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New 360 demos downloadable, Wii puzzler priced, World of Warcraft gets <i>South Park</i> DVD tie-in, and Agetec announces US Fire Pro.

Sample the diving, twisting, shooting action of Midway's Stranglehold.

Stranglehold, Eternal Sonata demos light up Xbox Live Marketplace
Two more game demos have arrived on the Xbox 360's downloadable content service, as this week saw the release of trial versions of Midway's Hard-Boiled pseudosequel Stranglehold, as well as Namco Bandai's musically minded role-playing game Eternal Sonata. The Stranglehold demo will eat up 1.3GB of hard drive space, while the Eternal Sonata sample consumes a more economical 584MB.

Mercury Meltdown for Wii priced at $19.99
Next-gen gaming doesn't necessarily have to carry a next-gen price tag. Ignition Entertainment has announced that its Mercury Meltdown Revolution for the Wii will arrive in stores on September 25 sporting a budget $19.99 price point. The game was already released in Europe in June, and met with a warm critical reception.

South Park Season 10 DVD set to include free trial of World of Warcraft
Last year's South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" was created with the help of World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment, and earned the show an Emmy nomination. The studio and the TV show are working together once again, as the just-announced 10th season DVD set for the show--scheduled for an August 21 release--will include a free 14-day trial edition of World of Warcraft. An image of the main characters in their bloated, pimply, WOW-addicted state adorns the cover of the box set, which also includes the Wii-centric two-parter "Go God Go," "Manbearpig," and "The Return of Chef."

Agetec confirms Fire Pro Wrestling's return to North America
Spike's long-running Fire Pro Wrestling series has entered the ring on many platforms in Japan, but it's only had a couple of Game Boy Advance bouts in North America. News that the latest installment on the PlayStation 2 would be brought Stateside by niche publisher Agetec first bubbled up last month, but today the publisher officially announced it. The publisher also narrowed the possible release window of the game, saying it would be in stores during the holiday season this year.

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69 comments
TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

I agree, Stranglehold has it's limited fun, but a good rental at least. If only they incorporated more in-depth hand-to-hand and hand weapons found in the PON (Path of Neo) this would have been a keeper!

Kman117
Kman117

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PrivateJessard
PrivateJessard

YAY! South Park! Gamespot mentions them a lot. I'm a huge fan of them. I hope they make more video game episodes. The shows gonna end at season 12.

xployt268
xployt268

the demo sucked bigtime other than the slo-mo and fast purse action thrill physics with shady graphic a BIG THUMBS DOWN for me it just killed my hype for this game

Josh-Fu
Josh-Fu

I was impressed with the Stranglehold Demo. While I dont bash on graphics in demos...I hope they get cleaned up a bit. Hands down Stranglehold has the best enviromental interaction ever displayed in a game hands down. The action is great fun and the standoffs seem to be a nice way to break uo the action. I dont expect the game to get much higher than an 8 due to its simplicity dumpy sound effects and arcade nostalgia. If only they incorprated disarms and some light hand to hand combatthis action title would be a true winner.

sirpyke29
sirpyke29

I think Stranglehold, while not bringing too much to the board, appears to be fun as hell. While the characters looked a little stiff. Chow Yun Fat looked damn good. Giving it a little style is pretty fun too, just hope its more fleshed out in the full game. Esplinmanor: I never had a problem at all with downloading.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Yea i agree with Spike3oOo as well. I thought Stranglehold was somewhat fun but it really didn't do anything "new" (the dodging/interactivity are cool tho).

esplinmanor
esplinmanor

when my download gets to 96% it just says "can't be downloaded." WHY??????? Has this happened to anyone else?

orionthescorpio
orionthescorpio

Stranglehold kicks royal a$$!! So far it is everything I was expecting from it! Can't wait for the full game!!

Lucianomarx
Lucianomarx

i have to agree with Spike3oOo i think that this game is quite empty

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I have played the demo, and it's safe to say that Eternal Sonata has exceeded my expectations.

ocdog45
ocdog45

gotta check out stranglehold for hte 360

Spike3oOo
Spike3oOo

Wow was I disappointed with the Stranglehold demo, being a big fan of John Woo, and slo mo action games like Max Payne, was looking really forward to this. However it doesn't live up to the hype, and hardly does Hard Boiled justice. First of all the camera is far to close to Chow and the game is just pure shooting guys that come out of doors you cant enter and just nostalgic arcade shooting. I liked some of the slo motion jesters, and the dodging, but thought the overall game was really piss poor and a let down in almost every way. Its simplistic, repetitive and the graphics especially the cut scenes look really bad, the animations for all the characters are really stiff. Overall was pretty disappointed with the demo and am glad I played it so I didn't waste 70 bucks on the special edition.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I loved the Stranglehold demo. I was surprise by how smooth everything ran. Kudos to Midway for this title, especially after their Hour of Victory dud. Now if only they could make football and hockey game as great as NFL Blitz 2003 and NHL Hitz 2003, they can make a comeback in my heart. As for that Fatal Inertia demo, if you were looking for a good hover/combat racer and were disappointed by Fatal Inertia demo, try Quantum Redshift for the original Xbox. It's BC with the X360 and runs sooo smooth in 720p. Best part, it's easy to find for $5 new. Anyhow, in comparison to Fatal Interia, Quantum Redshift is ten times better, and even if you don't like it, it's still only $5 you can easily forget about.

