Prices and Dates Announced for XBLA House Party Games

House Party Pricing and Release Dates

After Microsoft's announcement of their newest XBLA promotion, titled House Party, gamers knew what titles were going to be offered. What they did not know is each title’s release date or price. Now, thanks to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, gamers can mark their calendars and start saving up their money.

Microsoft’s House Party begins on February 16 with Hard Corps: Uprising, a spiritual successor to 2D shooters like Contra, and ends on March 16 with the release of Full House Poker, the title that, if things go according to plan, should have the longest lifespan of any of the House Party offerings.

Between those two, gamers will see the release of Beyond Good and Evil HD, Bejeweled Blitz Live, and Torchlight, three titles most gamers should be very familiar with.

See below for a complete list of release dates and pricing for each game:

  • February 16 - Hard Corps: Uprising, 1200 Microsoft Points
  • February 23 - Bejeweled Blitz Live, 800 Microsoft Points
  • March 2 - Beyond Good & Evil HD, 800 Microsoft Points
  • March 9 - Torchlight, 1200 Microsoft Points
  • March 16 - Full House Poker, 800 Microsoft Points

Every type of gamer, from the casual bite-sized increment player to the more devoted RPG fan will have something to look forward to as part of this XBLA offering. Probably the two titles that gamers will be the most excited to get their hands on are the long-rumored HD version of Beyond Good and Evil and a console version of Torchlight. Torchlight and BG&E both have enjoyed a solid fan base on their respective platforms, but hope that new fans will emerge on the Xbox 360.

The other title gamers are going to want to keep an eye on is the last game on the list: Full House Poker. Acting as the next evolution of the 1 vs. 100 experiment (Rest in peace), Full House Poker will be another massively multiplayer online experience wherein players can hope to interact with dozens of fellow poker fans and net themselves some worthwhile prizes.

Unfortunately, unlike 1 vs. 100, Full House Poker does come at a price, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. While 1 vs. 100’s biggest draw was the fact that anyone could jump in at any time, Full House Poker’s price tag could discourage gamers from participating. However, this new revenue stream, could also keep Full House Poker going much longer than its predecessor.

Full House Poker Gameplay

With five weeks worth of titles, including some old favorites and casual pick-up-and-play titles, Microsoft’s House Party is the place to be for the months of February and March.

Which of the five titles offered as part of Microsoft's House Party are you most looking forward to picking up? Do you think that Full House Poker will succeed where 1 vs. 100 failed?

Microsoft's House Party begins February 16, 2011, on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Source: Major Nelson

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