January 29th 2013 6:00 am PT

Content coming soon to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.*

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Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date MS Points
Skulls of the Shogun  30-Jan 1200
Special Forces Seal Team X  6-Feb 1200
     
Game Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Call of Duty Black Ops 2: Revolution  29-Jan 1200
Guardians of Middle Earth: Radagast  30-Jan 400
Scott Pilgrim: Online Multiplayer + Wallace Pack  6-Feb 400
Guardians of Middle Earth: Gloin  6-Feb 160
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
Street Fighter X Tekken  29-Jan to 4-Feb  
Megaman 9   640 (20% off)
Megaman 10   640 (20% off)
Street Fighter X Tekken Additional Character Pack   1200 (25% off)
Street Fighter X Tekken SF/TK Swap Costume Complete Pack   720 (50% off)
Street Fighter X Tekken SF/TK Alternate Costume Complete Pack   1080 (25% off)
Street Fighter X Tekken Char Swap Costume Complete Pack   240 (50% off)
Street Fighter X Tekken Char Alternate Costume Complete Pack   360 (25% off)
     
Hydrophobia  5-Feb to 11-Feb 160 (67% off)
Hybrid    400 (67% off)
Zeno Clash UE    400 (50% off)
Earthworm Jim HD    400 (50% off)
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare    600 (50% off)
Orcs Must Die!    600 (50% off)
     
Sales  & Specials Discount Date Price
EA Publisher Sale 29-Jan to 4-Feb Up to 50% off
Kinect Central: Dragon’s Lair  29-Jan to 4-Feb 400 (50% off)
Kinect Central: Mini Ninjas Adventures  5-Feb to 11-Feb 400 (50% off)
     
Games on Demand Release Date  
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2  29-Jan  
Need for Speed Most Wanted  29-Jan  
Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions  29-Jan  
     
Avatar Release Date  
Konsole Kingz  29-Jan  

*As with all game related releases, dates, prices and availability are subject to change and vary by region

Arcade, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_Eyekon Brian Eyekon

    Pretty good deals this week the only one I would probably get is SSX but my bing rewards hasnt been processed yet so if thats the case I’ll just have to get Orcs Must Die instead next week always wanted that game.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRGXDDCFZVA6ZBPLMOUAMT7J2A Spiral Infinity

      where do you see ssx?

      • http://twitter.com/rogXue Justin Forsythe

        part of the ea publisher sale. there’s a lot more packed in there as well.

        • Ary

          Wich games are on EA Publisher Sale29-Jan to 4-FebUp to 50% off?
          plz tell AND ALSO WICH ARE ON SCRATCH AND MATCH???_______

          • http://twitter.com/PriusGuy2004 Chris Hofer

            Scratch n Match has sales on Forza 4 cars.

          • Ary

            Thank you, only that? What about EA Publisher sales? what exactly that means?

  • MathGuy42

    This is at least the 3rd time Dragon’s Lair has been on sale since September. Personally, I’d like to see the Carnival Games DLC and Body & Brain Connection DLC on sale. (Carnival Games DLC has been on sale before, but it’s been over a year since Monkey Dancin’ Pack was on sale.) I’m sure other Kinect fans have ideas for Kinect Central sales.

    I do give MS recognition for a new deal last week, Home Run Stars. I wasn’t personally interested, but nice to have some variety in the sales.

    • ryder4life22187

      They already had the carnival games dlc on sale and it hasn’t been over a year at least when i saw a sale on it almost jumped on it but then again i only played it a few times.

      • MathGuy42

        Yes, Coasterama was on sale in August 2012. But Monkey Dancin’ hasn’t been on sale since the Kinect Anniversary sale in October 2011.

  • http://twitter.com/ISAMU_MkII オミナエ イサム

    CRapcom “deals” are so far the worst:

    - two 8-bit very HARD games to complete and expensive, for ONLY 20% off

    - 5 expensives DLCs that are IN the disc, and they have courage to ask the customers that already paid a brand new game, pay AGAIN for contents that supose to be free!

    • m1nh0ca

      Dude… do you seriously expect something positive from Capcom?

      People complain but keep buying (I’m not one of them)… so they won’t change…

    • fantomena
      • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

        PSN+ is nothing more than Scam Rental service that is designed to make ignorant gamers believe they are getting free games when in reality Sony should be improving their bare bones piss poor network instead. Auto Downloads and Cloud Storage? LOL where the hell is our voice messaging for christ sakes! Don’t even get me started on the Scam that is PSN+ as it holds little to no value beyond the discounts you get.

        • The Dukenator

          Once you had gotten that free game for plus, its yours forever provided you retain a Plus member.

          Looking at things now, Xbox Live Gold is becoming more of a joke compared to PS+. PS+ Isn’t even required to play online unlike Xbox Live Gold.

          • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

            LOL as long as Sony isn’t giving me demos for EVERY AVAILABLE GAME, as long as Sony’s PSN continues to download nearly 4x slower than every other device on my network, as long as sony doesn’t give me custom soundtracks in every game, as long as sony conintues to have nothing more than gimpled 3rd party multiplats to play on a lag ridden internet service, XBL GOLD has more value to me pal. :)

        • Benjas

          People seem quick to pick apart at PS Plus about the games being “rented”, but I’d much rather “rent” games ive never played before than “rent” the online portion of a game ive paid £40/$60 for.

          You know what happens when you stop paying your rental subscription to MS? That copy of Left 4 Dead 2 you paid for becomes worthless. That CoD game you just bought – half of it becomes inaccessible. I guess thats fine though…

          • ryder4life22187

            How does the copy of Left 4 dead 2 become worthless? Does it say it can only be played on mutliplayer.

        • ryder4life22187

          The funny part is all the PSN+ subscribers i’ve ran into claim as long as i keep paying i get to keep those rented games, but how long do you think they will keep PSN+ going on the PS3 once PS4 comes out

          • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

            Well there is some truth to that. If you say subscribed you will have access to those games but only as long as you stay subscribed. I have no idea how long they will keep it going, but I would imagine it would carry over on to the PS4. Then again If sony does what I think they are going to do and charge for PSN regardless of PSN+, they might just keep it to sweeten the deal.
            I just have a problem with the way alot of these guys phrase PSN+’s instant game collection. They say they own the games when in reality they are just renting them.. there’s a big difference ya know?
            It’s also the same for 360 when it comes to XBL gold.. we are just renting the online MP portion just like we are renting the service, apps and all it’s features. Same thing as any other subscription for that matter. Even dish and cable subs are rental services.
            This is the way I see things, what do you think Ryder?

  • http://twitter.com/DrPerscitus Gavin Hudson

    Wow, here we go again…
    The 300,000 (world-wide) buyers of Street Fighter X Tekken are in for a bargain, reduced costume packs, woo-hoo!
    Plus, does anyone keep a track of how many times a game has been on sale? Orcs must die was only on sale 3 months ago.

  • http://twitter.com/rogXue Justin Forsythe

    Really wish From Ashes wasn’t the only ME3 dlc on sale. would have loved a discount on the newest one. Oh well I can wait. Have more than enough games on my plate as is.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      Yeah and it should be less than 560. Come on, Leviathan’s been 400 already! That doesn’t even make sense!

  • The Dukenator

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012) has been on PSN since launch.
    Megaman 9 & 10 was free for PS Plus users.

    And you wonder why I left for PS3 a year ago.

    • Nick Peck

      Then why are you back here?

      • ChinoM

        Yeah people came here for the sake of complaining. Be happy with psn+ rentals and stop posting the same thing.

        • The Dukenator

          Just stop.

          • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

            Dukenator’s right and check out the downvotes. No wonder nothing’s changing when pointing out flaws with Microsoft’s business model in a measured sensible manner is met with derision.

      • The Dukenator

        I live here.

  • http://twitter.com/clixpt Ricardo

    What a shock, no Halo 3 ODST on Games on Demand. But wait, CoDBLOPS II is on Games on Demand! :-(

    • Nick Peck

      While it sucks, but unfortunately guess which one will sell better? I would love to get ODST on there as it’s the last GoD Halo I want/need.

    • m1nh0ca

      Who the hell cares about an overpriced Halo 3 ODST on Demand when you can buy the disc for the price of a couple of beers?

      • ryder4life22187

        Agreed i don’t know why ppl like to fill their HDD space with GoD. It’s not like MS has given us big HDD space yet. Out of a 250GB I only have 6gb left.

      • http://twitter.com/clixpt Ricardo

        I do!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Melton/574790934 Steve Melton

        As a dad I can tell you that I keep the number of physical discs to a minimum in my house. Halo 4, Forza Horizon and the like are locked away, only to come out when my toddler is asleep. I buy up any Game on Demand I can, and I’ve even put all my movies on a central ‘hub’ then put the physical discs in a bin under our bed.

    • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

      And whats stopping you from going to gamestop or buying a physical disc from online retail? Dont support GoDs over price market.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Kosut/1054216793 Michael Košut

    You should learn from Sony, dear Microsoft. Look at PS+…

    • Nick Peck

      If it’s so bad, please leave this site and drool all over everyone on the psn+ boards. Also, are you one of the ones that has always ripped on MS for charging for XBL, yet you bought psn+? lol.

