Update: According to Xbox.com's accessory page, this new bundle will be available at retailers on October 7th.
By golly, that Live 12 month bundle rumor turned out to be true. Over on Xbox.com, a new listing for a 12 month bundle called the "Xbox LIVE Messenger Gold Pack" popped up and is listed at $69, which is actually a pretty darn good deal. Included in the Messenger Gold Pack is a 12 month subscription to Xbox Live, a Chatpad, a wired headset and a copy of Project Gotham Racing 4. Not too shabby, especially for those in the market for Live subscriptions and Chatpads.
Microsoft is running an interesting deal for Canadian fanboys, where they're giving customers a free game for purchasing at least $100 in 360 accessories. Suh-weet!
This mail-in offer (again, only available in Canada) gives customers the choice of receiving Halo 3, Lost Odyssey, PGR4 or Viva Pinata Party Animals for FREE as long as receipt proof can be supplied proving that $100 in accessories were purchased between June 17th and July 1st, 2008. And by accessories, we mean pretty much every accessory known to exist including controllers, Vision camera, wireless adapter, 120GB HDD and the Messenger Kit. That means if you are already in the market for high priced 360 accessories like the 120GB HDD or wireless adapter, you pretty much score a free game with your purchase. Hit the "source" link below (warning, it is a PDF link) to read all offer details.
Eachweek, X3F tips gamers to the tricks of the trade of Achievement hording in Points>Life. Every week a new achievement is unlocked to help you continue your unhealthy obsession with the Xbox 360 meta-game.
This week for Points>Life we're taking a look at four achievements in Project Gotham Racing 4. Each achievement is a puzzle that needs to be solved, and we've gone ahead and solved them for you. Looking for a fun street racing title and need a few extra points in your pocket? Take a stab at PGR4!
In order to successfully complete these achievements you'll need to make sure your settings are all correct. So, jump inside for all the details.
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Bizarre Creations' own Ben Ward hopped onto the official Project Gotham Racing 4 forums to address questions regarding any planned PGR4 DLC. And, sadly, we got an answer that we weren't prepared to hear.
Ward informed everyone that Bizarre has handed the PGR4 "reigns" over to Microsoft and confirmed that "you won't see any more PGR4 DLC from Bizarre Creations". Though, Ward did leave a minuscule possibility of future PGR4 DLC being released, but it would have to come from Microsoft. Poor PGR4 DLC, we barely knew you but the time we shared was and forever will be some of the best gaming moments of our life ... rest peacefully.
Don't get your panties in an excitement bundle, we are not doing a surprise Super Halo 3 / PGR4 Qee Giveaway today as Friday was indeed the last day of our eight day giveaway. Sorry guys. But we just wanted to inform you that Kenny was Friday's lucky winner and will be doubling his Qee collection in the process. We also wanted to thank all of you, our loyal X3F readers, for supporting the site and giveaways by entering each and every day. Hopefully we can give out oodles and oodles of free swag in the months to come. We should also send one final (and ginormous) thank you to the crew over at Toy2r for being overly generous with their Qee donations and support as well. Jump on over to their site and see what (smashing monkey) goodies you can find. Thanks everyone!
Update: Bummer, this giveaway is over. To see who won and to enter a new giveaway, make your way over here.
Today, the fifth day of our Super Halo 3 / PGR4 Qee Giveaway, we offer yet another Qee and another congrats message to yesterday's big winner. So, Jazz, congratulations on winning a spiffy PGR4 Qee that'll one day ride shotgun with you in your new 2009 Nissan GT-R.
For the second day in a row, we're giving out yet another PGR4 Qee thanks to the sincerely sincere folks over at Toy2r. And by now, you should know the drill. We'll be awarding a PGR4 Qee to one randomly chosen fanboy who follows the directions below. You should also know that this giveaway ends TODAY at 5:00PM eastern, so get your entry in soon'ish ... and here's how:
Today we're feeling a bit lazy, so we're allowing you to be lazy as well. To enter into today's PGR4 Qee giveaway all we want you to give us is ONE random word. Yup, that's it. So, to enter today's giveaway, we want you to comment on this post with one word, any word.
One comment per person. Multiple comments by the same user will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until later today, Tuesday, March 4th at 5:00PM eastern. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
On Wednesday, March 5th we'll randomly choose and announce one winner.
One lucky winner will receive one PGR4 Qee valued at $20.
Another big thank you goes out to Toy2r for allowing us to give out the Qee goods and if you need the official rules, make a jump here.
Update: This giveaway has ended. To see who won and a to enter a new giveaway, click your way over here.
Continuing our Super Halo 3 / PGR4 Qee Giveaway, we'd like to congratulate pandlcg on winning yesterday's green Halo 3 Qee. We learned a lot about our readers and that they are expert monkey impersonators. Who would have thought?
Anyway, onward to today's giveaway. Toy2R's gracious giving is allowing us to give out a very rare and ultra sleek blue Halo 3 Qee today (the little dude on the far right). W00t, w00t! And just like yesterday, the one lucky (and totally random) fanboy who successfully completes the entry rules below will be one blue Halo 3 Qee richer. Remember though, this giveaway wraps up TODAY at 5:00PM eastern, so be sure to enter the giveaway fun by ...
Today's blue Halo 3 Qee made us think about the ongoing struggle between red and blue. We want to know which side you are on and why you chose to ally yourself with them. So, what is it? Red or blue? Comment on this post today with your answer.
One comment per person. Multiple comments by the same user will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until later today, Thursday, February 28th at 5:00PM eastern. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
On Friday, we'll randomly choose and announce one winner.
One winner will receive one blue Halo 3 Qee valued at $20.
