Jun 27, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: June 27, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: June 27, 2012

This is quite possibly one of the best week’s we’ve had for the marketplace in a very long time. We’ve got a ton of great arcade games on sale, two new arcade releases to enjoy, four new add-ons for some major games, and a handful of new Games on Demand this week! Aside from one awful looking demo, this is definitely one of the best offerings to hit the marketplace in months.

Deal of the Week

  • Trine 2 – 1200 pts 600 pts – The sequel to one of the best downloadable games of 2009, join the powerful knight, swift rogue, and crafty wizard in this high-fantasy, physics-based action platforming adventure. Go at it with friends in the 3-person cooperative online mode or tackle this adventure on your own.
  • Gotham City Imposters – 1200 pts 800 pts – This wacky FPS pits wannabe Dark Knights against The Clown Prince’s knockoffs. Utilizing crazy gadgets, this shooter adds unique twists to the typical formula and is definitely a title fans of the genre should check out. Then again, anything to mix up the ‘war-shooter’ filled genre is welcome in my opinion.
  • Nexuiz – 800 pts 200 pts – Originally beginning as a Quake mod, this fast-paced arena FPS is set in a futuristic world fueled by a war between Kavussari and Forsellians. Alter the rules of each match and laws of physics as you dominate opponents in ever-changing hostile environments. At $2.50 there shouldn’t be any reason not to at least give this game a look.
  • Worms 2 Armageddon – 800 pts 400 pts – The most fully-featured digital version of Worms has made it’s way to the XBLA. With online and offline multiplayer, voice support, a raft of new weapons, all new landscape themes, play modes, hats, skins, speech-banks and single player content; it’s a package sure to please any Worms fan.
  • Shoot Many Robots – 800 pts 400 pts – This four-player co-op run-n’-gunner stars robot slayer P. Walter Tugnut. Utilizing crazy guns including one that shoots garden gnome missiles, take on the robot menace in this 2D shooter.
  • X-Men Arcade – 800 pts 400 pts – This classic arcade beat-em-up has finally made it’s way to the XBLA and..unfortunately it’s lost a lot of it’s appeal. Although it’s still fun in small dosages, the appeal is limited and not nearly as addicting as you’d remember. However, it’s still a blast with a group of friends.

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad

Release Date: June 27, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: 2XL Games
Publisher: D3Publisher

Race four-wheeled 800 horsepower off road race trucks with tons of options including a host of tracks, single-player and multiplayer modes as well as a wide loadout of vehicle classes including Rally Cars, Pro Buggies, and Trophylite Trucks, all in crispy 1080p, 60 frames per second presentation. With multiplayer support for eight racers and a full career mode, Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad will be the title for racing fans who want to get down and dirty on the track!


Mini Ninjas Adventures

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Side Kick LTD
Publisher: Square Enix LTD

Calling all ninjas! Get ready to swipe, kick and battle your way through 21 levels of intense ninja action as you help Hiro rescue his master and fellow ninjas from the clutches of the evil Samurai Warlord. Be prepared to face a multitude of enemies that will push your skills to the limit and test your ingenuity. So pack your ninja stars, sword and more and get ready for adventure…a Mini Ninjas Adventure.


Games on Demand

  • Cabela’s North American Adventures – $39.99 – Capture your best hunting moments on film while an expert cameraman foollows you on your adventures. Hunt to the extreme with record-class opportunities in situations meant only for the pros.
  • Cars: Mater-National – $19.99 – All eyes are on Radiator Springs as Lightning McQueen’s best friend, Mater, hosts the first annual Mater-National Race Festival, an international celebration of high-octane events to celebrate the construction of Lightning’s new racing Headquarters and to crown the next World Champion racer!
  • Grease Dance – $19.99 – Dance and sing along with 20 familiar songs including the music from the classic movie. This game looks awful but lucky for you, there’s a demo that released this week for you to check out.

Notable DLC

  • The Walking Dead: Ep. 2 “Starved For Help” – 400 pts – Episode two of a five-part series set in Robert Kirkman’s award-winning universe. Three months after the events of episode one, starvation forces the group to seek food from strangers. In a world where the living can be more dangerous than the undead, this is a risky move, but you’ll soon learn how far you’ll go to survive. How will the choices you made in episode one affect your story? Purchase of this DLC requires The Walking Dead – Episode 1: A New Day.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dawnguard – 1600 pts – Dawnguard is the first official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - the 2011 Game of the Year. The Vampire Lord Harkon has returned to power. By using the Elder Scrolls, he seeks to do the unthinkable – to end the sun itself. Will you join the ancient order of the Dawnguard and stop him? Or will you become a Vampire Lord yourself? Featuring an all new faction questline and locations, the ultimate choice will be yours.
  • Battlefield 3: Close Quarters – 1200 pts – The frantic combat is amplified by even more destruction, added persistence, and new weapons. Four new maps, ten new weapons, ten assignments,  and five new dog tags are available in this new expansion pack.
  • Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut – FREE – “Waa Wah! Boo Hoo! I didn’t enjoy BioWare’s vision for the ending ofthe Mass Effect trilogy so I’m gonna make a big stink about it on the internet so they’ll change their work to fit my needs!” Are you happy now? You’ve all got your new/extended ending.
In case you missed it, Microsoft is offering a free XBLA game to Kinect owners in the US. Check this link for all the details and be sure to come back every week for your Xbox Marketplace Update.

[Source: Xbox]