    • ryder4life22187

      What MS should learn to make a crappy console like the PS3? lol I bet he’s one of those that says it has a blu ray player and talks about exclusives like the last of us thats not even out yet

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Lockhart/100000438939703 Alice Lockhart

        “Crappy console”? C’mon, Xbox was cool before, now PS3 is gaining ground with more exlcusives and better deals (PS+).
        Don’t be blind.

        • ryder4life22187

          Who cares if it’s so called gaining ground a little late for that seeing next gen consoles will be out shortly. Far as better deals start naming them all ive heard is a rent feature and stupid games like dude raider and little big planet.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Lockhart/100000438939703 Alice Lockhart

            I’ve been a Xbox user since the first one and a Xbox Live user for 8 years. Now I’m starting with PS+ and is way better than Gold.
            They give you good games for “free” (inFamous 2, The King of Fighters XIII, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, etc.) and think about it: if you’re paying for the service each year, that’s a really good deal. Then, if you want the games physical format, you could buy them later at a lower price.

          • http://www.facebook.com/chomskyknows Marcus Roof

            XBLGold/$35 (if you purchase on sale including now on Amazon): you still have to buy the games but you own them forever.

            PSN+/$45: you rent specific games they give you for “free” until the subscription ends.

            I don’t get why everyone thinks 1 service is so much more awesome than the other…They’re just different spins on the same damn thing…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

            xbox charges for something that is free on every other format, give half assed deals and rarely discount old stuff on the marketplace. PSN+ is better value no matter what way you spin it. all we pay for is party chat and ads.

            you can also buy games on ps3 that you own “forever” lol who’s to say anything bought this gen will carry over next gen (ala xbox original)

          • MacPh1sto

            BTW Best Buy currently has 12-mo XBL on sale for $35 too until Sunday 2/3.

    • Ty Arnold

      One company charges people a monthly fee to get good deals and to play online. The other company gives online for free, and if you pay that same monthly fee, they give you games.

      Even if you prefer the 360 over the PS3, you can’t seriously say that you prefer Microsoft’s business practices in this regard.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Lockhart/100000438939703 Alice Lockhart

        Exactly.

      • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

        You’re right I can’t but I will say the overall value that I get with XBL Gold is far more than what I get with PSN+ by a mile when I consider all the Con’s related to the PSN and the PS3 console itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Larvia-III/41904444 Thomas Larvia III

    Hydrophobia for 160? showing 400 for me…

    • http://twitter.com/incphi incphi

      “5-Feb to 11-Feb”

    • m1nh0ca

      Next week, dude…

  • http://twitter.com/PriusGuy2004 Chris Hofer

    Deals of the Week are sad, and not much of interest to me on the EA publisher sales. Looks like I’ll be saving my MS points for another couple weeks. {sigh}

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63900900 Sean Eppel

    EA Publisher Sale = It would be HUGE if Dead Space and Dead Space 2 were on sale, seeing as the 3rd comes out next week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63900900 Sean Eppel

      Well, I guess Dead Space 2 isn’t even available on GoD…

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      Unfortunately companies seem reluctant to do this for fear that rather then buy the predecessors and then the sequel they might buy the predecessor INSTEAD of the sequel.

  • http://twitter.com/lEchtzeitl Echtzeit

    Was waiting for another Deal on those Mega Man games, but only 20% off this time? Guess I’ll have to wait longer… :(

  • Jason Costa

    i see that ssx is under the “price drops” tab for january instead of the “deal of the week” one. is it actually on sale or is it a permanent reduction to$15.99?

  • James

    Call Of Duty Black Ops 2 :)
    Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/JAYLEXPWn Alex

    Totally getting Skulls of the shogun

    • http://twitter.com/mando6599 Matt S.

      looks very fun, i’ll be trying on two platforms, xbox and windows phone

  • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

    Another lame DOTW. Been waiting forever for these items to go on sale:

    Banjo Kazooie
    Banjo Tooie
    You Don’t Know Jack
    Mass Effect 2 DLC
    Mass Effect 3 DLC
    Force Unleashed DLC
    Kinect Sports DLC

    I’m not saying these items have to go on sale for me to be happy with the DOTW, but it’s frustrating checking every week and hoping for one of these and then finding the same awful deals several times over. Just give these items a permanent price drop (as well as all other DLC that’s old), and give us real deals on stuff that’s come out in the past six months or so.

    • Thânia Santos

      The 2 banjo game have already been on sales. you apparently missed them.

      I personnaly think those Deals of the week are ok.
      Good games,
      but all of them (except megaman 9, and SFvsT DLC) have been on sale/deal already.
      so for long time Gold member (like me, 7 years, 210+ arcade games) it is a bit of a let down.

      • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

        The last time they were on sale was over a year ago

        • BlinkFandango

          You shouldn’t be asking for them to go on sale then, you should be asking for permanent discounts. Otherwise we keep getting repeated deals.

          • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

            Feel free to read the rest of my comment.

          • BlinkFandango

            Ah, didn’t see that. My apologies. Honestly, I think your only hope is ME3 DLC, since it is new enough to not have been on sale yet. Permanent discounts just do not happen often (I think the only game I ever purchased from a permanent discount was Iron Brigade).

          • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

            Yeah, I know. It’s a terrible marketing model and not fair to the customers, especially when you look at things like COD 4, which is hacked like nobody’s business, yet they still sell the map pack for $15. The entire game goes for $10.

    • http://twitter.com/dlchief58 Michael Burden

      Mass Effect 2 DLC has been on sale numerous times. The You Don’t Know Jack DLC has also been on sale a couple of times as well (as I bought them at half price) and you are better off buying a hard copy of the game as it will be cheaper. The Kinect Sports DLC has also been on sale at least once in the past year.

      So the only things on your list that has not been on sale or reduced is the Force Unleashed content and the newest Mass Effect 3 DLC. I agree about the Force Unleashed content as it was overpriced to begin with and should be permanently reduced, especially since it has never been on sale to my recollection (or at least not within the past 2 years).

      • http://twitter.com/rdfiasco Ryan Davis

        ME 2 DLC hasn’t been on sale in at least a year. I know because I’ve been looking for it since before ME 3 came out. For You Don’t Know Jack, I was talking about the GoD, not DLC. Though it may have been on sale in recent memory since I only recently started looking for that one. I don’t remember seeing KS DLC in the past year. I may have missed it, but are you sure you’re not referring to KS2 DLC that was on sale?

        Regardless, it all comes back to things needing to have permanent price reductions rather than occasional sales for things that are way overpriced for how long they’ve been available.

        • mcmax3000

          You Don’t Know Jack was on sale for $10 on Games on Demand not that long ago. I seem to remember it being last time there was a THQ publisher sale, but I could be wrong on the timing.

    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Just replayed Banjo Tooie. Rare used to make some awesome games.

      • Nick Peck

        Yah I never played Tooie, but loved Kazooie. Rare was a great dev way back when and I would love to see them get back to making some real AAA titles.

  • ryder4life22187

    wow I am shocked no GTA IV deals. About time MS puts on a variety for the DOTW

  • BlinkFandango

    Wow, just read this at VG247, anyone know if it’s true: “Microsoft makes more than 75 per cent of its profits from Windows and Office,” he added. “Less than 25 per cent comes from its vaunted servers and tools. And Microsoft makes nothing from its Xbox/Kinect entertainment division, while losing vast sums in its on-line division.

  • Thânia Santos

    At last, Megaman 9!
    it never have been on sales!! (megaman 10 as been on sales twice!)

    but why only 20%?

    I wish the street fighter IV costume would have been on sale too :/

  • Ary

    PLEASE ANSWER….Wich games are on EA Publisher Sale29-Jan to 4-FebUp to 50% off?
    plz tell AND ALSO WICH ARE ON SCRATCH AND MATCH???_______

    • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      FYI: Be carful with the “Scratch & Match’ discounts, it’s possible to purchase games you already own there again and thus be charged twice for the same the title.(I have over 300 XBLA titles, so it’s hard for me to remember everything I own and getting a refund from LIVE is like pulling teeth, they just need to fix it to where games that you have already purchased show up as purchased, like they do in the Marketplace)

    • Hugoku

      It’s a big list. Go to xbldb for details. Looks good in my opinion.

      • Ary

        what is xbldb? if its what i think the xbox market official home page deals I did check but only can see deals of the week.(Red demption) but cant see EA specials. Plz help?????

        • Hugoku

          xbldb dot com. It’s a site that publishes XBL marketplace database updates.

  • Jacobowitz

    I just downloaded both Megaman 9 AND 10 for free with PS+.

    And I bought Earthworm Jim a couple weeks ago for only one dollar on PS3, without needing a subscription.

    You can compare consoles all day, and I won’t start that (I had only 360 for years and recently added PS3), but when it comes to the digital stores there is absolutely no comparison. Sony essentially allows companies to set their own prices and sales whenever they want, Microsoft controls all prices themselves, which is why these deals are frequently disappointing.

  • BlinkFandango

    Since my other comments were apparently moderated: All of next week sales have been on sale before (although not by as much in some cases like Hydrophobia). Mega Man 10 was on sale 3 years ago for LESS. It should be permanently discounted.

    Also, I am picking up Dragon Age 2 DLC since I apparently only bought 1 of the 3 last time they went on sale. Although I would have picked it up a while ago if it had been permanently discounted already. look’s like Mirror’s Edge DLC will never get discounted, so I might have to pick it up full price, same goes for Burnout Paradise DLC. Luckily I’m getting Halo Wars Platinum Hits for $15 and I can sell my old Halo Wars to get the DLC for that game. Everything else I want is new and should go on sale eventually (I hope).

  • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

    I’m looking forward to the reasonably priced ‘Scott Pilgrim: Online Multiplayer + Wallace Pack’!

    • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

      2/10
      Nice try Microsoft or Ubisoft employee.
      No one is that stupid enough to buy an online mode that should had been there since day one, to a dead game.
      Online mode should be patched in.

      • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

        What you are really saying is that ‘you would have LIKED it’ to have been in there from day one and that you ‘WANTED’ it to be patched in, not ‘should’. Also it’s only $2, so put it into perspective. I will say the DLC was untimely, and not that it matters, but I work for a hotel.

  • Angry Consumer

    literally my butt. These deals are literally my butt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Isabell/1036013363 Curtis Isabell

    mega man 9 and 10 were free with PSN+ I think they still are also.

    Zeno clash UE was like $2 on steam people should try the trial though it’s kinda a cool idea.

    pretty mediocre sales ( surprise right?)

  • Getsuga_Tensho

    The EA Publisher Sale is pretty good, I’m most likely going to be buying a few of the Arcade games they have on offer and I’m buying Hydrophobia the instant it’s on sale because I enjoyed it on Steam that much (got to get those achievements). The only reason I’m not going for DA:O is because I’m just going to buy the Ultimate edition for a few pounds more online, better value for money imo. Impressed with the sales at the moment, we don’t normally get deals as good as this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jan-Vaclavik/100000506187042 Jan Václavík

    I was about to start DA2 soon with imported character and was hoping for DLC sale. EA has pretty good timing.
    Hydrophobia at 160 points is worth it. If only for the Avatar Award.

  • Z4M0

    rubbish deals. Some could use EA sales as those arcades are neat (deathspank, shank, warp) … but for the most part, repeated stuff.

    Thanks MS for what it’s starting to shape as an awful year for Xbox live GOLD users.

    May some people enjoy Battlefield premium at 3200 msp.

  • ElektroDragon

    This list has “dying days of a console generation” written all over it. E3 can’t come fast enough.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      Be careful what you wish for, Microsoft’s conferences for the past few years have left me sitting in a darkened room crying into a bucket of ice cream.

      Naked.

      • Nick Peck

        Yah they haven’t been the best, but add puke on the floor for sony’s lol, they are worse. Just remember that next gen is coming and things are going to start slowing down here a bit, just how it goes.

        I can’t wait for the next Xbox / next gen. The current systems have had a great run but I’m ready for the new stuff.

        • Quaranj

          I just hope that they don’t drop the 360 stuff like they did with the original Xbox. When the 360 came out, titles stopped for Xbox on the spot… meanwhile you could still get *new* PS1 titles at the time. Oh, and if Live drops support for 360 stuff within the first year, I am totally opting out.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

            im not buying at launch this time around, after halo 4 i probably wont even bother with the next xbox.

          • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

            Well original Xbox support ceased in 2010 and that console wasn’t anywhere near as heavily invested in DLC and suchlike so I’m not so worried about that aspect.

            Also fun fact, the last Xbox game launched in 2008, Madden 09. Although that’s EA for you, still releasing FIFAs on the PS2 so take that with a heavy pinch of salt.
            Also some developers released versions of their games for both Xbox and Xbox 360 such as Just Cause and Tomb Raider Legend, we could see that again.

        • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

          I dunno, Sony’s conference had GAMES.

          I think. I mean when Wonderbook came on and more than outstayed its welcome I kinda forgot about anything else.

  • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

    Oh Crapcom. I think someone swapped the content and the price cut values. Should have been 640 off the Megaman games after this long, surely? At 160 they’d sell like hotcakes!
    Mind you the SFxT CONtent is too expensive at any cost since it’s just unlocking content that’s ALREADY ON THE DISC.

    Meanwhile, Good Guy Ubi slashes the Scott Pilgrim Online pack from 400 to 160. I’ll be picking that up now and anyone who owns the game should too.
    Seems like an appropriate time to cut the price of the game and the first DLC pack, no?

    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      *Capcpom

      • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

        >*Capcpom

        Trying to correct a deliberate misspelling and getting it wrong: Priceless.

    • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

      Meanwhile, Good Guy Ubi is charging you to install an online feature that should had been standard since day one, to a dead game, instead of patching it in.
      “But its ok because its not 400msp!”

      • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

        You’re completely right and I should have worded that better.

        Okay, it’s less evil that was previously believed. Charging for a new character okay, but we already pay to pay online so that aspect should be free really.

      • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

        Oh and it IS 400 now so it is very much NOT ok.

