September 1st 2009 11:46 am PT

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: GRAW and Splinter Cell Double Agent


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

Content: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Not available in Australia, Korea or New Zealand
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) Download the manual for this game by locating the game on and selecting “See Game Manual”. The face of war has changed. New enemies and new threats require a new type of warfare – a new type of soldier. Enter the Ghosts. Become the soldier of the future: Using a fully integrated combat system with cutting-edge weapons and revolutionary communication systems, gain a realistic view of how war will be fought in the next decade. Customizable multiplayer experience and Unique Online Co-op Campaign: Create your own identity, create your own gametypes, and take the battle online with up to 16 players. Then, play a brand new campaign created exclusively for online coop play There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see

Add Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter to your Xbox 360 download queue


Content: Splinter Cell D.A.
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: Not available in Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or North America
Dash Text: Download the manual for this game by locating the game on and selecting “See Game Manual”. Splinter Cell Double Agent is a Stealth-Action game where you play as Sam Fisher, a secret NSA agent, infiltrating a terrorist cell to destroy it from within. Face the gut-wrenching dilemmas of a Double Agent’s life, do whatever it takes to complete your mission, and get out alive. Play Online Multiplayer, as a Spy or a Mercenary, to experience either the chilling tension of infiltrating and hacking unseen or the brutal power of hunting and eliminating intruders. Use acrobatic moves against high-tech gear and drones in an instant and addictive 3 vs. 3 game mode. Cooperate with two teammates, improve and challenge yourself against advanced AI bots in the exclusive “Coop Challenges” mode. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see

Add Splinter Cell your Xbox 360 download queue


Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • amacvane

    Where, exactly, is Splinter Cell D.A. available? That might have been a shorter list…

  • desi k

    Yeah, I fail to see what the point of posting SC at all. It seems all regions except UK are on the list.


    Content: Splinter Cell D.A.
    Price: Check pricing for your region
    Availability: Not available in Australia, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or North America

    So it’s pretty much only available in the UK? -.-

  • desi k

    Sorry, just read my comment and it seems as though I am saying UK does not matter. No disrespect, just agreeing with Andrew’s comment on posting “Not available in…” rather than “Only available in…”

  • StammyFi

    Week after week the prices are ridiculous.

  • MeridusBeta

    To be fair, it seems like it’s available in most of Europe, as only Germany is on the list. Then again it doesn’t matter, because no-one will buy it anyway.

  • Candy Bling

    I want to buy it! But it’s not available in Germany. Why not???

  • Whetzel

    Yay. More over priced GoD. When will Microsoft ever learn?

  • Whet Wetty

    Hahaha… $30 for GRAW? Wasn’t this a close-to-launch title? It’s not a “platinum” game; it’s an “old-n-grey” game. It’s really a shame that GoD is being handled so poorly. It really had the potential to completely supplant all my current games. I’d gladly pay $10 for the ability to not switch out discs. Hmm, maybe that could be the next big NXE update? It worked for Rock Band tracks…

    As always: I don’t like the price, so I’m not buying. Same old, same old.

  • a peeking duck

    Hahahahaha $39.99 for the first GRAW. You’re NUTS, Microsoft. You can buy this NEW in STORES for $19.99!!!

  • ToothlessFrog

    I’m really confused on the pricing structure of these games on demand. Why on earth would anyone pay more for a downloadable, DRM shackled piece of software than they would for simply buying the disc at the game store for less and not have those restrictions?

    This Games on Demand program is horrible. Games should be LESS than you can buy a physical copy of the game for. There’s no manufacturing costs, and the limitations means it’s worth less. So a game I can get for $20 in physical form (and take to a friends house, trade in, etc…) should be half the price if I’m downloading it into a restrictive environment on my system.

    Just my thoughts.

  • The Detective

    Guys, not that I’m playing devil’s advocate or anything, but from a marketing perspective this makes total sense. First of all, Microsoft has to be mindful of retailers. They can’t under price the retailers too much (not that that they have thus far). Second, this is like anything else where Microsoft is market skimming and in essence, getting top dollar from the people who don’t mind paying a premium for convenience. Yes, there are people who will buy a game for $40 even if they can go down the street and nab it for $20. Third, its easier for Microsoft to gradually drop the price than it is for them to increase the price. Eventually these games will come down in price. Microsoft is slowly learning what the market will bear and once they find that happy medium, more titles will be priced appropriately. Just think of the backlash there would be from retailers if Microsoft priced these titles at like $10-15. Imagine the backlash from the community if they raised the priced to $20-$25. It sucks for us right now, but its a smart move on Microsoft’s part.

  • Drunk Ste

    The usual £20/2400 point price in the UK, the same price I paid for Splinter Cell new almost 3 years ago.

