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Looking for FM4 information? Check out this press release that should get you ready for more Forza Motorsport 4 news at E3.

Gear up for the highly anticipated launch of “Forza Motorsport 4” by pre-ordering today

This fall, the highest rated racing franchise of this generation returns with “Forza Motorsport 4”, the biggest racing game of the year. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at U.S. retailers for $59.99 (US ERP).  For even more incentive to pre-order, Turn 10 Studios confirmed today that fans who pre-order “Forza Motorsport 4” at participating U.S. retailers will receive a token to unlock one of the following five cars, while supplies last:

•    Available at– Subaru Impreza WRX STI: The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru compact car line. The STI is recognized as a speed demon on race tracks, winning first place at Super GT in 2008.
•    Available at Best Buy– BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Reaching top speeds of 250 km/h, the 1 Series M Coupe is the high-performance version of the famed BMW 1 Series Coupe. 
•    Available at GameStop– Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: The creation of Italian automaker Alfa Romeo and first introduced at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Giulietta contains an exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde configuration with a 1.7L turbocharged engine that will steer you to victory.
•    Available at Wal-Mart– MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: MINI enthusiasts around the world rejoice! The JCW Clubman sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder MINI engine that has been tuned and turbocharged to include 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.
•    Available at Target – Honda CR-Z EX: The Honda CR-Z EX is Honda’s sport hybrid with an ultra-modern and sporty look, featuring 16” wheels and tires, low-to-the-ground stance and swooping bodywork. Additionally, its six-speed manual transmission makes it the only hybrid with three pedals.

This same list of cars is available in other regions worldwide and more information for those regions is coming soon. 

Rev up for the Limited Collector’s Edition
For “Forza” fans who crave the VIP treatment, a Limited Collector’s Edition will also be available. Stay tuned for more details on the exclusive content the Limited Collector’s Edition will offer.

Be one of the first to purchase “Forza Motorsport 4” and receive the “Ship Bonus” car pack
A limited quantity of “Forza Motorsport 4” games at retail will include an exclusive in-game car pack available at launch that boasts five incredible cars for fans to race, tune, paint and share. This car pack, limited to the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs, will include:

•    Ford Mustang GT Coupe 1965: Take to the road in this classic American stallion, one of Ford’s most successful launch cars behind the Model A.
•    Koenigsegg Agera 2011: “The Agera–from the Swedish verb “to act”–celebrates 15 years of Koenigsegg’s uncompromising philosophy of making dream cars.”
•    Lexus SC300 1997: A classic personal luxury coupé, the SC300 combines a powerful racer with a 225hp I6-powered engine.
•    RUF RGT-8 2011: The spectacular RGT-8 is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine that has been fine tuned to deliver unmatchable sports car power and curb appeal.
•    Tesla Roadster Sport 2011: For luxury car fans, the Roadster Sport is electric heaven.  Get behind the wheel of this electric two-seater and go zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a peak rating of 288 horsepower.

Prepare to hit the road in a Ferrari 458 Italia, the “Forza Motorsport 4” cover car
Today Turn 10 Studios is also revealing that the cover car for the standard edition of “Forza Motorsport 4” is the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a genuine break with the past in terms of Maranello’s previous high-performance sports cars. The Turn 10 team has worked closely with Ferrari to include every intricate detail of the Ferrari 458 Italia in the game, from its sleek aerodynamic design to its exquisitely modeled 4499 cc V8 engine, offering players the most realistic driving experience off the track.

“The Ferrari 458 Italia was a perfect fit for the ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ hero car. It has the ideal blend of style, creative flair, cutting-edge technology and power that makes it just as gorgeous to look at as it is thrilling to take to the track,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of Turn 10 Studios. “We’ve worked closely with our partners at Ferrari to bring this amazing car to life in your living room.”

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Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.* See blog post I’ll make for many of these for pricing and/or regional availability and follow me on Twitter for updates.


Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date Price Microsoft Points
Full House Poker 16-Mar 800
Ghostbusters 23-Mar 800
Swarm 23-Mar 1200
Islands of Wakfu 30-Mar 800
Seisou Kouki Strania 30-Mar 800
Rush ‘N’ Attack Ex-Patriot 30-Mar 800
Deal of the Week** Discount Dates Price Microsoft Points
Sonic 4: Episode I   March 22 – March 27 800


Arcade Four-Play    
A World of Keflings March 29 – April 3 400 (50% off)
Worms 2: Armageddon March 29 – April 3 400 (50% off)
Worms 2: Battle Pack March 29 – April 3 200 (50% off)
Raskulls March 29 – April 3 400 (50% off)


**Special pricing available for
Xbox LIVE Gold Members

Games on Demand Release Date
Call of Juarez 22-Mar
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 22-Mar
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 29-Mar
Split Second 29-Mar
Games on Demand Price Reduction Date
Halo: Reach   ONE WEEK ONLY – March 15-21
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Square Enix) 15-Mar
Avatar Marketplace Release Date
Aviation Collection 17-Mar
MLB 2K11 collection 24-Mar
Zombie Pets collection 31-Mar



*Current schedule. Subject to change. All content may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions.


Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

1    Call of Duty: Black Ops

2    Modern Warfare 2
3    Halo: Reach
4    FIFA Soccer 11
5    NBA 2K11
6    GTA IV
7    Madden NFL 11
8    Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
9    Call of Duty 4
10   Red Dead Redemption

11   Call of Duty: WaW
12   Halo 3
13   Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
14   Gears of War 2
15   NHL 11
16   Forza Motorsport 3
17   Dead Space 2
18   Fallout: New Vegas
19   EA SPORTS Fight Night Champion Demo (Full Game)
20   Left 4 Dead 2


Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

1    Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter
2    Stacking
3    Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
4    Pinball FX 2
5    Serious Sam HD: TFE
6    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels
8    Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
9    Space Invaders Infinity Gene
10   Trials HD
11   Galaga Legions
13   Castle Crashers
14   Game Room*
15   LIMBO
16   A World of Keflings
17   Plants vs. Zombies
18   ilomilo
19   UNO
20   Peggle

The above arcade list is based on full versions purchased.
*Combined sales of all Game Room titles


Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

1    Voice Changer 360
2    Bird Assassin
3    Toy Stunt Bike
4    Avatar Paintball
5    Baby Maker Extreme 2
6    Avatar Laser Wars
7    The Impossible Game
8    Avatar Ninja!
9    I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
10   Miner Dig Deep
11   Nuclear Wasteland
12   College Lacrosse 2011
13   Avatar Karting
14   M2AF: Message 2 All Friends
15   Beer Pong
16   Get Rich or Die Gaming
17   Avatar Drop
18   Avatar Ragdolls
19   Zombie Turkey Outbreak
20   ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls!


Games for Windows Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

1   GTA IV
2   Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
3   F1 2010

4   Street Fighter IV
5   Colin McRae : Dirt 2
6   Resident Evil 5
7   Fallout 3
8   Bioshock 2
9   Halo 2

10  Dead Rising 2
11  Batman: Arkham Asylum
12  Red Faction Guerrilla
13  Lost Planet 2
14  Gears of War
15  FlatOut UC
16  Tron Evolution
17  Tinker
18  Battlestations: Pacific
19  Fuel
20  Section 8   


These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the week. Some content (and therefore the links) may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions.


After much time in various SQL data bases and Excel Pivot tables, I am pleased to present the Top LIVE lists of 2010.


Please note that the rankings are based on the games’ first seven days of activity on the Xbox LIVE service and only include games released in 2010.


Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles of 2010 (based on UU’s during the first week of launch)

1    Call of Duty: Black Ops
2    Halo: Reach
3    Red Dead Redemption
4    Fable III
5    Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
6    Medal of Honor
7    Mass Effect 2
8    FIFA Soccer 11
9    Fallout: New Vegas
10  BioShock 2
11  Madden NFL 11
12  Splinter Cell Conviction
13  Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
14  Dead Rising 2
15  Kinect Adventures!
16  NBA 2K11
17  Crackdown 2
18  Aliens vs Predator
19  Mafia II
20  Army of TWO: TFD


Top Arcade Titles of 2010 (Based on full versions purchased during the first week of release)

1    Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
2    LIMBO
3    Perfect Dark
4    Toy Soldiers
5    Monday Night Combat
6    Deadliest Warrior

7    Dead Rising 2: Case West 
8    X-Men Arcade
9    Castlevania Harmony of Despair
10    Plants vs Zombies
11    Scott Pilgrim
12    Sonic 4 Episode 1
13    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
14    Blacklight: Tango Down
15    Hydro Thunder Hurricane
16    RISK Factions
17    Super Meat Boy
18    World of Keflings


Top Indie Games of 2010 (Based on full versions purchased during the first week of release)

1    Baby Maker Extreme
2    Avatar Showdown
3    Avatar Paintball
4    Avatar Ninja!
5    Avatar Racedrome
6    Try Not To Fart
7    Nuclear Wasteland
8    Avatar Onslaught
9    Yet Another Zombie Defense
10    Zombie Estate
11    Breath of Death VII
13    Get Rich or Die Gaming
14    Avatar Bumper Cars
15    Avatar Meet Up Live!
17    Shoot 1UP
18    Toy Stunt Bike
19    The Impossible Game
20    So Many Girls So Little Time