Microsoft, Square Enix tout XBLA lineup

Gyromancer, Toy Soldiers, Snoopy Flying Ace all slated to arrive for the Xbox 360's online platform.

Wednesday was a busy one for Xbox Live, as three new titles were added to the Xbox 360's online distribution and networking service. Namely, Konami's Zombie Apocalypse joined Paramount Digital Entertainment's The Warriors: Street Brawl and Black Inc.'s Ion Assault, with all three games carrying an 800 MSP ($10) price tag. As part of the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft today unveiled a handful of titles coming to its online platform in the near future.

Elder Dragons are notoriously susceptible to blue gems.

Two of the games will be published by Microsoft. An Xbox 360 exclusive, Signal Studios' Toy Soldiers is a strategy game in which players command an army of miniatures on a World War I stage. Microsoft notes that the title will integrate "multiple game genres," though it did not expound upon this point further. Smart Bomb Interactive's Snoopy Flying Ace is also coming to Xbox Live, giving gamers a chance to take to the unfriendly skies with Charles Schulz's Peanuts crew.

In other XBLA news, Square Enix today announced that Gyromancer will be available for Microsoft's online platform as well as Steam. Reminiscent of Vicious Cycle's acclaimed Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, Gyromancer combines Bejeweled-style gem matching with a role-playing game storyline, item collection, and exploration. Gyromancer features 10 different stages, as well as 50 different beasts that can be mastered and used in the field of gem swapping.

Neither Microsoft nor Square Enix provided firm dates or pricing information for any of the aforementioned upcoming releases.

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regix416_basic
regix416_basic

FFVII on the 360? Interesting idea... I think it might work but I don't know... I think it might be more likely to see the prior FFI-VI on XBLA before FFVII-IX though. Hmmm... PE Remix... I'd LOVE to see that. It's so pixelated right now that it needs to be remastered. I'd also love to see Xenogears in HD. ^_^ What I would love to see is when they EVER release PE 3 over here that they re-release 1 and 2 on the PSP with newly remastered graphics and re-calibrated controls to the analog stick.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

"disappointingly low score of only 80 on Metacritic" disappointingly low??

demiurgency
demiurgency

What I would love to see, is Square Enix release a version a standalone version Triple Triad, the card game from FFVIII. I have no interest in ever playing FFVIII ever again, but I would love to play a standalone TT on my 360. There's been a number of fan remakes for online p vs p play, but I would prefer to play p vs c, with a card collecting system. That's a game I would buy for $10-$15.

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

and I want FF7 for my 360 damnit!! Square make it happen already!!

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Hopefully this is the start of an even better relations between Ms and Square/Enix, Which could Maybe bring Some new exclusive games for 360 in the future :D

endocrine
endocrine

I wish the would make a FF Tactics game for XBLA

iGam3
iGam3

mmmm parasite eve HD remix... now that would be amazing :)

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

lmao Gran Turismo Prolgoue is over a year old an they have improved it soooo much. THey have 1000 cars in it 70 tracks, amazing graphics, nascar, offroad, damage on cars now an even more. the guy below me doesnt know what is talking about and why are we even talking about GT5 anyways. I guess somebody just wanted to start a console war or something.

Xuix
Xuix

this is to the guy who said that Warriors should be forgotten...You are just full of massive amounts of fail.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

@funbunny You are 100% correct Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is a game that has received very mixed reviews and has the disappointingly low score of only 80 on Metacritic. Recently we've learned that the majority of PS3 owners really don't like purchasing "expansion" types of software. In reality, Gran Turismo 5 is just the final "expansion" to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue; it simply adds more tracks and more cars. The gameplay and graphics engine are exactly the same. My friends and I think it would be awful for Sony to want to charge $59 for Gran Turismo 5, because it simply is an expansion to the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue game we were already charged $39 for. That would be like paying $100 for a game, which is way too much. I think $39 is the amount of money Sony should charge for Gran Turismo 5.

