E3 2011: Avatar Marketplace, Xbox LIVE Games for "Mango" Windows Phone Announced

At the E3 expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced new Xbox LIVE stuff coming in the release of Windows Phone code-named Mango, in addition to some awesome new game titles.First off, soon you'll find an update to the Xbox LIVE Extras app, this's the new Avatar Marketplace! Now, you've more options to customize your Avatar […]

At the E3 expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced new Xbox LIVE stuff coming in the release of Windows Phone code-named Mango, in addition to some awesome new game titles.

First off, soon you'll find an update to the Xbox LIVE Extras app, this's the new Avatar Marketplace! Now, you've more options to customize your Avatar with a wide range of props and clothing right on your phone.

 

Also, coming later this year in Mango is more native support of Xbox LIVE features in the Games Hub like:

  • See your played games and unlocked/locked Achievements
  • Compare Achievements with other Xbox LIVE members
  • Search your list of friends to see who is online and what they are doing
  • See your Xbox LIVE messages and Send/Accept/Reject friend requests

Finally, Microsoft announced a new line-up of Xbox LIVE games for WP which'll be available later this year:

Here's a snapshot of the games previewing this week:

  • Beards & Beaks' is an all-out turf war between gnomes and crows that knows no bounds. A race of treasure heisting, a ballet of gnome flicking, and a natural disaster of very unbecoming behavior, this game is unlike any other!
  • Hasta La Muerte: In this unique 2D world, you're the emissary of death responsible for freeing souls of those whose time has come.
  • Tentacles features Lemmy, a creepy yet adorable creature who navigates through 40 levels of madness attaching his tentacles to the environments with the tap of your finger.
  • Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) is an epic 3-pack of musically charged shooters from Ska Studios which includes: "I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMB1ES 1N IT!!!1," "Time Viking," and "ENDL3SS ZOMB1ES!!!1" -- including original music and the ability to upload a friends (or foes) face onto your zombie enemies from your photo library!
  • Let's Golf: A fun new way to golf with eight fun 3D characters with super powers, customized golfers, 108 holes across 6 locations, an in-depth Career mode, and new challenges like Shoot Out.
  • Splinter Cell: In this game a highly skilled Special Forces operative and fight a corrupted secret agency to get your daughter back. Follow a trail of intrigue that leads from Iraq to a high-security building in Washington. Run, jump, fight, and shoot using a handgun, shotgun, AK47 and bazooka, or maintain stealth by improvising with nearby objects.
  • Top Gun: Defend the skies in the most authentic first person jet shooter game on Windows Phone, courtesy of Paramount.