Jul 3, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: July 3, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Unlike last week’s plethora of great content, there’s only one bright spot to be found in terms of deals this week. Outside of the gem that is Spelunky, we’ve got some map packs for half off, a horrendous looking MMA game, three new Games on Demand, and some nice add-ons in this week’s Xbox Marketplace Update.

Deal of the Week

Modern Warfare 3 Add-Ons:

  • Collection 1 – 1200 pts 600 pts – Four multiplayer/survival mode maps and two special ops missions. “Liberation,” “Piazza,” “Overwatch,” “Black Box,” “Black Ice,” and “Negotiator.”
  • Collection 2 – 1200 pts 600 pts – Three new multiplayer/survival mode maps, two special ops missions, and two all-new “Face-Off” maps.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Add-Ons:
  • First Strike: Pack 1 – 1200 pts 600 pts – First Strike contains the five maps “Berlin Wall,” “Discovery,” “Kowloon,” “Stadium,” and the new Zombies level “Ascension.”
  • Escalation: Pack 2 – 1200 pts 600 pts – Five new maps featuring “Hotel,” “Convoy,” “Zoo,” “Stockpile,” and the “Call of the Dead” zombie map including horror film icons.
  • Annihilation: Pack 3 – 1200 pts 600 pts – Like before, this pack includes four multiplayer maps and one zombie map. “Hangar 18,” “Drive-In,” “Silo,” “Hazard,” and the zombie map “Shangri-La.”
  • Rezurrection: Pack 4 – 1200 pts 600 pts – This map pack brings back the four World at War zombie maps “Nacht der Untoten,” “Verruckt,” “Shi No Numa,” “Der Riese,” and introduces the space map “Moon.”

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Bellator MMA Onslaught

Release Date: July 4, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Kung Fu Factory
Publisher: 345 Games

This game is based on Bellator Fighting Championships, a single elimination Mixed Martial Arts tournament. It is a first of its kind, a fast paced arcade style MMA fighting game with easy to understand controls that enable players to quickly master the clinch and ground game. Design your own fighter and compete both online or locally against other players’ creations and the best fighters Bellator has to offer to level your fighter, master MMA techniques, unlock moves, earn belts and climb to the top of the world rankings. Hopefully this new title is far better then the abysmal Supremacy MMA that was released by Kung Fu Factory last year.

Spelunky

Release Date: July 4, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Mossmouth
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Spelunky is a unique platformer with randomized levels that offer a new and challenging experience each time you play! Journey deep underground and explore fantastic places filled with monsters, traps, and treasure. Fully-destructible environments open up lots of strategies and make it a blast to master the game’s many secrets.

Games on Demand

  • Mayhem – $19.99 – Mayhem is a fast paced arcade racing and car destruction game. It can be played in full 3D on any television. The inspiration for the game comes from two distinct types of events: Demolition Derby and Banger Racing. A demolition derby is more of an American pastime, primarily at state fairs and the like. Participants take an old beat down car, strip it of all the glass and other “dangerous” elements, spray paint the car and decorate it to their liking, then beat it to death at the main event. The last vehicle standing is the victor.
  • Goldeneye Reloaded – (Overpriced alert) $59.99 – Play through all the iconic movie moments re-imagined and updated for today’s gaming standards. Experience stunning visuals, a unique blend of action and stealth, and upgraded multiplayer. In the new MI6 Ops, test your 00 mettle in various agent skill challenges. Refined. Recharged. Reloaded.
  • The Darkness II – $39.99 – The Darkness II is an intense first person shooter that puts you in the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a NY crime family and wielder of an ancient supernatural force of chaos known as The Darkness.

Notable DLC

  • Saints Row: The Third – Genki Girl Pack – 240 pts – Drive in Genki Girl style with this assortment of vehicles. Sad Panda sports a dune buggy, Angry Tiger has her motorcycle, and Sexy Kitten drives a special sports car. Each of these rides is themed after the girls themselves, and pack a deadly surprise!
  • Kinect Star Wars Character Packs – 160 pts each – Korriban Rancor, Kit Fisto, and Snow Rancor suits for Lucasarts Kinect title.
  • Max Payne 3 – Local Justice Pack – 480 pts – The Local Justice Pack includes three new maps for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer: the 55th Battalion HQ map for all game modes and The Imperial Palace and Departure Lounge maps for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer. The pack also includes the new Light Fingers Item for faster looting, the M4 Assault Rifle with attachments, new São Paulo Police Faction with related avatar customization options, multiplayer challenges and new achievements.

Now for the newest addition to the Xbox Marketplace Update: Indie Game Highlight. Each week I will be highlighting an Xbox LIVE Indie Game that catches my eye and will post about it here.

Indie Game Highlight

Penny Arcade’s Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3

Release Date: June 29, 2012
Price: 400 pts
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Violence: 2/3, Sex: 3/3, Mature Content: 3/3

The Startling Developments Detective Agency springs into action as “On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3″ begins, set in motion by a call from a mysterious source! Interrupt enemy attacks, gain power with a unique multi-class job system and enjoy the newest adventure from the studio that brought you Cthulhu Saves the World.

That’s it for this week’s Xbox Marketplace Update. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a safe July 4th tomorrow! Be sure to come back every week for everything relevant in the Xbox Marketplace.

[Source: Xbox]