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May 6th 2014, 6:15 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 12 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack Add-On 25%

 

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Fable Anniversary Games on Demand 25%
Pool Nation Arcade 80%
Scourge: Outbreak Arcade 75%
Fez Arcade 60%
Sacred Citadel Arcade 75%
Sacred Citadel – Jungle Hunt Add-On 75%
Transformers War for Cybertron Games on Demand 75%
Transformers Fall of Cybertron Games on Demand 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.






May 6th 2014 at 6:15 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 138 comments

April 30th 2014, 6:49 am PT

Child of Light Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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The Black Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. You play as Aurora, a young princess with a pure heart whose soul is brought to the kingdom of Lemuria. Embark on a quest to recapture the three sources of light, defeat the Black Queen and restore the kingdom of Lemuria.

Child of Light is also available for Xbox 360.
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The UBIart framework has powered some of the finest 2D visuals in all of gaming, as demonstrated in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. What happens when a team sets out to make a JRPG using this engine? The result is the unique Child of Light, now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Working on the Assassin’s Creed series, Child of Light writer Jeffrey Yohalem became enamored with the blurring of history and fiction. “There’s a place in Austria that I saw that was very magical, in a place called Carniola now,” Yohalem told me during a hands-on demonstration at PAX East. “I wanted to create a fairy tale that talked about how that place came to be.” This tale centers on young Aurora’s quest to reach her father, the duke, in the days leading up to the Easter Earthquake of 1895.

While the location and timing of the story have roots in reality, the UBIart-enhanced visuals present a rather surreal view of the tale. Everything flows as if underwater: Aurora’s hair floats around her in a manner reminiscent of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Yohalem confirmed the influence), flying fish actually flit through a forest.

Child of Light’s character animation truly is a sight to behold. I marveled at the way Aurora loses her crown when she takes a hit, scrambling to retrieve it and place it back on her head. Even turning about-face during platforming segments is lavishly rendered. When I pointed this out to Yohalem, he informed me that one of the lead animators helped bring Assassins Altair and Ezio to life, as well as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

With a European setting, two dimensional platforming, and a birthplace in the West, why is Yohalem calling Child of Light a JRPG?

“For me [JRPG is] a rule set,” Yohalem explained. “If you said we’re going to take RISK and make a game based on that, it doesn’t have to look like it. For us it’s a rule set that happens to have been made by the Japanese. Also the art is inspired by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy’s original concept artist), at least on a loose level. We feel like this is a set of rules that hasn’t been used in a long time. We took that rule set and applied that to a very different type of experience”

Despite the distinctly different look, Child of Light’s includes a number of clear JRPG elements. Battle revolves around a timing mechanic similar to classic Final Fantasy’s classic Active Time Battle system. Your characters level up, and the game’s skill tree even reminded me of Final Fantasy XII’s License Board. Oh, and it’s not easy – your tactics will be tested in Child of
Light. I’m not ashamed to say I was wiped out during the demo… and that’s a good thing.







April 30th 2014 at 6:49 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 76 comments

April 25th 2014, 7:24 am PT

Arcade: Dustforce

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Dash Text: Clean up the world with style! As an acrobatic janitor, you are an adept force against dust and disorder. Leap and dash off walls and ceilings, and deftly traverse precarious environments. Cleanse each level swiftly and thoroughly to achieve mastery in this 2D sweep-’em-up platformer.

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April 25th 2014 at 7:24 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace | 75 comments

April 23rd 2014, 6:12 am PT

Arcade: Defense Technica

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Dash Text: The new revolution of Tower defense! Defense Technica! A project ‘Noah’ is now released to defeat the cruel invader Hergus and save the world. You should defend the core and struggle against the constantly rushing enemy in the battlefield where attack paths and the land, or weather are changed in real-time. You will be amazed at the gorgeous landscape in the beautiful graphic of Defense Technica. Upgrade various weapons to the enemy’s attribute. Predict and decide promptly how and when to counterattack in response to their changing moving route. Play your own game with more meticulous and strategic system.

