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Microsoft Flight,  

Microsoft has canceled further development of Microsoft Flight and "Project Columbia." Flight is the free-to-play "casual" flight simulator for the 360, and Columbia was the unannounced educational game for the Kinect.

While initial reports from employees were that the company had shut down its entire Vancouver Studio, Microsoft has since issued a statement saying it had only let go some employees from the development house.

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Kinect-Powered Sesame Street, Nat Geo, And Nike Releases Dated

Microsoft now has confirmed release dates for a trio of upcoming Kinect releases that fall squarely into the "edutainment" content category (via Major Nelson). The biggest among them is Nike+ Kinect Training, a fitness app powered by the motion-sensing peripheral that Microsoft revealed during its E3 2012 press conference. The Nike offering arrives on October 30 with a $49.99 price tag.

Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV will launch one month prior to that, on September 18, with a $29.99 (2,400 MS Points) price for each. A purchase will get you eight 30-minute episodes of the program in question; a la carte pricing is also available for single episodes, at $4.99 (400 MS Points) apiece. Both of the TV releases will be sold in stores and on Xbox Live Marketplace.

Dance Central 3

Harmonix announced that Dance Central 3 has a release date. It will be in stores on October 16, so blow the dust off your Kinect and get ready.

With more than 40 tracks on the disc, Dance Central 3 includes previously announced music by Usher, 50 Cent, Cobra Starship, and more. Today, Harmonix is announcing 11 additional tracks for the soundtrack, each with a dance routine created by professional choreographers, including:

  • 2NE1 – “I Am The Best (Original Version)”
  • Alice Deejay – “Better Off Alone”
  • Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
  • J.J. Fad – “Supersonic”

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Free Mars Rover Landing Game From NASA Touches Down For Kinect

NASA and The Jet Propulsion Laboratory have teamed up with Microsoft to release a Kinect-enabled Mars rover game entitled Mars Rover Landing. In the free game, it'll be up to you to guide NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, to its landing site safely using your body to direct the craft and control its thrusters.

"Because Mars exploration is fundamentally a shared human endeavor, we want everyone around the globe to have the most immersive experience possible," said Michelle Viotti, Mars public engagement manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Mars Rover Landing is available now in the Xbox Live Marketplace and Microsoft even plans to dedicate an area of the dashboard to the Curiosity rover, where you'll be able to check out pictures, videos, and more information about the mission.

Curiosity is set to land on Mars at about 10:31 PM PST on August 5. Let's see if you can land first.

Angry Birds For Consoles Detailed

The details have been revealed on Angry Birds Trilogy, the first Angry Birds release for consoles. Angry Birds Trilogy will be out on the PS3, 360 and 3DS. The game combines Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio on one disc or 3DS cartridge.

Rovio's Executive Vice President of Games Petri Järvilehto said all of the existing Angry Birds material has been uprezzed and re-treated for the high-resolution and big screen.  "The backgrounds have been animated, we've added lighting modes, reactive backgrounds, the list goes on and on," Järvilehto said.


Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor Review »

Check out our Steel Battalion review. Since G4 added half-stars to our review system, we've been waiting for the day a game would sink to the level of a half-star. That day has come. Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, a Kinect-powered mech simulator, isn't even good enough to earn more than a fraction of a star.

The main problem: It just doesn't work. Reviewer Alex Rubens explains in his Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review:

"If I held out on hand and moved it slowly toward the button, it would occasionally hover over the button, but I couldn’t for the life of me actually push the button. Well, It was very easy to push the button, but only if I was trying to do something else in the cockpit. The buttons, switches, and levers are all placed so closely together that it was much too easy to be moving toward one lever but grab another by mistake. I don't know how many times I've reached for a button and ended up pulling down the periscope instead or somehow managed to fill the cockpit with smoke because it interpreted my movement incorrectly."

Read the rest of our Steel Battalion review.

I was psyched to check out this Dance Central 3 video. I may be a humble video game professional, but deep in my soul, I just want to DANCE... too bad I'm terrible at it. Terrible or awesome, though, it doesn't matter: Dance Central 3 should still be pretty fun for dancers of all levels. Harmonix's Nick Chester and Naoko Takomoto have details in this E3 2012 preview. 

