Next On Xbox 360 Live Arcade: Tetris Splash

Ever since 1985, Tetris has been luring unsuspecting gamers in with its evil and addictive yet simplistic siren song.

And on Wednesday the newest incarnation, Tetris Splash, will hit XBLA for 800 points. Details from Xbox.com follow.

Now, with new modes and team play, Tetris Splash introduces even more exciting, enjoyable ways to play this classic favorite. As easy to learn as it is addictive, it’s equally fun for the casual player and the seasoned Tetris pro!

Modes of play: Three different modes of play including Tetris, T-Spin, and Combo, plus a unique screensaver mode.

Multiplayer: Playable solo, competitively or in teams, with an online multiplayer mode via Xbox LIVE for up to six players.

New twists: New, enhanced graphics, and beautiful aquatic backscapes add a real splash to the fun of Tetris.

Content and themes: Exciting downloadable content will be made available including themes and background aquatic creatures.…

Xbox 360 Game Of The Month: Halo 3

Every month the team at IGN must have to do some serious soul searching in order to figure out which Xbox 360 title should be honored with their esteemed Game Of The Month honor.

I’ll bet it took them all of three seconds to figure it out this month. I almost feel bad for any other game released in September; they never even had a shot.

“Do you really need to ask why we picked it? The series that has defined the Xbox brand for the past six years has reached its just conclusion. The game is the new benchmark for what can and should be done with Xbox Live,” sang IGN.

“Four player online co-op, saved films and screenshots to share over Bungie.net, complete stat tracking, the innovative Forge, and all of the same online battles we know and love make this the complete package. The feature set alone is unrivaled and the campaign isn’t half bad either. This is the game that many bought an Xbox 360 for and it’s hard to say it wasn’t worth it.”…

Who Would Make Halo 4 for Xbox 360 if Not Bungie?

Apparently, MTV Multiplayer can. They’ve whipped up a list of potential devs who might whip up Halo 4 if Bungie is out of the picture. And their top prospect to take the mantle is Rare.

In 2002 Microsoft spent more than $300 million to buy Rare. But the company has has yet to get a hit out of the house that once produced mega-sellers GoldenEye and Banjo Kazooie. What better way to capitalize on the investment then by putting them on Halo, with the added hope of tapping Rare’s former first-person-shooter glory?

The problem is that their most recent FPS, the 2005 Perfect Dark Zero was a disappointment and the company’s best effort since then — Viva Pinata — would only fit the universe if Master Chief was also a Master Gardener.…

SI: If Wii Had Xbox 360 Specs, ‘That Would Be Brilliant’

In a recent interview while discussing Sports Interactive’s Football Manager, Managing Director Miles Jacobson discussed how if Wii had the horsepower that Xbox 360 does, it would be “brilliant”.

Of course, that’s never, ever going to happen.

“If the Wii had the specs of the Xbox 360 that would be brilliant. You’d just use the Wiimote to do it and press the button. It (Football Manager) doesn’t need a huge graphics card but it does need very good processors and very good RAM and preferably a hard drive to be able to do stuff with,” Jacobsen confessed to Pro-G.

“And also resolution is important as well. The game plays much better in 720 than it does in standard definition because you can get much more on the screen.”

In other words, the only next-gen console you’re going to be able to play Football Manager on for the forseeable future is the 360.…