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Map pack hits XBL, Hudson's bandolier restocked, golf sim sample Xbox'd, Web site based on game based on webcomic goes live, and charity game in development

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Retro maps, game mode infiltrate GRAW2 on X360
In May, Ubisoft released the Throwback Pack for its modern-day tactical shooter Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for 800 Microsoft points ($10). Apparently unsatisfied with the outcome, the France-based publisher has released the Throwback Pack 2 as a free download and also made the first Throwback Pack free. Throwback Pack 2 contains a new cooperative game mode called co-op exfiltration, in which players must escort two friendlies to an extraction point while protecting them from enemy combatants. The download also contains seven redux maps pulled from past Ghost Recon games.

Bomberman Live stockpiles new maps and modes
Hudson Entertainment announced today that Bomberman Live for the Xbox 360 would be receiving its first downloadable add-on. Bomb-Up Pack 1 features 10 new characters, two new levels, one new game mode, and two new leaderboards. The first new map, titled High Stakes, has players dropping bombs in a casino, while the Zeppelin map takes place on its namesake and incorporates tornado hazards to immobilize players. Frag, the new game mode, lets players preset the number of enemies that must be bombed to win, and the new leaderboards track weekly and all-time statistics for the new Zeppelin map. Bomb-Up Pack 1 will be available August 29 for 250 Microsoft points ($3.13).

Tiger Woods 08 demo exits pro shop
With Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 taxiing out to its tee time this week, Electronic Arts has given Xbox 360 owners a chance to hit the driving range with a demo, which is now available on Xbox Live. Occupying 733MBs of space, the demo focuses on the online-oriented GamerNet, where players can record their game and then upload particularly remarkable feats for others to view and/or outdo. Tiger Woods 08 updates its annual formula with several other new features, including the ability to scan in real-life photographs to create in-game characters, as well as the confidence meter, which tracks your performance on every hole.

Hothead launches teaser site for Rain-Slick
At this year's Penny Arcade Expo, Hothead Games gave the media its first look at Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, an adventure role-playing game starring the antiheroes of the Penny Arcade webcomic. Complementing these details, Hothead has launched the official site for Penny Arcade Adventures, where interested players can find the latest updates on the game. The first episode in Penny Arcade Adventures will arrive for the PC, Linux, and Mac OS X later this year, with an Xbox Live Arcade version slated to arrive in early 2008. It has not yet been rated.

Shatner, Saget sign on for Starlight Starbright fundraiser
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation announced today that it had begun development on The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Starbright Charity Challenge, a charity-inspired casual arcade adventure game available later this year for the PC. The game retails for $20, and Starlight Starbright will channel approximately $4.75 from each sale to its charity for seriously ill children. Starlight Starbright has secured celebrity voice acting from the likes of Bob Saget, William Shatner, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the script will be written by the comedy team at Animax Studios, who won an Emmy for their work on ESPN's Off-Mikes animated series.

Discussion

20 comments
peacenutman
peacenutman

WTF, and I spent 800 points on the first map pack two weeks ago, ghey

GaussGoat
GaussGoat

Penny Arcade looks so awesome; can't wait!

Merodach
Merodach

Streets of Rage 2 is now on xbox live!!!!!!!

km1498
km1498

Free GRAW 2 maps...can't go wrong there.

Triplekill
Triplekill

OH RIP OFF! they are just milking us for money why didnt they add this in the first place? Well wake up people its been like this for 2 years now And its called Supporting its Game/Community! Just be happy damn Bomberman Haters lol

mooseman721
mooseman721

Rip off. Bomberman has not long come out.

blue-fish
blue-fish

*too busy loving Bioshock....*

Tonkpilsnut
Tonkpilsnut

who has time for these add ons and extra levels when there is bioshock to be played....

Pete5506
Pete5506

I just got the free GRAW 2 stuff

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Hudson sure know how to milk money from their franchises (e.g Mario Party and Bomberman). Ubisoft can make the packs free because of their milking of unsuspecting Wii owners wh o buy their games. All new content should be free, these companies will not go bankrupt and it will further promote their consumers to download XBLA games they put up.

Ryo_Kensen
Ryo_Kensen

I'll be buying the Bomberman Live pack for sure. And so what if Penny Arcade Adventures hasn't been rated? It's Penny Arcade! It'll be Rated M for sure!

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

I downloaded the GRAW 2 map pack and Tiger Woods demo, and plan on buying the Bomberman dlc soon!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

DLC for an already downloadable game? Come on now, they should have just put all of it in the original Bomberman Live release. I don't want to pay this extra stuff.

doomsoth
doomsoth

Nifty, I might have to pick up that Bomberman pack.

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

Going to download that Tiger Woods demo right about........... now.

TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

Why did my Xbox 360 have to die on me with another GRAW 2 Download Pack just released?

mcxps3
mcxps3

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oliverh
oliverh

Nothing interesting to me.