Microsoft dates, prices Block Party promotion

Toy Soldiers leads Xbox Live Arcade cavalcade on March 2, with Scrap Metal, Perfect Dark, Game Room hub following; Fret Nice, Greed Corp, Lazy Raiders online tomorrow.

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Microsoft's giving Xbox Live gamers the chance to map out their purchasing schedule for the next month. This week, the publisher announced the full details of its March Xbox Live Arcade Block Party promotion, as well as pegged the release lineup for Games on Demand through next week.

The Xbox Live bonanza begins tomorrow with the arrival of Pieces Interactive's Fret Nice for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). The rhythm-based 2D platformer received an underwhelming critical reception upon its launch for the PlayStation 3 earlier this month. W! Games' online strategy game Greed Corp and Sarbakan's puzzle-platformer Lazy Raiders join Fret Nice on Microsoft's virtual arcade this week. Both clock in at the MSP 800 ($10) price point.

Perfect Dark descends March 17.

In March, Microsoft will begin its Xbox Live Arcade Block Party promotion. The initiative kicks off on March 3 with Signal Studios' World War I-themed tower defense game Toy Soldiers for MSP 1,200 ($15), continuing with Slick Entertainment's car-combat racer Scrap Metal on March 10 for the same price. 4J Studios' update of venerated Nintendo 64 shooter Perfect Dark follows on March 17 for MSP 800 ($10).

Microsoft will close out the month with the release of Game Room, a free download that will serve as a hub for the publisher's retro gaming push. Thirty Atari and Intellevision games will be available at launch, and Microsoft has said that more than 1,000 titles are on the docket.

Games can be purchased for play on both the Xbox 360 and PC for MSP 400 ($5) or for an individual platform at MSP 240 ($3) apiece. Single rounds of any individual game can be played for MSP 40 ($.50). The Game Room will also support Xbox Live Avatars, as well as voice chat, 1080p graphics, cross-platform leaderboards, and achievements.

Gamers who pick up all three Block Party titles and the free Game Room hub will have MSP 400 ($5) credited to their Xbox Live account. Those who subscribe to Xbox Live's Gold membership will also have their subscription extended by one month.

As for Games on Demand, Disney and Black Rock Studio's Pure is available today for $19.99. The off-road trick racer received solid reviews upon its debut in September 2008. On March 2, Microsoft has queued up Bethesda Softworks' acclaimed postapocalyptic role-playing shooter Fallout 3. However, pricing information is not yet available.

Discussion

58 comments
SlayerX13
SlayerX13

50 cents for a single round is a HUGE ripoff. It should be 5 cents a round. The games are as old as dust. Making people own the same game to play two player is a ripoff too. Game Room could have been cool if MS wasn't getting so damn greed with it.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I'm looking forward to Toy Soldier. Don't know if I want Perfect Dark or Scrap Metal though. I might download the game room just to see what titles they provide. Playing older games like Yars Revenge, Adventure, Missile Command and Intellivision baseball probably won't draw to much attention. If they can get some older SMS, NES & Colelcovision games in the mix, it might be worth a look.

Markie75
Markie75

400MS points for wasting £30 ?...Hmmm i'll pass thanks.....

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Not interested in Game Room or the games releasing. I'm curious about the XBL Gold subscription deal. If you have to go through Microsoft to purchase your subscription and get the free month, then it's not really a good deal at all. However, if you can sign up for gold using a XBL card you buy from the store, then it may be a pretty good deal. Most cards from the store already come with 1 free month (12 + 1 = 13). So, if Microsoft allows this in the promotion, then (12 + 1 + 1 = 14) thats even better. Microsoft is good at marketing. In fact they are better than Nintendo and Sony at it. However, the deals Microsoft offer never seem to appeal to me. With some of the games coming to X360 this year, paying $30-40 for 14 months of XBL might not be a bad idea, though. _

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Well, I'm looking forward to Pure, and Fallout 3 is good but I've already played the (very fun to mod) PC version, so other than that nothing really interesting me here,. By now, most of those famous old school games are probably replicated in freeware form online.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Making the per-play cost of the retro games 50 cents instead of a quarter is a missed opportunity for Microsoft. Their greed kept them from capturing the true nostalgia of the old-school arcade. Also, I suspect that if Pure is $20 on demand, then Fallout 3 will probably be $30.

