March 5th 2012 6:00 am PT

A Preview of Xbox 360, Kinect, Arcade and Windows Phone Games

Last week in San Francisco, we held a special media event to show off some upcoming Xbox 360, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Games for Windows and Windows Phone titles. Keep any eye on the Inside Xbox channel on the Xbox 360 dashboard for the video coverage that will go up later today. Until then, here are some of the highlights from the press release:

Xbox 360

  • Halo 4(343 Industries) – Get an exciting first look at this year’s most anticipated blockbuster, “Halo 4,” through a behind-the-scenes video on Launching worldwide this Holiday, “Halo 4” takes the iconic franchise in a bold new direction with the return of Master Chief, and the beginning of a new saga.

  • “Forza Horizon” (Playground Games) – “Forza Horizon” is a fast-paced, pick-up-and-play racing game and the newest entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise. Available this Fall, the game is being created in partnership with acclaimed racing development studio Playground Games.

  • Forza Motorsport 4(Turn 10 Studios) – Available this Spring, the Porsche Expansion Pack for “Forza Motorsport 4” will contain 30 modern and classic Porsche vehicles from the iconic German manufacturer, seven of which are new to the “Forza” franchise.

  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City(Slant Six Games, Capcom) – Program the Nemesis and unleash devastating attacks on your opposing squad in an exclusive fifth online competitive multiplayer versus battle available only for Xbox 360. 

  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games) – The curb-stomping fun continues with the release of the “Forces of Nature” map pack for “Gears of War 3” on March 27. Included in the game’s Season Pass or available for 800 Microsoft Points, “Forces of Nature” will feature five maps, new characters, new weapon skins and a 250 Gamescore. Also, starting March 27, “Gears of War 3” will be available through Games on Demand.

  • Dragon’s Dogma(Capcom) – Explore the woodlands surrounding a collapsed fortress and battle against its fearsome inhabitants, including a monstrous Cyclops, a vicious Chimera and a savage Drake Dragon. Additionally, purchasers of the Xbox 360 version of “Dragon’s Dogma” will be able to redeem a token and download the “Resident Evil 6” demo globally on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace 60 days earlier than on any other platform, starting July 3.

  • Darksiders II(THQ/Vigil Games) – Explore non-playable character gameplay interaction with exclusive fiction reveals from the vast Makers Realm in “Darksiders II.” Fans who pre-order the game will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Limited Edition, or can pick up the Collector’s Edition.

Kinect on Xbox 360

  •  “Fable: The Journey” (Lionhead Studios) – From the creative geniuses at Lionhead, “Fable: The Journey” is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline, heart-pounding action and picturesque world of Albion. “Fable: The Journey” launches this Fall on Kinect for Xbox 360.

  • Mass Effect 3(BioWare, Electronic Arts) – Step into the role of Commander Shepard and use voice controls to direct squad mates during battle and command weapon selection to quickly engage in combat. “Mass Effect 3” supports dozens of commands to interact with the world and the characters, without pausing the action.

  • Kinect Star Wars (Microsoft Studios) – In “Kinect Star Wars,” available April 3, Star Wars fans can physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a vicious rancor monster and dance with iconic Star Wars characters.

  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13” (Electronic Arts) – Featuring a more immersive Masters Tournament experience as well as Kinect for Xbox 360 integration, the world’s number one golf video game is back with “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13.”

  • Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor(Capcom) – Launching on June 19, fight side by side with your comrades and retake Manhattan Beach from the enemy. Defend your infantry and blast every VT that crosses your path!

  • Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure(Microsoft Studios) – Pixar fans will be able to scan themselves into an avatar based on their favorite character from Disney•Pixar’s "Up" and venture into the vast interior of the Spirit of Adventure. Players will also team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to solve puzzles and uncover secrets.

  • Dance Central 2(Harmonix) – Experience new add-on songs from electro-pop sensations LMFAO, including their hit single “Party Rock”.

