February 26th 2013 6:00 am PT

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
Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds  27-Feb 800
Runner 2  27-Feb 1200
Dollar Dash  6-Mar 800
Game Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Mass Effect 3: Reckoning  26-Feb Free
Guardians of Middle Earth: Survival Mode & Goblin-Town Map  27-Feb 320
Pinball FX2: Star Wars Pack  27-Feb 800
Mass Effect 3: The Citadel  5-Mar 1200
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
Gears of War  26-Feb to 4-Mar  
Gear of War 3 Season Pass   1200 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 RAAM’s Shadow   600 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Horde Command Pack    400 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Fenix Rising    400 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Forces of Nature    400 (50% off)
Gear of War 2 All Fronts Collection    400 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Kryll Shield   160 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Berserker Pet   120 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Jack   120 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Armored Kantus Mask   80 (50% off)
Gear of War 3 Boomshield   160 (50% off)
NiGHTS into dreams… 5-Mar to 11-Mar 400 (50% of)
Sonic the Fighters    160 (60% off)
Fighting Vipers    160 (60% off)
Virtua Fighter 2    160 (60% off)
Virtua Fighter 5 FS    400 (67% off)
Karateka    400 (50% of)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure    800 (50% off)
Sales  & Specials Discount Date Price
Ultimate Game Sale  26-Feb to 4-Mar up to 75% off
Kinect Central: Red Bull Crashed Ice  26-Feb to 4-Mar 160 (60% off)
Kinect Central: Your Shape 2012 Bundle Pack: Back in Shape Lose it and Keep it off  5-Mar to 11-Mar 200 (69% off)
Games on Demand Release Date  
Far Cry 3  26-Feb  
Forza Horizon  26-Feb  
Hitman Absolution  26-Feb  
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe  26-Feb  
DiRT Showdown  26-Feb  
Zumba Fitness Core  26-Feb  
The Cursed Crusade  5-Mar  
Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout  5-Mar  

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

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

  • http://twitter.com/sabrenaut Sabrenaut

    For 160 pts, Red Bull Crashed Ice is a STEAL. Fun game, but MAN, I wish I got it at this price instead of at 400 (still worth it, though). Check out the actual sport, too. It’s CRAZY!!

    • mcmax3000

      I was going to say the same thing. It’s a really fun Kinect game. Highly recommend people check it out.

      I fear a lot of people just ignored it thinking that it was an advertisement game that they were charging for, which is not at all the case.

  • Hugoku

    Great SEGA deals for the 3/5 week! Definitely getting VF2.
    And those GoW are not too bad either!

    That Pinball FX table was unexpected. Should be great as well.

    Nice list Major!

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

    Major, the prices are messed up the the games on demand sale. for instance, el shaddai is says it is $2.99 but the points price is 480msp and dirt 2 says $4.99 but the points price is 440msp. the later may be due to taxes but that was never added before. this is confusing.

    • Getsuga_Tensho

      Same in the UK. Tomb Raider Legend is priced at £2.69 which means we should be paying 314MSP but it’s 480MSP instead. I have MSP waiting to be used but not sure about using it now if it means I’ll be paying more that I should.


    It is so difficult to make a Day 1 digital copy of the games like in PSN? Why do we have to wait months to get the digital versions and at the same price? I supose it’s because some strange contracts with the resellers but why not in PSN? Hope in the next gen Xbox will be all downloadable at release date.

  • http://twitter.com/clixpt Ricardo

    where is Halo 3 ODST Games in Demand??? And Forza 4, now that we have Forza Horizon, why can’t we have the others?

    • Fivezerothree

      Yeh , i have Forza Horizon disc , but i lost Forza 3 and 4 , , they should add the Forza series.

      • https://twitter.com/RudolfKingnBear Rodolfo Antonio

        Apparently games with multiple discs can’t be released as Games on Demand (policies, weight or just laziness. who knows?).

        Strangely Max Payne 3 and L.A Noire are available as Games on Demand (who knows what strange technique applied Rockstar with their games).

        And it says someone who would love that Star Ocean 4 was a Game on Demand (I can’t find it in retail LOL).

        • http://twitter.com/clixpt Ricardo

          But Halo 3 ODST is basically one disc (single player and Firefight), the second disc is just the normal halo 3 multiplayer maps!!! And Forza 4 was actually released as one disc game, with the second disc sold as dlc!!! So why not?

          • Quaranj

            Not that I need it as I have the disc version, but maybe they could release an ODST Essentials version for digital download, kinda like that Forza 4-Lite copy that they bundled with consoles. That would fill the niche for most I think.

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

            I’ve given up asking for ODST. I guess it’s just not popular enough…

  • Fivezerothree

    Major i just want to say that there is a problem a bug in the conversion from dollar$ to MS Points .

  • https://twitter.com/RudolfKingnBear Rodolfo Antonio

    I was waiting for Phantom Breaker and Star Wars Tables but with the sale of this week will have to wait a little longer. :(

  • http://twitter.com/James_H99 James

    Put again NFS Most Wanted 2005 in game on demand.
    The best car game for ever !!!

    • The Dukenator

      Have you tried Most Wanted 2012?

      • http://twitter.com/James_H99 James

        Yes, I’ve tried. I don’t like NFS Most Wanted 2012. This does not have tuning, among other things ….

    • http://twitter.com/FernSoulrenix Fernando Garcia

      Agree, the best car game. ¿why was removed? :(

  • H0RIZ0N

    when is skull girls going on sale?

