Microsoft's next big Xbox Live Arcade push, the "House Party", kicks off next week with the release of Contra spin-off Hard Corps: Uprising. When can you expect the rest, like Beyond Good & Evil HD and Torchlight? And how much?
The five XBLA games arriving over the next five weeks will run between 800 Microsoft Points (Full House Poker, Bejeweled Blitz Live, Beyond Good & Evil) and 1200 Microsoft Points (Hard Corps: Uprising, Torchlight). See when you'll be able to get them, with handy descriptions from Microsoft, after this.
Hard Corps: Uprising
February 16 | 1200 Microsoft Points Thrilling 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
February 23 | 800 Microsoft Points Take on friends in the brilliant gem-matching action of Bejeweled Blitz Live! Choose your favourite 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.
Beyond Good & Evil HD
March 2 | 800 Microsoft Points Now 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.
March 9 | 1200 Microsoft Points A 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
March 16 | 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 lightning 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!