December 27th 2010 8:00 am PT

Countdown to 2011: Deal Day 5


Here is the Xbox LIVE Countdown to 2011 deal for Monday, December 27:

Hydro Thunder


Hydro Thunder Hurricane is now 67% off.
Xbox LIVE members can purchase it today for 400 points (normally 1200.)










The Minotaur pet for your avatar is 120 points today only (save 50%)







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Tomorrow’s deal: Extend the game play of one of 2010’s top games


Arcade, Deal By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • UNSCleric

    Amazing deal on Hydro Thunder. I can finally buy it now.

  • Stephan1237

    Amazing deal. 67% is better dan 50%

  • DL CyberSkull

    67% off is the best deal so far, but I’d rather it be on some other game.

  • Quicksilver4648

    This, this is a good deal. I will most likely be taking advantage of this.

  • chiruno99

    I was disappointed about this title. It never really was the same as the classic on the PS1. I’m guessing tomorrows is Mass Effect 2 DLC considering Oblivion wasn’t released in 2010.

  • bullka LT

    The price is really great. 4€ for a quite fun game – sounds reasonable.

    But the game quality is not as good as it’s expected. Check the IGN video review on youtube. It’s strange that this game has very contradictory evaluation. Who loved it on previous consoles – loves it now. IGN – hates it.

    It’s definitely not worth 1200pts (that’s why it is 67% OFF today!!!! and not 50%). I think MS understood that finally. But I would really like to know is it worth 400pts?

    Does anybody have ~5y old kid and could tell me how they handle the controls of that game? If I won’t like it I want to know is it suitable for small kids.


  • Exu

    Great game, I’d hazard a guess it sold the least of all the Summer of Overprice titles which is why it’s 400 now and not 600 or 800. The trial gives a good indication of quality so the best you can really do is give that a go. I personally really enjoyed it. Difficulty takes a huge spike with the expert boats, though.
    What have we learned? Not buying good games makes them get cheaper. :D

  • SkyyPlum

    DAMN MS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel so ripped off by these deals and especially this one. I paid $15 for this and now its $5. Plus still getting no points through the rewards program, MS is really getting on my nerves.

  • StabaCadaver

    I love waiting for games to go on sale like this and I love laughing at people who cry about paying full price. MS didn’t force you to buy the game. It’s your own fault you don’t have patience. :P

  • metallicorphan

    cool stuff,i gotta take advantage of this..thx Major/MS

  • GfWL PoC

    Bought !! – BIG Thanx Major for this really nice Deal :) *Thumbs up*

  • Tondo

    Wow ! Amazing deal ! Hope Monday Night Combat will be the same price later this week. thanks MS for these great deals this christmas.

  • Shadow0810

    I’m not a fan of this one, so I’ll pass. But I hope MNC is that cheap (for new players, I already own it), and Limbo, so that I can pick that up too!

  • rogXue

    Awesome deal Major! Thanks, this is way better than the Black Friday sales!


    Nice, great deal! The DLC is now the same price as the full game?! ;)

  • sleepydumbdude

    Awesome deal I was debating this morning on buying it if it was going to be 600. Went to download the trial again and once I seen 400 I just instantly purchased it.

  • tylerh1701

    Awesome deal, love the 400 price point! It’s a really fun game, really struggling with the IGN review, I think GameSpot gave it an 8 though. I’m hesitant about MNC but if it’s 400 too I’ll probably pick it up. Already have Limbo, my guess is that one will be 600, but who knows???

    I also love the crybabies (ie Skyyplum) who think they’re owed something when these games go on sale. Either you’re an early adopter, pay full price for the game, and enjoy it then. Or you wait for a sale (in this case 6 full months) and then enjoy it at that time.

  • tylerh1701

    OH, also wondering if they’re gonna do another deal of the week. It’d be cool, but definitly not necessary thanks to these other deals.

  • trickybuz93

    Great deal! Would love to see more 67% off deals on XBLA games.

    BTW, tomorrow’s deal is Mass Effect 2 DLC

  • I DLord I


  • beautifuldreams

    what’s the deal of the week?

  • Jman284

    Nice deal on Hydro Thunder. At 400 points, it’s a great buy.

  • tylerh1701

    Deal of the Week is Deadliest Warrior for 400 points.

  • SkyyPlum

    Staba, its not about force. It’s about getting ripped off. Many people paid $15 for these games that have all been holiday deals at 50% or 67% off. After spending $45 on 3 summer games (MNC, Limbo, and Hydro Thunder) I got $5 in points back so I spent $40. Now its looking like these 3 games will come to a total of $25, thats upsetting. I just wish MS didn’t pick every Summer arcade release for these deals because its a slap in the face to everyone who bought them during the summer and are the developers happy about this? Would you like to make a game knowing a few months later it was going to be sold at 67% less or even half off? Then having to have 1 or 2 people get on and tell me I wasn’t forced or that this is business, its not about money, its about principal and as for business its bad business and bad business ethics. Like I’ve said in past posts MS is really getting to me, first they set up their rewards program in which I do these to get points and after a week still 0 points pending and no reply from MS now all these games I and many others paid $15 are going on sale for $5 or $7.50. It would just be nice if MS gave long term customers the kind of deals they give to new or not yet customers.