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April 23rd 2014 at 6:12 am | Arcade, Demo, Marketplace | 47 comments

April 16th 2014, 1:16 am PT

Trials Fusion Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Welcome to the next generation of Trials! With its glimmering vision of what our future holds were technology and nature to co-exist, combined with today’s most exciting and popular motorsport, Trials Fusion has retained and enhanced the essential features from its best-selling, critically acclaimed predecessors, Trials Evolution and Trials HD. A magnificent fusion of the proven, no-frills Trials formula based on ultra-addictive competition with the cutting edge of graphics and social networking.

Trials Fusion is also available for Xbox 360.
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I spent some time with Trials Fusion this weekend at PAX East, where Creative Director and co-founder of RedLynx Antti Ilvessuo walked me through some of what’s new in this latest Trials title (hint: there’s a lot).

The new look and feel is apparent from the title screen, which is simplified to just two main options: Ride and Create. “The first game (Trials HD) was in a warehouse, next (Trials Evolution) was outdoors,” Ilvessuo explained. “This will be the first experience in a new game, and it won’t look like an Evolution level. Everything will be shiny and new.”

The way Fusion treats your progress is also quite different, which you’ll notice in the post-race screen. Everything you do on the track: career, multiplayer, everything is represented by a total experience level for each track across every mode. You also now have a overal XP level, which supplements the returning, all-important leaderboards. Now you know who has spent the most time on tracks, putting in work to post a fantastic time on a course.

Everything in between the main menu and the post-race is the pure, awesome physics-based gameplay that has made the Trials games so fun. “The great thing about physics is you don’t know how it will end until you land,” said Ilvessuo.

This fact is never more apparent than in the new FMX mode, which has players gunning for high scores by pulling risky tricks and successfully landing Tony Hawk-style; you only bank the points if you don’t crash. You’ll have the opportunity to plot out devastating combos in FMX Training, a kind of zero-gravity safe zone where you can toy with the moveset, free of the fear of crashing.

The realistic physics engine means wipeouts are still incredibly fun to watch, and I’d expect Upload Studio to be filled with painful-looking blooper reels in short order.

There’s a lot more “new” in Trials Fusion: 40 new levels, including many aimed at the hardcore audience, more character customization options, unique – and sometimes bizarre – challenges for each track, and a 4-wheeler that handles completely differently than the bikes you’re accustomed to.

RedLynx apparently has much more in the works. “The whole idea of Trials is what we call the ‘Minecraft Model’ you buy it once, and you get all the upcoming features for free,” Ilvessuo told me. “You buy the game, you’re buying a ticket. We know what we want to do one year in advance, we’re planning two years in advance. We’re planning online tournaments, teams, and then online multiplayer. Huge stuff is coming.” (Ubisoft clarified that while they will be offering players many upcoming features for free, this does not preclude paid DLC for new tracks and editor mode assets)

So why “Fusion”? “Fusion is the greatest power in the universe,” said Ilvessuo. “Evolution was second.”







April 16th 2014 at 1:16 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 255 comments

April 15th 2014, 5:01 am PT

Xbox 360 Spring Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s Gotham-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April 2014.

        

The following Xbox Live Spring Sale offers are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 21 April 2014. 

        

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass Add-On 33%
Assassin’s Creed IV Add-ons Add-On (x11) 33%
Saints Row IV Add-ons Add-On (x24) 66%
Dead Island Add-ons Add-On (x2) 75%
Dishonored Add-ons Add-On (x4) 75%
F1 2013 Add-ons Add-On (x3) 50%
Borderlands 2 Games on Demand 65%
Borderlands 2 Add-ons Add-On (x44) 50%
Armored Core Verdict Day Add-ons Add-On (x53) 75%
Skyrim Add-ons Add-On (x3) 75%
Fallout 3 Add-ons Add-On (x5) 75%
Tropico 4 Add-ons Add-On (x12) 50%
Fallout: New Vegas Add-ons Add-On (x6) 75%
The Walking Dead Season 1 chapters Add-On (x5) 50%
Wolf Among Us Ep2: Smoke and Mirrors Add-On 50%
Pinball FX 2 tables  Add-On (x31) 50%
Toy Soldiers add-ons Add-On (x2) 67%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Arcade 50%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Add-ons Add-On (x9) 50%
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 33%
Assassin’s Creed Liberation Arcade 33%
Prototype 2 Games on Demand 75%
Thief: The Bank Heist Add-On 50%
State of Decay: Breakdown Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

April 15th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 257 comments

April 9th 2014, 11:06 am PT

Arcade: R.B.I. Baseball 14

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Dash Text: Simple. Fun. Classic. The retro baseball gameplay you’ve been craving is back and updated with modern graphics, 2014 players and all 30 MLB teams. Play season, postseason and exhibition mode. Experience PURE FUN that everyone can enjoy solo or with a friend!

