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X360 Launch titles

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May 13, 2005 9:26:45 PM

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IGN's site has a handy list of known launch titles for the 360. They have
links for each game so you might want to visit:

However, here's their descriptions in case you don't feel like travelling:

2 Days to Vegas
Publisher: TBD
Developer: Steel Monkeys
Genre: Third-Person Action

2 Days to Vegas is a story driven 3rd person action-adventure game. This
contemporary gangster title features car chases, shootouts and unexpected
twists to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the game. The action
is set in several major cities across the USA and takes place during a 48
hour period.

Alan Wake
Publisher: TBD
Developer: Remedy
Genre: Action

From Remedy, the makers of Max Payne, comes this psychological action
thriller for next-gen consoles and future-spec PC systems.

Blue Dragon
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Mistwalker
Genre: RPG

The first of two epic RPG projects for Microsoft by Mistwalker, the studio
founded by Square-Enix's Hironobu Sakaguchi. Blue Dragon features characters
by designer Akira Toriyama, and tells the story of a young boy named Shu who
has special adventure with his two friends and a mythical blue dragon.

Call of Duty 2
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Genre: First-Person Shooter

A version of the upcoming PC title (as opposed to the previous console Call
of Duty title, which was completely different from the PC original), Call of
Duty 2 lets players experience four individual soldier stories as they
overcome insurmountable odds in multiple campaigns. Players have the freedom
to follow each of the four storylines through for the ultimate
character-driven experience, or they can engage in the historic battles
chronologically for quick hitting action. Along with the new missions, the
game features an enhanced engine, advanced AI, and even more authenticity
than before.

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Monolith Productions
Genre: Action

A demented horror game from Sega and Monolith, designed for next-generation
consoles and game systems. You are an FBI agent on the hunt in this gripping
and sickening hunt for serial killers. The game is played in first-person
perspective, and with the use of the Havok 3.0 physics engine and other
advanced techniques, players can utilize anything in the area as a weapon
when they've been cornered by their prey.

Dark Sector
Publisher: TBA
Developer: Digital Extremes
Genre: Action

Dark Sector blends finesse and brutality into a fast-action game. It mixes
first-person shooter control schemes with a third-person perspective. Your
suit can 'morph.' This morphing is central to creating the new possibilities
for our combative and non-combative game mechanics. Enemy guard shows off
effective, believable facial expressions. The polygon count on each
character is incredibly high, and the texture work is gorgeous. The
characters move with smooth motion, and the special effects, from the
particles, smoke, and fire, are all top-quality.

The Darkness
Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Starbreeze AB
Genre: Action

Based on the film and comic book about a young assassin who has inherited
the power over shadows and other sources of darkness. Developed by the
Chronicles of Riddick creators and produced by Majesco.

Publisher: Magesco
Developer: Terminal Reality
Genre: Action

Developed simultaneously as a feature film and videgame by horror master
Clive Barker, Demonik is a third-person action game where players are placed
in the role of the powerful and terrifying villain against the movie's hero,
wreak havoc with a variety of chilling and awe-inspiring powers and

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks/ 2K Games
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: RPG

In development since 2002, Oblivion is another leap forward in role-playing
with its combination of freeform gameplay and cutting-edge graphics for the
world under The Elder Scrolls.

Full Auto
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Genre: Driving/Shooter

Described by some as Burnout with guns, this racer allows players to blow up
nearly everything in the environment, including their rivals. A rewind
feature lets players turn back time in order to correct their driving

Frame City Killer
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Genre: Action-Adventure

Frame City takes place in Frame City in the year 2042. A powerful
visualization tool called Visual Frame has spread throughout the world like
iPod (okay, Namco doesn't actually use "iPod" in the game's story
description, but you get the point), allowing just about anything to be put
in visual form. Instead of using this power to view naked girls, a group of
terrorists working under a ring leader called Khan plan to shock people to
death using special visual data called Visual Acid. You play Crow, a special
agent in an elite force called SOU. You've been sent to Frame City to
assassinate Crow. You'll make use of hand-to-hand combat and guns as you
work through action-based stages.

Gears of War
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Epic Games
Genre: Third-person shooter

Built off of the, this is the game that was
featured in numerous Unreal Engine technical demos. With the most striking
next-gen graphics we've seen yet, this game has some eye-popping potential.

Ghost Recon 3
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Genre: Shooter

The third in the team-based outdoor military first-person shooter, Ghost
Recon 3 brings the Clancy squad back to urban environments, this time in
Mexico City, displaying an enormous jump in graphic quality and
believability.Ubisoft has created what it calls the "Cross-Com," a
communication device powered by satellite technologies. Attached to the
monocle of a soldier, the Cross-Com enables your soldier and you full
situational awareness and command of the battlefield. Players can command
Ghost squads, remote allied forces, and drones, and they can call in
artillery and air strikes for heavier, more visually impressive destruction.

The Godfather
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts
Genre: Action-Adventrue

The book by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's classic film serve as dual
inspirations for Electronic Arts' action/adventure The Godfather. In it
gamers can join the Corleone family to exploit loyalties and fear as they
rise through the ranks to become Don in 20th century New York City. Carry
out orders, earn respect, and make the Big Apple all your own. Featuring
non-linear gameplay, The Godfather provides players with countless choices
for solving family problems with brutal violence, skillful diplomacy, or a
cunning mixture of both. From mob hits and bank heists to drive-bys and
extortion, step deep inside a world where intimidation and negotiation are
your tickets to the top.

