Dec 28, 2011

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Xbox Marketplace Update: December 28, 2011

Xbox Marketplace Update: December 28, 2011

2011 has been a wonderful year for gamers regardless of what console you prefer.  The Xbox 360 has been blessed with some gems this year, both in retail as well as in download form.  Unfortunately, due to the secrecy of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals, we won’t know whether we’ll be ending our gaming years with a bang, because this week’s deals are lackluster at best.  We’ve got a decent-looking arcade addition today, though, as well as some major savings on titles starring everyone’s favorite (only) hedgehog pictured above.  Read on for the details in the final Xbox Marketplace Update of 2011.

Deal of the Week (Gold Members)

December 27 – January 2

  • Full House Poker – 800 pts 480 pts
  • Connect 4×4 – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Jenga – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Pictureka – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Sorry! Slider – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Sorry! – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Boggle – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Battleship – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Yahtzee – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Connect 4 – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Scrabble – 800 pts 400 pts

As you should know, Microsoft is still in full swing with their 12 Days of Deals and though we’re not sure what each day brings, todays deals are shown below.  Remember that these deals last for today only so get them while you can.

  • Sonic 4: Episode 1 – 800 pts 320 pts
  • Sonic Adventure – 800 pts 320 pts
  • Sonic Adventure Upgrade – 400 pts 160 pts – Upgrade your copy to the Director’s cut including 60 new missions and a playable Metal Sonic.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog – 400 pts 160 pts
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – 400 pts 160 pts
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – 400 pts 160 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

All Zombies Must Die!

Release Date: December 28, 2011
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Double Six
Publisher: Square Enix

From the creators of the PSN exclusive Burn Zombie Burn comes All Zombies Must Die!  Someone has to take care of all those zombies and who better to do that than a gifted gamer like yourself!  Think – in a short while – you could be blasting your way through ranks of brain-hungry monsters, making bizarre weapons and completing crazy quests. All that could be yours if you just buy the game!  Remember, All Zombies Must Die!  We need you!

Games on Demand

  • Resonance of Fate – $24.99 -  In the far future, mankind’s descendants live within Basel, an enormous mechanical tower that stretches to the heavens. Now, the bells begin to toll the beginning of the world’s end. Experience cinematic, gun-toting action and an in-depth, post-apocalyptic story in this original game from SEGA and acclaimed RPG developer tri-Ace!
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $59.99 – This week’s overpriced download comes from (shocker) Activision in the way of the third person action title based on the Transformers.  If you’re reading this far into my short description on this game, please do yourself a favor and go pick up some games much more worth your time.  Order this and this together for the same exact price!
  • Child of Eden – $39.99 – One of the best Kinect titles released thus far (though that’s not much of an accomplishment) from the creator of the PS2 title Rez.  This sensory-overload title may be the closest experience Kinect users will get to true core gaming.
  • Wipeout: In The Zone – $49.99 – NO. Buying this game alone is bad enough but at an absurd price like that?  Pick up Rayman Origins for that price or if you prefer Kinect titles get Kinect Sports 2 and Dance Central 2 easily found for $25 each.  Seriously.

Notable DLC

  • Kung-Fu – Kinect Demo - A full-body motion fighting adventure that uses Kinect to scan YOU inside the game! Fight baddies using your killer-instincts to throw kicks and punches. Become the hero and star in your own comic book adventure. Challenge your friends in unique multiplayer combat. (Sorry people. I told you it wasn’t really a great end of the year didn’t I?)

Thanks everyone for continuing to support Vivid Gamer as well as my weekly Xbox Marketplace Updates.  Have a safe New Year and I’ll see you all again in 2012.