Jan 11, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: January 11, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: January 11, 2012

Second week of the New Year and hot off of some announcements at CES comes some pretty good offerings in the Xbox Live Marketplace.  Not only do we have two new arcade titles, but we also have some great tower defense titles on sale as well as demos for a couple upcoming high profile releases.

Deal of the Week (Gold Members)

  • Dungeon Defenders – 1200 pts 800 pts – I’ve already reviewed this third-person tower-defense hybrid before and though I’ve given it a solid 8.5, many may have still been on the fence solely based on the price.  At $10 though there really is no excuse not to check out this solid four-player co op title.
  • Orcs Must Die – 1200 pts 600 pts – Similar to Dungeon Defenders comes Orcs Must Die.  The main differences between the two are the lack of multiplayer and a greater emphasis on the combat.  Whereas Dungeon Defenders is team based and highly dependent on towers, Orcs Must Die is more action-oriented.  I’d suggest downloading both.
  • South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! – 800 pts 400 pts – More of a tower-defense title in the traditional way, this four-player co-op title has players control one of the kids across different maps defending against gingers, goths, teens, and other odd enemies.  At $5 this is definitely worth it and South Park fans can enjoy this until the Obsidian RPG releases.
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening – 800 pts 400 pts – This award-winning tower defense title includes 10 hours of story play with 20 unique maps in the Awakening campaign, 4 bonus Borderlands maps, a wide variety of tower and enemy types, an interactive soundtrack, plus over 100 unlockable challenge modes adding dozens of hours of additional fun.

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Choplifter HD

Release Date: January 11, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: inXile entertainment
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

Players take on the role of an up and coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team. Pilots will be trained to command a variety of helicopters with offensive capabilities including missiles and mini-guns, as well as a very vocal co-pilot. Combining reality with elements of fantasy, the more than 30 rescue missions will range from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks.


Release Date: January 11, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: VectorCell
Publisher: Lexis Numerique

The city is infected! Walking corpses sniff the air, flaring out anything still alive. There is only one thing keeping you from running for your life. A special little girl holds your hand… You’re not going anywhere without her. AMY offers you a tense, innovative and immersive experience in survival horror gaming. Play two original characters who alone are desperately fragile, but united become a force capable of confronting the denizens of a living hell. Get ready to become infected.

Games on Demand

  • NCAA Football 12 – (are you serious?!?) $59.99 – This week’sridiculously overpriced deal comes in the form of last year’s college football title.  At an incredibly overpriced $60 there really is no reason to download this when the physical copy can be found for far cheaper.
  • Venetica – $19.99 - Set in the fantastic world of long ago Venice, the young Scarlett falls victim to a terrible mystery, which begins with the murder of her companion by a secretive alliance of mighty necromancers. Thus fate takes its inevitable course and threatens to throw the world out of order. Scarlett finds out that she is the daughter of death incarnate and is blessed with his ultimate powers. She is the only one who can stop the gruesome powers that threaten to destroy the entire living world.
  • Naval Assault – $19.99 – Follow a dramatic storyline of subterfuge inspired by the events of WWII where you command a fully armed submarine. Engage in sea warfare against enemy ships, subs and aircrafts, leading a daring US Naval Special Ops team across 30 levels that culminate in a spectacular sea battle!

Notable DLC

  • Kinect Sports: Season Two  (Midnight Mountain Ski Pack) – 400 pts - To celebrate the winter season, Rare and BigPark today announced the “Midnight Mountain Ski Pack” for “Kinect Sports: Season Two.” Available on Xbox LIVE for 400 Microsoft Points, the action-packed game add-on includes three icy cool new slopes to keep the all-ages fun going throughout the ski season and beyond. As a free test run, players can download the ‘Pitch Black’ course free of charge to get a taste of the new content and a leg up on the competition.
  • Asura’s Wrath – Demo – The upcoming interactive cliffhanger-action game lets you unleash your rage in two epic boss battles! Experience two of the game’s episodes: In Episode 5, face off against the planet-sized Wyzen; and in Episode 11, clash with the powerful sword-wielding Augus on the surface of the moon! ASURA’S WRATH is a unique blend of action and drama. Immerse yourself in this unprecedented take on the action genre!
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Demo - The unfolding drama of FINAL FANTASY XIII, released in 2010 and selling six million copies worldwide, continues in FINAL FANTASY XIII-2. Explore a richly developed world featuring both new and familiar faces, and an exciting and highly developed strategic battle system. In this ongoing saga, the future is about to change…

[Source: Xbox]