  • Kinect Sports: Season Two (Rare Studios, Big Park) – Launching worldwide on April 3, the all-new basketball game add-on content puts players’ basketball skills to the test by shooting, passing, and scoring with the new activities.

Xbox LIVE Arcade

  • “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” (4J Studios, Mojang) – Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade in Spring 2012, “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” brings the global PC phenomenon to gamers for the first time on any console platform.

  • “Wreckateer” (Iron Galaxy) – “Wreckateer” uses Kinect for Xbox 360 to put players in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, players can travel the land and destroy 60 castles infested with goblins using six magical projectiles.

  • “Fable Heroes” (Lionhead Studios) – “Fable Heroes” delivers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise with an action-packed hack-and-slash adventure on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

  • “Trials Evolution” (RedLynx/Ubisoft) – Coming soon are new “Trials Evolution” maps in the next dimension of the smash-hit, award-winning “Trials HD.”

  • “Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD” (Robomodo, Activision) – Activision’s “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD” for Xbox LIVE Arcade takes the best elements of “Tony Hawk Pro Skater” and “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2” and upgrades them with sharp visuals and fresh content.

  • “South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge” (South Park Digital Studios, Other Ocean Interactive) – Scott Tenorman is back and he wants revenge! Play multiplayer with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny to take on Tenorman and his army of Ginger robots before they destroy South Park!

  • “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” (Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve) – The all-new “Demolition” mode in “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” delivers a fast-paced game experience made up of tight small maps to get into the action quickly.

  • “Quantum Conundrum” (Airtight Games, Square Enix) – Enter a new dimension – the heavy dimension – in the latest environment-bending feature in the quirky, first-person puzzle game “Quantum Conundrum” from Square Enix and Airtight Games.

  • “Bloodforge” (Climax Studios) – “Bloodforge” combines devastating melee, ranged and magical attacks to deliver a fast-paced, bloodthirsty, brutal combat experience available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

  • Deadlight” (Tequila Works) – “Deadlight,” a brand new experience for Xbox LIVE Arcade, is a narrative-driven puzzle platformer set in the post-apocalyptic 80s devastated by a zombie epidemic.

  • “Diabolical Pitch” (Grasshopper Manufacture) – Available beginning April 4, Kinect for Xbox 360 turns living rooms into playing fields and the “Diabolical Pitch” is the main attraction.

  • “Joe Danger: The Movie” (Hello Games) – Race jetpacks against hoverboards and skis against skidoos in all-new multiplayer modes in “Joe Danger: The Movie.”

Xbox 360 Hardware

  • Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle – The Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle features everything a family needs to get started playing together. Available globally beginning February 28 for $299, the bundle includes a limited edition all-white Xbox 360 4GB console, white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller, “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Adventures,” and a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold—the complete Xbox 360 experience.

Games for Windows

  • Microsoft Flight (Microsoft Studios) – Available to download for free at, “Microsoft Flight” is a new Windows PC game that lets players jump into the thrill of flight with no special hardware or past experience. This Spring, fans will be able to purchase the Journey to Alaska Pack, the second in a series of expansion packs for the game with over 1.2 million square miles of captivating scenery, additional missions and new aircraft.

Windows Phone

  • “Carcassone” (Microsoft Studios) – The award-winning tile-based board game “Carcassonne” is coming to Windows Phone! With the online multiplayer, Xbox LIVE achievements, leaderboards and more, this game never gets old.

  • “Civilization Revolution” (2K) – Award winning Sid Meier’s “Civilization Revolution” is coming to Windows Phone! Build, Discover, Rule the world.

  • “DODONPACHI” (CAVE) – An original shooter by Arcade veteran CAVE is arriving for Windows Phone. Can you handle EVAC Industries’ Maximum Bullet Simulator.

  • “GeoDefense Swarm” (Microsoft Studios) – The fast-paced tower defense game “GeoDefense Swarm” for Windows Phone gives the power to obliterate a horde of vibrant, vector-styled enemies with multiple weapons of choice.

