May 30, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: May 30, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: May 30, 2012

For what seems to be the 900th time, Microsoft has put some PopCap games up for sale this week. If you failed to download any of these when they cycled around before, there are definitely some quality games for cheap this week. There’s also three new arcade releases available, a couple new Games on Demand titles up, and two new downloads for some blockbuster games.

Deal of the Week

  • Plants vs. Zombies – 1200 pts 600 pts – This tower defense game is available in some form on practically every platform available on the market. This iteration has some fun multiplayer modes available though that unfortunately is limited to local play only. Still worth a download if you’ve yet to enjoy Plants vs. Zombies in some way or another.
  • Peggle – 800 pts 400 pts – A pachinko inspired game that has quickly grown PopCap a fortune, I’m sure you’ve heard of Peggle previously. Instead, enjoy my favorite (and I’m sure many others) part of the entire game here.
  • Peggle Nights Content Pack – 400 pts 200 pts – Add-on to Peggle featuring new levels and the superhero versions of the Peggle Masters.
  • Zuma – 400 pts 200 pts – This colored stone shooting puzzle title is easily worth the $2.50 asking price. Shoot your orbs through 13 increasingly difficult levels in Adventure mode, unlock additional gauntlet levels and enjoy another PopCap darling.
  • Bejeweled 3 – 1200 pts 600 pts – This generations Tetris. The original browser title put PopCap on the map and this version improves on nearly every aspect.
  • Heavy Weapon – 800 pts 400 pts – Unlike most of PopCap’s Library, this title is a shooter that has players taking down various aerial enemies. A fun (albeit old) title that is worth a look.
  • Astropop – 800 pts 400 pts – Fire your rockets and blast off to fast-paced, arcade-puzzle action. Blending fast twitch challenges with an offbeat, fun storyline, enjoy this PopCap hit for half off this week.
  • Feeding Frenzy 2 – 800 pts 400 pts – Eat smaller fish while avoiding bigger ones until your fish gets big enough to eat larger ones. Surprisingly addictive and definitely worth a look.
  • Feeding Frenzy – 400 pts 200 pts – The original fish eating title that remains fun, though not nearly as much as it’s successor.
  • Bejeweled Blitz LIVE – 400 pts 200 pts – Blitz is Bejeweled in 60 second intervals. Choose from Classic or Twist and rocket up the leaderboards. If multiplayer is your forte, battle your way to the top in 16 player party LIVE mode over Xbox LIVE.

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Mad Riders 

Release Date: May 30, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Techland
Publisher: Ubisoft

Mad Riders is an adrenaline-fueled off-road arcade racing game, that will let you perform amazing aerial stunts and race on over 45 stunning tracks from all over the world, at breathtaking speeds.


SEGA Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage

Release Date: May 30, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: M2
Publisher: SEGA

Join Axel, Blaze, and company as they battle the evil Mr. X across all three Streets of Rage games. Originally released for the SEGA Genesis, these classic brawlers have been updated for release on Xbox LIVE Arcade featuring new achievements and challenging game trials. The major difference between this collection and the retail SEGA Collection Pack is the inclusion of online co-op.

SEGA Vintage Collection: Golden Axe

Release Date: May 30, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: M2
Publisher: SEGA

Grab your axe, swords, and mythic steeds to fight against evil in all three classic Golden Axe entries! Originally released for the Sega Genesis, the classic fantasy brawler series has now been updated for release on Xbox LIVE Arcade! Earn all new achievements, take on challenging new game trials, compete with others players across Xbox LIVE Leaderboards, and take on the forces of evil with a friend in two player local and online co-op!


Games on Demand

  • Cars 2 – $29.99 – From the makers of Toy Story 3: The Videogame comes Cars 2: The Video Game, where players can ump into the Cars 2 universe with some of their favorite Cars personalities in locations around the globe. Take on dangerous missions, compete to become the fastest racecar in the world, or use your spy skills in exciting, action-packed combat racing!
  • Minute to Win It – $19.99 – Join Guy Fieri in this Kinect title featuring 20 exciting challenges taken right from the show. Use your Xbox 360 avatar as you choose from four single-player modes or six multiplayer modes.

Notable DLC

  • Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion – Free – The Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion opens two new fronts against the Reapers: Firebase Jade’s jungle reservoir and Firebase Goddess on Thessia. In-game reinforcement packs now include three new weapons (Reegar Carbine, Krysae Sniper Rifle, Cerberus Harrier) as well as equipment, consumables, and six new classes from species that have lost lives or whole planets to the Reapers: Quarian Engineer and Infiltrator, Vorcha Soldier and Sentinel, Phoenix Adept and Vanguard. The battle continues – hold the line!
  • Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge – 800 pts – Harley Quinn wants revenge in one of the more interesting twists in last year’s blockbuster release. Unfortunately, critics have called this DLC “too straightforward” and “unimaginative” so it might be worth passing on. Still, the novelty of playing as the Boy Wonder might entice fans to give this download a try.
  • Top Gun: Hard Lock – Demo – Lock onto the Rush with Top Gun: Hard Lock and shoot down your enemies one by one. Take to the skies in your F14 to defend your fleet with some fancy flying. Take off and land on the air craft carrier and feel the burn as you break the sound barrier chasing MiGs at Mach II.
  • Summer Stars 2012 – Demo – Whether playing solo in the expansive career mode or competing with friends in the addictive four player multiplayer modes. Summer Stars 2012 brings you an exciting arcade-style sporting experience. Take on a huge variety of summer sports and special challenges and see if you’ve got what it takes to bring home the gold this summer!

[Source: Xbox]