Xbox Live Arcade: House Party

Throughout the month of March, Xbox Live will launch the new Game Room and begin releasing arcade titles every week. From March 3-24, three big downloadable titles and extra motivation will be offered.

Check out these three games, with the last one sure to get people excited:

Toy Soldiers
March 3 | 1200 Microsoft Points
Fight for survival in this intense, action-packed game on Xbox LIVE Arcade! Enjoy world-class visuals as you put your foot soldiers and fighter pilots to the test in vintage WWI dioramas.

Scrap Metal
March 10 | 1200 Microsoft Points
With guns blazing, drift around corners and take out legendary competitors in this fast-paced top-down racer. Customise your car to help you blast through enemies, or race against your friends to crush their cars in one of the many pulse-pounding online multiplayer matches.

Perfect Dark
March 17 | 800 Microsoft Points
The classic sci-fi shooter has made its way to Xbox LIVE Arcade and is ready for you to download and hit the ground running. Digitally remastered with better frame rates and updated graphics, now you and your friends can experience every twist and turn in this heroic story.

Game Room
March 24 | Free to Download
240 to 400 Microsoft Points for game downloads | 40 Microsoft Points for single gameplay
Xbox LIVE Arcade is kickin’ it back to the old school, with “Game Room.” Now you can relive the glory days of playing classic arcade games in their original forms. Download the free “Game Room” app for your Avatar and purchase and play some of your favourite retro games from Intellivision, Activision Inc., Konami Corp. and Atari Inc. with friends.

And these are the extra incentives Microsoft is offering to help get this house party started:

Thank You Gift: Xbox LIVE would like to say thank you for coming to our party! Buy all three House Party titles and download the free “Game Room” app and receive 400 Microsoft Points back to your account**! And for Xbox LIVE Gold members, the deal gets even sweeter, by purchasing all three House Party titles and downloading the “Game Room” app for free, you will not only be credited with 400 Microsoft Points, but you’ll also get an extra month of Gold membership absolutely free**!

Extra Tickets: We don’t want anyone to miss out on the great multiplayer action House Party will bring you and your friends! From 1700 GMT March 26 – 1700 GMT March 29, House Party is making it easy for you to play together with a special Xbox LIVE House Party Multiplayer Unlock weekend! For this weekend only, we’re unlocking the online multiplayer features of all House Party titles for Xbox LIVE Silver Members to play for free.

Attire for your Avatar: Starting on March 3rd, stop by Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace to ensure your avatar is decked out in the best House Party attire! From cola hat dispensers and plaid shorts, to plastic jelly shoes, your Avatar will party in style this March. You can even pick-up a BBQ grill so your Avatar won’t go hungry over the course of the month-long party.

Guests of Honour: Most parties only have one star of the show, but Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party has four blockbuster guests we’re celebrating them in style!

Looks like they’re going big! See you all at the party!

*Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately) required for online multiplayer

Purchase all 3 games: Toy Soldiers, Scrap Metal, Perfect Dark, & download the free Game Room app before April 1, 2010 0459 GMT, and receive 400 Microsoft® Points – FREE! As a bonus, all current Gold members as of April 30, 2010 that fulfil this offer will also receive 1 month of Gold for FREE! Limit one (1) of each gift per person. To qualify for your gift, you must purchase all three (3) games from Xbox LIVE Arcade and download the free Game Room app using your Xbox LIVE account, by April 1, 2010 0459 GMT 0559 CET. To qualify for the bonus month of Gold, you must have a current Gold account (sold separately) as of April 30,2010. The free Points and 1 month of Gold will automatically be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account after the end of the promotion period. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery – on or around April 30, 2010. Offer available only to legal residents, age 13 plus, of all countries that support Xbox LIVE, while supplies last, is non-transferable, not redeemable for cash, and cannot be combined with any other rebate or offer. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Broadband internet required for Xbox LIVE; for terms of use and system requirements

François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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