  • “Gerbil Physics” (Microsoft Studios) – In “Gerbil Physics,” a physics-based puzzle game that blows up buildings made of gerbils for Windows Phone, it’s all about adorable destruction.

  • “Pinball FX2” (Microsoft Studios) – “Pinball FX2” for Windows Phone features new tables and all-new features including a state-of-the-art physics model and a connection to your Xbox 360 “Pinball FX2” scores.

  • “Pirates!” – Available now on Windows Phone, Sid Meier’s “Pirates!” is an exciting high-seas adventure overflowing with intense pirate action and a treasure chest of gameplay riches!

  • “Pro Evolution Soccer 2012” (Konami)This spring, the unrivalled and award-winning football simulation from Konami is entering a new season on Windows Phone!

  • “Shoot 1UP!” (Microsoft Studios) – This Spring, an armada of ships is coming to Windows Phone in “Shoot 1UP.”

  • “Wordament” (Microsoft Studios) – In the world of “Wordament” for Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone word searchers across the whole Internet compete on the same board, in real-time, to get the highest score.



Overview video

Retail titles Xbox

LIVE Arcade titles

Halo 4

Events, Gears of War, Halo, Kinect, Press Release, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Jason Flanagan

    But what about Fez?

    • Karl Cramer

      Phil Fish won’t let his baby go.

  • Chuck Jacobson

    Pretty exciting… thanks Major. I wish XBLA games could be given more definitive dates. And I really want a wi-fi only Windows Phone device. My iPhone will always be my phone but I definitely want the pocket Xbox experience and to try out Metro.

    • Anonymous

       If I could 1000 times Like this comment I would.  I want a WP device badly, but I’m not willing to blindly get rid of my iPhone 4 just to get my hands on it.

      • Brad

        Go on eBay and get a used one for cheap then.

        • Anonymous

           I dont really want something used.  Nor do i do the ‘eBay’. Plus, something along the lines of the Lumia 900 (without the phone) would be something I’d consider buying.

      • ElektroDragon

        Why not?  I have WP7 and no iPhone and get along just fine.  Quit it with the mental roadblocks, people.

        • Anonymous

           Roadblock? You do realize that some of us (I wont speak for Chuck) that have INVESTED hundreds of dollars on iOS software.  Sure, you can get an iPhone for 4 for $299 or so, but that doesnt count the $300+ in software I’ve invested. 

          Let see, I can buy another iPhone when its released, and move ALL my apps over to it without any issues(for free), OR i can drop my ‘mental roadblock’, and but a $300+ phone, and then purchase all of the same apps over again (if they’re actually available on WP).. 

          Something something… huh…  Something.

          • Anonymous


            I think Chuck and I just want the ability to do all the cool Metro UI things, but not actually need to replace our phones (regardless of iPhone or Android).  Something similar to iPod touch a (wifi iOS device), but one that will run Mango and future WP OS’.

            Do I want to carry around a PS Vita, or do I want a WiFi only WP device?  If there was such a thing, id go the WP route…

          • ElektroDragon

            You invest lots of money in the maintenance of car too, but that doesn’t stop you from buying a new one later.  And I got both my WP7 HTC Titan phones for FREE because of all the promotions when they first came out.

          • Anonymous

             You’re into car analogies aren’t you?

            The problem with your car maintenance is that I can’t really bring my new engine over into the new car I just bought.  Or the window tint, etc.  Car stereo, maybe, rims/tires maybe… Maintenance? Not so much.  ;)

          • Karl Cramer

            You know you could flip that around. Get a Windows Phone as your phone and buy an iPod Touch so you can keep iOS software.

          • Anonymous

            Could, yes. Only problem being is that now i’m spending $500+ and not sure I even want to replace my phone.

    • ElektroDragon

      Solution is simple, get rid of your blasted iPhone!  I have a Windows Phone 7.  Perfectly happy with it. Bigger screen than iPhone.  Never needed or wanted an Apple product.  You can keep that old iPhone on your belt as a fashion statement if you must.

