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Left 4 Dead Demo On XBL Now

Left 4 Dead, the Zombie shooter from Valve and EA, is now available in demo form on Xbox Live. It weighs in at 1.2gb, and everyone is going to grab this, so start now if you can.

I did a quickie and.. wow.. this game creeps me out.. In a good way though.

Player A – Hey! Look out!

You – I turn and shoot

Player A – ‘being dead that can’t be done.’

Microsoft Releases GTA4 Sales Stats

Microsoft recently shared some new numbers on the 360 GTA4’s popularity. According to internal estimates, console sales for the Xbox 360 rose by 54% due to GTA4, with about 40% of new consoles sold being bought alongside a copy of the game. They also made the claim that 60% of all GTA4 copies sold in the first week were the Xbox 360 versions — which is certainly good sales if true, although not quite two-to-one.

Grand Theft Auto IV – Worth the Hype?

Overall, Grand Theft Auto IV would appear to be one of the best games ever made, (based on those that were trying it out at the local play and trade and the line that was outside the store before it opened too.) with a single-player campaign that can take you around 25 hours to complete (depending on how you play it, of course). Improvements, particularly those made to combat and vehicle physics, make the game more accessible, more enjoyable and far more realistic than before.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance: New Characters Trailer

In the next few weeks, Marvel Ultimate Alliance will be expanding its already impressive character roster with some choice Xbox Live downloadable content–eight new characters!

Looking to get in on the action, you’ll have four different packs available for download.
The hero pack (500 MS points) includes Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Hawkeye and Hulk, while the villain pack (500 MS points) includes Dr. Doom, Magneto, Venom and Sabertooth. Or, you can download all eight in one shot with the combo pack (800 MS points). But let’s say you’re a little apprehensive. If you don’t want to dish out the dough, there is a free download that will enable you to play with others online without having to download the new character packs yourself. You won’t be able to get achievements and you can’t use the new characters offline, but you can still participate in games with others that are using the new content. Everybody wins!

One of the coolest things about the new characters has got to be the addition of villains. Why add in villains to team up with a game swarming with superheroes? Aside from the fact that it’s just good to be bad sometimes, the villains arrive mainly due to you, the loyal fan. The new character selection was due to in part by the Marvel Ultimate Alliance VIP community, where fans spoke up about what characters they’d like to see in the game. The most requested villains? Venom, of course. The inclusion of Venom eventually spurred on the addition of the rest of the villains.

New characters also means new teams and team bonuses. Existing teams have been modified to include new characters where appropriate. For example, Hulk can be on the Avengers and Cyclops on the X-Men. There are a total of 13 new teams, not including the old teams that have been changed to accommodate the new characters. The downloadable content will have exclusive teams available only with the downloaded characters, such as the villains team. The addition of villains also allows for some fun stuff when you team up traditionalrRivals. Download the new characters and throw Spider-Man and Venom together or Sabertooth and Wolverine to see what happens.

Players will be rewarded for playing through the entire game as new characters, so it’s not just that you have the chance to play as new characters–you have a reason to. Expect to get new achievements and see some interesting changes in the plot. Depending on what character you play as there might be some drastic effects on the storyline. But don’t fear, bits and pieces of the storyline have been tweaked to fit with the new characters so that everything makes sense depending on who’s on your team.

With each new character also comes new achievements. The downloadable content adds 12 new achievements to Marvel Ultimate Alliance’s existing 48, bringing it to a lofty total of 60. There will of course be one new achievement per character for unlocking their costumes. Each character has four skins to choose from that can be unlocked through gameplay. Additionally, there will be four storyline breaking achievements, but we don’t want to ruin that for you. So you’ll just have to grab the new content and play through the game to find out what they are.

Xbox Live Video Marketplace has problems on Launch

Xbox Live’s new digitally downloaded television shows and rental movies didn’t have a very smooth kick off. Xbox Live is granting refunds for all media purchases that were not delivered today.

Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb has described the first hours of the downloading service as an “unpleasant experience” for members, but promised that Microsoft was working to resolve the issues. He said on his official Xbox blog, “We’ve made progress over the past 24-hours, and the team is dedicated to fixing the issues and continues to work as fast as they can around the clock to get the service running as seamlessly as you have come to expect.”

Myself, I attempted to download the pilot Jericho episode in HD and it trickled in at first and then just dropped, then for the rest of the day I wasn’t able to get to the downloads and then started up again.. which took 23 hrs (approx) to download 1.98 gigs. Needless to say, I was not that impressed, but those folks out there that do not have PVR’s will like the system.