  • Exu

    Don’t buy next year’s summer games until winter, problem solved.
    I’d prefer it if some of the games weren’t priced so high in the first place.

  • Mcmax3000

    @SkyyPlum You didn’t get ripped off. You got the games six months earlier for the normal price. Next time, if you want the sale price, wait for the sale. Microsoft doesn’t owe you anything because they decided to but the games on sale six months later (I can’t comment about the Rewards issue because that’s not available in Canada so I know nothing about it).

  • LawdaddyCO

    Wow, people are morons. You all feel ripped off because you bought something at full price instead of on sale? You all need to pull your heads out of your A’s.

    That’s like being pissed at a movie theater because you paid full price to see it on day one instead of waiting 2-4 months to see it in the cheap theater…and then blaming the expensive theater for stealing your money and being greedy because you didn’t get it at half price. Sheesh, people are dumb. Idiot entitled losers.

  • tylerh1701

    @Lawdaddy CO – The cheap theater analogy is perfect.

    Like most other items, prices will go down after time. YOu have to pay the full price to check out the game right when it comes out. Exact same thing happens with disc based games. If you can wait 4-6 weeks after a new game comes out, usually Kmart, Best Buy, or someone will put it on sale for $20 off or more.

  • SkyyPlum

    FU to all those calling this 162IQ multi degreed man a moron. Once again as in past topics, the movie analogy is not applicable as it is not a digital purchase. You are all sticking up for a company that cares nothing about you. Did you all know that all the Summer of Arcade games were going to go on sale during the Winter? If so, you have esp and lucky for you. People aren’t dumb Lawdaddy, your analogy is though. Would I have cared if these same games got this kind of sale next year, NO, but months after they were first sold, YES. I didn’t know all these games would be on sale because I haven’t seen MS do that EVER. I’ve been on Live for nearly 5 years and this is the first time I saw this happen. Plus tyler,the disc analogy is not applicable as well because I can return those games for store credit or a full refund within a month where once I purchase a downloadble game I’m stuck with it and demo’s can be deceiving. Can’t say im shocked with the people sticking up for MS, just saddened by it. You would think I was picking on your family and if they ripped me and lots of others off I would lash out on them to.

  • RavenousLou

    Tomorrow’s deal, Mass Effect 2 addons, are now available on (but not yet on the console) for 200 points each. That includes Kasumi – Stolen Memories, Overlord, and Lair of the Shadow Broker. That’s $7.50 instead of the usual $24. It’s a steal.

  • D4rth T Man7iz

    Just bought Hydro Thunder!

    I remember having so much fun while playing the original on N64, come on if you like, this is a huge price discount considering it was released a few months ago for 1200 MSP.

    FYI, as RavenousLou said, the Mass Effect add-ons discounts are LIVE, in both, console dashboard and on

    So go and get it too, have in mind that buying the 3 pieces of DLC at regular price will run for $24, and on tomorrow’s sale for $7.50!

  • tylerh1701

    Question about Mass Effect 2 DLC (i’ll repost this when major posts the deal if I don’t get an answer here) – I bought Mass Effect 2 used, do I need to buy the cerberus network for 1200 MS points before I can play the DLC? Or can I buy and play the DLC without the cerberus network? I haven’t played ME2 yet, so I really don’t know how any of this works, just wanna get the DLC cheap now and enjoy it in the future. Any help would be great, thanks.

  • a1984darkboy

    You’re either waiting for a sale/price drop or your buying it when you want it. You can’t rip anyone off because that implies that they lied to you or something. I’m presuming most of you are adults who spend their money exactly the way wish too. The fact that sales exist should have alerted you to save money but you didn’t and bought the game anyway. Why? You wanted it. Nothing wrong with that until it goes on an eventual sale, then you feel ripped off because you bought it when you wanted it and you realize you could’ve saved $5.

    If you feel ripped off, then that’s because you ripped yourself off. You want to change things? Be patient and wait. Like the rest of the industry, everything has some kind of sale or price drop. Digital games have proven to share that ideology, even if it doesn’t follow it all the way through. No matter how fast or slow, if you wanted to wait for a sale, you did. If you didn’t then you didn’t and got the game right when you wanted it.

