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Atari to bundle Rez HD, Lumines Live, E4 in one retail box

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If there's one thing Atari has done right, it's downloadable gaming. Such classics as Rez HD, Lumines Live and Every Extend Extra Extreme have done pretty well for themselves. Well enough, in fact, for Atari to bundle all three Q Entertainment games together in a retail package.

The pack will hit in Spring 2009 and will go under the umbrella name of Q3 -- meaning Qubed. Terrible name, but pretty good games.  

I already have Rez and Lumines Live on my 360's hard drive, but this is a great deal to those who are lacking the games. Hopefully it comes out at a bargain price as well. Hit the jump for a press release.

Also, Rez drives me insane. Just thought I'd mention that.

Q Entertainment's Acclaimed 'Rez HD', 'Lumines Live!' and 'E4' Music-based Puzzle Titles Come Together in One Unmissable Retail Pack for Xbox 360 -

LYON, FRANCE – 2 December 2008 – Atari is teaming up with Japan’s Q Entertainment to bring three of music game legend Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s award winning titles together in one retail pack. With the working title Q3 (Qubed), the pack is scheduled for worldwide release in spring 2009 bringing the ultimate audio visual gaming experience for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to retail for the first time.

“We’re honoured to be working with Tetsuya Mizuguchi, an incredibly talented and visionary game designer and musician who never fails to amaze with his creations,” said Phil Harrison, President of Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. “Q3 is a must-have in any self-respecting gamers collection, and so it’s an exciting opportunity to bring these superb titles to a new audience of gamers with a full retail release.”

Mizuguchi-san’s games reflect his love of music and his skill as a music producer, a talent he employs in his games to merge sounds and images creating a real journey for the senses.

“We are honoured to be working with Atari and for myself, personally, the company that brought Pong, the very first video game I ever played when I was 11 years old,” said Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Chief Creative Officer, Q Entertainment. “Since that day, I have been inspired in many ways to create a new type of entertaining experience. ‘Rez HD’, ‘Lumines Live!’ and ‘E4’, collectively called Q3, represent our version of music interactive entertainment and we hope it will provide the same kind of excitement to a new audience as Pong did for me many years ago. We are grateful for the support we have received from the Atari team as well as those who have supported the Atari culture.”

Rez™ HD was released on Xbox Live Arcade in January 2008 and is a fast-paced action-shooter. Set in a cyberworld, the player targets the enemies and hacks the system while creating their own beats. The dynamic, total integration of visual presentation, sound and player input provides the ultimate audio visual experience. Review scores include:
• 1UP.com: 10/10
• Eurogamer: 10/10
• IGN: 8.6/10
• Gamespot: 8.5/10

Lumines™ Live! was released on Xbox Live Arcade in October 2006 and is considered one of the best puzzle games of all time. The title combines puzzles, music and video entertainment to create an addictively-fun gameplay experience. The Q3 version is scheduled to include the Base Pack along with additional content that will enhance and extend the gameplay experience. Review scores include:
• GamesRadar: 9/10
• Console Gameworld: 9.1/10
• Team Xbox: 9. 1/10
• Pro-G: 9/10

E4 (Every Extend Extra Extreme) is a visual and audio shooter/puzzle experience originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in October 2007. The goal in E4 is to self destruct, creating large chain reactions by defeating the enemies, which will ultimately extend the life of the game. It features five game modes including “Wiz ur Muzik”, where players can implement their favourite music for a customized E4 experience. Review scores include:
• IGN: 8.5/10
• Gaming Age: 9.1/10
• Console Monsters: 8.9/10
• Talk Xbox: 8.5/10

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