  • tabicat

    $30 for GRAW 1??!?!?!!? Major, please tell me, how many people are actually stupid enough to buy any of the GoD games?

    This is just more overpriced crap from Microsoft.

  • jxbouis

    GoD really is such a major disappointment as a service, games on offer are just not enough, some are skipped in some regions (no Bioshock where I am for example), and of course pricing is just way off…

  • StabaCadaver

    The most annoying thing on this website is when people are crying about prices. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. But now I will shed my 2 cents. GoD prices are hilarious. You can’t resell the game once you are done with it. Should be cheaper when it’s in digital form. Oh well.

  • P00K

    $30? Really?
    Amazon lists GRAW at under $20 with free shipping.
    In fact, Amazon lists GRAW 2 at $14.99 with free shipping.
    So – why would I pay $30 for the really old launch title when I could get the sequel for half the price?
    Will some people buy it? Sure. The question is, are you servicing your CORE customer? No. The only people that are going to buy a game this old for double the market price are people who have absurd amounts of disposable income.

  • oO MG81 Oo

    Pricing FAIL

  • AndyW360

    I picked up GRAW and Splinter Cell : Double Agent for £4.99 in my local GameStation, Microsoft most be hoping somewhat that people will buy these old titles at such a crazy high price tag.

  • TANK 2old2play

    It’s save to say that no a single microsoft point of mine will be spent on any of this old crap at new game prices. Like most things in the marketplace, it’s a rip-off.

  • growndhog

    Major, this would be a good topic for you to discuss on your podcast, the GoD service, how/who selects what games go on the service and at what price point. Would be a good interview if you could get someone to do it.

    And I obviously agree with everyone here, why would I pay $30 for GRAW when I can buy it new on for $7.75?

  • bizzare690

    lol I picked up Splinter Cell D.A. online for £3.95 the other week!

  • Lion76

    I am really in need of a bigger hard drive…. 120GB just doesn’t cut it now

  • Pemalite

    And Australia gets shafted again… Also, The price of Mass Effect is still $99 (6,000 MS points) which is day-light robbery when you can buy it for under $40 brand new!

  • The PerfectCr

    Ridiculously high GoD pricing is ridiculously high. Major, honestly how can you sit in meetings with MS officials and keep a straight face on this pricing? You have your finger on the pulse of gamers and this is still allowed to happen? I am amazed.

  • twisted poke

    I agree with growndhog about discussing on the podcast. Sadly, however, it won’t happen. Major is nothing more than a talking head and the “controversial” issues never seem to get brought up on the podcast. When the dashboard adds were announced, it became the most commented post on this blog for some time. To my knowledge that was never mentioned or acknowledged or mentioned on the podcast either. Point being, if you want a weekly glorified MS press conference, with some good interviews thrown in, listen to Major’s podcast. (which I do) If you want to listen to a show that actually discusses issues, look elsewhere as there are several.

    As for the pricing of games on demand? Doesn’t take much intelligence to see that it is a joke. These will either eventually be lowered in price or flop.

  • AutomaticOcelot

    @The Detective: “It sucks for us right now, but its a smart move on Microsoft’s part.”
    So are you a freshman in marketing school, or just a sycophant?
    Do realize you’ve just stated that GoD is a marketing exercise, rather than a way to actually *sell product* to a receptive audience, with basic supply and demand.
    It comes down to this: the current GoD prices are MORE than GameStop would sell the same game for, USED. This flies in the face of supply and demand logic, flies in the face of efforts to encourage consumers to NOT buy used games, and breaks their own established conventions of Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices for Platinum Hits being $19.99.
    First, no I don’t think they have to be very mindful of retailers. The retailers are smart enough to realize that downloading a game in one place, downloading a manual in another, and gobbling up space on your proprietary hard drive with something you can’t resell is NOT in direct competition with the products they offer. We are talking about games that are up to three years old with almost no profit margin, and retailers know very well that this generation, the console makers also sell their own content. That didn’t stop Amazon from setting up a DLC store, and it didn’t stop Best Buy from selling points cards, which gives customers *more* choice, and lets the stores discount things independently to draw customers. There are always opportunities in retail.
    Second, you’re saying quite accurately that GoD is a premium service that commands premium prices. By the same argument, you should be applauding higher prices for XBLA titles, where we would be paying 1600 points instead of 800, just because some people will. I think you know how far that attitude will get you here on the blog. :)
    Third, given the history of what XBL content has received a price drop (usually underperforming titles) what leads you to believe that GoD prices will ever be permanently lowered? You’re suggesting that MS is brand new at this, where infact they have been selling full games for years. Again, and it can’t be said too often, there is ESTABLISHED MSRP pricing on what a Platinum Hit should cost. It’s not just a matter of convenience, because Amazon will ship the same title to my door for FREE, providing I can wait *3 days* for a *3 year* old game.
    Finally, the backlash from customers always outweighs the backlash from retailers. Retailers will go out of business if content providers will not ship them product. Everyone goes out of business if we stop purchasing.

