Capcom classic pack arrives

Xbox 360 users just joining the party and those on rental binges can cheer today, it seems Capcom is putting together a recession pack just for gamers. Today the company announces a triple hits platinum pack coming in at $39.99.

The pack includes Lost Planet, Devil May Cry 4 and Dead Rising; 3 of Capcom’s most prized licenses over the past year with Devil May Cry spawning off Bayonetta Dead Rising getting a sequel already and Lost Planet also working on a successor.

Those interested should pay attention to store shelves September 8th, when the pack is set to go live at retail.

Netflix xbox 360 update!

As some of you may know by now, I am having a love affair with NetFlix in general but I am smitten with it on the 360 in particular. So I am very pleased with the news about the next 360 update.

On Aug 11th, the update allows you to videos to your instant view queue from your 360. No more running to a PC to update your queue! As if that wasn’t enough, you can now watch your movies and shows with others over Xbox Live! marry me NetFlix!

Also with the update is the new Avatar marketplace functionality. There should be plenty of variety available to customize your mii…I mean, Xbox Live avatars.

The new game on demand feature will go live as well. There will be 30+ titles at launch and will include some heavy hitters like Mass Effect and BioShock.

Brief Impressions – Left 4 Dead 2

With Comic-Con around the corner and word of L4D2 being on scene with new features I figured it would be nice to drop firsthand impressions that I got over at E3 in the Valve suite.

The game mechanics are always a key focus with these things, the gameplay to L4D is very much preserved from the state of the first preview, gameplay was fast and the hordes were still in heavy numbers from multiple angles, players had decent reload speeds, a good variety of power with weapons and of course melee for when things got dirty. The biggest introduction into the game is the new secondary weapon system, as it stands it feels a bit rough, sure you get really cool weapons to swing around but there’s a lag on the weapon, the gesture is a slightly delayed getting off, the execution is epic but the recharge on the next swing feels like a millenia especially given that these have to be used face to face with zombies. Major attacks upon the player end up causing the weapon to be released and overall it’s just not the most effective way to get out of being violated by a giant swarm right now. They say that they have 20 new items to debut at Comic-Con so we’ll see how that pans out.

Enemy mechanics have changed up slightly, high speed dashes to safety or to turn of sirens or reach safe points are all new, in the stage we played we hit a mid-way safe house to go through before hitting the next branch of fighting, things like that keep the game interesting and let newer players learn how to get their act together by healing in a safe area for the most part, they do have tanks around them or witches, the game also rewards those who run into the fray with a brand new friend. The Charger, a tank like creature dedicated to penetrating breaking your body in ways you never thought possible, is he easy to take down? kinda, if you don’t get drilled by him first as he has the potential to ruin a whole team in a single charge.

As it stands L4D2 is shaping up to be quite an entertaining game, given I have about 350-400 hours on L4D I can say I’ll be looking forward to the next installment when it lands this November unless something terribly wrong happens at SDCC next week.

E3 update-Left 4 dead 2 dated!

A sequel to the most amazing left 4 dead is not only official, it has a release date!

Mark your calendars for November 17th as the day the infestation hits! PC and 360 owners can look forward to new characters and an updated arsenal including chainsaws, baseball bats, axes and your trusty skillet. No word yet if the George Foreman grill will make an appearance.

E3 update- twitter and Facebook coming to the 360

Big social networking news on day 1 of E3!

Twitter and facebook are coming in the fall to a console near you! As long as that console is an XBOX 360 that is.

Twitter works how you expect it should. You follow updates from your friends while posting your current goings on, all from the comfort of your couch.

Facebook was announced by none other than my wife that doesn’t know she loves me, Felicia Day(the guild, Dr. Horrible). It works along the same way facebook users have become accustomed to. The added bonus is that it uses the xbox’s own menus! As if that wasn’t enough it also includes a feature called FaceBook connect that enables user to share screen grabs from in game and share them with your fellow gamers!

Let the parade of halo tea bagging profile pics begin!