Monday Night Combat attacks XBLA

Xbox Live Update: Virtual storefront adds class-based shooter; Games on Demand welcomes Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X., Juiced 2, and Disney's Sing It; demo front receives Mafia II sampler.

Microsoft celebrates summer this week not with a Slip 'N Slide or a barbecue, but with stylized colorful multiplayer, organized crime, and Hannah Montana.

Leading the pack this week is Uber Entertainment's class-based, stylized third-person shooter Monday Night Combat (1,200 MS points, or $15). Set to debut this Wednesday, the Xbox Live-exclusive shooter blends fast-paced combat with a significant strategy component. The title is the fourth in Microsoft's five-game Summer of Arcade promotion, which culminates next week with the feature-stripped Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Despite its name, you can play the game any evening of the week.

Switching to the demo front, 2K's '40s and '50s crime action sequel, Mafia II, now has a sampler available for gamers to download. The game casts players as Vito, an up-and-coming member of the Mafia in Empire Bay. The sampler thrusts players into Vito's first serious assignment, where he'll need to "get the job done" by whatever means necessary.

Microsoft's virtual store added three new Xbox 360 downloadable titles this week, the most prominent of which is Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. ($29.99). The arcade flight combat game puts players into the cockpit of a futuristic jet fighter lighting up enemy forces.

Also now available for download is Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights ($19.99). The sequel to 2005's original, Juiced 2 offers gamers arcade-style racing, an online career mode, and a user-specific Driver DNA system, which tracks a player's driving habits. Additionally, Deal or No Deal model Ursula Mayes sits atop the game's box art.

The last title added to Microsoft's full-game download hub this week is Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($29.99). The teenage singing game features songs from Disney's original High School Musical, its sequel, and the third installment.

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jtthegame316
jtthegame316

xbox live is awesome every game you can buy off xbox live there is a demo for it unlike on the wii and ps 3 where by with wii there is no demos and psn demos are so tough to come by. ashame ps 3 fanboys are like a stuck record that you have to pay but you don't have to pay at all if you don't want to pay you can go on sliver and you can still get these demos because they are free and you can still see your friends and go in private chat with them. yes it is better to have gold where you can do everything on xbox live. its a yearly fee so whats the problem there are loads of thing to pay for monthly fees on things which means they cost more than live stright away even if you were paying £5 a month it is still more expensive than live £40 a year . monday night combat looks cool i shell be getting the trial game to see if it is as good as it looks and if it is i will get it somewhere down the line.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Guys this is not about the Mafia 2 demo this is about the new XBLA title Monday Night Combat......... Please keep your comments on topic!

alastairf
alastairf

Im currently searching for my original Mafia game while I download the latest version's demo :)

Pete5506
Pete5506

The Mafia 2 demo was pretty fun, wil most likely pick the game up

vikinghero1
vikinghero1

@gamefourlife yeah I loved it. You could even turn on the shower and get in the frig.

gamefourlife
gamefourlife

mafia 2 demo blew my $%&*^$@#$$% mind love it so more entertaining than grand theft auto

acer_062
acer_062

Played the Mafia 2 demo. Think I'll rent this one but did enjoy the music.

monson21502
monson21502

why do games never look as good as when you first see pics of them? i remember drooling over mafia 2 :(

jenguando
jenguando

Mafia 2 demo is a little disappointing after playing the awesome Red Dead Redemption. The graphics are ugly and the physics are a little lame.Cant shoot bodies while they drop or even after they are dropped takes away a lot from the immersion. Shame.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

i'm pulling the mafia 2 demo right now. i never played the first game but this one got my attention. in a few i will see if it is any good.

monson21502
monson21502

i must download mafia 2 demo is all im thinkin right now