dragonwarlock77
dragonwarlock77

stranglehold was kickass!! really brutal, fast-paced awesomeness!! eternal sonata looks to be an intresting, fun rpg. see how the first big rpg on the 360 goes! cant wait for both these games!

wheater
wheater

Stranglehold demo was awesome. I loved how you can slide over almost anything and all the bullet time... ah so good. Plus i love John Woo movies. Playing that game felt like i was playing a movie of his. cant wait for the game.

JonnyNemesis
JonnyNemesis

That Stranglehold demo was bad ass. I loved Hard Boiled, and it was great to see all the elements from that movie brought to life in a game.

lamprey263
lamprey263

@MetalZombieII :O shutup!!! for real?! beautiful katamari demo?! thanks for the headsup on that one ^_^

muppen
muppen

The Stranglehold demo was very fun! Can't wait for the full gamr

l337fool
l337fool

Watch_Me_Xplode "Put that Stranglehold demo on PSN, and I'll be a happy gamer. " LOL ROTFL HA... XBL = HBO / PSN = CBS Good Luck on getting content.

azizrulez
azizrulez

cant wait for stranglehold, looks like an awesome visceral action game

SuperSTi5
SuperSTi5

The Stranglehold and Eternal Sonata demos were great, and so was Fatal Inertia. I don't know why everyone was saying it is so bad, if you actually spend a few minutes to get the hang of the controls instead of just giving up after the first race it is actually very fun.

blackace
blackace

Some nice downloads on XBox Live. I'm going to be business this weekend. I already tried the Blue Dragon demo. It's a pretty cool game. I like that you can actually bypass many of the monsters and not fight them if you don't want. I'm probably going to wait on getting Blue Dragon though as I still have Rogue Galaxy, FF XII & DQ VIII to finish. Gotta try Stranglehold & Eternal Sonata. I can't see any reason why an XBox 360 owner doesn't have XBox Live. It's cheap and well worth the price.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Proof that South Park has become a platform to buy for advertising purposes. I'm surprised it didn't come with a Wii brochure too.

LegionOSH
LegionOSH

NinjaMunkey01 ***I dont have xbox live but I can still get other demos on my ps3. I will just have to wait for a review.*** There is a free Silver "Live" version that doesn't cost anything. There is a 1-2 week delay on the silver side as far as getting to download the demos, but I don't see why don't have XBOX Live, but you can download on the PSN? Maybe you meant you don't have the Gold version of XBOX Live? If you haven't set up an XBOX Live account at all you really should. Even if there is a delay for the demos and you can't play multiplayer I think you'd enjoy what the marketplace has to offer. I think you should give it a shot. Kevin legionosh@msn.com

LegionOSH
LegionOSH

I downloaded the Fatal Inertia demo when it was released last week. Played it for 10 minutes and then deleted that piece of garbage from my HD. (and I prayed to the gods, thanking them for letting me have back the HD space that piece of crap took up). Man that game severely SUCKED the big one. Boring, controls were total crap, and looked TOTALLY average at best. Maybe they should've kept it on PS3... (j/k folks..I own all the current consoles, but man I hate Fatal Interia...lol) Eternal Sonata...grrr. I LOVE the demo!!!! ...I just wish they would've released it 1 WEEK EARLIER so I wouldn't have spent $10 on OXM just to play it...Oh well. it is a great looking and playing game and I am glad i reserved it weeks ago. And I always welcome more "reading material".. The Blue Dragon demo did underwhelm me (man can the DBZ creator POSSIBLY draw some other kind of characters? Geez I could have sworn I was playing as Goku (Gohan?)...lol..) Still, apart from the somewhat debatable character design and the lame "battle won music" (who the heck decided to with such a light hearted, almost island theme there?) I liked the demo. It played well and looks like it will definitely be a good game. I will indeed be buying it (reserved mine weeks ago). The 360 needs these RPGS (anything to make up for Enchanted Arms..thank god I had Oblivion...lol)...then there's Mass Effect...but that's another topic.. The Stranglehold demo really surprised me. The first 5 minutes I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but the more I played it just grew on me. I wish I wouldn't have died so soon (maybe next time I'll watch my health and not play at 1:30 in the morning...lol). It may actually end up being a pretty decent after all...go figure. ...and "Make Love not Warcraft" was one of the funniest things I've ever seen (of course it helps I have played WoW some. Only for a couple of months but it was still a cool game and I think about going back every so often).. I have to either buy that episode on XBOX Live Marketplace or download it or something. I simply can't justify buying a whole season for one episode... Anyway my two cents.. Kevin legionosh@msn.com