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Haunt Announced For XBLA Kinect

Kinect-owning Xbox 360 users based in the U.S. are in for a little treat thanks to a promotion that makes the horror-adventure game Haunt, from PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura, completely free to download for a limited time. Simply browse over to the new Kinect Central homepage on your Xbox 360 dashboard to find the associated download tab. Make sure you do it by July 2, 2012, however, as that's the last day for the promotion.

Haunt got reasonably solid reviews following its January 2012 release. Players explore a haunted house using their motion-sensing camera, with one hand managing a flashlight while the other handles things like opening doors and pulling levers. It's a simple game, but it's fun and totally free, provided you've got a Kinect and an Internet connection.

Source: Major Nelson

Bounce on over to our NBA Baller Beats preview with NBA All-Star Deron Williams from E3 2012.

Bouncing balls bunched with bumping beats? Better believe it, bro! Basketball before breakfast, basketball in the bedroom...Baller Beats brings it. But beware ball-busting boarders below; bouncing balls bang blatantly. Sara Underwood bravely bites the bullet and bounces balls, but bumbles badly before boldly boasting. Boo-yah!

Buy Baller Beats on September 11, 2012 (Yeah, there's no way to keep the alliteration going there).

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Best of E3 2012

G4 has announced its Best of E3 2012 nominees! This year’s field of games is one of the best we’ve ever seen, and that means we can all look forward to countless hours of unbelievable gaming experiences over the coming months and months. For the time being, we wanted to call particular attention to what we feel are the best of the best of E3 2012. Hence, the following list of nominees.

This year’s most attention-grabbing games includes everything from AAA blockbusters to downloadable titles and everything in between. To say that the upcoming slate of games has something for everyone would be a gross understatement, as you can see by the full Best of E3 2012 list below!

And be sure to check back on June 7 (as in tomorrow) during G4's E3 Live show and Feedback Live when we'll reveal the winners!

Game of Show

  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • The Last Of Us
  • Watch Dogs

Check out the rest of the nominees after the jump.

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Summon your power for our Fable: The Journey preview from E3 2012.

Sara Underwood got a closer look at the Kinect-controlled RPG adventure from Lionhead Studios, as Creative Director Gary Carr explains how the game was created specifically with the Kinect in mind. All combat is controlled through hand movement and voice control can be used to cycle through spells.

Fable: The Journey is due out on October 9, 2012.

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Dance Central 3 is showing off its moves at E3 2012, making music with the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and current day. That means dances old and new will be mixing it up, from the Electric Slide to the Dougie. Usher and his choreographer have even put together moves for two of his songs in the game.

This Kinect sequel has a new story mode (which somehow will involve time travel), and it gets a series of mini-games in which two crews of four can do battle. Dance Central 3 will also watch you freestyle and let you know when you've lost the beat.

We caught up with Harmonix Publicist Nick Chester and Sr. Producer Naoko Takomo at E3 2012 for details.

Official E3 Preview of Dance Central 3 »


Get your groove on with our Dance Central 3 gameplay demo with Project Director Matt Boch from E3 2012.

Matt Boch sat down with Kevin Pereira to discuss the newest of the Dance Central games. He talks track list, user interface, and some of the new features that separate Dance Central 3 from its predecessors. Meanwhile, Candace Bailey attempts (semi-successfully) to conquer one of the new game modes.

Dance Central 3 E3 Gameplay Demo »

NBA Baller Beats song list has been announced, as has the release date. You'll be able to play Baller Beats on your Kinect-powered 360 on September 11, 2012.

The game is the first ever full body motion-based NBA video game will let you control the game with an actual basketball. I predict an unprecedented number of lamps will be broken in living rooms across the nation. Check it out in action, sans broken lighting.

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The Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay video at the Microsoft E3 2012 Press Conference gave us our first taste of Sam Fisher's next stealth mission. It takes place on the Iran-Iraq border, which is a new location for the series. The sneaking-and-shooting gameplay of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, however, is going to be familiar to anyone who played the previous game, Splinter Cell: Conviction.

The Splinter Cell: Blacklist story has Sam trying to head off the next big attack that's part of a diabolical list called - you guessed it - the blacklist.  The Splinter Cell: Blacklist gameplay video shows that players will have support for taking on the enemy rouge nation list masters thanks to Kinect support for calling in artillery.

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