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Xbox Live Update for the week of February 26, 2014

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xbox_live_weekly_update_image1311I remember seeing the first promo material for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. I was sure EA was pranking us. But no, the characters from Popcap’s hit have taken to the cartoony battlefield in a shooter. It’s available for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. As you can tell from the name, it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at the popular genre. EA has shown no qualms poking fun at its own franchises, with promos for games such as Dead Face or Grass Effect.

The Plants and Zombies have their own distinct roles and classes. The perky little Sunflower is a medic, while the Scientist performs that role for the Zombies. Teamwork and communication are essential, as with the best shooters.  Garden Warfare is even launching at a budget price of $39.99, no doubt because of the more family-friendly group it appeals to.

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Thief is a franchise with roots going back to 1998. A designer named Ken Levine, who would go on to work on a little title called Bioshock, helped create this world.  The crafty Garrett used his smarts and stealth to avoid combat. This was during a time when action heroes like Duke Nukem were flexing their biceps and ammo clips for the world to see. The thief’s latest adventure is now available on the Xbox One. Garrett is plying his dangerous trade in a world ruled by the Baron and his Watch. He accidentally gets involved in a bloody revolution when he was just trying to line his pockets. Thief – Xbox One is $59.99.

Pac-Man Museum hits the Xbox 360 arcade this week. It includes 9 classic Pac titles, the first Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man among them. This one chronicles the evolution of our favorite pellet gobbler, going up to current hits such as Pac-Man Championship Evolution.  I still remember how addicted we were to the first game. We played it non-stop, watched the cartoon and ate the cereal of questionable nutritional value. There was probably a presidential campaign in there somewhere. Pac-Man Museum is $19.99.

The Xbox One is getting some important new updates, just in time for Titanfall. Twitch streaming will arrive March 11. PS4 launched with this, but Microsoft still had some to work to do. Yusef Mehdi, vice president of marketing and strategy for Xbox, told Yahoo  Microsoft wanted to offer more features. Xbox One’s Twitch will allow live streaming, joining games with broadcasters and watching game streams from any device, including the PS4. What!

Xbox One’s party features were a pretty huge step back from the 360. Microsoft fixed a number of things that weren’t broken. The March 11 update will turn party chat back on as the default. The previous parties sent an invite to everyone every time the party leader switched games. That was quite annoying.   I love Madden NFL 25, but that might not apply to everyone in my party. Now parties will offer multiple options. You can invite someone to your party only, game only or game and party. You can also invite your whole party to a game.

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