MICROSOFT: Blockbuster year of games for Xbox 360

Disappointed that there was no word of Xbox 720? Microsoft says there’s no need, thanks to its "biggest year for blockbuster games in Xbox history".

The platform holder confidently claims that the next twelve months is going to be better than any previous year for Xbox 360 users, thanks to the like of Halo 4, Call of Duty Black Ops, Gears of War: Judgment and a wealth of new Kinect and XBLA games.

Due for Microsoft’s console throughout the next year are:

Ascend: New Gods, a new XBLA RPG from the makers of popular action title Toy Soldiers. Players will be able to continue their war efforts against their enemies on their mobile phone, strengthening their forces in game.

XBLA racer Avatar Motocross Madness, the latest in a string of games that let you play as your Xbox Avatar.

Dance Central 3, the second sequel to Harmonix’s hugely popular Kinect dancing series, featuring tracks from Usher, Daft Punk, Gloria Gaynor, 50 Cent and more.

Lionhead’s Fable: The Journey which brings Kinect functionality to Microsoft’s flagship RPG series. The game will be released in the UK on October 12th.

FIFA 13, which now feature voice commands via Kinect

Forza Horizon, the first entry in the series to go beyond racing circuits and onto the open road – even throwing traffic into the mix.

Epic Games’ prequel Gears of War: Judgment, which takes fans back to Emergence Day, a pivotal event in the Gears universe. Judgment will be released in early 2012 around the world.

Halo 4, Master Chief’s comeback, which features Xbox SmartGlass connectivity and a brand new story-driven multiplayer experience called Spartan Ops.

Happy Wars, a multiplayer action game that focuses on cartoon-style arena combat.

Stunt-centric title Joe Danger: The Movie, which allows gamers to create their own wacky action films.

Lococycle, a martial arts action game starring a cybernetic assassin.

Madden 13, which – like FIFA 13 – will allow players to call out commands to their teammates via Kinect’s voice control.

Side-scrolling stealth action game Mark of the Ninja

Matter, a mysterious title developed for Xbox 360 and Kinect in collaboration with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski.

Resident Evil 6, the next blockbuster from Capcom’s survival horror series. All DLC for the game will be made available for Xbox 360 before any other platform.

South Park: The Stick of Truth, an RPG set in the animated world created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. It is due for release on March 5th, 2013 and sees players rally familiar South Park chracters against crap people, hippies and other forces of evil.

Square Enix’s action adventure Tomb Raider. Like Resident Evil 6, all DLC will be temporarily exclusive to Xbox 360.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s stealth action series. This time Sam Fisher must hunt down terrorists that are trying to force the US to withdraw its troops from global hotzones.

Wreckateer, an Angry Birds-style Kinect game in which players use a catapult to destroy medieval castles.

2012 is a landmark year for Xbox,” said Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios.

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