NASA & Xbox unveil free ‘Mars Rover Landing’ game

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Perhaps you planned to celebrate the expected August 5 landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars with a six pack of Zima and a bag of Funyuns? How about a free game instead? Mars Rover Landing is available right now for free download on Xbox Live. Gameplay involves the Kinect motion sensor, letting players take control of the spacecraft during the so-called “seven minutes of terror” as it enters the red planet’s atmosphere. “Families can get a taste of the daring that’s involved in this, just landing this mission on the surface,” says Doug McCuistion, director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “It’s going to be very similar to the way the team actually is going to do that.”

Assassins Creed 3 Rise Trailer in HD quality

Here’s a look at the Assassins Creed 3 “Rise” trailer in HD quality. Ubisoft will release Assassins Creed 3 on October 30, 2012 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Mass Effect 3 extended cut released for PC, PS3, Xbox

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If you’re a Mass Effect fan you’ll be excited to know the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut has been released for PS3 owers. Just in case you missed the news last week, the free extended cut…

Xbox gets Paramount streaming movies app

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Paramount’s streaming app is now available for the Xbox 360, allowing owners of the console to purchase and redeem movie titles from the UltraViolet cloud. The service from Paramount was actually already available for PCs and…

Microsoft’s E3 announcements: Halo 4, SmartGlass, IE for Xbox

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With the shadow of a new console looming larger by the day, perhaps it’s no surprise that Microsoft didn’t wow anyone during their annual E3 press conference today in Los Angeles. No, next year’s rumored Xbox 360 successor was not shown, mentioned, or even spotted cannoodling with a Kardashian. Instead, the company chose to focus on expanding features and sequels to their mega franchises.

Star Wars 1313 video game announced by LucasArts

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Star Wars 1313 is an upcoming game from LucasArts that is geared more towards an adult audience (although you can imagine youngsters will be dying to get their hands on it). The game will take players into the underworld of Star Wars,

Amazon Instant Video now on Xbox 360

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A little less than two months after the PS3 beat them to punch, the Xbox 360 now joins the Amazon Instant Video family. That means all videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on Microsoft’s ubiquitous game console, and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll also find the entire Prime Instant Video library there as well. Xbox Live Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Of course Xbox users with Kinect peripheral will have the extra bonus of finding and playing their videos with the wave of a hand or sound of their voice.

In stores today: ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier’

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With all due apologies to Mario Tennis Open, this week’s big game release has to be Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier ($59.99, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3). Ubisoft’s long-awaited follow-up to 2006′s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter lets you get your hands on more than 50 weapons as you track down high-value terror targets in eight spots around the globe. Of course multiplayer is also a big part of the experience, and Future Solider offers four game modes, ten maps and multiple classes to stretch your dollars out for months to come.

A $99 Xbox? For real?

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Will Microsoft launch a $99 Xbox console next week? We can’t imagine the Xbox going for half the price of the $199 model.

‘Mass Effect 3′ is $29.99 at Amazon today

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The final (possibly) chapter in the Commander Sheppard’s great space saga can be yours today for 50% off. As Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, Mass Effect 3 for Xbox 360, PS3, or Windows is going for just $29.99 through midnight Pacific time. It’s a great deal for a game that was just released in March and was the #1 selling game that month. Of course the game’s infamous ending has upset many people, but we’re not about to spoil that for you.

’007 Legends’ game relives James Bond classics

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MGM has officially announced 007 Legends, an upcoming video game for Xbox 360 and PS3 that will let you relive six classic James Bond moments. Weapons in 007 Legends include Bond’s famous Walther PPK, as well as trademark MI6 gadgets and vehicles.

‘Halo 4′ drops November 6, teaser on ‘Conan’ tonight

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Sure, you may have finished the fight in the trilogy, and then went back to the prequel to see how it all started, but did you really think this cash cow of a franchise would fade away? Of course not. Microsoft and 343 Industries have officially announced that Halo 4 will launch worldwide on Tuesday, November 6, for the Xbox 360. Set four years after the events in Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

Skyrim will soon support Xbox Kinect with free update

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Bethesda Software announced Xbox 360 owners will soon be able to use Kinect with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Kinect can already been used to control the PC version of the game,

Rockstar’s ‘Max Payne 3′ Bullet Time trailer

Here’s a look at Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 “Bullet Time” trailer. The trailer runs about 3-minutes long and shows plenty of footage of the former NYC detective Max Payne who finds himself battling gangs in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Max Payne 3 is set to release for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 15, 2012.

Devil May Cry ‘Captivate’ trailer released

Capcom has released a new trailer for Devil May Cry (dubbed DmC). In the trailer, there’s plenty of Dante footage revealed…in fact plenty of Dante…as he’s nude for half the trailer. The new footage looks great…

HBO GO on Xbox Live for Comcast customers – Time Warner still lags

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The arrival of HBO GO on the Xbox 360 was mostly met with cheers, although Comcast customers were upset when the initial HBO GO launch on the 360 didn’t support their cable providers. Now (after the…

Netflix for Xbox gets update, but…

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If you’re one of the many who seemed to think the Netflix user interface on the Xbox 360 got worse when the fall dashboard update arrived last year, don’t get your hopes up with today’s headline–the things you didn’t like then haven’t been fixed now. Today’s update includes improved video contrast and black levels, the ability to skip forward and backward during playback, and a zoom feature to fill the screen if you’re watching on a (gasp) 4:3 TV.

Comcast rolling out Xbox 360 HBO Go access

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Starting this week Comcast Xfinity customers will be able to view HBO Go on Xbox 360 consoles. That means episodes of Game of Thrones and True Blood can be watched on demand at any time through the app

Xbox 720 details include Blu-ray player & two GPUs

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It’s been about four years since HD DVD lost the battle to Blu-ray, and one might always ask why Microsoft didn’t just embed an HD DVD player into early Xbox 360 models (instead of forcing consumers to purchase an add-on).

MLB TV, HBO GO, Comcast apps go live on on Xbox

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Xbox 360 users – with Live Gold memberships, who also pay separately the following services – now have access to MLB.TV, HBO GO, and Comcast’s Xfinity video content. Microsoft rolled out the three applications today as part of its ongoing strategy of turning their console into a living room legend. The new HBO GO app provides access to HBO’s entire catalog, including current hits like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. The Comcast Xfinity TV app is available to both Xfinity TV and Internet customers anywhere Comcast delivers its services. Baseball fans with a a premium Major Leave Baseball TV subscription in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. can watch live and archived games via the MLB.TV app.

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