  • a peeking duck

    And publishers wonder why people will still flock to used games…

  • Whet Wetty

    StabaCadaver, pick a side and stay with it… otherwise you just sound like a hypocrit. I agree with you that “if you don’t like it, don’t buy it” but how are the proprietors going to know that we aren’t satisfied with the prices unless we sound off on it to? Complaining gets things changed (sometimes) so long as it’s constructive.


    @ StabaCadaver

    contradiction much?

  • AmusedBox

    i can get it for under 900 points, why should i buy it from GoD?

  • Xaerin

    £20 for Graw? I’m pretty sure I could find Graw 2 for less than £7 new with no effort…

  • Exu

    Barebones GRAW 1 for £20?! You can pick up the BAFTA edition (WITH CHAPTER 2) for a fiver!

  • Caffman

    once again £20 for a £5 game. I will NEVER buy a game from this service. Glad I’m not in Oz though!

  • Rick Dias PK

    …Really? That’s what we’re going with, Microsoft? Almost DOUBLE the cost of a retail new in box copy of GRAW1? To make this as plain as possible: I will not buy from Games on Demand until its titles cost LESS than the retail editions do. Don’t go by MSRP, go to Amazon and see what the lowest sustainable price is there. I could not care less about “undercutting the retailer”, you are offering a reduced version of the product (no physical disc, the purchase is tied to my account i.e. is DRM, etc.), I insist on a notably reduced price to make up for it. Until Microsoft gets realistic about this, I have no intention of buying Games on Demand titles. Actually, let me take that a step further: Microsoft, get your head on right or I’m liable to pick up a PS3 or PSP at this rate. I take only so much nonsense from a company before I go to their competitor out of spite.

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  • Blue Thunder28

    Stop posting these games. You’ve tainted the potential Games on Demand had. :P

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  • DavidGX

    $30 for GRAW??? Are you guys out of your fucking minds?

  • rastansaga

    GRAW can be had from amazon uk for £5.93 + £1.94 postage
    Splinter Cell DA can be had from amazon uk for £5.99 + £1.94 postage
    so that’s both for a total of £15.80, and you can resell later and
    get some of your money back.
    …or £39.98 via GoD

  • Gambit3rd

    I remember having very bad time to sell my used Splinter Cell for a couple of euro(s). It’s priced 19,90 Euro(s) new in stores here and almost nobody buy it. I don’t think MS is acting wisely. Digital Delivery is a powerful weapon if used wisely. Championship Manager 2010 will let you choose the price you like to pay it, including a 2.50 whatever tax. So you may buy the brand new game in DD for just 2.51 euros or pounds. And what about Steam? Every now and then you can find sales on new games and old games at very cheap prices. Good moves, smart ones.

    Pretty sad to see that MS never give value to our complains.

  • Zeta Crossfire

    Are you people out of your minds? I picked up graw last month for less 7 bucks SEVEN! Major i thought you were for the gamers? If you are can you please yell at the people who are pricing these? If these are the prices MS wants… I don’t see the future of digital distribution going anywhere.

  • ufcmike1

    This is some funny shit.

  • Shonk

    £5 games new again at £20


  • Beluvius

    Overpriced Games-on-Demand in combination with way overpriced hard drives. What are you thinking MS? Who would seriously buy that?

    Sometimes I have the feeling MS thinks their coustomers are plain stupid. I have no other explanation for this kind of pricing of outdated games. And I hate it when a company thinks I am that dumb to pay for this totally overpriced crap. My reaction is simple: I will be looking for another company who values their coustomers. Hello Sony, I think it time to buy a nice PS3 slim.

  • Honeycut1

    The prices for the games on demand are ridiculous. I won’t be picking them up. 1 star I say!

  • Chitwood7412

    Look I can pay $30 bucks for a game I just saw in a bargain bin for $14.99. That is a steal of a Deal.

  • Shinji257

    Guys… GoD pricing is based on current MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Pricing) and not current market pricing.

  • DeviousBroccoli

    $40 in Canada for GRAW. Excuse me a moment.


    Pay for the “convenience” of it eating my whole hard drive, or give a guy on Kijiji $5 for it. Hmm. What to do…

  • Rossa AU

    Why does Ubisoft not like Australia? I am happy we got BF Bad Company and NFS:MW instead because it means we are slowly getting the games the US have…….but still the prices are out of hand……99 for Mass Effect is still the same, and the US pay $20 (= about $23 AUS).

    If more GoD games were priced like the Americans have i may just considering buying a game or two…STOP PUTTING RRP ON GOD GAMES DAMN IT!!!!!! lol