  • FinderKeeper


    Last year (2009, if you’re not certain) Shadow Complex (to use just ONE example) was over 50% off during the Daily Deals countdown at the end of the year. It was offered first during the summer; in fact, I believe the games that summer were also called “Summer of Arcade”. I also believe that Trials HD (another such game) was on sale at the end of 2009, though I didn’t buy that one, even on sale.

    Therefore, I considered it highly likely that some of this year’s Summer of Arcade games would be on sale during the Daily Deals at the end of the year. Lo and behold, they’re indeed on sale, and by waiting, I saved money. Surprising, innit?

    You might want to actually use that gray matter in your cranium when contemplating purchases in the future and avoid impulse buying. If the initial prices seem too expensive to you (as they often do to me), then don’t buy the games right when they’re released.

    Your point about the movie analogy is fallacious; you do NOT have a hard copy of a movie when you buy a ticket to see it when it’s released in the theater (unless you pirate it yourself, but that’s a different topic altogether). In fact, you don’t even have the privilege of watching it more than once.

    So, if you don’t want to pay $10 for a ticket to a movie the weekend it first comes to theaters, wait until it shows up at the “second-run” theaters, which charge less for admission, because the movie has been in release for a while.

    And if you don’t want to pay $15 for a digital download of an XBLA game, then wait (as I and many others in this thread do) until it shows up as the “Deal of the Week” or in the year end “Daily Deals”, after the games have been in release for a while.


    Agreed, good advice. Patience is a virtue that often yields rewards for those who use it. Some gamers have it, others don’t. ;-)

  • Exu

    “162IQ multi degreed man” – Haha oh wow.

  • StabaCadaver

    Usually people with a higher IQ than normal don’t have any common sense. Thanks to FinderKeeper for posting what I was going to. I waited last year on Trials and Shadow Complex and bought them for sale at the Holidays. I don’t post often here, but man these people who complain about prices really get on my nerves.

  • SkyyPlum

    OK, FK, you mentioned one summer hit from 09 that was put on sale in Winter, MS didn’t put all 5 on sale in the winter. Plus the movie analogy is right, around here movie prices don’t go down in price (regular, matinee) its not like I’m gonna pay full price to see Tron Legacy and then a few months later see it in the theatre for 5 or 10 dollars less. And Staba, my common sense is just fine, it seems that some of you gamers have let MS become your lover and lost your common sense. If any of you sat down and thought about business ethics, you would see this is a slap in the face but none of you will, its much easier to bash me and try to behave intelligently when really your acting like hurt teen’s that just saw your gf cheating on you. Plus wow to you to Exu, should I have spelled out the Intelligent Quotient and Multiple Degree comment out? I just assumed the common sense of others would be able to understand the abbreviation, my mistake.

  • SkyyPlum

    Plus Staba, I don’t normally complain about prices. When a game comes out on the arcade and its 1200 ms points and I want it I usually get it. If it goes on sale months later, fine. But when every summer hit I bought and every DLC I paid a lot for go on sale months later I get upset. It’s like watching money float away and seeing an evil MS employee laughing. Plus no one has even taken into account the rewards program I mentioned. Still 0 points pending and no reply from MS. I’ve bought 3 Xbox 360’s for myself over the years because of them breaking, gifted one, bought hundreds and hundreds of ms points, been a gold member for nearly 5 years, I think I have the right to complain when I feel wronged. Its OK when I praise MS for something good in the past, then everyone loves to be nice to me and if one person goes against me others attack him or her but Heaven forbid I share a negative opinion about MS.

  • I DLord I

    “But when every summer hit I bought and every DLC I paid a lot for go on sale months later I get upset”

    and that is why it is funny.

  • bullka LT

    My situation:
    I baught Limbo+Lara+Sonic4e1 for 1200+1200+1200-800 (spend 2400 and get 800 back) = 2800
    And now all those games will cost maximum 600+600+600=1800.

    So I lost 1000 points which in EU = 10€.

    I just wanted those games early and I think it’s fair that I spend 10€ more than others.

    All the rest of my games were bought during sales (black fr, dotw, countdown to NY).
    And this situation is just another lesson learned – NEVER BUY GAMES THE FIRST DAY THEY ARE RELEASED.

  • StabaCadaver

    SkyyPlum: To be honest I’m not a big fan of MS by any stretch of the word. I just bought my 4th 360 system earlier this month due to their terrible design. MS downright pisses me off about certain topics, but the bottom line is that if you are an early adopter you are going to pay full price. Part of paying that full price gives you bragging rights that you had the game first and enjoyed it before 1,000s of other “smarter” people. Just kidding! Similar to the bragging rights I receive when I pay 33% of the MSRP for waiting a while to purchase. I just bought Bioshock 2 today brand new for $10. It’s so nice to wait. If you don’t want to get ripped off don’t let it happen. Be patient. That’s really all I can say. If everyone waited for games to be on sale they’d probably never go on sale so I thank you for being an early adopter.