Mar 14, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: March 14, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: March 14, 2012

Following last week’s less then stellar update, we’ve got two new arcade releases today as well as 16 different deals this week! The Deal of the Week highlights ‘Hack-n-Slash’ titles while a special Konami sale has a dozen different titles on sale for half off. There isn’t much of note in DLC this week, but with the amount of cheap deals available, I’m sure most of you won’t mind.

Deal of the Week


  • Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale – 1200 pts 600 pts - Travel to the Dalelands of the Forgotten Realms, where the journey begins in the remote Desertsmouth Mountains. From the sulfuric catacombs of the mines of Tethyamar, to the dizzying heights of the Tower of the Void, Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale delivers an action packed challenge that will satisfy the most seasoned of adventurers.
  • Deathspank: The Baconing – 1200 pts 600 pts - Welcome to the sizzling sci-fi world of The Baconing! You are DeathSpank, the ultimate Dispenser of Justice. Destroy the Anti-Spank and his Cyborques, before they cast an evil shadow over Spanktopia. Explore unique locations like The Forbidden Zone and Rainbow’s End in a pop-up book adventure. Over 100 quests, exciting boss fights and puzzles. Control the battles with the Weapons of Justice, Shield Bash and Perfect Reflect. Play co-op and choose from four amazing sidekicks.
  • Torchlight – 1200 pts 600 pts – Torchlight is an action-roleplaying game developed by the creators of popular games Diablo and FATE. Players will choose from among three character classes, and venture from the safety of the town of Torchlight into randomly generated dungeon levels, with a huge variety of creepy monsters, endless variations of loot to find, and quests to complete. Randomized levels and an ‘endless dungeon’ unlocked after completing the main game ensure a long-lived gameplay experience.
  • Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team – 800 pts 400 pts – As one of the Emperor’s Elite Space Marines you have been sent on a vital mission to assault a gigantic Ork Kroozer headed for an Imperial Forge World. Choose your Space Marine Chapter and weapons class and commence the purging of brutal Orks and vicious Tyranids on board. Team up to form a 2-man Kill Team in same screen co-op mode and benefit from multiple team pickups to help survive the onslaught. Reap the rewards on completing your missions by unlocking an exclusive Power Sword weapon to use in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine!
Konami 50% Off Sale (March 13 – March 19)
  • X-Men Arcade – 400 pts
  • Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance – 600 pts
  • Zombie Apocalypse – 400 pts
  • Castlevania Symphony of the Night – 400 pts
  • Battle: Los Angeles – 400 pts
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone – 400 pts
  • Hard Corps: Uprising – 600 pts
  • BurgerTime HD – 400 pts
  • Puddle – 400 pts
  • Leedmees (Kinect) - 400 pts
  • Castlevania Lord of Shadow: Reverie (Add-On) – 400 pts
  • Castlevania Lord of Shadow: Resurrection (Add-On) – 400 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Defenders of Ardania

Release Date: March 14, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Most Wanted Entertainment
Publisher: Deep Silver/Paradox Interactive

Defenders of Ardania is a next generation tower defense game set in the fantasy world of Majesty, where you can take control over both the defending- and the attacking sides. The game is set in the fantasy world of Majesty with 3 different playable races, each with their own, distinguishable locations, towers, and units. Its innovative new game concept adds a RTS element and takes the popular genre to a new level. Multiplayer offers three different game modes with the players assuming either the defensive or the offensive sides – or both!


Shoot Many Robots

Release Date: March 14, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Demiurge
Publisher: Ubisoft

Shoot Many Robots is a 4-player co-op run-n’-gun action game starring robot slayer and gun aficionado, P. Walter Tugnut. From a gun that shoots garden gnome missiles to a tutu that boosts speed and damage, there are hundreds of crazy guns and gear to unlock that boost Walter’s stats – not to mention, make him look pretty. You and three friends can team up to exterminate a zillion robots while progressing through tons of missions, facing uncomfortably epic bosses, and leveling up along the way.


 Games on Demand

  • Rock of the Dead – $19.99 – Riff your way through the infected masses to the soul-ripping tunes of Rob Zombie and save the world. Pretty much Typing of the Dead with Guitar Hero peripherals. Aside from great voiceovers by Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, this game is entirely passable.
  • The Gunstringer (Kinect) – $29.99 – One of the better Kinect titles, control the skeleton marionette in an on-rails shooter from the creators of Splosion Man and Comic Jumper. I’ve already reviewed this title previously and despite it’s problems, I’d recommend it to anyone that owns a Kinect. At $29.99 though you may as well pick up a retail copy since it comes with a free code for Fruit Ninja Kinect.
  • Warhammer 40k Space Marine – $39.99 – Step into the heart of combat as Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, unleashing visible violent death against the enemies of mankind in the first 3rd person action shooter set in the dark future of the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
  • Brink – $19.99 – This first-person shooter blends single-player, co-op, and multiplayer gameplay into one seamless experience, allowing you to develop your character regardless of mode. Experiencing the entertaining story from both sides of the fight is entertaining and enjoyable though I can’t stress enough that you need to play with friends. The AI is broken and your squadmates often hinder more then help.

Notable DLC

  • Major League Baseball 2K12 – Demo – Check out the longest running MLB franchise’s demo from 2K Sports featuring advanced pitching & hitting controls, detailed player tendencies & scouting reports, and immersive game modes for any level of fan.
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations – Demo – The latest rendition in the smash hit series, this title ramps up the number of playable and support characters far beyond any Naruto game. Compete in a variety of online battle modes, personalized tournaments, and enjoy improved gameplay in Namco’s newest entry.
  • UFC Undisputed 3 Fighter Pack: Fight of the Night (Add-On) – 400 pts – Download five new fighters known for always putting on a show in the Fight of the Night pack. Lightweights Charles Oliveira, Sam Stout, and Joe Lauzon join the fray as does welterweights Rory MacDonald and former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson.
  • Call of Duty MW 3 March Content – (Elite Premium Members Only) – Battle it out in the newest level “Black Box” set near a downed Air Force One. Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. If competitive isn’t your thing, check out the new Spec Ops missions “Black Ice” and “Negotiator”. Shred ice from aboard your snowmobile as you infiltrate a diamond mind or cash in all your karma as you head to India for a high-stakes hostage extraction.