Gamescom 2010: Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live launch line-up revealed; Guitar Hero, Crackdown and Halo all make an appearance

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windows phone 7 xbox.jpgXbox Live gaming is one of the biggest selling points in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Phone 7 series of mobile phones. With the iPhone currently the dominant force in mobile gaming, Microsoft are looking to rock the boat in their favour by integrating with their hugely successful online game network. And if the pedigree of their just announced list of gaming launch titles is anything to go by, Apple had better look out.

63 games in all have been announced, and some big name franchises are set to make an appearance. Among the most recognisable titles are “Assasins Creed”, “Castlevania”, “Halo Waypoint”, “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” as well as a pair of Star Wars games.

While Microsoft have admitted that the majority of titles will be stripped back, turn-based versions of their console counterparts, there are plenty of examples where this is no bad thing. “Puzzle Quest 2” for instance is a turn-based puzzle/RPG hybrid regularly voted as one of the best Xbox Live Arcade titles out there.

The full Xbox Live line-up for Windows Phone 7 at launch is as follows:

·         “Age of Zombies” (Halfbrick)
·         “Armor Valley” (Protégé Games)
·         “Asphalt 5” (Gameloft)
·         “Assassins Creed” (Gameloft)
·         “Bejeweled™ LIVE” (PopCap)
·         “Bloons TD” (Digital Goldfish)
·         “Brain Challenge” (Gameloft)
·         “Bubble Town 2” (i-Play)
·         “Butterfly” (Press Start Studio)
·         “CarneyVale Showtime” (MGS)
·         “Castlevania” (Konami)
·         “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS)
·         “De Blob Revolution” (THQ)
·         “Deal or No Deal 2010” (i-Play)
·         “Earthworm Jim” (Gameloft)
·         “Fast & Furious 7” (i-Play)
·         “Fight Game Rivals” (Rough Cookie)
·         “Finger Physics” (Mobliss Inc.)
·         “Flight Control” (Namco Bandai)
·         “Flowerz” (Carbonated Games)
·         “Frogger” (Konami)
·         “Fruit Ninja” (Halfbrick)
·         “Game Chest-Board” (MGS)
·         “Game Chest-Card” (MGS)
·         “Game Chest-Logic” (MGS)
·         “Game Chest-Solitaire” (MGS)
·         “GeoDefense” (Critical Thought)
·         “Ghostscape” (Psionic)
·         “Glow Artisan” (Powerhead Games)
·         “Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)
·         “Guitar Hero 5” (Glu Mobile)
·         “Halo Waypoint” (MGS)
·         “Hexic Rush” (Carbonated Games)
·         “I Dig It” (InMotion)
·         “iBlast Moki” (Godzilab)
·         “ilomilo” (MGS)
·         “Implode XL” (IUGO)
·         “Iquarium” (Infinite Dreams)
·         “Jet Car Stunts” (True Axis)
·         “Let’s Golf 2” (Gameloft)
·         “Little Wheel” (One click dog)
·         “Loondon” (Flip N Tale)
·         “Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay)
·         “Mini Squadron” (Supermono Limited)
·         “More Brain Exercise” (Namco Bandai)
·         “O.M.G.” (Arkedo)
·         “Puzzle Quest 2” (Namco Bandai)
·          “Real Soccer 2” (Gameloft)
·         “The Revenants” (Chaotic Moon)
·         “Rise of Glory” (Revo Solutions)
·         “Rocket Riot” (Codeglue)
·         “Splinter Cell Conviction” (Gameloft)
·         “Star Wars: Battle for Hoth” (THQ)
·         “Star Wars: Cantina” (THQ)
·         “The Harvest” (MGS)
·         “The Oregon Trail” (Gameloft)
·         “Tower Bloxx NY” (Digital Chocolate)
·         “Twin Blades” (Press Start Studio)
·         “UNO” (Gameloft)
·         “Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet” (i-Play)
·         “Zombie Attack!” (IUGO)
·         “Zombies!!!!” (Babaroga)

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Gerald Lynch