    • O Mosqueda

      What would be the point?, it will be a steal considering XBLA will never get the update.

  • m1nh0ca

    Yes! Nights! That’s great!
    Definitely I’ll be getting this… Sonic Fighters will come as a “bonus” as for this price it’s hard to be dismissed…

    I just won’t get Virtua Fighter 2 because I have VF 5.

    60% is ok, but 70% should be the standard discount for Gold Members.

  • Venomedge

    at today’s conversion rate Dollar-Euro $1 = 0.77euro

    $2.99 = 2.29euro which is 192.36msp….

    it costs 1 euro for 84 microsoft points here 25 euro for 2100msp so

    $4.99 = 3.82euro which is 320.88msp

  • Venomedge

    why are we always been taken advantage of when it comes to pricing

  • Venomedge

    when we pay 480msp for something its 5.71euro so we have to pay $7.50 for it!!

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

    I’m glad that I waited those 400ms easy gamescore Sega games goes to dotw!

  • Volitar Prime

    I’m in for the Pinball FX tables and will probably pick up Nights on sale too.

  • The Dukenator

    Gears of War 3 Season Pass includes: Horde Command, Fenix Rising, Forces of Nature, RAAM’s Shadow packs.

    Gears of War 2 All Fronts Collection includes 19 maps & a single player campaign.

  • O Mosqueda

    Great SEGA offers, I think I’ll buy them all. I only have one complaint, whatever happened to the Scott Pilgrim online add-on?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Eyekon-Koehler/500773583 Brian Eyekon Koehler

      they are still working on it it was ready but they discover an issue it will get release i guess they want a perfect lag free experience

  • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

    Hope the mass effect dlc will be good

    • BlinkFandango

      Me too, but I don’t like that they’re charging 1200MSP instead of 800 MSP. I’ll wait for Citadel and Omega to go on sale.

      • mcmax3000

        Omega wasn’t really worth 1,200 points. It was probably the weakest of the ME3 single player DLC. Hopefully Citadel is a lot better.

        • BlinkFandango

          That’s what I heard. I usually wait for all DLC to go on sale anyways, but I used to make exceptions for Mass Effect, but not anymore. EA has really ruined Bioware.

        • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

          ME 3 is the weakest game out the 3 I often wonder what it be like if it had stayed with Microsoft

          • mcmax3000

            I would agree from a story perspective it’s the weakest (though I still very much enjoyed it), but as an overall, I’d say the first one was the weakest, at least on the Xbox, because on a technical level, it was a bit of a mess.

            I heard the PC version fixed a lot of the issues I had with it though.

  • BlinkFandango

    Some decent deals, I’m assuming GoW3 stuff is on sale to prep for judgment and I might pick up a bunch of those Sega games since they’re like $2-$5. Props to the sales team for once Major with the Ultimate Game Sale, this is a good week. I hope this is the kind of sales we’ll see regularly on the new Xbox, but I might be kidding myself.

  • Z4M0

    Gow and sega deals + jojo’s bizarrely overpriced adventure ? nothing for me again… would consider GOW 3 DLC but I really don’t play the game anymore. Didn’t even finish the damn campaign.

    I’d pick El Shaddai but hey, not avaliable @ my region, wohoo.

    At this rate, those will be last microsoft points I purchase to maintain a stock just in case great deals wildly appear (wich won’t be the case by the looks of this year’s deals so far).

  • mcmax3000

    It was just on sale a few weeks ago, for I believe 20% off. It was part of an EA Publisher sale.

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

    meh, virtua fighter 5 was free for PSN+ members like 6 months ago and nights into dreams was already on sale over there as well…

    I’l get the free ME3 dlc though I guess.

    • https://live.xbox.com/MyXbox/Profile?gamertag=DarkGin87 Lee Rayson (DarkGin87)

      If psn had you details stolen would you want that to on Xbox ? Two different consoles two different types of sales
      Besides with a new console close to being announced I’d hold off buying digital games till you know what work next gen

  • ShepherdBook


    Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is a favorite of my sons, but it doesn’t work on the newer Xbox 360’s, only the older ones. Does this mean there will be a title update that allows it to work?

  • Volitar Prime

    I would love to see VF5:FS DLC also go on sale.

  • st0rmgazer

    Make sure to give Runner2 a try. I picked it up on Wii U today and it’s GREAT!

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

    Of course when I buy GoW 2 All Fronts DLC, you guys put it on sale the next week. Out of all times!

    • Ary

      ask for refund.

  • McWetty

    Some good stuff on here. I’ll get the GOW3 pass and Nights. Hoping the Ultimate sale stuff has good things. Was hoping Halo 4 would be 67% off like the rest, but I guess it’s too new.

  • http://twitter.com/WezzyStef907 Stefan Andrew

    When is Doritos Crash Course 2 releasing?

  • Philipp

    What do you think? Virtua Fighter 5 or VF5 Final Showdown? I have never played Virtua Fighter before, but love Street Fighter series.

    • Ary

      wwww. metacritic wold tell u what the majority think

      • Philipp

        Metacritic tells me to get Virtua Fighter 4 and/or Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution for PS2! I guess this will be an even better deal, thank you!!

  • Ary

    ?How can I confirm if lots of people still play Gears of War 2 online? wold hate to waist money if there is long wait times for pvp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.sauter Andrew Sauter

    please get oblivion on the ultimate game sale. i have never played it and im missing out