NewsSpots: Civ IV, Lost Planet, Halo novel, XBL Solitaire

Firaxis dates its next expansion, Capcom readies PC demo of sci-fi shooter, Bungie writer pens Contact Harvest, Soltrio Solitaire headed to Live Arcade...with multiplayer.

Civilization IV narrows Beyond the Sword release window
2K Games today announced a release date for the second expansion to its popular PC turn-based strategy game, Civilization IV. Beyond the Sword is expected in US retailers the week of July 23, with other countries receiving their copies at the end of July. The expansion focuses on adding content to the in-game time periods following the invention of gunpowder and will add 12 scenarios, 10 factions, and 16 leaders to the game.

Lost Planet PC demo arrives Tuesday
Capcom released its first Xbox 360 demo of Lost Planet some eight months before the game arrived in stores. PC players sold on the trial version of the sci-fi shooter for their systems won't have to exercise quite so much patience. Capcom has said it will release a downloadable demo of the PC Lost Planet worldwide this coming Tuesday, with the full version hitting stores in June.

New Halo novel focuses on first contact with Covenant
Science fiction publisher Tor Books (no relation to GameSpot editor Tor Thorsen) today announced the latest installment in its lucrative line of Halo tie-in novels, Halo: Contact Harvest. Penned by Bungie lead writer Joseph Staten, Contact Harvest tells the story of humankind's first encounter with the Covenant through the eyes of Master Chief's own personal Yoda, Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson. Staten's work should be considered canon, since he wrote and directed the cinematics for Halo and Halo 2. Contact Harvest will be released October 2 and will retail for $14.95. An audio version will also be available on CD for $29.95.

Soltrio Solitaire headed for Live Arcade
It's a commonly held belief that one is in fact the loneliest number, but Microsoft might help change that with the release of Silver Creek Entertainment's Soltrio Solitaire on the Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. While the game's roster of 18 different solitaire games includes support for solo players, it also includes two-player cooperative and competitive play modes, as well as support for the Live Vision Camera. Soltrio Solitaire will be available in all regions except for Korea for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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54 comments
starwarsguy15
starwarsguy15

it will be released at 6:00PM 8:00Pm central time

builtman
builtman

Hello, it is tuesday the 15 of may and no demo???? What is the story???

starwarsguy15
starwarsguy15

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Seobazz
Seobazz

Wheres DEMO NOW???? I don't see any of it yet since they say it released demo TODAY? what happen"?

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

10 bones is too much for a card game...c'mon! they should put out civ one on XBLA. Or at least something that doesn't suck like TMNT = dreadful.

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

hehe xbox fans will have something to wait for - Solitaire hehe

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

Darn, just more things to make Korea mad at the U.S.

shrink45
shrink45

Hahahaha, "except for Korea"... Too busy building nukes!

Borney12
Borney12

agreed... the writing in the halo series of books is absolutely terrific

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Dilan120 now people who buy LOST PLANET on PC will know how much the story sucks!!! ------------------- I'm interested in the game but I couldn't care less about the story.

azizrulez
azizrulez

another expansion to CIV 4,now i have to finish the earlier one which ive been putting off for ages,also lost planet seems really tempting

gelihui
gelihui

Civilization IV, cool!!

barne1dr
barne1dr

If you've yet to check out the Halo books I do suggest you pick one up. The writing is amazing for a video-game based book.

Dilan120
Dilan120

now people who buy LOST PLANET on PC will know how much the story sucks!!!

GANGSTA287
GANGSTA287

Well... I've known of the CIV4 Exp. release date for like 3 months now...

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

the halo book is the most interesting thing in this article....and that isn't saying much

ocdog45
ocdog45

none of this seems intresting

slayer1090
slayer1090

Spending money for solitaire is the dumbest thing in the World. Especially 10 dollars. When is MS going to start putting out quality games for XBL on a consistent basis? At least Nintendo Wii is working with a back catalogue people would pay to play... All of these really crappy old arcade games or flash games you can play for free on a PC are getting tiresome. End of users message and start of mine........ Exactly Nintendo Wii has quality old school games that will please you until you get bored and will not leave you with wallet strains. I'm looking at the XBLA and their games are totally crap and they have to release half decent games. Nintendo is releasing 3 games a week on the VC and microsoft is releasing 1 every 2 weeks or so.

geebus
geebus

O man.. If I didnt own 40 copies of windows.. I would definitely pick up solitare.

phinsfan
phinsfan

"It's a commonly held belief that one is in fact the loneliest number." One is the loneliest number one...two, can be as bad as one, but the loneliest number is the number one.

zappa2001
zappa2001

Spending money for solitaire is the dumbest thing in the World. Especially 10 dollars. When is MS going to start putting out quality games for XBL on a consistent basis? At least Nintendo Wii is working with a back catalogue people would pay to play... All of these really crappy old arcade games or flash games you can play for free on a PC are getting tiresome.

maawal
maawal

Lost planeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! wooooooooooohooooo cool! :D

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I always cheated at Solitaire. 800 points does seem like a lot for a set of card games you have to learn rules for..

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Super stoked about getting more Civ IV... hey Sid, any chance of a 360 port? Please?

Ministry4390
Ministry4390

18 card games for $10 isn't a bad deal at all.

Tequila_Zaire
Tequila_Zaire

"You're essentially get 18 different games for $10? How is that a ripoff?" How is that NOT a rip off? It's Solitaire...SOLITAIRE. I'd be much more worthwhile it it had other card games.

indigoAK200
indigoAK200

Dude, people. There's 18 versions of solitaire in there. The solitaire that comes with Windows is not the only variation of solitaire there is in the world. You're essentially get 18 different games for $10? How is that a ripoff? And if you think the version of solitaire that comes with Windows is free, you're wrong. Part of the price of Windows is the software included outside of the operating system.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Solitaire for $10?! Man, anyone has it for free on their Windows!

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

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zsc4
zsc4

I'll be looking forward to that Lost Planet demo.

kingv99
kingv99

Your joking right? Solitaire for $10?

Homes225
Homes225

New Halo Book and Lost Planet Demo? Ballin'.

boondagger9801
boondagger9801

Maybe I'm way off here, but shouldn't there be a "card game bundle"? Why should I pay $10 for each card game, when you can play any of them with the purchase of a single deck. Why not sell a "bundle game" and have a long list of card games to play. Hell, even Hoyle could sponser the game and have an online Casino-type interface... hell, I'd even pay $20 for that! But not $10 for solitaire alone!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The Solitaire game sounds like it could be great.

djsaskdja
djsaskdja

come on people don't complain about the price for solitaire, do you honestly want to buy it anyway?

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

$10? for a game that microshaft gives you free with winblows?

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

$10 for Solitare?!! No thanks-I can play it for free on my computer. You can get a real deck of cards for 2-3 bucks! Microsoft has done a lot of things right this gaming generation-but one thing they've done wrong is charging waaaaaay too much for their downloadable games (though, in all fairness, not all of them are overpriced). Yo, Microsoft! $10 is a sweet deal for Castlevania: SOTN-it's a damn ripoff for friggin' Solitare!

PS3_3DO
PS3_3DO

It does support the Vision Camera.

birdmandaddi
birdmandaddi

If MS keeps up like this they mite loser more customers their kind of hustling us