Slashdxn
Slashdxn

Stranglehold actually surprised me too cause I thought just another hyped up movie style game thats going to be rubbish, but no it rules. Eternal Sonata isn't in Europe either, we got Vampire Rain instead which was already available in America a few weeks ago. Hopefully everyone will be able to play the demo of Eternal Sonata soon, because it looks amazing and finally a Namco Bandai RPG actually getting press. I may have a heart attack or something similar. Now if only Microsoft could get demos out for Mercs 2 and Beautiful Katamari then it would totally rock cause who does want to see the King Of The Cosmos on their screen cause hes so damn cool and I can prove that in two words:- "Crotch" "Plate" :)

trj156
trj156

stranglehold is pretty fun, eternal sonata is not really

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I dont have xbox live but I can still get other demos on my ps3. I will just have to wait for a review.

AzureWind213
AzureWind213

gooo mercury goooooooooooo :D BTW Eternal Sonata may be the best reason I'd think of to get a 360 now. Nice to see something polished and creative like that. Also, Chopin plays some pretty amazing stuff if you're into that

puablo
puablo

Holy crap! Mercury Meltdown for $19.99! Genius move.

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

lamprey263 There is a Demo of Beautiful Katamari on the Official Xbox Magazine demo disc even though it's not on Live yet. As for the Strangle Hold demo, it's a lot of fun. I just hope the final game is long enough. The only thing I hope they do a little more work on is the camera, it's not terrible, but it is a little slow moving in some situation and it seems to have a little trouble keeping up with the action sometimes. It's still a cool demo though.

TheBuck27
TheBuck27

Awesome news about FIRE PRO!

FALLOUT_PUNK
FALLOUT_PUNK

FIRE PRO!!! FIRE PRO!!!FIRE PRO!!!.......OH YEAH!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

Stranglehold is downloading right now, I hope it's good. I'm glad there was a Fatal Inertia demo, because it sucked, and now I know not to buy it. The pre-rendered trailer looked great, but the game was horrible. I'm loved the Eternal Sonata demo; must buy now. It's such a great looking game and plays really well. That's a breath of fresh air to me, as I really didn't like the Blue Dragon demo and I was hoping a good RPG would show up soon. Now if only there'd be a Beautiful Katamari demo, I'd be very happy.

Hothien
Hothien

@MigElite Im from Mexico also and I dont have the ES demo =(

oDARKBLADEo
oDARKBLADEo

Stranglehold demo is fantastic. It's made all the better by the fact that you unlock new abilities each time you finish it. I've played it through 4 times, and found new ways to set up chain reactions of destruction each time through. It's looking to be a heck of a great game. The Fatal Inertia one, on the other hand, sucks. No sense of speed, crappy controls, and just plain boring. Pass on that one.

Sexy_Pirate
Sexy_Pirate

everyone with a 360 better buy stranglehold. the online looks AMAZING

bacchus2
bacchus2

hope those demos are available in Oz. I'll certainly be hooking up tonight to check.

niteowl74
niteowl74

Yeah I saw that Fatal Inertia demo too. Any good?

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

Been playing the Eternal Sonata demo since OXM and I love it. Finally nice to see a well produced and enjoyable RPG on 360 from someone other than Mistwalker (Blue Dragon) or Square-Enix (Last Remnant). Stranglehold's demo impressed me greatly, considering the trailer from E3 looked attrocious (can't someone PLEASE master a cinema shootout in next-gen without looking blocky?). I may actually have to look into this when it's released. Nothing wrong with a next-gen Max Payne, especially if it's Chow Yun Fat.

KngDutch
KngDutch

stranglehold rules!!!!!!!!!!!

Rob_101
Rob_101

Stranglehold was awesome, I'm thinking of renting Hard-Boiled now :P I might try that Eternal Sonata demo too ....

Chronixxxx
Chronixxxx

Damn you Microsoft! Damn you for making me send in my 360 for repairs!!! I want to strangle Bill Gates or whoever is head of marketing for the 360!

pipopper
pipopper

did anybody notice the fatal inertia demo on the marketplace?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I got the ES and Stranglehold demos. I just need to play them now.

omegabyte
omegabyte

"Hold on a sec let me get this straight. Theres a game called eternal sonatra and it's a RPG and it's coming on on the 360. Do microsoft know about this? I thought that Games must either be a generic sci fi shooter or a modern street racer to be on the 360. Seriously though it's good to see abit more diversity amongst the 360's software line-up" Wow, where the hell have you been? The 360 has more RPGs lined up than the Wii or the PS3, and have had them for several months.