Aug 9, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: August 9, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: August 9, 2012

The fourth title for this year’s Summer of Arcade comes in the form of the 3rd-person shooter Hybrid..which unfortunately had some server issues when it launched. Thankfully they’ve been patched up so you can enjoy it as well as a mildly enjoyable Deal of the Week, three new Games on Demand, and a sequel to a very popular indie title. Enjoy this (day late) Xbox Marketplace Update!

Deal of the Week

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning DLC:

  • Teeth of Naros – 800 pts 400 pts
  • The Legend of Dead Kel – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Weapons & Armor Bundle – 400 pts 200 pts
Family Deal of the Week
  • Bejeweled 3 – 1200 pts 600 pts – The biggest, brightest Bejeweled ever! Discover all-new ways to play the world’s #1 puzzle game. Find your perfect match with 8 breathtaking game modes that meet all your moods — ease into Classic Bejeweled for cascades of fun, journey through 40 challenging Quest puzzles, charge into the electrifying Lightning for non-stop action, and tailor your experience in Zen for a revolutionary new way to relax.

Sales & Specials

(These can only be accessed through the Sales & Specials App after playing the Scratcher Game)

  • Sine Mora – 1200 pts 800 pts – This horizontal shoot-em-up has a unique style and different take on the genre. Check out my full review here and see for yourself whether this shmup is worth your time.
  • Radiant Silvergun – 1200 pts 960 pts(?) – Despite the odd price, this Treasure restored title remains nearly unchanged but adds a hidden “Ikaruga-style” mode giving everyone something new.
  • Ikaruga – 800 pts 600 pts – One of the best and hardest modern day shooters to grace last generations consoles, this Dreamcast title is easily worth your money. The polarity-switching adds a unique take on the genre and is perfect for any twitch-gamer.

(Chain Reaction: Buy the first item in the chain to unlock the next special offer)

  1. Bioshock 2: Protector Trials – 400 pts 200 pts
  2. Bioshock 2: Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack – 400 pts 200 pts
  3. Bioshock 2: Rapture Metro – 800 pts 400 pts
  4. Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den – 800 pts 200 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade


Release Date: August 8, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: 5th Cell
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

From the studio that brought you Scribblenauts comes the third person shooter Hybrid. Gold subscription and internet connection required for play. Hybrid is a multiplayer third person shooter in which two factions fight for world domination on a persistent world map. Take control of a soldier fighting for the Paladins or the Variants as they race to control the world’s most powerful resource; Dark Matter. Your victories on the battlefield directly affect the course of the war!


Games on Demand

  • Nascar Unleashed – $29.99 – Racing action like never before, on and off the tracks! Break free from the ovals and explode onto the pavements, beaches and off-road areas of some of the most beloved NASCAR® sanctioned race tracks, taking on some of the best drivers NASCAR has to offer.
  • The Orange Box – $19.99 – One of the best deals of the current generation is finally available for Games on Demand. In this compilation you’re getting Half-Life 2 along with it’s two episodes, Team Fortress 2, and the 2007 game of the year Portal. If you haven’t gotten around to playing this box set, there really is no excuse now.
  • The King of Fighters XIII – $29.99 – The ultimate versus fighting game comes in this upgraded version of the original arcade game! Discover the console-exclusive additional characters that KOF fans surely cannot afford to miss, blended with the action fans have grown to love.


Notable DLC

  • Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream – 560 pts – This long-awaited DLC has finally arrived rewarding patient gamers with five maps to enjoy on arguably the best zombie game to date. Along with the community made Cold Stream, fans can enjoy four classic Left 4 Dead campaigns.
  • Mass Effect 3: Firefight Pack – 160 pts – Add seven weapons to use in the single-player campaign: the Indra and Krysae sniper rifles, Reegar Carbine, Harrier battle rifle, Geth SMG, plus the all-new Blood Pack Punisher SMG and Adas Anti-Synthetic rifle!
  • Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: Collection 3 – 1200 pts – Another set of multiplayer/survival mode maps. Enjoy.


Indie Game Highlight

Avatar Laser Wars II

Release Date: September 28, 2011
Price: 80 pts
Developer: DigitalDNA Games LLC
Violence: 1/3, Sex: 0/3, Mature Content: 0/3

Play online with up to 15 of your friends in Avatar Laser Wars 2 the sequel to the hit game by DigitalDNA Games, and one of the most advanced first person shooters to hit Xbox Live Indie Games. Unlock multiple of weapons, grenades, perks and killstreak awards as you work your way through the player ranks. Compete online with a global high score list.


Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Xbox Marketplace Update. We’ve only got one more game left for this Summer of Arcade and have yet to see a truly breakout title this year (don’t say Deadlight because reviews have been mixed to say the least). Luckily Dust: An Elysian Tail looks absolutely gorgeous and gives me hope for this year’s lineup. Come back every week for everything Xbox related!

[Source: Xbox]