  • Russell Gorall

    For the Battlefield Premium “sale” price you can get the game and Premium for the same, or less, price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuelenrique.martineztorres Martinez Torres Manuel Enrique

    $#&# YES! SCOTT PILGRIM!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/TheKrazyCookie Aaron

    It’s not Special Forces Seal Team X. It’s just Special Forces Team X

  • John Gregory

    WTF, 20% for Mega Man. Should have kept it full price and listed it as a deal. It would have had the same effect

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunny.man.7771 Sunny Man

    I know Major isn’t the one to decide these things. But hope you would relay it to the responsible guys.

    Orcs Must Die is a good game. Good to see you keep promoting it.
    But it would be even better if you can bring OMD2 to xbox. It added 2 player coop and survival mode. It was one of the reasons that I moved to Steam. But I still hope to play it with my xbox friends.

    Hydrophobia is an incomplete game. It’s not even an open ending. The story ends suddenly in the middle of somewhere, because it was supposed to be an episodic game. The real (sort of) ending only exist in the PSN and PC versions, which were released later. Developer said they wanted to put the complete version onto XBLA, but MS (the publisher) didn’t agree .Don’t you think it’s a bit irresponsible to keep promoting it to more xbox players?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liquidfx-Xboxdude/100003184837175 Liquidfx Xboxdude

      lol i was confused by the sudden ending or lack of one but i just thought nothing of it. wow i feel a llttle cheated now.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      That’s not entirely true. Dark Energy Digital gave Hydrophobia a “pure” update to the original XBLA version after negative feedback, then went on to make more changes for the port entitled Hydrophobia Prophecy. Prophecy changed key plot points and gave the game an ending of sorts, probably because they knew it would never get past episode 1.

      Dark Energy Digital had no idea what they were doing and they’ve now gone bust so the Hydrophobia series will stay where it belongs, Davy Jones’ locker.

      This does lead me to another point though. PSN exclusives seldom leave PSN yet XBLA exclusives often leave XBLA, sometimes with more content. Stop it.

  • Hugoku

    EA Sale

    Games on Demand

    Dragon Age Origins – $9.99
    Dragon Age 2 – $9.99
    Fight Night Champion – $9.99
    Madden 13 – $39.99
    SSX – $9.99
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 – $19.99

    XBLA Games

    Deathspank – 600
    Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue – 600
    NBA Jam: On Fire Edition – 600
    NFL Blitz – 600
    Shank – 400
    Shank 2 – 400
    Warp – 400

    DLC

    Battlefield 3 ‘Premium’ – 3200
    Battlefield 3 ‘Ultimate Shortcut Bundle’ – 2000
    Battlefield 3 ‘Vehicle Shortcut Bundle’ – 800
    Battlefield 3 ‘Weapon Kit Shortcut Bundle’ – 1600
    Battlefield 3 ‘Weapons Co-Op Shortcut’ – 200
    Dragon Age 2 ‘Exiled Prince’ – 400
    Dragon Age 2 ‘Legacy’ – 400
    Dragon Age 2 ‘Mark of the Assassin’ – 560
    Dragon Age Origins ‘Awakening’ – 1200
    Dragon Age Origins ‘Leliana’s Song’ – 400
    Dragon Age Origins ‘Return to Ostagar’ – 240
    Dragon Age Origins ‘The Darkspawn Chronicles’ – 240
    Dragon Age Origins ‘The Golems of Amgarrak’ – 240
    Dragon Age Origins ‘Witch Hunt’ – 400
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning ‘Teeth of Naros’ – 400
    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning ‘The Legend of Dead Kel’ – 400
    Mass Effect 3 ‘From Ashes’ – 560
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted ‘Ultimate Speed Pack’ – 400
    SSX ‘Mt. eddie and Classic Characters Pack’ – 320
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 ’11 Course Pack’ – 1600

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

      Battlefield 3 ‘Ultimate Shortcut Bundle’ – 2000…..

      my god and this is the sale price?? if anyone has bought this they deserve a slap with a wet fish on a cold frosty morning.

  • Snork-Patrol

    Yaaay Earthworm Jim is a DotW in a long long time! Imma finally gettin it.
    Now heres hoping Rocket Knight 2010 gets a sale someday, its been 1200pts for faar too long.

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      By this point it reeeally needs to become 400 MSP permanently. I grabbed a code drop back when it launched and while it was okay it’s definitely the fourth-best Sparkster game.

  • http://twitter.com/akaFenikkusu マリオ

    So where is the DmC costume pack?

    • http://twitter.com/NAVARiN BENNiJiN

      On the disc probably.

  • http://twitter.com/_josHaas_ ɾosɥ ɥɐɐs

    Highly recommend giving Skulls of the Shogun a try. Been playing it on my phone tonight…great game!

  • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

    I take it that youre not a devil may cry fan? I hate Capcom but after raping the DmC demo I am so urge to get it.

  • http://twitter.com/MKTheory John Doe

    Deal of The Week with Capcom DLC should be marked as Free.

    Real talk.

    The fact that it has a discount price even though the content is already on disc is making my head spin.

    • Ganon255

      I noticed you used the word ‘should’ a lot in your posts. Try substituting the word ‘I want’ or ‘I would like” for the word ‘should’, because using the word ‘should’ makes you sound like an entitled brat.

    • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      I noticed you use the word ‘should’ a lot in your posts. Try substituting ‘I want’ or ‘I would like” for the word ‘should’, because using the word ‘should’ makes you sound like an entitled brat. And suck it up buttercup, things are as they are, nothing ‘should’ be anything.

  • Ary

    I will humbly ask again. Please tell wich games exactly are on EA Publisher Sale29-Jan to 4-FebUp to 50% off??? U can skip any sport games I dont rly like them…

  • http://twitter.com/SJKeatley Simon Keatley

    Game on Demand – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 what can I say LOL. High Street shop retail price £40, Amazon online retail +delivery to your door £40. Games on Demand price £50! Hmm do I pay £40 for a physical product I can get delivered to my door or £50 for a digital product?

    As a footnote why does a UK digital product cost £50 or $79 whilst is exact same product in exact same format cost the US $60 or £39? They are both sent via a US server and paid directly to a US company so Tax isn’t an issue.

  • Nick Peck

    Just no. Don’t buy a Wii U for awhile lol. I totally regret buying one for Christmas. Mario is ok but over quickly and totally forgettable and honestly, that’s about the only game worth buying as the rest are on the other systems.

    However, I am getting Lego City and Rayman for the GF (I don’t play the lego games much but do love Rayman) and that’s the only reason I haven’t sold it on ebay. Now sure, down the road it will be worth it but I wouldn’t waste the money now. Just a heads up unless you like the ports on the Wii U better.

    Also, they are sticking to the current XBL model until next gen. I hope they change it around by then and from what I have “heard” it looks like big changes are in the cards. I love my Xbox and will continue to support MS first and foremost but I do hope they change things up a bit and get better deals rolling come next gen.

    I prefer Digital Distribution which I know MS is fully getting behind with Windows , WP8 and Xbox, but I hope they realize buying something with NO retail packaging means the price should drop a bit, not stay at full retail prices. I have been an XBL member since beta and have never minded spending all of $40 a year to join considering XBL is easier on the eyes and the speed still kills anything sony is doing (psn and psn+ is still slow as hell).

    But to each his own, I’ll wait it out and see what changes come in the future.

    • BlinkFandango

      1. I won’t buy a Wii U until the inevitable price drop when MS and Sony release their new systems. That gives me time to finish up my Xbox games before I sell them. By then SSB and the new Zelda should be out, plus I want Wind Waker since I never had a GCN. Not to mention Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword (yeah, don’t have a Wii either). Four Zeldas and Super Smash Bros is enough for me to return to Nintendo. Plus the Virtual Console, Bayonetta 2 and Rayman Legends would be awesome. As for games on other systems, since I hate the PS controller and MS doesn’t understand digital distribution, I think Wii U will be my go to platform of choice for multiplatform games.

      2. Big changes in the cards next gen is too late, if they can’t get it right now even with basic stuff, I doubt they’ll be any better when the new system comes alone.

      i. They need to get rid of their proprietary hard drives, which they likely won’t, because it increases security. They could stick with the cloud, but space is expensive and the customers will likely have to pay through the nose for it. So I don’t see them having a reasonable storage option for the next Xbox. Wii U already has a better option, so another plus for it.

      ii. They don’t understand pricing for digital items. If they have a good pricing scheme ready for next gen, they should just implement it, because the current one (apparently “supply and demand”) is atrocious. Old items never get discounted and that annoys me the most. I have to do a bit more research on Wii U’s digital offerings, but at least the Virtual Console games seem reasonably priced (meaning less than everything on the XBL Marketplace), plus apparently they’re selling games for like 30c as a countdown to the Virtual Console launch, which sounds like an awesome deal to me.

      iii. Deal of the week is a joke, the EA sale is decent, but most of the stuff on that sale has been on sale before also and should have been discounted already PERMANENTLY. The Marketplace is broken and needs to be fixed NOW, not next gen. So many people have complained and yet they’re not doing anything. It’s not like anybody is stopping them from discounting items (otherwise, how would we have Steam sales?), they’re just greedy and don’t care about their customers. Honestly, that’s the big turn off for me, the fact that prices never seem to drop, I’ve been waiting years for the Mirror’s Edge DLC, Halo Wars DLC and Burnout Paradise DLC to drop in price and while they may have been discounted at some point, I didn’t have the game at the time and never picked it up and now I have to pay $10 for DLC for an old game that I’m sure no one is buying DLC for, yet “supply and demand” says they shouldn’t drop the price.

