worst part is, I doubt they'll actually follow through on their promise for continued support for the first L4D :(

RiskTaker
RiskTaker

That JC2 content should be for free. Come on man, what's up with that? And where is Earth Worm Jim HD. I'll buy that.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

@ myols Microsoft say DLC that includes acheivments will cost, plus its to pay for the privelage of uploading onto their servers. Im not saying its right, thats just M$ stand on it.

bennae66
bennae66

more borderlands dlc please. im about to finish the secret armory and this is playthru 2. on that note: gearbox dont you dare think of putting your next expansion above 800pts. pulling a 'dlc warfare 2' on me would be most upsetting. i only pay for live cause its that good.

newb16
newb16

D*mn I thought the title said Burnout Paradise add ons.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I hope they've been working on a bioshock MP patch. New maps no good if your console keeps freezing/lagging.

myols
myols

@ bleedgreen2-1-5 Microsoft generally makes any content PC gamers get for free come at a price for Console gamers. It's mostly because they know people already spend tons of money on their avatar and pay for the chance to play online... why not charge you to get a few new things while they're at it. The developers could say no, but it could hurt future business for them. Kind of sucks.