During Microsoft’s keynote at the E3 2011 tradeshow in Los Angeles on Monday, Microsoft confirmed that it will launch a special edition of Halo, titled “Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary” edition on November 15th — the 10 year anniversary of the franchise’s launch. The game will offer the same seven amazingly addictive multiplayer maps like the original, but will also now include enhanced support for Xbox LIVE features and a “fully remastered” campaign mode with support for co-op play over Xbox LIVE. We’re here in Los Angeles for E3 2011 so hopefully we’ll be able to get some hands-on time soon.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops map expansion, called “Escalation,” is now available to Xbox Live subscribers. Escalation adds five new maps, including four that are available in multiplayer mode. As we noted back when the expansion was announced, the maps include a Russian Zoo, a Cuban hotel and casino, a weapons of mass destruction stockpile, and “convoy.” If you still haven’t had your fill slaying the living dead, the update also includes a new zombie experience called “Call of the Dead.” The update is available for $15, 0r 1200 MS points. We’re definitely downloading this just as soon as we get back from covering BlackBerry World. Frag out! More →
When EA launched NBA Jam for the iPhone and iPod touch in February, there was one glaring omission: the ability to dunk on your friends. On Thursday EA fixed that by updating the game with local multiplayer, which means you’ll be able to take to the court and play against your buddies using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. If you use an iPad, there’s more good news – EA also launched NBA Jam HD for $9.99. NBA Jam has been a staple on our devices since its debut, and it’s been updated with the current NBA roster, too. Lace up those Nike’s and install the update. More →
Gameloft has updated its popular Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus game with several new features. The update includes 10 free XP levels and three new multiplayer maps — including an Eastern European bunker, a new battlefield, and a shanty town in South Africa. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus includes an extensive single player campaign and also allows up to ten players to battle against each other at once in four different multiplayer modes (Battle, Team Battle, Defuse the Comb, and Capture the Flag). The update is free, and if you haven’t installed the game yet, it’s available in the iTunes App Store for $6.99 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Hit the jump for a link to the download. More →
On Monday, gaming site Major Nelson wrote that Activision has revealed it will launch the next expansion pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops for Xbox 360 on May 3rd. Dubbed “Escalation,” the new downloadable content — for Xbox LIVE subscribers — will sport five new maps, including four that can be played in multiplayer mode. New maps include “Hotel,” where you’ll battle on the roof of a Cuban hotel and casino, a Russian “Zoo,” a WMD “Stockpile”, and “Convoy.” And what’s an update without some more zombies? Escalation will reportedly offer a new “Zombie experience,” with new playable characters. It’s unclear how much Escalation will cost, but we’ve already begun raiding our couch cushions for spare change. More →
Stop dusting off your old Atari 2600 and get to the iTunes App Store, stat. Atari Interactive on Thursday announced the release of its Greatest Hits application for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The download is free and includes PONG, but there are also a number of in-app purchases available including many classic Atari Arcade and Atari 2600 games. The app offers original cabinet and box art for each game, and there are 25 different packs of four games that cost $0.99 a piece — or you can buy the entire collection for $14.99. Titles include hits like Asteroid, Missile Command, Air-Sea Battle with Bluetooth multiplayer support, Breakout with Bluetooth multiplayer, Battlezone, and more. Atari’s Greatest Hits is compatible with devices running iOS 3.0 or later. We know what we’re doing for the rest of the night. More →
Doodle Jump for iOS has been out for as long as we can remember and it’s been blessed with a number of seasonal updates… but we’re particularly hyped up for the update that was pushed out Wednesday. Now Doodle Jump addicts — including the team here at BGR — can play against one another and test their jumping skills. In multiplayer mode, the first person to pass the 12,000 point mark wins, but the game throws some curve balls at you, too. For instance, if one player bounces off of a spring, another player can’t use that same spring. If one player falls, the game is over. We definitely had some adrenaline pumping while going head-to-head against one another. We love that multiplayer works over Wi-Fi, which allowed us to play against one another from different states. Yes, Jonathan won. Hit the jump for a link to the free update. More →
According to Joystiq’s sources, this year’s E3 will see Sony introduce a premium subscription service to the PlayStation Network. Dubbed PSN+, the service is said to differ from Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold in that PSN+ will offer subscribers new features instead of stripping them away from non-paying users. Some of the features Joystiq has been told will be included in PSN+ include exclusive downloadable content, cross-game voice chat, a back catalogue of Classic PSX and PSP Minis titles, discounts in the PlayStation Store, and one hour demos of retail titles. One other major perk is said to be the automatic enrolment in the PlayStation Protection Plan. Rumored to becoming shortly after launch of PSN+ is the ability to save games to the cloud. Specifics about when the service will roll out and how much it cost aren’t all that clear, but it’s believed the cost will be around $9.99 per month. More →