May 24, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: May 24, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: May 24, 2012

I’m sorry that this week’s Xbox Marketplace Update is being posted a day later then normal, but I’m happy to report that we’ve got some nice content to enjoy this week. Three great XBLA games have gone on sale this week, three new arcade games have been released, three games have been added to Games on Demand, and some additional DLC sure to please fans.

Deal of the Week

  • Beyond Good & Evil HD – 800 pts 400 pts – One of the most criminally underrated titles of last generation’s consoles has been ported over to the XBLA. This Zelda-esque title comes highly recommended for it’s lovable characters, interesting story, solid gameplay and charming visuals. If you haven’t downloaded it yet (shame on you) there’s no reason not to for a measly $5.
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes – 1200 pts 600 pts – This RPG-Puzzle Hybrid is a port of the sleeper DS hit of the same name. Boasting updated visuals, DLC, and balanced gameplay, Clash of Heroes should be tried by everyone at least once. One of Rebecca’s top 15 Must-Play PSN titles and a game she personally loves, check it out while it’s on sale.
  • Outland – 800 pts 400 pts – A visual marvel that released last year that I gave an 8.5 to, Outland is somewhat of an amalgamation of three highly successful titles. Blending elements from Ikaruga, Prince of Persia and Limbo, this unique adventure is worth at least one playthrough and more then warrants it’s $5 asking price.

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Joy Ride Turbo

Release Date: May 23, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Big Park
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

From the Kinect Joy Ride creators comes Joy Ride Turbo, a controller-based arcade racer delivering precision handling and crazy stunts with more thrills, speed, & mayhem! In the new Stunt Park, you’re free to show off! There’s no limit to the whacky tour de force you achieve with friends. It’s a vibrant playground for your car – jump off cliffs, shoot from a cannon, & more. Plus, explore and find collectibles that unlock cars – giving you an edge for faster races and death-defying tricks. Race new tracks, old favorites and 3 modes of play: Battle Race, Pro Race & Time Trial. Challenge family & friends to local 4-player split-screen or race up to 8 on Xbox LIVE. With Joy Ride Turbo, everyone’s in the driver’s seat in this madcap kart racer.

Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World

Release Date: May 23, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: M2
Publisher: SEGA

Bring peace back to Monster World in these three classic action RPG titles: Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World, and for the first time outside of Japan, Monster World IV! Now available for download on Xbox LIVE, the Monster World saga features all new achievements, challenging new trial modes, Xbox LIVE Leaderboards, and recordable and downloadable game sessions!

Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co

Release Date: May 23, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: M2
Publisher: SEGA

Experience a blast from past with this collection of classic Sega titles! Save kingdoms, shatter time trials, and destroy evil in Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Super Hang-on, and The Revenge of Shinobi! Now available on Xbox LIVE, Alex Kidd & Company have been updated with all new achievements, challenging new trial modes, and other goodies like recordable and downloadable game sessions, 3D mode in Super Hang-on, in game juke boxes, and the original Japanese dialogue!

Games on Demand

  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations – $39.99 - When a man’s battles have been won and his enemies destroyed, what then? Where does he find purpose and meaning? To find answers to these questions, Ezio Auditore will travel east in search of the lost library of the Assassins. In Assassin’s Creed Revelations, master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altair, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path – one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region. In addition to Ezio’s award-winning story, a refined and expanded online multiplayer experience returns with more modes, more maps and more characters, allowing you to test your assassin skills against others from around the world.
  • Rapala for Kinect – $39.99 – Get ready to fish in an entirely new way! Fast-paced arcade–style action with all the great Kinect for Xbox 360® features. Exciting Fish Battles – Pull the fish up before it pulls you in! Awesome Boat Races – Race between hot spots, grab speed boosts, hit jump ramps and knock your competition off course with a hip check!
  • WWE ’12 – $49.99 – Every champion must reinvent himself, and every Superstar has an evolution. Reinvented with each challenge, always primed and ready to strike with more edge and intensity than ever before, he is reborn – bigger, badder and better. FINALLY … the WWE experience you’ve been demanding has arrived! THQ’s flagship franchise in the company’s WWE videogame portfolio is reborn, delivering the best and most realistic WWE action ever. With new Predator Technology™, an overhauled gameplay experience and new broadcast TV presentation that promises the most fluid, dynamic, authentic and action-packed WWE simulation experience to date, WWE ’12 gives you more control over WWE than ever before.

Notable DLC

  • Modern Warfare 3 – Collection 2 – 1200 pts – Modern Warfare 3’s second “Collection” deploys with 3 Multiplayer/Survival Mode Maps, 2 Special Ops Missions, and 2 all-new “Face Off” maps. Totally new to the franchise, these super-concentrated hot spots distill all the fury of Multiplayer into a whole new breed of close combat. Scoping the Mediterranean, Hamburg, a sprawling vacation resort and even the Scottish Islands, players hungry for action will have no shortage of venues to test their Multiplayer and Special Ops skills.
  • Forza Motorsport 4: Porsche Expansion Pack – 1600 pts – Forza Motorsport 4 VIP Members can buy this pack at a discount from the in game marketplace. Forza Motorsport 4 VIP Membership sold separately. Explore the world of Porsche in Forza Motorsport 4! The Porsche Expansion Pack includes 30 new and classic Porsche models for you to collect, race, and customize. Drive your favorite models in brand new Porsche-themed events in both World Tour Mode and Rivals Mode. Collect new achievements as you earn the checkered flag. In-game credits or car tokens required to purchase Porsche models in Career Play.
  • Dragon’s Dogma – Demo – A new legend is born in this epic open-world adventure. Take on the role of the Arisen, a legendary hero, in a land haunted by a fearsome, all-powerful dragon. As you fight your way to protect your homeland, you’ll gain companions, make enemies, and find yourself tied to an even deeper mystery…

[Source: Xbox]