10 Feb 2011
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Microsoft announces Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party

Microsoft has announced the lineup for the second annual Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party, where a new downloadable game will launch on the service every Wednesday.

From the press release, the lineup is as follows:

Hard Corps: Uprising (Konami), February 16th, 1200 Microsoft PointsThrillng retro run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in "Hard Corps: Uprising" on Xbox LIVE, a new 2D side-scroller developed by ARC System Works that pays homage to the classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend in this prequel to "Contra: Hard Corps".

Bejeweled Blitz Live (PopCap Games), February 23rd, 800 Microsoft PointsTake on friends in the brilliant gem-mmatching action of Bejeweled Blitz Live! Choose your favourite playing style - Classic of Twist - and rocket up the leaderboards! Battle your way to the top in the all-new 16-player Party Mode over Xbox LIVE.

Beyond Good & Evil HD (Ubisoft), March 2nd, 800 MS PointsNow you can experience the thrill of the fan favourite "Beyond Good & Evil HD" on Xbox LIVE in full HD. Enter the futuristic world of 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 game with elements of puzzle solving and stealth-based games.

Torchlight (Runic/Microsoft Game Studios), March 9th, 1200 Microsoft PointsA highly regarded PC game with over 800,000 units sold to date, "Torchlight" is now coming to Xbox LIVE! Combat is more exciting with revamped controls and mechanics, new armour 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.

Full House Poker (Xbox: Microsoft Game Studios, Windows Phone 7: Krome Studios), March 16th, 800 Microsoft Points)Bet your way to fame by playing "Texas Hold 'Em" anytime, anywhere in "Full House Poker". Compete against your Xbox LIVE friends on Xbox 360 and build your bank roll on the go with a companion game on Windows Phone 7. Play a quick two-player game for some lighting action, join a big 30-player tournament, or play a round of Texas Heat, our live poker game show where you play with thousands of players worldwide and have 30 minutes to bluff, bet, and raise your way to the final table!

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