    • NBA Kirkland (Nick)

      You can get a Windows Phone and just use it over Wi-Fi.  That’s what I do.  I don’t use my WP as a phone, no sim-card, just for games and apps.

  • Susan Kingsley

    stank muthafukka

  • Susan Kingsley

     I cant stAND mAJoR NELSON

  • Susan Kingsley

    crazy aZZ WHite menz

  • Karl Cramer

    Very excited for Pinball FX2 on @Windowsphone:twitter . Perfect game for that format.

  • warlord_killer74


  • A

    Why so mad bro?

    • Kairu

      Nice to see you’re another sheep, that buys any rehashed garbage. I’m assuming you play CoD? If so, that’s enough to prove my point.

      • Bennijin Turbo

         Don’t forget Madden/Feefah.

        • Kairu

          How’d I forget those… But yeah, those too.

          • Bennijin Turbo

             Same crap, different toilet.

      • Anonymous

        Yes…because only stupid people play CoD, right?  Dumb people can be found playing any game. Thinking otherwise just makes you as stupid as the guy you’re insulting.

  • Bennijin Turbo

    Oh yay, more Forza and Fable. Because we really needed more of that. You know, I can see why people say Microsoft has no exclusives, you ask about 360-exclusive franchises and you won’t get much of a reply past Halo.
    Heck, I don’t even game on PS3 and off the top of my head I can name Resistance, Killzone, Uncharted, Twisted Metal, Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, LittleBigPlanet and Sly. Not all franchises anyone gives a toss about, but it says something when someone who is somewhat distanced from Sony’s gaming

    Forza Horizon could be cool enough, but it only feels like Forza 4 came out five minutes ago. It’s too soon for another Forza.
    Aren’t a load of former Bizarre employees working on it? Why isn’t it a new PGR game? You remember Project Gotham Racing? That Xbox-exclusive racing franchise?

    Halo’s fair enough, it’s been a while. A new Halo isn’t going to hurt, not to mention Reach was a bit of a fanbase splitter. I’m slightly bias, big Halo fan myself.

    Fable? Dead series. Dead. Series. DEAD. SERIES. Fable Heroes looks alright but carrying that name is like having leprosy, nobody will want to touch it.

    And what about Rare? You could have had Kameo, Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instinct to name a few at your very whim. Microsoft doesn’t seem to realise when it bought Rare, their IPs came with them yet you’ve got them in some back room somewhere fiddling and farting about with freaking Avatars.
    Does anyone even care about Avatars? Does anyone really care?

    And then there’s the mass amount of ball-dropping you’ve done with exclusives you did have. Why does Street Fighter X Tekken have over nine thousand more fighters on PS3 and Vita while MS doesn’t get squat? Mass Effect began life as a 360/PC exclusive, it could have stayed that way. You could have at least got, say, Fulgore into MK9.

    And then there’s Steam sales continuing to make XBLA sales and Deal of the Weak a laughing stock. Been a Gold member for six years, really wondering if it’s worth it. And I haven’t even paid full price, prepaid cards a go go!

    It all started so well, Microsoft. But you’ve lost focus and become a laughing stock.
    Sure, focus on Kinect and TV and Music and Apps and Social Networking and all that dreck but I bought my 360 to play games.

    Now let’s be having Alan Wake 2, Banjo-Threeie, Killer Instinct 3, Kameo 2, PGR5, a bunch more exclusives and a focus on gaming shall we? I can dream.

    • The Dukenator

       Just so you know, Sly was a PS2 exclusive.

      Rare is also occupied with other games, not just avatars.

      • Bennijin Turbo

        Sly’s getting a PS3 sequel, I did try to stick to relevant franchises and if anything Sly Collection seems to have done more favours for Sly than the original PS2 games ever did. Hence why I namechecked it.

        Pray tell what these games Rare are occupied with are, then.

    • ryjo965

      Im a seven year xbox live member. A die hard xbox fan. I must admit I really do agree with your post. As much as I love forza and fable it seems to be a yearly thing nearly and i hate the thought of that. The xbox live deals are crap. And kameo 2 ftw!!!!

