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Project Gotham Racing 3 demo in the Marketplace


The demo for Project Gotham Racing 3 is available for download in the Marketplace. With the quantity and quality of the demos coming out, the Live Marketplace is really showing off its potential.

Are you still here? Go download it now!

PGR3 video montage shows off cities

London Eye PGR3London. Las Vegas. New York. Tokyo. The Nürburgring. These five cities are recreated with amazing detail in Project Gotham Racing 3, but we may have zoomed through them at over 170mph, missing much of it along the way.

This video montage provides a quick tour of the more impressive cityscapes in the game, and the quality is pretty astounding. If you want to explore, pause your game and enter Photo mode -- you can fly through the city, although you're confined to the track, and take a look at the landmarks for as long as you want.

Update on Japanese 360 compatability

Japan 360 As suspected, Microsoft has left the decision of region-locking up to the publishers. Play-Asia has confirmed on a Japanese 360 that Quake 4, Call of Duty 2, and Condemned all work fine, while Microsoft published titles PGR3, Kameo, and Perfect Dark Zero do not. They also report European 360s behave similarly with Ridge Racer 6, Amped 3, GUN, and Tony Hawk all work outside of their regions.

So, while Microsoft made region encoding option for publishers, they themselves have opted to lock their titles down. So don't go importing your 360 to get one in time for Christmas.

[Via Gamebrink]

First 10 minutes of gameplay - videos

Kameo videoWe're all fans of the "try before you buy" principle, and sometimes a demo just won't do. Fortunately, some chaps over at XboxyDE have created videos showing the first 10 minutes of gameplay from several launch titles:
  • Kameo (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
  • Condemned
  • PGR3
They're hefty downloads but might be worth a look if you're in two minds about a title.

[Update: IGN also has the first eight minutes of Perfect Dark Zero available to watch. Thanks, Don]

[via TheNextBox]

What's your gamertag?

360 liveIt's time for the fanboys to unite. As we've been hearing over the past 24 hours, many of our usual online friends were not able to secure Xbox 360s yesterday. So, it's time to make some new friends (besides, the guys over at Joystiq won't accept our friend requests).

Continuing its long history (3 days now) of bringing gamers together, Xbox 360 Fanboy is providing some bandwidth for you to add your Xbox live gamertag, your zone and your list of 360 games to the comments below.

We'll go first:

Gamertag: Master Rogue (yes, it's lame. So, no need to waste valuable gaming time commenting on the obvious).

Zone: Underground

X360 Games: Quake 4, PGR 3, King Kong, Tiger Woods 2006, PDZ, Call of Duty 2, Condemed, Kameo

Xbox 360 FAQ

xbox 360 faqEverything you've ever wanted to know about the Xbox 360. Ever. All in one handy place for your perusal. Found a frequently asked question that you want answered? Add your questions in comments and we'll continually update this list of FAQs.

[Update - part 2 now available, delving into Xbox Live!]

We'll start off with the absolute basics, as inspired by the BBC's Xbox 360 Q&A.

Continue reading Xbox 360 FAQ

Manual scans to wet your lips

Condemned: Criminal OriginsGameInsider has gone to all the trouble to scan and host manuals for some upcoming titles.  The selection includes Condemned: Criminal Origins, FIFA 2006, and Project Gotham Racing 3. If you really can't wait to get your mitts on these games and want to read the manuals in preparation, give it a shot.  We already did. 

MetaReview: Project Gotham Racing 3

 PGR3 425p
1UP's review of Bizarre Creation's racer is stirring up all the interwebs. Why? Because they've bestowed upon it a rare 10/10. Most of the other reviews aren't as positive but it still looks to be a very strong launch title.
  • GameSpot (8.8/10): "It's no exaggeration to call the sense of speed and kinetic energy generated by [the in-car] viewpoint a visceral thrill unlike practically anything we've ever played."
  • IGN (8.8/10): "As a launch title for Xbox 360? Hell, this is without hesitation on my top five list. It's a no-brainer, must-have launch title."
  • 1UP (10/10): "There's very little to complain about in PGR3. It's more immersive than any other racer out there."
Based on a total of 8 reviews, Project Gotham Racing 3 has scored an impressive 89%.

GameFly's most popular 360 rentals

gameflyGameFly's top 10 most requested Xbox 360 titles as of Nov. 15 are:
  1. Call of Duty 2
  2. Perfect Dark Zero
  3. Quake 4
  4. GUN
  5. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  6. Dead or Alive 4
  7. Condemned: Criminal Origins
  8. Project Gotham Racing 3
  9. Madden NFL 06
  10. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Does this seem like an accurate representation of what 360 buyers are looking for?  If so, it's heavy on the FPS and light on the Kameo.  Is Rare's title already forgotten?

[Via Team Xbox]

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