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April 9th 2014 at 11:06 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 43 comments

April 8th 2014, 5:01 am PT

Microsoft Studios Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 14 April 2014.

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Resident Evil 5 Games on Demand 67%
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen Games on Demand 63%
Devil May Cry HD Collection Games on Demand 67%
Remember Me Games on Demand 67%
Sleeping Dogs Games on Demand 38%
RIO Games on Demand 50%

The following Microsoft Studios discounts are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 14 April 2014.

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Castle Crashers  Arcade 67%
BattleBlock Theater  Arcade 67%
Charlie Murder  Arcade 70%
CastleStorm  Arcade 70%
Full House Poker  Arcade 70%
Perfect Dark  Arcade 70%
Fire Pro Wrestling  Arcade 70%
Iron Brigade  Arcade 70%
Wreckateer  Arcade 90%
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet  Arcade 70%
Home Run Stars  Arcade 90%
Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers  Arcade 50%
Gears of War 3 Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War 2 Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War 3 Season Pass Add-On 67%
Alan Wake Games on Demand 75%
The Gunstringer Games on Demand 75%
Crackdown Games on Demand 67%
Halo Wars Games on Demand 67%
Halo Reach Games on Demand 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

April 8th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 216 comments

April 1st 2014, 8:07 am PT

Arcade: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe EditionContent: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
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Dash Text: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, batsuits, and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman’s famed arsenal of gadgets, the genuine Arkham experience is reproduced in a deep, action packed side-scrolling adventure.

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April 1st 2014 at 8:07 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 56 comments

March 11th 2014, 10:12 am PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 17 March 2014.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 37% – 50%
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Games on Demand 50%
Soulcalibur V Games on Demand 75%
Sanctum 2 Arcade 67%
Retro City Rampage Arcade 50%
Doodle Jump Arcade 80%
Giana Sisters Arcade 67%
Capsized Arcade 50%
Hexodius Arcade 50%
Foul Play Arcade 67%
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Arcade 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

March 11th 2014 at 10:12 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 265 comments

March 4th 2014, 3:20 am PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 10 March 2014.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One game 33%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition Xbox One game 10%

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Assassin’s Creed IV Games on Demand 33%
I Am Alive Arcade 75%
Call of Juarez Gunslinger Arcade 75%
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game Arcade 75%
Galaga Legions DX Arcade 67%
Bang Bang Racing Arcade 67%
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Arcade 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

March 4th 2014 at 3:20 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 215 comments

February 26th 2014, 6:07 am PT

Arcade: PAC-MAN MUSEUM

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Dash Text: Pac-Man Museum is now on Xbox Live! Pac-Man Museum includes 9 classic Pac-Man arcade games, including the original Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man games that spread Pac-Man Fever around the world in the 1980s. PAC-MAN stars in a nostalgia-packed collection of the greatest PAC-MAN games of all time. PAC-MAN MUSEUM will include classic PAC-MAN titles as well as newer releases, allowing gamers to play through the evolution of PAC-MAN from his humble beginnings from 1980 through current hits like PAC-MAN Championship Edition and PAC-MAN Battle Royale. To celebrate debut of “PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures”, the characters from the cartoon have burst into PAC-MAN MUSEUM! Head to the Pac-Room to check out more than 70 characters and items! Challenge your friends and the best players in the world on your favorite PAC-MAN games with worldwide leaderboards. PAC-Mania lives! Whether it’s your first time playing or you are a Pac-Man expert, catch up on your Pac-Man history! It’s fever time

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February 26th 2014 at 6:07 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 75 comments

February 23rd 2014, 5:57 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 7

We’ve made it through a week of savings – this is the last installment this Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale. The final deals include savings of 50-80% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (24 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Saints Row IV Games on Demand 50%
Metro: Last Light Games on Demand 50%
Tropico 4 Games on Demand 67%
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Games on Demand 50%
Oblivion Games on Demand 75%
Overlord II Games on Demand 67%
LIMBO Arcade 80%
Puzzle Quest 2 Arcade 80%
Rock of Ages Arcade 80%

Hope you found some great deals over the course of the last week – and if not, look for new Deals of the Week this coming Tuesday morning.

