May 4, 2011

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Xbox Live Marketplace Update: May 3, 2011

Xbox Live Marketplace Update: May 3, 2011

This week gold members can save on some Castlevania content while getting first dibs on a highly awaited map pack.

Deal Of The Week (Gold Members)

May 3-9

  • Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (400 MSP/ 50%) – The Playstation classic returns with all of the features of the original along with new leaderboards, achievements, the same campy voice-overs.  Get the classic that changed the Castlevania formula forever.
  • Castlevania Harmony Of Despair (600 MSP/ 50%) – Castlevania returns to it’s pixel-powered 2D roots in full 1080p!   All-new multiplayer modes like 6-player Co-op and Survival have players choosing from heroes of past titles.  Fight screen filling bosses with your friends across different levels inspired by former Castlevania games.

(The following are Add-Ons for Castlevania Harmony Of Despair)

  • Extra Stage: Lord Of Flies (160 MSP/ 50%) – Inspired by a level from Symphony of the Night, face off against Beelzebub, Lord of Flies.
  • Extra Stage: The Legend Of Fuma (120 MSP/ 50%) – Getsu Fuma Den,” a Japan-themed action game, makes a cameo appearance in the Castlevania series. Enjoy the vintage graphics!
  • Extra Stage: The One Who Is Many (160 MSP/ 50%) – Modeled after the underground section of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, here you’ll face Legion, the boss that epitomizes “all for one, one for all.”
  • Extra Stage: Origins (120 MSP/ 50%) – A stage that goes back to the roots of Castlevania with 8-bit graphics.  Can todays gamers survive this blast from the past?
  • Extra Stage: Beauty, Desire, Situation Dire (200 MSP/ 50%) – Explore and battle through a map inspired by psychedelic Egyptian art.

Xbox Live Arcade

Moon Diver

Release Date: May 4, 2011
ESRB Rating: E10+  (Everyone 10+)
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

This 4-player side scrolling action game takes players to the year 2081.  Earth lies in ruins and five warriors suddenly appear during an eclipse and begin to fight to take back earth.  Vivid Gamer’s own Grant Gaines reviewed Moon Diver last week so check it out here for a more in-depth description.

Bangai-O HD

Release Date: May 4, 2011
Publisher: D3Publisher of America, Inc.
Developer: TREASURE
ESRB Rating: E10+  (Everyone 10+)
Price: 800 Microsoft Points

For fans of schmups like DeathSmiles or Ikaruga comes the omni-directional arcade shooter Bangai-O HD.  Loaded with over 100 levels, players will conquer challenging obstacles, collect power-ups, and even edit their own levels with the Level Editor Tool.  Supports 2-player online co-op and features leaderboards.


Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Escalation Map Pack

This DLC includes 4 all new multiplayer maps along with 1 new zombie map detailed last week.  Battle it out in “Hotel” on the roof of a luxury hotel & casino in old Havana; “Convoy” delivers close-quarters combat near an ambushed US military convoy; “Zoo” takes you on a wild ride in an abandoned Soviet Russian Zoo; “Stockpile” is set in a Russian farm town housing secret WMDs. For Zombies fans, “Call of the Dead” features a cast of iconic horror film stars battling zombies on a Siberian island.

Games On Demand

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $59.99 - One of the most popular first-person shooters today is available for direct download from the marketplace.  Along with a full single-player campaign, players can engage in some co-op zombie-killing across 2 maps (3 if you count the top-down shooter) or play multiplayer against others worldwide.
  • Monster Madness – $39.99 – This four player co-op title attempts to recreate Zombies Ate My Neighbors for a new generation.  While it doesn’t succeed in doing so, you’re still given a top-down shooter filled with monsters to the brim.

[Source: Major Nelson via Xbox]