Alan Wake: American Nightmare, I Am Alive announced as part of Xbox Live House Party Relaunch


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Big news from CES, as we now have confirmed release dates for a few much-anticipated XBLA titles. The Xbox Live House Party event is being brought back to the Xbox Live Arcade for its third year beginning on February 15. Also along for the ride is Xbox LIVE Must Have Games for the Windows phone.

The first title to be featured in the program is the highly touted Alan Wake: American Nightmare, the not-sequel, not-expansion pack to the 2010 release of Alan Wake. Major Nelson dished out the details on his blog:

Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party

Beginning Feb. 15, Xbox LIVE will deliver four back-to-back releases of the best downloadable games, with one new title a week. Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party provides ongoing fun for you and your friends, in your living room and across the globe, bringing four more of the most highly anticipated titles to your Xbox 360 console. The latest House Party title line-up includes:

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Microsoft Studios): In this brand-new stand-alone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch. A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode, make this a must for Alan Wake veterans, and the perfect jumping-on point for new players. Can you survive until sunrise?

I Am Alive (Ubisoft): One year after a worldwide cataclysmic event has wiped out most of human civilization, a man struggles for survival. Faced with an insecure, decaying and hazardous world, he scours a desolated city, searching for his long-lost wife and daughter. Survive the suffocating, murky streets covered in dust. Climb the teetering remains of last-standing skyscrapers to reach breathable air and find untouched resources. Explore the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving metropolis. Discover a changed human condition, punctuated by distrustful survivors, dangerous armed gangs and victims in need.

Nexuiz (THQ): For centuries, the Kavussari and the Forsellians have waged war. They have a fragile truce but, because of their seething disgust of each other, still pit warriors against each other in arenas rather than on the fields of war. These episodes of lethal combat are broadcast throughout the galaxy as entertainment — a spectacle known as The Nexuiz Competition — an arena-based first-person shooter where you can alter the rules of the match and the laws of physics while dominating opponents in ever-changing hostile environments.

· Warp (EA): “Warp” is a puzzle-based stealth action game where you play as Zero, a lovable-yet-lethal orange alien with a big score to settle! Captured by the villainous Commander and imprisoned in his underwater facility, Zero must plan his ultimate escape using his arsenal of alien abilities — warp, frag, echo, swap and launch.

Those other titles are all well and good, but I’m just giddy to see that I Am Alive is no longer vaporware. Whether or not it turns out to be a solid offering remains to be seen, but you can bet your shiny hiney that I’ll have a say in that when it releases on February 22nd. What games are you excited to see on this list?

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About Alex Larrabee

Everybody still thinks "The cake is a lie" jokes are funny, right?

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