Kameo: Elements of Power
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Rare
Genre: Third-Person Adventure

Blending the heady thrills of exploration and puzzle-solving with the
adrenaline rush of real-time 3D battles, Kameo: Elements of Power is an
ambitious title from the makers of GoldenEye and Banjo-Kazooie. The concept
mixes combat action with creature transformations, letting the title's
female star morph into monsters and use their special powers against others.
Originally scheduled for release on Xbox in 2003 (after the GameCube version
was cancelled), Kameo for Xbox was moved to be a launch title on Xbox 360.

King Kong
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-First-person shooter

Working very closely with Peter Jackson and Wingnut Films, Ubisoft's
Montpellier studio (Beyond Good & Evil) and its Montreal studio (Splinter
Cell) are together creating a game that will reflect the visual
interpretation, character dynamics and dramatic narrative of Jackson's epic
take on the classic King Kong story.

Lost Odyssey
Developer: Mistwalker
Publisher: Microsoft

The second of two epic RPG projects for Microsoft by Mistwalker, the studio
founded by Square-Enix's Hironobu Sakaguchi. You play as Kaim, a man who's
been sentenced to live for 1,000 years. The game's storyline takes you
through Kaim's life as he lives through multiple generations, becomes a part
of many families, falls in and out of love and gets into conflicts. All this
is set in a world that is on the verge of a "mystical industrial
revolution," where mankind has attained dark powers.

Madden 06
Publisher: Electronic Arts

The next installment of the wildly popular Madden series will land on the
Xbox 360 in due time. The trailer that played during the NFL draft exhibited
some high quality graphics that may be indicative of the in-game engine.

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Visual Concepts
Genre: Sports

The development team from the NFL 2K series combined with the NBA team to
work on one of the most visual stunning sports games we've seen yet.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Genre: Racing

The new speedster in EA's successful series combines the tuner customization
of Need for Speed Underground with an expanded take on the police chases of
the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit series. The game will feature a Rap Sheet
option that works hand in hand with a player's street reputation as they
move up from the "Black List" to the A-List. Users will also be able to go
head-to-head with their opponents while simultaneously trying to avoid more
than six different police cars at once through a dynamically changing
open-ended world. Get your car peaked for outrunning the po-po by
customizing your muscle cars, supercars, tuners, and sports cars.

Ninety-Nine Nights
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Q Entertainment
Genre: Action

Imagine Dynasty Warriors but with no fog, no visual barricades, perfect
image quality and hundreds of detailed enemies on screen simultaneously. Now
picture that running at sixty frames per second, and that is Ninety Nine
Nights. One jaw-dropping scene in the trailer showed an explosion, with
hundreds of characters being smoothly tossed into the air. Judging by the
trailer, the feel of a massive battle will be perfectly captured in Ninety
Nine Nights.

Perfect Dark Zero
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Rare
Genre: First-Person Shooter

The next-generation sequel to Rare's Nintendo 64 hit, Perfect Dark. Now
exclusively on Xbox 360.

Project Gotham Racing 3
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Genre: Racing

The third edition of the gorgeous and challenging racing series from racing
vets Bizarre Creations. This will most likely be a launch title.

Quake IV
Publisher: Activision
Developer: id Software
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Announced for Xbox 360 on the MTV unveiling, this next-gen title has been a
sure thing on the PC for some time now. Marines vs. Strogg is the order of
the day, and this time, expect vehicular combat as well.

Test Drive Unlimited
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Eden Games
Genre: Racing

Test Drive Unlimited is currently scheduled to be a launch title for Xbox
360. It takes place in a persistent online world where gamers can customize
their outfits, avatars, and rides. The game is set on the Hawaiian island of
Oahu which has been realistically recreated from satellite imagery.

Tiger Woods 06
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Sports
Genre: Sports

In step with other next-gen sports titles, the next Tiger Woods will combine
incredible realism with fine tuned game play.

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Neversoft
Genre: Sports

Like many other titles, the Tony Hawk series will now take place in a free
roaming environment set in the LA area. You can expect the same high flying
tricks and collection based gameplay that these games are known for.

Tomb Raider Legend
Publisher: Eidos
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
Genre: Adventure

The first Tomb Raider title to be designed by Crystal Dynamics (after years
under original creator Core), Tomb Raider: Legends is an all-new start for
Lara Croft. New character animations and control schemes compliment the more
natural character design and level details for the most immersive chapter in
the series. Lara comes packing modern devices such as a magnetic grappling
device, binoculars, frag grenades, personal lighting device and
communications equipment for her all-new adventure.

Saint's Row
Publisher: THQ
Developer: THQ
Genre: Third-Person Action

Unveiled on the MTV special, Saint's Row appears to be a third-person
action-adventure game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto. Big guns? Check. Fast
cars? Check. Breaking the law? Check.

Unreal Tournament 2007
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Epic
Genre: First-Person Shooter

The fourth in the series is the first UT on the X360. Although we don't know
much about the game yet, we do know it's built on the Unreal 3.0 engine,
which is skeet hot, and that it's going to focus on competitive play with
tons of guns and vehicles.

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Jonah Falcon

More about : x360 launch titles

May 13, 2005 10:42:26 PM

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Jonah Falcon wrote:

> IGN's site has a handy list of known launch titles for the 360. They
> have links for each game so you might want to visit:

Surely these can't ALL be launch titles. If they are, I'm gonna take the
entire month of December off. And maybe all of 2006. There are some
potentially VERY sweet games in that list. Oh mama.

May 13, 2005 10:58:44 PM

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Jonah Falcon wrote:
> IGN's site has a handy list of known launch titles for the 360. They
> have links for each game so you might want to visit:

These are not all launch titles, only confirmed games for the 360.