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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

European Xbox 360 launch line-up revealed

European Xbox 360 launch line-up revealed

"Fifteen titles confirmed as December launch nears.

Microsoft has revealed a list of fifteen games that will be available for the Xbox 360 when it launches in Europe on December 2. As was widely expected, the line-up is headed by Project Gotham Racing 3 (contrary to recent reports) and Rare duo Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo: Elements of Power.

There are some notable absentees however, with Dead or Alive 4, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Ridge Racer 6 all missing from the launch list. Nevertheless, the confirmation of Call of Duty 2 and Amped 3 quickly unfurrowed our brows, while the rest of the line-up is a mix of sports titles (four from Electronic Arts), recognised franchises (Quake 4, which we recently reviewed on the PC) and licensed games.

There was a selection of thirteen different accessories confirmed for launch as well, including wired and wireless controllers, a rechargeable battery pack, a wireless networking adapter, a headset and the highly redundant Xbox 360 faceplates, should you feel the odd urge to decorate your console. We still think they're pointless, but heck, what do we know? More usefully, a 20GB hard drive will be made available (for those who buy the core system), as well as 64MB memory units.

The machine itself, as previously reported, will weigh in at £209.99 / €299.99 for the core system, while the hard drive-bundled console will be going for £279.99 / €399.99. No launch date has been announced for Australia yet, though January 2005 currently seems to be a popular choice among the rumour-mongers.

Anyway, scroll down for a list of the fifteen titles and various accessories that will be appearing at launch, and prepare to get saving.

  • Amped 3
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup
  • GUN
  • Kameo: Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • Madden NFL 06
  • NBA Live 06
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Project Gotham Racing 3
  • Quake 4
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06
  • Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland

Xbox 360 Accessories available on launch day:

  • Xbox 360 Hard Drive (20 GB)
  • Xbox 360 Memory Unit (64 MB)
  • Xbox 360 Faceplate
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
  • Xbox 360 Controller
  • Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit
  • Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter
  • Xbox 360 Headset
  • Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote
  • Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable
  • Xbox 360 Advanced AV Cable
  • Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable" [link]

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