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Summer of Arcade Titles Announced

Five new titles coming to Xbox Live.

Keeping with tradition, Microsoft has announced their titles for the Summer of Arcade promotion. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer gave a list of the five titles that will be hitting XBLA this summer.

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Kinect Joy Ride Sequel Announced, Will Use Traditional Controls

Joy Ride Turbo will not use Kinect and is coming to Xbox Live Arcade.

Kinect Joy Ride was a racing launch title for the Xbox 360's Kinect peripheral back in 2010. It received mixed reviews but managed to sell over one million units worldwide. About a year and a half later, the sequel Joy Ride Turbo has now been announced; however, this entry will not use motion control.

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Xbox 360 Live Arcade Achievement Policy Changing

Major Nelson confirms the rumored changes.

Earlier today an anonymous source tipped off xbox360achievements.org that some changes are coming to the total number of Gamerscore points and achievements Xbox Live Arcade titles can have. Starting on April 1, each XBLA title can carry double the number of achievement points, going from 200 to 400, and 10 more total achievements, increasing from 20 to 30. Major Nelson has since confirmed this information, also revealing that starting in June, all XBLA games will mandatorily carry 400 Gamerscore points.

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Rayman 3 HD Coming March 21

Spring has sprung a Rayman redone!

Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD was announced a little over two months ago. The series has seen a slight revival with the release of Rayman Origins in November and Ubisoft is going to capitalize on that release with this HD remake. Rayman 3 HD now has a release date and it's March 21, 2012.

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5th Cell Unveils New Details on XBLA Title Hybrid

The creator of Scribblenauts has a new XBLA title on the way.

5th Cell announced in a press release today some new details for the upcoming game Hybrid, their Xbox Live Arcade title set to be released this summer. The title is a cover-based third person shooter.

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Sonic CD Review

You know you want to hear “Sonic Boom” again.

I love Sonic the Hedgehog. That is probably the understatement of the year, as I’ve made my love of the blue hedgehog well known and I know all of the Sonic games front to back. Well, most of them anyway. I didn’t own a Sega CD back in the day so one of the exceptions is Sonic CD. Since its initial release in 1993, diehard fans have sworn by the game’s quality, going so far as to call it the greatest Sonic game ever. Two ports have been released on the PC and as part of the Sonic Gems Collection on the GameCube, but this latest port is the most attractive release of the title. Does it still hold up 18 years later?

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Xbox Live's December Sales Report

Sonic CD and Joe Danger succeeded financially and critically.

December is typically a slow month for video games. After the onslaught of releases during October and November, the last month of the year is usually reserved for buyers to purchase what's available. But some quality titles do continue to be released, and they're usually downloadable titles.

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Xbox Live's House Party Release Dates and Prices Revealed

The recently released promotion gets started after Valentine's Day.

Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) announced on his blog the release dates and prices for the titles collectively known as the Xbox Live Arcade House Party 2012. The post also mentioned that if you purchase all four titles between February 15 and March 13, you'll receive 800 Microsoft Points.

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Happy Action Theater Release Date Unveiled

The party game by Double Fine will be released soon.

Double Fine has announced the release date for their new Xbox Live Arcade title exclusively for Kinect. Double Fine Happy Action Theater will be released on February 1, 2012 and will retail for 800 Microsoft Points or $10.

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Doom Available on Xbox Live (Again)

The XBLA port has been reintroduced to the marketplace.

Doom was originally released for the Xbox Live Arcade on September 26, 2006. The title was a port of the original PC version and featured co-op, as well as multiplayer, along with all of the bells and whistles Xbox Live Arcade games get. Then, the game was delisted on September 24, 2010. This was most likely due to a licensing issue as Activision had released the port.

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