May 16, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: May 16, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: May 16, 2012

After Minecraft‘s milestone release last week, it’s understandably hard for Microsoft to follow it up this week. It looks like they’re trying though with some nice discounts on Kinect XBLA titles, three arcade releases, a Microsoft Studios Publisher Sale, three great Games on Demand and some additional DLC to enjoy.

Deal of the Week

(Kinect Arcade)

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect – 800 pts 560 pts – The smartphone hit comes to the Kinect in all of it’s fruit slicing glory. Arguably one of the best games for the Kinect peripheral, if you’ve been iffy on downloading this game based on the $10 price tag, now may be the time to check it out.
  • Hole in The Wall – 800 pts 400 pts – Based on the hilarious game show of the same name, players must contort their bodies into some crazy poses in order to clear the incoming walls. If you haven’t checked it out, the game is a mildly entertaining title though it lacks staying power. Maybe check out this clip from the show instead?
  • Leedmees – 800 pts 400 pts – This unique puzzle game utilizes both your body and brain. Use your whole body to work the contraptions while you guide the Leedmees to the goal. Apparently this title is perfect for strengthening the bonds between people so this may be perfect for couples.
  • Double Fine Happy Action Theater – 800 pts 400 pts – Tim Schafer and company have decided to bring their second Kinect effort to the XBLA. Much like the PS2 EyeToy titles, this is a collection of minigames quite similar to a group of tech demos. Like Once Upon a Monster, this is another great title young children will love.
  • Rhythm Party – 800 pts 400 pts – This rhythm action game is brought to you by the Dance Masters development team. Instead of following choreography, you’re the choreographer and the dancer. Use your arms and legs to hit the ripples in time with the rhythm while you create an original performance.
  • Haunt – 800 pts 400 pts – Welcome to Benjy’s Mansion – a spooky haunted house where you are the first visitor for a generation! Haunt leverages the power of Kinect to enable you to freely explore the house using just your body as the controller. You’ll need to stay on your toes in order to outsmart the mansion’s host of fiendish ghosts and unravel the sinister secrets that shroud the mansion in mystery.

Microsoft Publisher’s Sale (May 15 – May 21)

Here are the highlights:

  • Castle Crashers – 1200 pts 600 pts – If you don’t own this game already, there’s no excuse now.
  • Fusion Genesis – 800 pts 400 pts 
  • Iron Brigade – 1200 pts 600 pts – Formerly known as Trenched.
  • Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear Add-On – 400 pts 200 pts 
  • Orcs Must Die! – 1200 pts 600 pts
  • Magic 2012 – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Magic 2012 Expansion – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Trials HD – 1200 pts 600 pts
  • Trials HD: Big Thrills Add-On – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Worms Ultimate Mayhem – 1200 pts 600 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II

Release Date: May 16, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: SEGA
Publisher: SEGA

Sonic returns with his beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains. Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form an alliance with Dr. Robotnik (I refuse to call him Eggman). To face this new evil, Sonic is joined by Tails as they race across four new zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans.


Jam Live Music Arcade

Release Date: May 16, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Frima Studio
Publisher: 505 Games

JAM Live Music Arcade is a robust musical experience of creative freedom. Through your guitar peripheral or controller, take control of all aspects of a song: guitar, bass, drums, vocals, synth and more. Featuring music from Modest Mouse, Fallout Boy, Atmosphere and much more, JAM has over 30 tracks from Rock, Pop, Hip Hop and techno. Be the DJ, producer and band leader in the live music sandbox or take on the arcade challenge.


Dragon’s Lair (Arcade Kinect)

Release Date: May 18, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Digital Leisure
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Dragon’s Lair, one of the most beloved arcade games of all time can now be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch. This fully arcade authentic version is fully playable with Kinect or the Xbox 360 controller so you can really show how well you wield Dirk’s sword. Included with this ultimate edition are bonus Avatar items, Gamerpics and even a full watch feature to sit back and enjoy Don Bluth’s stunning animation. In Dragon’s Lair, you play the heroic Dirk the Daring, a valiant knight on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon! Find your way through the castle of a dark wizard, who has enchanted it with treacherous monsters and obstacles. Lead on adventurer.


Games on Demand

  • Skyrim – $59.99 – The newest entry in the famous Elder Scrolls franchise is now better with Kinect and available for direct download. If you haven’t checked out one of the best games released last year, what are you waiting for?
  • Saints Row: The Third – $59.99 – Another one of the best 2011 games is available for Games on Demand. THQ’s GTA clone is back and it’s one of the most over the top and enjoyable games in recent memory.
  • Let’s Cheer (Kinect) – $29.99 – It’s a cheerleading game similar to Just Dance. That’s pretty much it.
  • Wipeout 2 (Kinect) – $49.99 – This week’s “Overpriced Download” goes to this avatar game based on the NBC reality show. Go and YouTube clips of the show instead of spending this insane amount on this unworthy title.

Notable DLC

  • Dungeon Defenders: The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards Part 3 – 320 pts – Prepare to venture outside into the realms of Etheria in the third add-on for the popular download. This DLC pack contains a new campaign mission, a challenge mission, PvP battleground, a new enemy and boss, and ten brand-new water themed weapons.
  • Gotham City Imposters: Steamy Punk Pack – 400 pts – This pack features the Steampunk costume and voice, Witch Doctor weapon, Jetpack gadget, Stitches mascot, Well Grounded fun fact and Dinosaur weapon paint job!
  • Max Payne 3 Season Pass – 2400 pts – Much like every other developers season passes, this covers you for all the upcoming downloads for Rockstar’s newest hit.
  • Zumba Fitness Rush: Bollywood Style Pack – 480 pts – Lose yourself in exotic Bollywood choreography and build your track library with this new style pack. This 3-song pack includes the hit “Beware of the Boys” by DJ Punjabi, along with contagious Zumba originals “Start the Fire” and “Bangalore Dreaming.”

[Source: Xbox]