Good luck to all on today's second Qee giveaway as we sign off and thank Toy2R for donating such adorable prizes. And if you need them, official giveaway rules can be read here.
Update: This giveaway has closed. To see who won and to enter another giveaway, simply go here.
Fanswag Weekly is back once again and this round we're prepared to give out the goods for an entire week. Yes sir, a week long giveaway full of prizes, happiness and a whole bunch of Qee. The overly generous and amazing crew over at Toy2R sent us a box full of limited edition, rare and promotional Halo 3 and PGR4 Qee to giveaway. And wouldn't you know that we're giving away one Halo 3 or PGR4 Qee every day from now through next week (excluding the weekend). Yeah, we're awesome. And to kick off the fun, we're giving away a green Halo 3 Qee to one lucky fanboy who can read the instructions below, complete said instructions and enter TODAY from now through 5:00PM eastern. So, let's get to it ...
Since the Halo 3 Qee are actually monkey Qees painted to look like a Spartan (no joke, they even have monkey ears), comment on this post today with your best monkey impersonation.
One comment per person. Multiple comments by the same user will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until later today, Wednesday, February 27th at 5:00PM eastern. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
On Thursday, we'll randomly choose and announce one winner.
One winner will receive a green Halo 3 Qee valued at $20.
Again, we'll be giving away a new Qee everyday from now through next week, so keep your eyes glued to X3F and be sure to get your entries in by 5:00PM eastern. We also have to send another giant thank you to our friends over at Toy2R for their Qee generosity. Official giveaway rules can be read right here.
Just a reminder for Bizarre fans that today, racing out of the XBLM gates, is a pair of previously revealedProject Gotham Racing 4 DLC downloads including some paid and some free goods. First up we have a 400 Microsoft point Premium Challenge Pack which includes an additional seven new cars, three new bikes, a new World Challenge Mode that adds 20 new chapters, a new Tourist Mode and ten additional achievements. It's what we'd call DLC that's "packed full of fun". The other piece of PGR4 DLC is the free Challenge Pack which is comprised of a 2007 Peugeot Flux racer, the new Tourist Mode and the Cat and Mouse Mode that didn't quite make the cut last time free DLC was offered. Both packs are available for download off the XBLM right this moment, just be sure to buckle up and watch for deer. We wouldn't want anything to happen to you on Valentine's Day.
Today, PGR4's title update released to the masses allowing gamers to race it out in all new tournament modes. Which is all exciting stuff indeed, but Bizarre Creations had another gametype that was supposed to be included in the title update, but it was late to the release party.
In press materials that were sent out, Bizarre's community lead Ben Ward mentioned a new PGR4 Cat and Mouse free roam gametype that was to be included in today's update. Though, soon after, we received another email retracting the Cat and Mouse release saying that it didn't make it into the new update, but "will be rolled out in a separate update in a few weeks time". So, no Cat and Mouse today, but at least you'll have something to look forward to in a few weeks time. Plenty of time to stock up on catnip and Cheez Whiz.
We just received word that Project Gotham Racing 4 is getting four new (and integrated) tournaments that'll allow the best PGR racers to show off their skills and be recognized.
Available as a free download tomorrow, November 15th, PGR4 players will have access to four new tournament modes including Daily Tournaments, Super Saturday, Simulation Sundays and Global Cup. Each tournament has different rules, ways to qualify and number of entrants all of which are conveniently outlined for you after the break. And what do you get if you win one of the tournaments? Instant leaderboard fame, that's what! Winners of each of the four tournaments will be featured on the leaderboards with the monthly Global Cup winner getting his or her gamertag posted on PGRNation's homepage. Check out all the competitive tournament deets after the break.
Welcome to another wonderful edition of X3F Achievements 101. Today's topics of discussion include Major Nelson's warning about gamesaving, sludging through the online multiplayer Achievements of Fuzion Frenzy 2, my experience thus far with Project Gotham Racing 4, and the rather annoying list of Achievements found in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Anyway, all the goodness that you've come to expect is included after the break.
Just a quick reminder, folks. This is your last chance to enter our latest Fanswag Weekly giveaway. This week we're giving away a shiny new copy of Project Gotham Racing 4 to one lucky winner. If you haven't entered yet, you have exactly two hours to do so. Head over to the official giveaway post, follow the instructions, and hope for the best. Good luck.
Two new game demos hit the XBLM this morning, adding a little bit of speed and a little bit of fear to the Marketplace. The first demo comes from our pals over at Bizarre Creations and is the critically acclaimed Project Gotham Racing 4. Weighing in at a rather hefty 1.27GBs, the demo includes three racecars, two bikes and features an exclusive Nürburgring Snow Challenge and an exclusive Arcade event. Oh, and the PGR4 demo is available to all Xbox Live locales, w00t, w00t!
F.E.A.R. Files: Extraction Point is the other new game demo and clocking in at 585MBs we presume it to be a single player mission-o-fun that F.E.A.R. fans the world around will enjoy. Funny thing is that the demo is only available to US and Canadian Xbox Live members ... so maybe the world around can't enjoy it. Both demos are available for the free on the XBLM right now, so get your download queue on and give 'em a whirl.
Alright, so we haven't really delivered on promises to stop talking profusely about Halo 3, but at least you can take comfort in the fact that there are other games coming out for your favorite console. Not only that, but this week we have a lot of new games coming out. Even better, we have some big name titles hitting the 360, namely Project Gotham Racing 4. Behold this week's glorious bounty:
Project Gotham Racing 4
Flatout Ultimate Carnage
Crash of the Titans
NBA Live 08
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
Yup, that's a lot of games. Will it be enough to draw you away from Halo 3?