XanderZane
XanderZane

dannyatkinson How about Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX for Games on Demand on XBL. That would rock. ************************************************************************** YES!! This is what we want on XBLA, plus the other games I mentioned (Brave Fencer Mushashi, Parasite Eve, Xenogears & Chrono Trigger ). I definitely want Gyromancer. I'm already played Puzzle Quest Galactrix right now. I'll have to see how Toy Soldier turns out. Most of the other games I could care less about. The Warrior game was pretty good. The movie was very controversial back in the the 70's. It had a lot of over the top violence that hadn't been seen during that time period. Watching it today, it's pretty tame compared to shock movies like Saw, Hostel and Final Destination. The Warriors will never be forgotten.

Odnomiar
Odnomiar

no one loved the warriors a few years ago... no one loved the film it was based on in the 70's. it should just be forgotten.

Icehearted
Icehearted

For those of you that don' know this yet, The Warriors XBLA game is nothing like the hit Rockstar game we all loved a few years back. Looks to me like more overpriced shovelware is about all we've got coming. I really hate the pricing scheme on these games.

funbunny
funbunny

Why do PS3 fanboys always tout Gran Tourismo when Forza has crushed it ever since Forza's existence?

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

do I smell FFVII for XBLA?

MaxBlaze
MaxBlaze

@dannyatkinson: Yes. Yes it would :D

dannyatkinson
dannyatkinson

How about Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX for Games on Demand on XBL. That would rock.

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

@ddevil459 I spelled your name wrong before so read my other comment

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

Im not bias to either system, so i will say this, im buying both CoD MW2 and Operation Flashpoint 2 for 360

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

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CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

square - can we atleast get ff4 part 2 for xbla? im sure u missed most its market releasing on the shovelware console...

XanderZane
XanderZane

Good stuff. Now where are all the XBox 360 games being announced at TGS? I want more. *************************************************************************************** ElJay2010 Posted Sep 25, 2009 11:40 pm GMT -12 (hide) @SalarianChemist you have way to much time on your hands and you are a true fanboy. Out of all those games very few are even good. Thats what i ment. Their is not many good games coming to 360, how bout that? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I guess you don't know what makes a good game then. From that list at least 7-8 titles are must have. Halo: Reach, Forza 3, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Fable 3, GTA IV: Gay Tony, MechWarrior, Mass Effect 2 & Crackdown 2. ************************************************************************ hatecandie dont care --------------------------------------------------------------------- Then why even post a comment? Intellegence 101. ************************************************************************* Xenro4 why wouldnt squeenix rerelease old ff games on xbla...come on... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That's what I was hoping for, but I have most of the older FF games on my DS and PS1. I want them to release Brave Fencer Mushashi, Parasite Eve, Xenogears & Chrono Trigger on XBLA.

jadefury27
jadefury27

I would love to see square do a puzzle fighter type game with final fantasy, parasite eve, xenogears, and hell bust-a-groove (the dancing game not the neo geo dinos!) characters in any combination. more companies with large game catalogs need to do more mash-up games.

blazey09
blazey09

rickster34 no can't its sad i wish you could but you have to start over from scratch but if you reserve it you do get some cars which helps a little and if you havent played the demo yet you should its amazing!!!

Xenro4
Xenro4

why wouldnt squeenix rerelease old ff games on xbla...come on...

rickster34
rickster34

can you export cars from forza 2 to forza 3?

ParisSun
ParisSun

ddevil, you asked Salarian to list all of the exclusive for the 360 that are coming up and then you say that most are not any good. That's just your opinion and a bad one at that since you haven't played one of them yet. That's like me saying that a list of all upcoming PS3 games are not any good without playing them. It's just blowing smoke and being a true fanboy. Every system comes out with a ton of games. I only need about 4 or 5 to really be great becaues that's all I'm going to buy in a year. Unless you are living with your parents and they spoil you the death, no one is going to buy 20 new games in a year. I may spend $300 a year on new games. That's 5 very good games. It may be less. Inbetween I'll pick up old games that I've never played for $15 to 20 dollars. This year I have only picked up Resident Evil 5, Fable 2, MUA 2 and NCAA 10. That's it. I haven't pick up a lot of old games but I have picke up some. I rarely pay full price for any game because I do trade ins. This year will be the most I have payed for games ever because I still want ODST, L4D, Borderlands and Dragon Age.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I love XBLA, it has a ton of fun games.

blazey09
blazey09

i tell you what all the systems are just great you cant be a true gamer and not have the 360 or the ps3 but if i new what i know now about the 360 i prob would have chose the ps3 over the 360. the 360 is too much of a hassel than what its worth and to be honest with you the arcade games suck hardcore except for geomentry wars 1 and 2 those are awsome.

