Xbox Live for Windows Phone 7 brings Guitar Hero, Earthworm Jim and Halo to your handset
Puzzles, arcades, racing titles, jump-and-run, action shooters, strategies – from Bejeweled to Halo, there is something for the hard-core and the casual gamer alike. The titles are tailored specifically to the mobile realities – controls can be with both touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, if one is present. The games will also take full advantage of the smartphone platform – in Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, for instance, levels can be created with Bing maps, and the possible access to your chosen location is quickly marked by the game on the real-world maps.
An interesting approach is taken to the content supply sources – the big names for the Xbox are certainly onboard, Microsoft's own Game Studio will be releasing titles adjusted specifically for mobile, and on top of that 3rd party indie developers will have access to Xbox Live. This is done to ensure steady supply of quality titles for a game catalog that will be updated on a weekly basis. With all bases covered, Microsoft is aiming at a flying start in the mobile gaming realm, counting certainly on the 25 million active Xbox Live subscribers to become potential clients for the smartphones with WP7.
The immersive experience is aided by the interactive avatars, which can also populate your phone apps, and represent you on the Xbox Live network. Demos, Friends, Messaging, Leaderboards, turn-based and later real-time multiplayer are all on offer to make the Xbox Live gaming hub for WP7 as close to the desktop version as possible.
Well, this will surely be a great contender before Apple's Game Center and Google's social gaming efforts hit the streets. Now we know for sure that Windows Phone 7 will ship with at least 60 apps ready, be them all gaming titles. Read the full list of Xbox Live games for WP7 on the next page and tell us if you think this is a game changer (no pun intended).