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Halo Reach Defiant Maps Dated, Fable III DLC & Microsoft's 3D Push: Microsoft Showcase Roundup

Jonathan Lester
3D, Crysis 2, Defiant Map Pack, Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Fable 3, Fable III, Games news, Halo Reach, Microsoft, Traitor's Pack, Xbox 360
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Halo Reach Defiant Maps Dated, Fable III DLC & Microsoft's 3D Push: Microsoft Showcase Roundup

Okay, we admit it. Microsoft's showcase was nowhere near as big enough as we- or anyone- predicted. Surprisingly, no new titles were revealed and the industry isn't reeling from earth-shattering revelations. There's still some interesting developments, mind: including a date for Halo Reach's Defiant Map Pack, some new Fable III DLC and several games offering 3D on the Xbox 360. We've rounded it all up into one place for your comfort and convenience.

First up is the Defiant Map Pack for Halo Reach, which we were covering when it was just a rumour that Microsoft was unsuccessfully trying to squelch. The three new maps will be headed to Xbox Live Marketplace on March 15th, providing yet more reason to keep on shooting for the best armours and ridiclously Mythic ranks.

Next, we've got some good news for Fable Fans. The Traitor's Pack will feature three new stages, new quests and a "mysterious prisoner" to save- along with 250 gamerscore up for grabs. We can expect some seriously anarchic new achievements as well as some new content to pad out the experience. Date is TBA.

Finally, it was interesting to see a few Xbox 360 titles adopting stereoscopic 3D despite Microsoft's earlier reluctance to embrace the technology. Crysis 2 was exclusively demoed in full 3D since the functionality is directly built into the engine, but even Indie-turned-XBLA developer Jason Silva has integrated three dimensional tech into Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. We can expect more games to follow suit over the coming months.

This was admittedly fairly disappointing considering what we- and everyone else- expected from the event, but Microsoft have told us that this is "just the beginning" of their 2011 lineup. We'll need to wait for E3 I suppose.

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