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Xbox Reveal Event Scheduled for May 21st

Xbox Reveal

Following rampant speculation, it is now official: the new Xbox, codenamed Durango, is set to be revealed Tuesday, May 21st. As announced on Major Nelson's Blog, the upcoming console will be formally unveiled at the Xbox Campus in Redmond at a special press event, which will also be livesteamed on Xbox.com, as well as Xbox Live and Spike TV.

Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson, had this to say of the upcoming big reveal:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed

Xbox Campus, Redmond WA Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

Follow me on Twitter where I’ll share updates leading up to the event.

Stay tuned to GameSplash for all of the latest developments on the new Xbox as they happen!

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Toy Soldiers: Cold War Review

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Take control of the USA and USSR armies and defend your toy box in this tower defense style game.

Place your base turrets in the designated spots and destroy the enemy before it enters your toy box. While they will man themselves if left alone you also have the ability to get down to a third-person level and take over a turret and be more involved in actually destroying the enemy. Keep a close eye on the flag in the upper left hand corner of the screen, it will show your health and will become more ragged as enemies get past your defenses. Careful - letting too many enemies in your toy box will lead to disaster! From city streets to a carrier ship the almost fully destructible terrain varies but there's always pieces of scenery on the edges of the playing area that really bring out the idea that it's just a bunch of toys in some kids room. Campaign mode kicks off with a brief basic training level, that gives the player a feel for some of the weapons available before facing oncoming waves of enemies.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

There are a large assortment of air and land vehicles available for each side. Whether they're driven on land or flown in the air they all have one thing in common, batteries. Another feature that reminds us that we're still just in the toy box. Generally, players have enough battery power to get a decent amount of destruction in before the vehicle expires, but additional batteries are scattered throughout each map as well. Fighting against the tanks and the helicopters you've got some selection as far as turrets go and each of them are able to be upgraded to three different levels. Five of them are legitimate weapons you've probably seen in other war games; anti-air, anti-tank, artillery, machine gun and mortar. The sixth one is sort of a wild card. The toy soldiers have been busy creating their very own makeshift weapons using bug spray, hair spray and fireworks. One major thing to keep in mind, like with all tower defense games, is money. You need it. You'll start with enough to build a turret or two but in order to build more you'll have to start killing people.

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From Dust Review

From Dust

Step up against Mother Nature and defend a primitive tribe against the elements as they search for the knowledge of the ancients.

Spanning huge maps filled with volcanoes, tsunamis, wildfires and torrential downpours, From Dust is a beautiful real-time nature simulator. Centered on a primitive tribe's quest to reunite with the ancients it is your job to keep them safe. In each level, players must locate the totems left behind by the ancients, rebuild and repopulate, safeguard them against the elements (by sending villagers to learn the knowledge stones) and then get to the passage way. Subtitles translate the information the Shaman is giving you at the beginning of each level, and from there you're on your own to decide how to solve the problems in a virtually limitless number of ways.

From Dust Screenshot

The tutorial levels are very basic, but provide the fundamentals you need to know for the rest of the game. The controls are amazingly easy; with the joysticks acting as movement and camera as we've come to expect, the triggers are used to pick up and drop whatever is grabbed, 'A' calls the villagers to a totem, stone of knowledge, or other points of interest; additionally, it allows the relocation of a populated totem and the d-pad controls the powers you earn. Players control the so-called "Breath" of the tribe and have the ability to pick up and relocate elements such as earth, water and lava. Each totem on the map will earns a different power, but you won't be earning the same powers every time; gelify water, put of fires, evaporate water, amplify your powers, have infinite amounts of dirt to release or just swallow everything in your path without having to drop it back down anywhere. While you have some God-like powers you are not God, your powers are limited not only in the amount of time you have to use them but by the amount of any one thing you can handle at once and can be taken away if the village at the totem where you earned the power was destroyed.

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Xbox E3 Press Conference Wrap-Up: Halo 4, Dance Central 2, and More

Xbox E3

Microsoft held their annual E3 press conference at The Galen Center earlier today, detailing their plans for upcoming games, future Xbox Live enhancements, and not one, but two Halo announcements. As they had promised last year, several Kinect supported titles aimed at the core audience were shown, including:


Kinect Star Wars

Ryse (formerly known as Codename: Kingdoms)

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Forza 4

Minecraft

Fable: Journey

Mass Effect 3


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Resident Evil's Revival Selection To Hit Xbox Live and PSN

Resident Evil Logo

Recently rumors have been buzzing around the net about a so called, Revival Selection for Capcom's notorious franchise, Resident Evil. What was just a rumor, is now absolute fact.

The Revival Selection consists of two separate titles, Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica X. Capcom will be releasing this content on a disc over in Japan, while over here in the states, we will be receiving it via Xbox Live and PSN sometime this Fall.

Both titles come packed with HD upgraded visuals and trophy/achievement support. Resident Evil 4 is said to include all bonus content from all previous releases as well as "Separate Ways", the Ada Wong side missions, while Resident Evil:Code Veronica X, is to be just as inclusive of bonus material.

No pricing information has been confirmed, but as more info comes down the wire, we'll be sure to keep you up to date.