XBL gets TGS'd

Microsoft releases BFMEII map pack, Tenchu Senran and Half-Life 2 trailers as part of its 2006 Tokyo Game Show promotion.

Hot on the heels of its pre-Tokyo Game Show press briefing, Microsoft has released the first content related to the event on Xbox Live Marketplace. The release is part of the software giant's "Bringing It Home" promotion, which is intended to update Xbox 360 owners on the latest happenings in Japan.

Under the Bringing It Home subheading, Xbox gamers across the globe can now download a Tokyo Game Show picture pack--which is actually just a quartet of differently colored logos for the event. Two trailers are now available for download, as well--an all-new look at From Software's Tenchu Senran and a previously available preview of Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

While those tidbits will likely only whet the appetites of international gamers, Japanese 360 owners have access to heartier fare. Perhaps hoping to boost the console's profile in Japan, where sales have been poor, Microsoft has released the Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 trailer from the Electronic Entertainment Expo and a preview of Project Sylpheed. Japanese 360 owners can also download a demo for Tenchu Senran, though details on the level were not available as of press time.

Inexplicably, Microsoft's Bringing It Home page also sports two new map packs for the fantasy real-time strategy title The Lord of the Rings, the Battle for Middle-earth II. The first, titled Aragorn's Journey, is being offered for free until September 29. Normally, it would cost 350 Xbox Live Marketplace points (about $4.38), which is the price tag affixed to the other new BFMEII map, Northern Badlands.

Microsoft has also said that a five-minute condensed version of its pre-TGS briefing will be available on Marketplace later today.

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24dude13
24dude13

This great news for people who has the 360

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

god thing i just renewed my live account

Zer0Shadow
Zer0Shadow

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Hoopin4thelove
Hoopin4thelove

chiefmegadeth Id say cut of the japs all together,cause they love sony and nintendo so much that the 360 could run all the best games witch they do.They wouldn't buy it... Xbox360 could be the last console on earth and the japs wouldn't buy it! reasons,stupidity i guess,pig headed,Brainwashed, all thoe it cant be doing that bad if your doing this i guess. when are the game demos coming? .......................................................................................................................................... Megadeth you are so right since the japs obviously hate our products why dont we do the same boycott sony and nintendo........... because i for 1 dont enjoy the 1 sided bs we get from jap gamers who swear there dodo dont stink.................. LONG LIVE MS/X360 1

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

ahhh half life 2...you make the world go round

QuantumFusion
QuantumFusion

DOAX actually sold pretty well on the original xbox in Japan. THeyre a bunch of perverts there. Thats the birthplace of Hentai, go figure.

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

Id say cut of the japs all together,cause they love sony and nintendo so much that the 360 could run all the best games witch they do.They wouldn't buy it... Xbox360 could be the last console on earth and the japs wouldn't buy it! reasons,stupidity i guess,pig headed,Brainwashed, all thoe it cant be doing that bad if your doing this i guess. when are the game demos coming?

softcloud
softcloud

why are they making a big deal about dead or alive xtreme 2? The first game wasn't great? Are we that shallow? I'm not just talking about this article but others too.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Great for 360 owners. Good way to bump out items in the market:)

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

SicsStringFreak I'm with u man. I've seen that capthunt guy saying "pff consoles....." in almost every console related news....... Hermits like this guy don't have interesting new games to play so they waste their time by reading great news about consoles and say "pff consoles....." :| If u hate consoles then why bother reading about them! Pathetic.........

mike-oxbig
mike-oxbig

me! i cant get the LOTR add on!!!

hobbes3000
hobbes3000

Well you can create a Japanese Silver account just when they ask you for location put something anything that seems japanese and you can download the demos and videos FYI. If you know some japanese the better, there are a couple of japanese demos that are not so bad

SicsStringFreak
SicsStringFreak

capthunt "pfff consoles " awe someone is mad because its been 2 weeks since they got there new high-end gamming pc, and they already realize theres another new videocard out thats better, then they think ahead well my gamming pc will only play the later games until Vista launches then there will be vista only games, which means i have to upgrade again. 1000s of dollars all toll with the videocards, processors, OSs, pfff to the consoles for makeing a super gamming computer that sells for 400 dollars, and u dont really have to upgrade and worry about system requiremtents... yeah pfff consoles,lol

GoddBless
GoddBless

"UMCP Sigh.... Just give up, MS. Japaneese people don't even like Xbox 360 at all." Does it bother you that much that they're attempting to be successful in Japan? Are you worried they may achieve some success?

coconuttzrule
coconuttzrule

hey chief megadeath you do know there is not going to be a half-life 3 because all the episodes will ending being last part of the series when you combine them

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

Why are they bringing half 2out again that game is?how many years old now like 4years? Just bring out 3 already but yeah everything else awesome

whitewizardcody
whitewizardcody

I can't even get the Aragorns Journey map pack to download, anyone else having this problem?

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

Cant wait till the demos come out!!!!

wooooode
wooooode

I want a Tenchu Demo I love the series it has had its ups and downs but overall well worth playing.

Igwababa
Igwababa

hopefully MS gets a foothold in Japan, but when the wii and PS3 launches tha will be very hard.

kingcow2064
kingcow2064

RE5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wont stop till i get some freakn info on this!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2008 my eye......

paullywog
paullywog

i don't care, just start releasing the good games!!! rrgh. i haven't played my 360 in days.

crazyhulk
crazyhulk

all I gotta is, microsoft made its voie heard when it showed the lost oddyssey demo.... looks like 13 may have to step up..

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

A U.S. demo of Tenchu would be cool. Eventually? Please? :(

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

yah really us demos we're the ones that bought the freakin system and hopefully M$ will give more free stuff

RahKayne
RahKayne

This TGS could help MS alot in the Japanese market, although only a few will bite, I suspect it'll be bigger come next next gen console.

reece590
reece590

I will dl some of the things!!!!

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

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-Twilight-
-Twilight-

This doesn't seem like it'll generate any sort of hype from the Japanese, considering all they're really getting is a demo of Tenchu Senran.

ffgothic
ffgothic

whuteva. they're just giving a real small taste of whats coming at X06

JLuke360
JLuke360

should check this out...

XT-inc
XT-inc

Unless somehow I skipped something was all the tgs gamer pics those lame icons that say tgs 2006 in 4 different colours, if it is why do they bother giving us garbage instead of pics we might actually use?

FoxHoundADAM
FoxHoundADAM

Good timing on the LotR map packs. I just bought the game 2 days ago.

ConManWithGun
ConManWithGun

now if they only they let americans download the demo

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Pfff consoles......see i got time to do that cuz there is ZERO news about anything pc related.....Oh wait, this just in i need to get a second mortgage on my house to afford the upgrades i need to play all the titles you guys get on consoles , but i justify it because my pc games are $10 cheaper.

irishman212
irishman212

awesome i get to see how Half Life 2: Episode 2 will look on my 42 inch HDTV!!!

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

LAME! We should send a dragon to torch those marketing devils. DRAGONS!