      • Nick Peck

        I can understand what you said but at the same time point out a few things. Notice how you are getting a Wii U to play OLD games? Any of the big games you want are still 1 1/2 to 2 years off at best which is a joke, but how Nintendo does it.

        While I to like to play an old game here n there, I would never spend top dollar on a brand new system to then play older / past system games because there isn’t anything NEW worth buying. Again, to each his own :)

        I do agree with you about MS on the DD end of things on XBL. It drives me nuts they (and it’s not just them that do it either) charge retail pricing for digital games. That should not happen as there should be a discount on EVERY game (not DLC since DLC is already, um, digital).

        Older games should go down in price as well as the DLC for it. I really hope MS and the other guys start to realize this and start making adjustments (now would be nice).

        If it wasn’t for the lego game and Rayman coming out I would have sold my Wii U by now as it just isn’t worth the cost. But it’s like all systems, they have their ups n downs and they can always take notes from one another.

  • Sanglant

    netflix isn’t free, you pay for it separately. I’m not familiar with all the apps that you pay for within xbox live, but the ones I have seen you are paying for a reason its just a matter of opinion if the cost is worth what you get.

  • Sanglant

    if overpriced and above the market-price “deals” are Xbox Live’s logic in treating the customer, I’m kinda worried about what we can expect as a pricing point for the next gen console and accessories expected to drop this November. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they pull what Apple did with their ridiculously priced 128gb iPad – give us a console at a cheap price with barely any HDD, but if you want the HDD space you will need with HD and the increasingly large digital components you have to pay a fortune. Is we aim to pilfer the official Xbox motto yet?

  • Sinister Kahuna

    I’m guessing part of the reason the sales have not been so great is because while MS doesn’t want to hurt 360 sales by not having ~any~ sales, but they don’t want to promote the 360 either per-se with a new console coming out in nine-ish months.

    It also makes me wonder how long before they cut LIVE support for the 360 once the new system comes out in order to force people to the new console. I’ll give it 12 to 18 months before the 360 gets cut off like the original Xbox did. But this time it will be felt a lot more as the 360 is far more online centric.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      FYI: Developers tell the console when to allow and stop background downloads. So if a game is doing it wrong, then talk to those that made the game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

        the xbox should handle that based on your connection speed, an online game wouldnt use more than 1Mb while playing.
        its a shame having to sit on the dashboard wait 2 hours for a 2gb download on a 100Mb line.

      • Ary

        The only way im moving to new console is if they support the transfer of arcade games from the old console account to the new with its online matchamking support (i still have so many more games to buy and play bu not much time) Major any news on this topic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liquidfx-Xboxdude/100003184837175 Liquidfx Xboxdude

    free netflix? ok i only payed $34.99 for my gold sub this year and next year (bought 2) so that would be asking a little much. dotw are lame usually though.

  • Ary

    Thank you Miicrosoft for NBA Jam and Shank.
    Next….
    Im willing to buy Samurai Shodwn II for 400 (not 800 as is right now with no HD)

  • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

    Actually what you said above couldn’t be further from the truth as Party Chat is far from the only additional feature you get with XBL gold. When I weigh in all the pros the service provides it is completely justified as true value to me. I can’t argue with the fact that you would rather rent games than own them as that is simply your personal preference. But I’m sure you can understand that not only do I never buy used games or rent, I’m a collector. I like to own my games and I certainly don’t trade them in when I finish them like I used to when I was a teenager.

    With all due respect, you are telling me things I already am aware of. If you want to look at XBL as renting the MP portion of our games, that’s fine, and there is alot of truth to it. The way I see it though is I see it as a complete package deal.. Access to all apps, discounts, early demos, betas, online mp, cloud storage etc. This is how I look at it.

    However there are many things I don’t agree with with the way MS handles things.. The ads us gold subscribers are being subjected to as well requiring Gold to access things that are completely free elsewhere.

    Just showing you I’m not a fanboy of anykind.. I have no problem reaming MS a new one when I feel something isn’t right. Having adds on a premium paid for internet service is disgusting based on priniciple alone. Just because the adds are no big deal to me.. based on principle they are.

    • fantomena

      Thank you, that was a good comment. I don’t agree with you, but it was a good and honest comment. :)

      • PSN_IS_GARBAGE

        It’s ok man, and no Thank you for being so kind and understanding when it comes to other’s opinions. I really wish more gamers were like you Fantomena. Whether I agree with you or not, I always respect the opinion of someone who can respect others. Again, I salute you for being open minded and for just being a nice person! :) Take care and happy gaming brother!

 
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