Mar 21, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: March 21, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: March 21, 2012

We’ve got a pretty substantial update this week with two arcade releases as well as over a dozen deals sure to have something for everyone. There’s also three new demos to check out this week, some add-ons and a couple of games on demand available so read on for all the details and more.

Deal of the Week

Gold Members Only (Bioshock 2 Add-ons)

  • Minerva’s Den – 800 pts 400 pts – This brand-new, self-contained Bioshock story presents a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Seek out tools you’ll need to unlock new goals and spaces in the order you choose. Expand combat abilities with the new Ion Laser and chaotic Gravity Well Plasmid while facing off against the new Lancer Big Daddy.
  • Rapture Metro – 800 pts 400 pts – 6 new maps are included in this map pack. A new melee mode is included where every blunt object is now a golf club.
  • Sinclair Solutions – 400 pts 200 pts – Expand your multiplayer experience with a rank increase to 50 with Rank Rewards including a 3rd set of weapons upgrades. Plus, enjoy 20 new Trials, 2 new playable characters and 5 new masks.
  • The Protector Trials – 400 pts 200 pts – Tenenbaum needs you to steal as much ADAM as possible to help thwart Sofia Lamb’s insane plan. Thus begins the Protector Trials forcing you to get your Little Sister to an ADAM-rich corpse and keep her safe as she gathers precious ADAM. Each of the new trials features three unique weapon and Plasmid load-outs, keeping the challenge fresh, as well as afourth bonus load-out the player receives when all previous load-outs are completed.
  • Big Sister Outfit (Avatar) – 320 pts 160 pts – Dress your avatar up as one of the antagonists in Bioshock 2.
  • Bouncer Big Daddy Outfit (Avatar) – 320 pts 160 pts – Become the Big Daddy with this avatar getup.
  • Bouncer Big Daddy Helmet (Avatar) – 160 pts 80 pts – Complete your Big Daddy look with this helmet.

THQ Sale (March 20 – 26) Silver Members & Gold Members

  • Homefront Rock Map Pack – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War – 560 pts 280 pts
  • Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare – 560 pts 280 pts
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Dreadnought Assault – 800 pts 400 pts
  • You Don’t Know Jack Packs 1-4 – 400 pts 200 pts EACH
(Below are Xbox LIVE Arcade titles and add-ons)
  • Apples to Apples – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Apples to Apples: A Bushel of Fun – 240 pts 120 pts
  • Costume Quest – 1200 pts 600 pts
  • Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Stacking – 1200 pts 600 pts
  • Stacking: The Lost Hobo King – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team – 800 pts 400 pts

(Avatar Items)

  • Voltron Blazing Sword – 240 pts 120 pts
  • Voltron Mattel Blazing Sword Voltron Toy – 320 pts 160 pts
  • Voltron Mask – 160 pts 80 pts
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 Baby Po – 320 pts 160 pts
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 Po Mask – 160 pts 80 pts
  • Kung Fu Panda Shifu Mask – 160 pts 80 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Sine Mora

Release Date: March 21, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Digital Reality & Grasshopper Manufacturers
Publisher: Xbox LIVE Arcade

SINE MORA is a horizontal shoot’em up that provides a unique take on challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, SINE MORA is a gorgeous shmup that offers a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. With many ways to manipulate time, SINE MORA features over 60 weapon combinations to complete each beatifully-crafted stage that form fits to the player’s skills with scaling difficulty. Soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka and featuring boss designs by Mahiro Maeda.

Rayman 3 HD

Release Date: March 21, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Ubisoft Shanghai
Publisher: Ubisoft

Embark on a fantastic and humorous journey with Rayman and Globox to save the Crossroad of Dreams. Masterfully enhanced with eye-popping High Definition visuals and sounds, Rayman 3 HD is the definitive version of the Rayman classic “Rayman 3 Hoodlum’s Havoc”, and a must-play for all Rayman fans and platform adventure game enthusiasts. Run, Jump and punch your way through the 2 first levels of the game battling the mysterious Hoodlums and their minions.

 

Games on Demand

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – $29.99 – One of the best RPGs in years, Human Revolution is a must-play that fans of all genres should give a chance. Check out Kyle’s review here to see why you should check out Deus Ex. 
  • Kinect Sports – $29.99 – This Kinect title lets players experience six motion-controlled events: Soccer, Bowling, track & Field, Boxing, Beach Volleyball and Table Tennis. While not all the games are winners (here’s looking at you Boxing), the game as a whole isn’t half bad.

Notable DLC

  • Modern Warfare 3: Collection 1 – 1200 pts – This “CollectioN’ includes four multiplayer/survival mode maps and two special ops missions.
  • Resident Evil Operation Racoon City: Nemesis Multiplayer Mode – 320 pts – This 360 unique multiplayer experience challenges teams to capture a point on a map and hold it from the enemy squad. The twist is that in this mode there is a Nemesis unit waiting to be programmed by either team via a special control terminal which automatically starts attacking the opposing squad.
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning The Legend of Dead Kel – 800 pts – The legendary pirate Dead Kel and his Hanged Men have returned to haunt the seas of northern Amalur. Embark on a journey to the distant island of Gallows End with the eccentric Captain Brattigan in an adventure that will uncover a secret so great that it has incited wars and toppled kingdoms.
  • Kinect Rush: A Disney PIXAR Adventure – Demo – Become unique characters in this fast-paced Pixar adventure. Dive into five exciting movie worlds to discover hidden secrets and solve puzzles.
  • Birds of Steel – Demo – Strap in and grab the stick, rewriting history in Birds of Steel. Get the chance to sample the full game by jumping into three of the most prolific battles from WWII.
  • Blades of Time – Demo – Experience Time-Rewind gameplay, allowing the beautiful sword-wielding heroine Ayumi, to turn back time and produce a clone of herself to help solve puzzles, tackle hordes of enemies and more!

[Source: Xbox]