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

I'm looking forward to Gyromancer. I liked puzzle quest as well.

EYE0NE
EYE0NE

"Out of all those games very few are even good" Well that's a matter of opinion.

ddevil459
ddevil459

@ElJay2010 you have way to much time on your hands and you are a true fanboy. Out of all those games very few are even good. Thats what i ment. Their is not many good games coming to 360, how bout that? --------------------------------------------- I am admittedly a 360 Fan, but I gotta point out that having Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony Fable 3 Mass Effect 2 - Console Supreme Commander 2 - Console Splinter Cell: Conviction - Console Alan Wake Is a pretty big coup for MS. I cant name a game on PS3 that I want more then Mass Effect 2. All the rest is just cake. The problem isnt whether the PS3 is a great system or not...it is. The problem is sony's inability to make the system accessible to game designers. Have you ever seen a PS3 game designers kit? Or the macros you have to set up? If I was going to buy a console now and in the future, I would have to stick with the systems that have the best sales or the best third party support. That is MS.

Chargrilled
Chargrilled

gyromancer looks cool. i love match 3 games, and especially ones with more depth than your standard bejeweled clone.

AceJakk
AceJakk

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ElJay2010
ElJay2010

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ElJay2010
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SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

ElJay2010, In order to answer the question you asked, I created a list of the exclusives I know of for Xbox 360 for the rest of 2009 and 2010. In addition to the awesome World War 1 game called Toy Soldiers mentioned in this article, Xbox 360 has plenty of other exclusive games for 2010. Just take a look at the huge number of games that will be released as exclusive or console-exclusive for Xbox 360 for the rest of 2009 and through 2010. When I list "console exclusive" it means the game is being released for Xbox 360 and PC, with the exception of Samurai Shodown, which is available for Arcades and Xbox 360. Alan Wake Crackdown 2 Battle for Atlantis - Console Blue Dragon 2 Crash Time 2 - Console Demons of Mercy Dream Killer - Console Dungeon Hero - Console Fable 3 Forza Motorsport 3 Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony Halo: Reach Huxley: The Dystopia - Console Indianapolis 500: Evolution Lips: Number One Hits Mass Effect 2 - Console MechWarrior - Console Prey 2 - Console Risen - Console Samurai Shodown: Edge of Destiny - Console Salvation - Console Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper - Console Supreme Commander 2 - Console Splinter Cell: Conviction - Console Theseis - Console Voodoo Nights Keep in mind this huge list of games that Xbox 360 is the only console to play them on represents only games that have been announced up to this point in time. There are plenty of others that still have not been announced for 2010. This list also does not include Xbox Live Arcade games, which has awesome games like a remixed version of Perfect Dark in true 1080p on the way!

ElJay2010
ElJay2010

@SalarianChemist Lmao and what exclusives are you talkin about cuz i sure cant think of much

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

i don't want XBLA content from square i want good JRPGs

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

I thought the consensus was that WW1 games are few and far between because they just aren't as popular as WW2.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Exclusives are something Xbox 360 has plenty of for 2010, and we can add Toy Soldiers to this list. Toy Soliders really does sound like a cool game. It's nice to see some focus on World War 1 for once. I think it goes without saying that we certainly have plenty of World War 2 games; although, Call of Duty 2 focused on World War 2 and it is my favorite game in the series.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Would be great if we got a Carmageddon game.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Finally, a strategy game for XBLA!!! I haven't been impressed with the current "strategy" games available on XBLA, but maybe Toy Soldiers will be good.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

The toy soldiers Trailer reminded me of The Outfit

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

it looks like a fun puzzle game can't wait to try a demo

Shadowmonk9
Shadowmonk9

When i saw the title, i was excited for Triple Triad/ Tetra Master, i already have puzzle quest, ill pass