Contra prequel leads XBLA House Party on Feb. 16

Konami's Hard Corps: Uprising kicks off Xbox Live block next week; Bejeweled Blitz Live, Beyond Good & Evil HD, Torchlight, Full House Poker follow in succession.

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Microsoft has already publicized a number of big names that will be on hand at its Xbox Live House Party, telling gamers to expect appearances from Beyond Good & Evil, Bejeweled, and others. Now, the publisher has given gamers the heads-up on when it will be getting that party started.

Konami's Hard Corps: Uprising will be first out the door on February 16 and will cost 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). Developed by Arc System Works, the 2D side-scrolling shooter sees players assuming the role of the soldier Bahamut as part of a prequel story to Contra: Hard Corps.

Hard Corps: Uprising gets the party started on February 16.

On February 23, PopCap Games will deliver the latest installment in its addictive gem-matching puzzle franchise, Bejeweled Blitz Live. The MSP 800 ($10) title offers both classic and twist gameplay modes where gamers can compete to top leaderboards. The game also features a 16-player Party mode playable through Xbox Live.

Beyond Good & Evil HD follows on March 2 and will cost MSP 800 ($10). An update of Ubisoft's well-regarded action adventure Beyond Good & Evil from 2003, the Beyond Good & Evil redux will feature 1080p graphics, including enhanced character models and upgraded textures, and Ubisoft has also remastered the game's musical score.

Runic's Diablo-esque dungeon crawler Torchlight gained accolades on the PC in 2009, selling more than 800,000 units to date. That hack-and-slash loot-grabbing experience comes to Xbox Live on March 9 and will cost MSP 1,200 ($15).

Microsoft and Krome studios will be closing out the House Party on March 16 with Full House Poker. Specializing in Texas Hold 'Em-style poker, the downloadable title deals hands for two, or players can join 30-player online tournaments. Full House Poker also features a Windows Phone 7 companion title. It will cost gamers MSP 800 ($10).

Discussion

22 comments
MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Hard Corps and Torchlight are games I would definitely pick up if I had a 360. I buy a lot of PSN titles and I support the downloadable industry, many of those $10-$15 titles are great fun.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I hope the new Contra game will actually be beatable without cheat codes.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

at first im skeptical about beyond good and evil HD. but for 10$, here i come baby!

monson21502
monson21502

im buying them all. just got a new 250 gig hd for the 360 s for 69 bucks no tax and free shipping:) anything close to a good game will be on my hd!!!

TrueIori
TrueIori

@grey_fox1984 I like animes but that does not mean everything should look like one, especially a contra game,even though this game looks more like a Guilty Gear 2-D shooter. Hell the main guy even looks like Sol badguy. W/e I just wait for a Real contra game, Health Bars LMAO.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

Where's the hot chick as the second player? Or is it just two guys? There better be a " scantily clad chick who doesn't need armor " as one of the people you can pick. You can throw in a robot in the mix too.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Arc System Works? Count me in. And BG&E for only 800msp? I was going to download that gem for whatever it cost, but 800msp works too.

EliteM0nk3y
EliteM0nk3y

Wow surprised BG&E is only 800 MSP, now that is a good deal for a game that was $50 when it was first released.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

To be fair, "contra" is not in the title, probably to stop people from freaking out about the art style and lack of one-hit-deaths. Though realistically, if you're looking for a good Contra fix, this looks pretty great and clearly has a LOT of true Contra elements to it. I imagine it'll be mighty tough on its hardest difficulty too. Also @TrueIori, ragging on anime while sporting a very anime-style drawing of Iori seems awkward... it clearly can't bother you THAT much.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Holy crap! I have to buy Torchlight AND BGAE in the same month as Dragon Age 2. I'm never going to get any work done ever again.

TrueIori
TrueIori

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inaka_rob
inaka_rob

F that!!! I dont buy an XBLA game unless it is on sale. (but I buy almost EVERY game that goes on sale) 15 bucks. no game on XBLA is worth that much. if you half the price on every game, then they are worth it. I will get all these games if they have a special again like in summer time. basically one 15$ game is free.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow... I was most looking forward to Torchlight, but all these games are worth a look. Looks like my demo download queue is about to get some exercise...

elozl
elozl

What's this, there is no one hit kill? wtf!! this aint Contra!

simon_levane
simon_levane

$15 is too much for this. It looks more like the Metal Slug series than a Contra game.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Torchlight sounds like the more interesting and fun out of the bunch, if Torchlight hits PS3 I'll probably grab it on PSN.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Pretty decent game selection. Most of those games are on other platforms, though.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Hm, should be some pretty decent stuff here.