Three New Xbox Originals Next Week: Ninja Gaiden, Pirates! and BLACK


Coming up on Monday, February 11th, Microsoft will be launching three new Xbox Originals on the Xbox Live Marketplace, including BLACK, Ninja Gaiden Black and Sid Meier’s Pirates!. Three excellent games for sure, but at 1,200 Microsoft Points apiece (that’s $15!), I still can’t get excited about this whole Xbox Originals program just yet, especially when they all have some form of bugginess and physical copies of the same titles can be found online or in retail bargain bins at cheaper prices.

Ninja Gaiden Black
ESRB M (Mature – for Blood & Gore and Intense Violence)
1200 Microsoft Points
(Not available in Australia or New Zealand)
Ninja Gaiden Black on

Ninja Gaiden, the critically acclaimed cut-and-slash action game, took the action genre by storm with its unique and innovative gameplay, killer story, and mind-blowing graphics. Now you can experience even more of Ryu Hayabusa’s deadly artistry in Ninja Gaiden® BLACK, the newest installment in the series, slashing its way to Xbox®.

· Action-packed story: Play Story mode or Mission mode, including boss battles, time challenges, and more!

· Hurricane Pack content: Encounter new enemies, big bad bosses, and new costumes from Hurricane Packs 1 and 2.

· Difficulty levels: Choose from five levels of difficulty for all kinds of gamers, from “Ninja Dog” to “Very Difficult Master Ninja.”

· Bonus extras: Play the original arcade versions of Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Ryukenden.

Sid Meier’s Pirates!
2K Games
Rated T (Teen – for Mild Violence)
1200 Microsoft Points
(Not available in Korea, Japan, or Germany)
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Sid Meier’s Pirates!® is the action-packed roleplaying game that lets you live the life of a pirate in the seventeenth-century Caribbean. Choose which exploits and quests to pursue in this Xbox®-customized version of Sid’s original, award-winning Pirates! PC game.

· Engage in fierce naval battles: Fight single enemies or multiple ships.

· Build a fleet: Take the helm of 27 different ship types enhanced with assorted ammo, cannons, and other upgrades.

· Integrated melee: Parry and slash your dueling opponents into submission with lightning quick moves onboard ships, in seedy taverns, and even in the Governor’s mansion.

· Take your crew ashore: Dig up buried treasure or plunder enemy ports in strategic land battles. Sneak in and out of towns, escape from prisons, and avoid guards, or surprise them and knock them out!

· A pirate’s life: Increase your riches and win the heart of the Governor’s daughter to earn gifts and valuable information.

· Multiplayer combat: Grab a controller and jump into four-player ship battles in Versus mode.

· Make your own story: Challenge and pursue the most infamous pirates in history, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Henry Morgan. If you prevail, they’ll teach unique skills to you!

· Online bonuses: Use Xbox LIVE® to upload scores and compare your pirating prowess with friends and foes alike. Also, download sail emblems, flags, and other content.

· Renowned creator: Designed by Hall-of-Fame game designer Sid Meier.

Electronic Arts
ESRB M (Mature – for Strong Language and Violence)
1200 Microsoft Points
(Not available in Korea or Japan)

Join the world’s most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK™ tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the U.S. from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out covert operations around the globe.

From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal combat. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done.

· Guns are the stars: An explosive arsenal of bleeding-edge weaponry is at your disposal.

· Every bullet counts: Everything in the environment is affected by gunfire.

· It’s bigger and louder: Experience the most exhilarating and destructive shooter ever created.

· Death is an opportunity: Every enemy dies like a stuntman.

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