Microsoft’s ‘House Party’ Promotion Brings Beyond Good & Evil and Torchlight to XBLA

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‘House Party,’ Microsoft’s first big Xbox Live Arcade promotion for 2011, is shaping up to be a real doozy when it kicks off five weeks of downloadable game releases beginning February 16th with the debut of Konami’s Contra successor, Hard Corps: Uprising. After that, the next four weeks will bring Xbox 360 owners the long-awaiting console port of Runic Games’ action-RPG Torchlight, the HD remastered port of Beyond Good & Evil (also coming to PSN), Bejeweled Blitz Live multiplayer puzzle action from PopCap, and Avatar gambling in Full House Poker.

Details and screenshots for the ‘House Party’ 2011 lineup are only a scroll away!

“Bejeweled® Blitz Live” (PopCap Games) – E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Take on friends in the brilliant gem-matching action of “Bejeweled® Blitz Live.” You’ve got just 60 seconds to strategize, match and detonate as many gems as you can. Choose your favorite playing style — Classic or Twist — and rocket up the leaderboards. Battle your way to the top in the all-new 16-player Party mode over Xbox LIVE. Conquer the boards as you compete for score, style and speed. Create cascades of fun with Flame gems, Lightning gems and Hypercubes. You can even combine scores with friends for the highest weekly and all-time Friendscores. The challenge is irresistible.

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“Beyond Good & Evil HD” (Ubisoft Entertainment) – T (Teen)
Now you can experience the thrill of the fan favorite “Beyond Good & Evil” on Xbox LIVE in full HD. Enter the futuristic world of the year 2435, a world full of deception, where nothing is as it seems, and exposing the truth is the only hope of restoring freedom. Play as action-reporter Jade and capture the truth using stealth, force and wits against a government that deceived you in this action-adventure with elements of puzzle-solving and stealth-based games. Battle against the forces of conspiracy, and master amazing tag-team fighting combos with allied resistance fighters.

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“Hard Corps: Uprising” (Konami Digital Entertainment) – T (Teen)
Thrilling, retro, run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in “Hard Corps: Uprising,” a new 2-D side scroller, developed by ARC System Works Company Ltd., that pays homage to the classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend in this spiritual prequel to “Contra: Hard Corps.” Battle in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode or the all-new RISING mode, where a life bar and point system allow you to purchase items and upgrades to build your soldier up and achieve ultimate victory. Need help? Partner with a friend in online co-op mode* to lay down some serious carnage.

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“Full House Poker” (Microsoft Game Studios — Xbox/Krome Studios — Windows Phone 7) – T (Teen)
Bet your way to fame by playing “Texas Hold ’Em” anytime, anywhere. Compete against your friends and thousands of players around the world. Play a quick two-player game for some lightning action; join a big 30-player tournament*; or play a round of Texas Heat,** a live poker game show that gives you 30 minutes to bluff, bet and raise your way to the final table. Show off your personality and keep your opponents guessing with unique tells, flashy avatar costumes, entertaining unlockables and awesome chip tricks. Build your bankroll and your poker skills while on the go with Windows Phone 7 and share your stats across platforms as you make your mark as a “Full House Poker” pro.

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“Torchlight” (Runic Games Inc./Microsoft Corp.) – E10+ (Everyone 10+)
A highly regarded PC game with more than 800,000 units sold to date, “Torchlight” is now coming to Xbox LIVE. Combat is more exciting with revamped controls and mechanics, new armor and quests. There’s even an exclusive new pet for your character. Send a select goodie or two to your friends on Xbox LIVE* to share the fun for the first time.

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