February 23rd 2014 at 5:57 pm | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 229 comments

February 22nd 2014, 7:26 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 6

The  Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale rolls on throughout the weekend – save 33-90% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (23 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Diablo III Games on Demand 33%
Dark Souls Games on Demand 75%
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Games on Demand 63%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
The Orange Box Games on Demand 75%
NiGHTS into dreams… Arcade 75%
Pool Nation Arcade 90%
Real Steel Arcade 80%

In addition, some titles are on sale through the weekend – click here for that list. Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you tomorrow!

February 22nd 2014 at 7:26 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 273 comments

February 21st 2014, 6:57 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 5

Here are the next round of daily deals in the  Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale – save 50-75% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (22 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Payday 2 Games on Demand 67%
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Games on Demand 50%
Condemned Games on Demand 75%
Mortal Kombat Games on Demand 75%
Fallout 3 Games on Demand 67%
Sonic Generations Games on Demand 75%
State of Decay Arcade 50%
The Cave Arcade 75%

In addition, some titles are on sale through the weekend – click here for that list. Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you tomorrow!

February 21st 2014 at 6:57 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 255 comments

February 21st 2014, 6:34 am PT

Arcade: Takedown: Red Sabre

Takedown: Red SabreContent: Takedown: Red Sabre
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Dash Text: Fight smart in lethal close-quarter tactical combat. Non-linear environments mean engagements change every time you play. Tactics and realism rule the day.






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February 21st 2014 at 6:34 am | Arcade, Marketplace | 21 comments

February 20th 2014, 6:02 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 4

Here are the next round of daily deals in the  Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale – save 55-80% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (21 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

            

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 55%
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City Games on Demand 75%
The Darkness II Games on Demand 75%
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Games on Demand 67%
Prototype 2  Games on Demand 75%
Viking Games on Demand 75%
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Arcade 73%
Walking Dead Season 2 Ep 1 Arcade 80%
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD Arcade 67%

In addition, some titles are on sale all week long – click here for that list. Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you then!

February 20th 2014 at 6:02 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 243 comments

February 19th 2014, 5:57 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 3

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale continues – save 50-93% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (20 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
FIFA 14 Games on Demand 50%
Dead Island: Riptide Games on Demand 50%
Skyrim Games on Demand 67%
Left 4 Dead Games on Demand 75%
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Games on Demand 67%
Darksiders Games on Demand 75%
Bejeweled 3 Arcade 93%

In addition, some titles are on sale all week long – click here for that list.

Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you then!

February 19th 2014 at 5:57 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 162 comments

February 19th 2014, 8:24 am PT

Xbox One and Xbox 360 Arcade: Strider

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Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game now and become the original assassin!

We asked Capcom what Xbox One allowed them to do to bring Strider into the next generation of gaming, and they rattled off a list of visual enhancements: Native 1080P Resolution, solid 60FPS frame rate, SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion), higher-detailed character models, improved shadow map filtering, GPU calculated particles, and advanced lighting.

 

February 19th 2014 at 8:24 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox One | 79 comments

February 18th 2014, 5:37 pm PT

Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale Day 2

The Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale continues – save 50-90% on the following titles are on sale now through tomorrow only (19 February 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue:

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Games on Demand 50%
F1 2013 Games on Demand 67%
Farming Simulator Games on Demand 50%
Lost Planet 2 Games on Demand 75%
Darksiders II Games on Demand 75%
Soulcalibur II HD Online Arcade 75%
Hell Yeah! Arcade 75%
Fruit Ninja Kinect Arcade 90%

In addition, some titles are on sale all week long – click here for that list.

Make sure to visit again tomorrow to find the next group of sale items, and follow Major Nelson on Twitter to stay most up to date. See you then!

February 18th 2014 at 5:37 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 91 comments

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