It's a bustling week on Xbox Live, as an updated version of Ubisoft's 2003 adventure game hits the Xbox Live Arcade this week alongside new downloadable content for Fable III and Dead Space 2, a slew of Games on Demand entries, and demos for two new sports games.
Leading the pack this week is Ubisoft's Beyond Good & Evil HD (800 MS points, or $10). The third game of Microsoft's five-title House Party promotion, Beyond Good & Evil HD features 1080p graphics, including enhanced character models and upgraded textures, and Ubisoft has also remastered the game's musical score. The game is due out on Wednesday.
Gamers looking to add content to the latest Fable game can grab the Traitor's Keep DLC (560 MS points, or $7) for Fable III today from Xbox Live. Traitor's Keep features three new levels--Ravenscar Keep, Clockwork Island, and the Godwin Estate--each of which offers new quests to undertake.
Another batch of add-on content now available is the Severed DLC (560 MS points, or $7) for Dead Space 2. A downloadable add-on featuring characters from Dead Space: Extraction, Severed includes two stand-alone single-player chapters. The expansion drops players into the role of Gabe Weller, a security guard in the necromorph-infested Sprawl, as he escorts Lexine Murdock to safety. Weller is equipped with an upgraded pulse rifle and security suit, both of which will come in handy when faced with the returning Twitcher, which fans may remember from the original Dead Space.
Out now on the Games on Demand hub are four new titles, the first of which is Metro 2033 ($50). The game depicts a near-future Earth where human civilization was obliterated by an apocalyptic tragedy in 2013. With the planet's surface now an inhospitable wasteland, humanity's few survivors have taken shelter in Moscow's labyrinthine underground subway system.
Also out on the full-game download space is Far Cry Instincts Predator ($20). The title contains two games: the original Far Cry Instincts, as well as Predator content. The game puts players into the boots of Jack Carver, who is stranded on an island inhabited with mercenaries, pirates, and other angry inhabitants.
Gamers looking for something less violent via Games on Demand can pick up Open Season ($20). The game sees players taking on the role of both Boog and Elliot, as they follow the film's storyline. The characters use the land and its inhabitants to their advantage, with skunk bombs, acorn-chucking squirrels, and wascally wabbits. Friends will also be able to compete against each other with minigames that support up to four players.
The last game out in the Games on Demand virtual marketplace this week is The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon ($20). In the game, the titular purple dragon faces off against the nefarious Dark Master in a final showdown, allying with former adversary Cynder in the process. The series adds two new play mechanics: Spyro can now take to the sky at will, and players can now take advantage of two-player co-op as either Spyro or Cynder in the game's single-player mode.
Gamers looking to try before they buy can download two new sports game demos today, the first of which is for 2K Czech's Top Spin 4. The tennis game--due out in full March 15--is a licensed title and feature the likenesses of 25 tennis stars, including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Pete Sampras, James Black, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Caroline Wozniacki.
The other sports game demo out now is for the Roy Halladay-fronted MLB 2K11. 2K's latest baseball sim, MLB 2K11 is in development at 2K Sports' Visual Concepts studio, which also handles the publisher's NBA sim franchise. Gamers can use the demo as practice because when the game is released on March 8, the first gamer to record and submit an authentic perfect game will win $1,000,000.