Oct 19, 2011

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Xbox Marketplace Update: October 19, 2011

Xbox Marketplace Update: October 19, 2011

Yesterday marked the release of the sequel to the best superhero game created, Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Unfortunately, there has been a ton of triple A releases (Gears of War 3, NBA 2K12, Forza Motorsport 4) and more to come (Battlefield 3, Skyrim), so we gamers have to be a little selective on what major titles we can afford.  Luckily, there’s been some very decent XBLA titles releasing that can provide us with some excellent fun at much more decent prices.  Keep reading for the details as well as some “Shocktober Savings.”

Deal of the Week (Gold Members)

October 18 – October 24

  • Halo Reach: Defiant Map Pack – 800 pts 400 pts – Enjoy three new battlefields: a giant orbital station high above the burning surface of the planet, inside the forest of a military wilderness-training facility, and wrapped in the remnants of a civilian mining facility.  These comprise two multiplayer maps and a Firefight mission that deliver three new achievements and a 150 gamerscore boost.
  • Halo Reach: Noble Map Pack – 800 pts 400 pts – The fight for humanity rages on a galactic scale.  From a frozen xeno-archaelogy site harboring secrets millennia old to an orbital anchor defending the stars high above planet Reach – and to mysterious places far, far beyond – Bungie’s Noble Map Pack injects three new explosive environments into the multiplayer battlefield, each designed to reinforce all of Halo:Reach’s vital warfronts, from small scale engagements to massive Invasion battlegrounds.

Shocktober Sales

*Note: The Shocktober tab shows more games but the following appear to be the few that are on sale

  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – 1200 pts 600 pts
  • Metro 2033 – $39.99 $22.49
  • Zombie Armageddon – 800 pts 400 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Dungeon Defenders

Release Date: October 19, 2011
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Trendy Entertainment
Publisher: D3 Publisher of America

An ancient evil has been unleashed on the land of Etheria and it’s up to you to defend it in this online (and offline) action RPG! Create your own hero from one of four distinct classes to summon towers and traps and fight back hordes of enemies! Customize and level your hero by defeating enemies, looting equipment and upgrading your gear and pets. Take your character through multiple difficulty modes and challenge/survival missions to earn more experience & even better treasure. To top it off, you can do all of this with up to 4 friends on the same console or over Xbox LIVE! With the content of a full retail release and graphics powered by Unreal Engine 3, Dungeon Defenders is one of the true AAA downloadable titles available on Xbox LIVE!

Bejeweled 3

Release Date: October 19, 2011
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: PopCap Games
Publisher: PopCap Games

The biggest, brightest Bejeweled ever! Discover all-new ways to play the world’s #1 puzzle game. Find your perfect match with 8 breathtaking game modes that meet all your moods — ease into Classic Bejeweled for cascades of fun, journey through 40 challenging Quest puzzles, charge into the electrifying Lightning for non-stop action, and tailor your experience in Zen for a revolutionary new way to relax. Enjoy the amazing sights and sounds and engage in endless gem-matching fun, and earn flashy achievement badges as you soar to dazzling new heights!


Games on Demand

  • Top Spin 4 – $39.99 – Top Spin 4 redefines the way you experience the game of tennis.  Intuitive controls make gameplay immediately accessible yet deep and rewarding for the tennis experts who want to plan their strategy, target their opponent’s weaknesses and become an unstoppable force on the court.  The most feature-rich title of the Top Spin franchise, Top Spin 4, puts you front and center of the professional tennis experience with the deepest player roster to date complete with 2K’s Signature Style, an enhanced Player Creator with NEW Coaching and Development systems, an incredibly immersive Career mode, all-new visually stunning TV Broadcast presentation elements, and a fully online World Tour Mode.
  • Bakugan – $39.99 – Bakugan Battle Brawlers is the stunning new video game based on the #1 toy and animated series. Set your Gate card then throw a Bakugan into huge, interactive battlefields. Steer the Bakugan to discover secret areas, collect power-ups and gain the edge! When two Bakugan stand on the same gate card they transform into powerful creatures and an epic interactive battle begins. You’ll need all your skills to boost your Bakugan’s power and emerge victorious! Play in story mode to unlock dozens of Bakugan and new levels in an exciting adventure voiced by the original cartoon cast or just jump straight into battle with up 4 other brawlers.
  • Divinity: TDKS – $29.99 – With both the extensively remastered Ego Draconis and its thrilling conclusion Flames of Vengeance together on one jam-packed disc (plus all previously released DLC), The Dragon Knight Saga is an RPG of staggering scope. You begin as a human, but are soon transformed into a Dragon Knight with the ability to change form at will and take to the skies as a powerful dragon. Explore the open land of Rivellon where every nook and cranny potentially hides a new path to explore, a new quest to solve.
  • Little League World Series 2010 – $39.99 – Swing for the fences this season with Little League® World Series Baseball 2010!  Little League welcomes you to the baseball diamond for the first time ever with easy to pick-up-and-play control mechanics that get you right into the action.  Play your way from league champions to the regional tournament and, if you have what it takes, go all the way to the World Series in Williamsport, PA! Endless gameplay features that include team and player customization, collectibles, realistic 3D stadiums, talents, skill challenges and more fun than ever for the entire family!

Notable DLC

  • Sonic Generations – Demo – Race through the iconic Green Hill as Classic and Modern Sonics in this Sonic Generations demo.  As Classic Sonic tackle a re-imagination of the original Sonic The Hedgehog level.  Then grind along rails to escape giant enemies, boost round corkscrews and fly through the air, in a unique level designed to challenge Modern Sonic.
  • Dance Central 2 – Demo – Get ready for the sequel to the best-selling dance game for Kinect™ for Xbox 360®! Featuring another killer soundtrack, new simultaneous multiplayer and all-new dance crews, Dance Central™ 2 is sure to get your party started!
  • Need For Speed: The Run – Demo – Race for your life in the NEED FOR SPEED™ THE RUN demo. In the Desert Hills of Nevada you find yourself at the heart of the pack. Battle the unforgiving desert heat and technically demanding terrain as you use all your skills to fight your way to the front in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. Once past the desert, you face treacherous Independence Pass. The clock is ticking, a mountain is crumbling in front of you and a rival is one step ahead. Refer a friend and race in the new Porsche 911 Carrera S.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Add-On) The Missing Link – 1200 pts – After being tortured by Belltower agents and having his augmentations disabled, Adam Jensen must rely solely on his basic capabilities to escape from a freighter, destined for an unknown location. While fighting for his survival on the ship, he uncovers another layer to the conspiracy that he never would have suspected. As Adam, befriend new, mysterious allies and fight ruthless enemies to discover what was happening in the shadows during the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution!
  • Mercury HG (Add-on) Heavy Elements - Play through all new content with 30 elements in Discovery mode, with more Bonus elements to unlock and more Challenges to master. The Heavy Elements downloadable content allows you to explore more elements in the world of Mercury Hg. Unlock new achievements as you progress through the new groups in Discovery Mode with full leaderboard support for new best scores and times.

[Source: Xbox]