DDR Universe 3 struts onto XBL

Xbox Live Update: Konami's dance series hits Games on Demand in North America as Medal of Honor: Airborne deploys in other countries, Zoe Mode gets charitable with Chime.

Microsoft is turning its weekly Xbox Live update into an impromptu dance party with a pair of downloadable rhythm games. Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has revealed a slate of launches, including Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 and the musically minded puzzle game Chime.

Like any good DDR fan, she is transfixed by the endless parade of arrows.

The North America-only online release of Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 is leading the Games on Demand charge. Launched in October of 2008, the third Xbox 360 installment in the long-grooving dance series features a tutorial mode for those new to the series, Party and Quest modes, and more than 70 songs to keep a gamer's feet moving. Unfortunately, digital distribution can't deliver peripherals, so gamers will need to bring their own dance mat to the party. DDR Universe 3 is available for $29.99.

Gamers outside of North America and Asia will be getting a different Games on Demand addition in Electronic Arts' first-person shooter Medal of Honor: Airborne. Originally released to positive reviews in 2007, the game's main attraction was the way players would parachute into each level. Instead of spawning at a set point, players could maneuver their landing to start just about anywhere in a level, though dropping in too far from the designated safe zones could be especially hazardous.

Wrapping up the week's new Marketplace diversions is Chime, and this Wednesday's Xbox Live Arcade debut. Developed by Zoe Mode (Crush, Rock Revolution), Chime sees players arrange oddly shaped blocks on a playfield to form quadrilaterals and reshaping background music by the likes of Moby and Philip Glass as they go. The game also has a charitable component, as at least 60 percent of its 400 Microsoft point ($5) asking price will go to the OneBigGame charity initiative, which works with organizations like Save the Children and Starlight Children's Foundation.

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zyxomma100
zyxomma100

Yeah... I can go down to Target right now and get DDRU3 and the mat for that price. Not that it matters, I'm not buying any more DDRs ever since Konami started pulling that download key crap with their DLC.

Trogeton
Trogeton

wow this is a very popular post (sarcasm) out of all the games I seen getting high sells this one has the lease I don't see how they keep up the production

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

Has any DDR game ever had a good sound track? One thing that's kept me from absolutely any interest in playing any of the games is the lack of decent dance music. Whenever I've heard it being played it's terrible J-pop or generic and lame sounding "game" music. There needs to be an edition that has some recognizable and classic House, Techno, Drum n Bass, etc etc

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

I'd rather have it on the game disk. Just how much space will this take up on an HDD? Anyway, between the new ION Rocker I just bought and AvP, I won't have time to be playing DDR.

FusionRain
FusionRain

cool i love ddr but i wish it was more customizable

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

i got ddr 3 and i enjoy it. idk why would anyone pay 30 to download the game when they can get the mat and game for 30. i wish they make a ddr 4 and have someone who knows music taste come in and pick the songs because its not great. i turn on music in the background and turn down my tv kinda sad

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

chime seems like lumines... from HELL! I WANT IT!

WithoutGraceXII
WithoutGraceXII

I still enjoy DDR, though I wish they would branch out with their song selection more. No way I'm paying 30 dollars for this either. I'll stick with universe 1.

Gen007
Gen007

i actually have universe 1 and 2. I play it every now and then because its a great workout and you have fun doing it. I wouldn't buy 3 though off G.O.D.

jadefury27
jadefury27

@angelGP32: lmao! i can believe that. i mean i worked at an arcade when the first import ddr game game in, and i remember reading about it but never seeing it in action and it's still funny as hell to me how many players think they can actually dance after playing this. or when 2 people are playing 15 others are standing behind the machine doing the steps in unison. it's creepy and funny all at once. like zombie riverdancers.

angelGP32
angelGP32

Pittsburgh Mills....Goth kids. I kid you not.

jadefury27
jadefury27

man. the kids who used to play this at the arcade must be 30 by now... does anybody play this any more?