  • Boe2

    Trials Evolution. That is all. We shall meet on the scoreboard.

  • Anonymous

    I said this on the PlayXBLA blog but I feel it deserves repeating… Diabolical Pitch is the most WTF concept for a game I’ve ever heard of in my life.

    • Timothy

      *reads description of Diabolical Pitch*
      Um… wait.. what?

  • Bennijin Turbo

     Deadlight and Bloodforge could be great too.

    But yeah you gotta wonder what Rare have been doing for the past few years, I’d certainly class them as MIA.

  •!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    $20 for a Porshe expansion pack just as the season pass expires?

  • ElektroDragon

    Goodbye money!  Video games are a better investment than the stock market.  At least when you spend thousands on video games, you have something to show for it. (I have yet to turn a profit investing.)

  • Anonymous

    I would keep an eye on the Inside Xbox Channel if I still knew where to find it with the new dashboard.  I gave up and assumed all that stuff was gone.

    • Boe2

      it’s sad. SentUAMessage in Europe is gone too.

      • Bennijin Turbo

        It’s still there, it’s hidden behind a small panel in the “video” tab and there’s no archive anymore. Or if there is I haven’t been able to find it.

  • Lee Rayson

    so many games… want

  • Lee Rayson

    so many games… want

  • Dustin

    That’s a great line-up. I am very impressed with the Windows Phone 7 games list.

  • Anonymous

    Not to be off-topic, but why not make Andy Farrant your fourth-person on the Major Nelson’s Xbox Live podcast?  Class the show up a bit with a British accent.

    • Luke Es | sE ekuL

      Now I want to hear “showgramme” in a British accent. ;)

      • Anonymous

        For a second I thought you were suggesting Andy was from Scotland.  I was pretty sure his was an English accent, not a Glaswegian one, then I realized you were referring to a paisley shirt.  Paisley, from where the paisley pattern was created, is just West of Glasgow.

  • Luke Es | sE ekuL

    “Keep any eye…” ok will do! ;) I suppose I’m glad to play as the Chief again, but I’ll need to be convinced how that’s a “bold new direction”.

    • Karl Cramer

      Just an guess but I think the Covenant story is done. This should be about the Forerunners. So all-new enemies!

    • aStrangeDisease

      I love Halo, but I have a small complaint about the animation in the video. It shows weapon recoil when the Chief fires his weapon, but future weapons would have very little recoil (if any) and a super soldier with power armor would be able to hold his weapon steady without any effort. Still, I am super excited regardless.

  • DHX

    Excellent! Excellent! Purely Excellent!! Posts like these, Mr. Hyrb, WIN!! Oh my Goodness Graciousness of all things that are Good and Gracious! So many good games!! AGH! Man I’d better start clearing some space on my Windows Phone!! Based on that incredible list, these are some of the Games that I WILL be DOPPING:
    -Halo 4
    -Steel Battallion: Heavy Armour!!!
    -Fable Heroes
    -Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD!!
    -Civilization Revolution!!!
    -Pinball FX2

    I’ll probably get others (like Kinect Star Wars, Fable: The Journey, and Trials, etc.), and I’m enjoying FLIGHT! It’s amazing how many of the games I want are for WP7! Amazing work, guys! Very excited!
    (DOP=Day One Purchase)

  • Anonymous

    You LIE Major Nelson!! Pirates! is not available now on the WP7 marketplace (in Canada anyway).

    I hope you never someday read something on the internet, and get really excited about it, only to find out it’s not available. This pain is too much to wish on anybody.

    • Chris Halley

       I’m in US, own a Windows Phone, and it’s not available for me neither :/ This is bull!! It better not be available for certain Windows Phones, I’m not going to fork out another $400 just for certain games.

  • aStrangeDisease

    March 27.
    Reading is difficult.

  • Jacob Bishop

    why the hell dont they even mention counterstrike GO int the videos? how the hell is that south park game bigger than counterstrike?! microsoft needs to work with valve more,they would make a ton more money.