Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Xbox Live Update Gets The Red Card  


Since first being teased at Microsoft's X06 event two years ago in Barcelona, Spain,the game that inspired a generation, “Sensible World of Soccer,” and the true classic, “Tempest” arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday, December 19th at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PST).

“Sensible World of Soccer” draws on the 96 / 97 original, often considered to be the best in the series. Like other redux Xbox Live Arcade games, Sensible World of Soccer will feature both a true-to-the-original version of the game as well as a revamped edition that includes updated visuals, retuned audio, and new gameplay features, such as challenging friends over Xbox LIVE, playing solo in Career mode or testing your managerial skills by leading a team to the Champions league! The game also features a helpful tutorial mode. But no sooner had Codemasters’ Sensible World of Soccer taken to the Xbox Live Arcade pitch Microsoft pulled Sensible Soccer from Xbox Live Marketplace hours after its release. Why you ask, it seems after a traumatic ride onto Xbox Live Arcade with an infamous delay the drama hasn't ended yet after a bug in the game that signed you out of Xbox Live and refused to let you sign back in until you manually returned to the dashboard.With an explosion of complaints on Codemasters forums and the game was given the red card and ejected. There has been no word on when to expect the title back, which leaves Microsoft's final Christmas Xbox Live Arcade update down to Tempest.

“Tempest” is an intense shooter game requiring skill and lightning quick reflexes. Players must harness their firepower to shoot and destroy enemy hordes in a desperate fight for survival across fluorescent geometric battlefields. “Tempest” contains both the original and enhanced gameplay modes. The game will be available worldwide, with the exceptions of Japan and Korea, for 400 Microsoft Points and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

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