Ethan111111
Ethan111111

Fallout 3 for Games on demand!? that would be one major Gigabyte filler

sircyrus
sircyrus

@sidran32 I don't care one way or another if PSN gets a subscription cost to it. I don't own a Playstation 3. Why would you even bring that up in response to what I was saying? As for stats that PSN as more than XBL, I wouldn't know and don't care. I've never even used a PS3, ever. I can play most of the same games on my PC as I can on my 360, but on PC I don't need to pay for access like I do on my 360. Even though they're the exact same games, and both require servers. I seriously don't care what XBL Gold gives players. The only reason I want it to be free is so that you can play games on the 360 with other people. If they were to make all the extra features of Live the Gold subscription, and have net play Silver/free, I would be thrilled.

chelseaman99
chelseaman99

What? So I spend £40 and get £4 ... great. What a load of bull@!#!! Might renew my Xbox Live subscription though.

otanikun
otanikun

Now how about Golden Eye? This is gonna kick ass!

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

so much good stuff coming in march.....final fantasy 13, battlefied bad company 2, god of war 3, metro 2033, mlb 2k10 and the show, just cause 2, and more......

iucidium
iucidium

I'm looking forward to game room, I thoroughly enjoy my retro action, just hope that millipede is available

HavocV3
HavocV3

Microsoft was working on making Goldeneye 007 available for XBL but it was dropped a couple years ago with really no explanation. _____ Nintendo had a fit, that's what happened.

oclane
oclane

Looks like a fun month to max your cards :D i hope Perfect dark is as epic as it was on the N64 :) does anyone know whether this "games room" will have achievements per game or just a fixed amount i know its not really about the achievements but its nice to know ?

rtehrani
rtehrani

this is all good, but does this mean that when i go to play an xbla game i will have to load up the game room. i downloaded that zune videos thing and now everytime i want to watch a downloaded video it loads up the zune player and i have to scroll differently than it was before. not that it takes forever, its just that the old way was much easier and faster. oh and im super excited about pd...CANT WAIT!!

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Can't wait for PD HD. Xbox is surging this year after a stale 09'

imaidiot
imaidiot

PD comes out the day after GOW3...i'll have to finish GOW3 first...well heavy rain first (sorry I have to play my PS3 exclusives when they come out since they seem to be rare), then still have all my other xbox games to play, and MW2 keeps pulling me into games so I can get noobtubed...what do I do, too many games....ahhhh, get to the choppah.

imaidiot
imaidiot

Can't wait for PD...but does anyone know if PC and Xbox users can play against each other and chat? (for the Game Room)

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

ooh this looks promising. theres so much coming out next month DX i would need 3 jobs to buy all this stuff. can't wait to get ff13 :D

RawDeal_basic
RawDeal_basic

$10 for Perfect Dark is an amazing deal. March 17th is so close, yet so far...

gloverao
gloverao

Microsoft was working on making Goldeneye 007 available for XBL but it was dropped a couple years ago with really no explanation.

swamptick
swamptick

I love all the Sony girls over here obsessing over Microsoft and Xbox Live. We appreciate your interest in Xbox ! I never check out Sony articles. Why? I simply don't care about an inferior system. On the other hand, the Sonygirls are over on EVERY article about Xbox. Unbridled envy is an ugly thing.

sidran32
sidran32

@sircyrus I guess you won't be happy to know that Sony has been considering adding a subscription fee to PSN, then? Granted, I always prefer free, but with all that I can get on XBL Gold, I'm perfectly happy to pay the small fee they have to get it. Show me the empirical stats that PSN has more than XBL.

sidran32
sidran32

I've been tracking Perfect Dark since the end of last year! And before that, have been watching WiiConsole and XBLA for news of bringing it to the modern systems. I can't wait! Now, the only thing we need is Goldeneye 007 and we're set.

AirPortugall
AirPortugall

I have a 360 and PS3, which i just got this last Christmas. Before, having a 360 and talking to my PS3 friends about which is better, they always said that 360 sucked because of the online fee. Now to my knowledge i thought that PS3 and 360 online was identical in how it works and all that. As soon as i got a PS3 i add all my PS3 friends and they're playing Uncharted 2 online. I invite them to a voice chat and they join mad asking why I invited them. See i thought that 360 and PS3 both had private chat and party chat like 360 does but it has nothing of the like. Without this single feature (although their are more) i find that 360's subscription fee is well worth the coin - either way when you think about it, it is just one less game each year.

wooooode
wooooode

@kejigto Why would Microsoft support the PS3? The PS3 came out a year later and has more available for download on PSN than there is on XBL oddly, that is mostly due to Sony studios being exclusive to PSN which has tons of movies and such available. The big thing with M$ is they only really support the US if you look at the XBL markets they are garbage while Sony's is fairly robust all around the world. Like Europe and Japan have music and DVR services which M$ does not even come close to matching.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Perfect Dark and Toy Soldiers look like must buys, Scrap Metal reminds me of a top down Twisted Metal.

ThePlumpPenguin
ThePlumpPenguin

Perfect Dark is awesome! Pitty it wont be available on the PSN. Toy Soldiers also looks pretty cool too.

fatooosh
fatooosh

Perfect Dark and Toy Soldiers great great games i cant wait this games sooon Super Meat Boy ,Mega Man 10 Zeno Clash:Ultimate Edition, Rocket Knight BattleBlock Theater ,Joy Ride ,Naughty Bear Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West , Raskulls,Scrap Metal ,Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I , Snoopy: WWI Flying Ace ,Bomberman Live: Battlefest and more $$$$$$$$$$$

lordsidius
lordsidius

From what I've seen of Toy Soldiers thus far, it looks very promising. I still don't understand why gamers gripe about the Live subscription fee. It's an awesome service and well worth the little coin they charge for it.

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ sircyrus Or perhaps the subscription is why we can get some great updates like along with all the other great features of Live like every game having a demo and things like? I don't see the PSN having nearly the level of support that Live does, whether it is coming from Microsoft, IGN, Facebook, or anywhere else.

sircyrus
sircyrus

Don't care, Microsoft. Get rid of the subscription to XBox Live and then we'll have something to celebrate.

monson21502
monson21502

can we invite friends to our aracades and let them play our games? that would be pretty cool

monson21502
monson21502

alot more people would show up to the block party if it were free. you can still make money by selling the good arcade games that the 360 offers. alot of people just dont wanna pay the 40 bucks a year. so they dont even buy a 360.plus they have to worry about how close the pc is. because it will cost you extra if yoy want wireless. at this point both of those faults will start to hurt ms when ppl are out in the stores shopping for a new system.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

I actually like the idea of single plays of the game for 40 points. there's plenty of retro games i have no desire to pay for and own but playing through once just to see what it's like is always fun. then if it turns out it's amazing i might just buy it!

kejigoto
kejigoto

Blast, wish I could get on Live where I'm at right now, but I'll probably download Perfect Dark and Scrap Metal when I get back stateside later on in the year. Am I the only one that finds it odd that Game Room will support 1080p graphics for games that are just about (and sometimes) older than I am? Is there a purpose here? Also sweet deal on Microsoft expanding its Games on Demand service, and definitely glad to see some bigger developers getting involved with Fallout 3 coming.

kayne2000
kayne2000

perfect dark oh yes the sweet good times i had with that game. if only this game got 1000 achievements attached to it as well cause i know id play it enough for it lol and then some if this gets xbox live online all i can is curse you microsoft curse you i dont need another game addiction

Smithers2286
Smithers2286

The original perfect dark on the 360 just seems wrong. I'll stick to playing the real version on the 64.

Brian234
Brian234

"Hey Mom, can I borrow MSP 40? I wanna play a game" Doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

10 dollars for perfect dark?? wow i thought for sure it woulda been 15.. good for us buyers :)

pizzavideogames
pizzavideogames

Is gamespot's slogan "Last week's news today" or something. They're always behind.

mattg90520
mattg90520

neat that theyre giving away a month of live for buying all three. still i doubt ill buy one, if any at all. toy soldiers looks interesting and ive never played perfect dark. we shall see.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Not to much longer for perfect dark

DEATH775
DEATH775

One Perfect Dark for me please.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

good stuff, but a bit on the pricy side

JoetheMoe
JoetheMoe

game room is going in a bad direction