Aug 29, 2012

Posted by | 4 Comments

Xbox Marketplace Update: August 29, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: August 29, 2012

Welcome to the last Xbox Marketplace Update of this Summer. To close out August Microsoft has some mildly enticing deals this week, a Rockstar Publisher sale, a new arcade title, four games on demand and a handful of decent notable DLC. Read on for this edition of the Xbox Marketplace Update.

Deal of the Week

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Add-Ons:

  • The Ancestors Character Pack – 320 pts 160 pts
  • Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack – 800 pts 400 pts
  • The Lost Archive – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Codex (Avatar) – 240 pts 120 pts
  • Eagle (Avatar) – 240 pts 120 pts
  • Piece of Eden (Avatar) – 240 pts 120 pts

Sales & Specials +

(Accessed after playing the Scratch & Match game)

  • Plants vs. Zombies – 1200 pts 600 pts – I’m sure you’ve all heard of Popcap’s multi-million selling tower defense title. If you haven’t played it before or are looking for a great and addictive title, there’s no reason not to download this game now. For veterans, the most noteworthy addition is the enjoyable two player versus mode.
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero – 400 pts 200 pts – This prologue to the zombie killing title lets players get a taste of what Dead Rising 2 has to offer.
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West – 800 pts 400 pts – Frank West and Chuck Greene fight side by side in this addition to Dead Rising 2. Chuck Greene has lost the evidence that would have cleared his name so it’s up to fan-favorite Frank West to help save the day. This full-featured download includes co-op.

Rockstar Publishing Sale

  • Bully – $19.99 $14.99 – Take control of Jimmy Hopkins as he goes through the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence at Bullworth Academy. For lack of a better description, consider this Grand Theft Auto: High School Edition.
  • Midnite Club: LA – $19.99 $14.99 – Race at breakneck speeds through the streets of modern-day L.A. recreated in stunning detail. Drive the hottest real-world tuners, muscle and luxury cars, exotics and superbikes on the streets today.
  • Midnite Club: LA South Central Ultimate Content Pack – 960 pts 480 pts – Get the two South Central Vehicle Packs and the South Central Map Expansion. 16 new vehicles, 26 new races, 12 new battle maps, 10 new delivery missions, over 100 new red light race challenges, new parts and more.
  • Max Payne 3 Local Justice Pack – 560 pts 400 pts – Includes three new maps for multiplayer along with the new Light Fingers Item, M4 assault rifle with attachments, new Sao Paulo Police Faction, multiplayer challenges and new achievements.

GTA IV Add-Ons:

  • The Lost and Damned – 800 pts 400 pts
  • The Ballad of Gay Tony – 1600 pts 800 pts

Red Dead Redemption Add-Ons:

  • Liars and Cheats Pack –  800 pts 400 pts
  • Legends and Killers Pack – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Undead Nightmare Collection – 1600 pts 800 pts – Combination of all three other packs listed.
  • Undead Nightmare Pack – 800 pts 400 pts

LA Noire Add-Ons:

  • The Naked City – 320 pts 160 pts
  • “Reefer Madness” Vice Case – 320 pts 160 pts
  • “A Slip Of The Tongue” Traffic Case – 320 pts 160 pts
  • “Nicholson Electroplating” Arson Case – 320 pts 160 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Rock Band Blitz

Release Date: August 29, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Harmonix
Publisher: Harmonix

Rock Band Blitz brings the excitement of a full band into your hands, transforming classic Rock Band gameplay into an addictive single player controller-based experience – no instruments needed! Compete with your friends on over 20 amazing new tracks, which are also instantly playable in Rock Band 3. Or add your own favorite music: Rock Band Blitz is compatible with the 3,500+ songs in the Rock Band library. Fans of older Harmonix fare (namely Frequency or Amplitude) should feel right at home.


Games on Demand

  • Game of Thrones – $39.99 – Written in conjunction with author George R. R. Martin, the famed A Song of Ice and Fire universe opens further to reveal a new chapter of the story. Play as two former soldiers of Robert’s Rebellion who, despite divergent paths, must reunite to face a new and deadly threat to the Seven Kingdoms. As much as I love the show, I can’t recommend checking this game out (especially at this price) unless you can’t have enough of the series. Everyone else should give it a pass.
  • Akai Katana – $24.99 – Unleash the power of the Blood Katana in this shoot ‘em up… The Empire’s war has ravaged the world and the people are suffering in its relentless pursuit of domination using the feared Blood Katanas. The sacrifices have been great, their deaths giving power to these blades. Do you have the strength to lead a small band of rebels to victory in the face of overwhelming odds?
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker: HD Edition – $19.99 – 1974 The Peace Walker Incident The era is the 1970s. Big Boss has stationed his “Army without a Nation” in Colombia, South America, where he is approached by visitors from Costa Rica– “a Nation without a Military.” In the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Latin America became key to maintaining the power balance between East and West. But now, a mysterious armed force threatens to disrupt this balance. To preserve peace and neutrality in Costa Rica, the “Soldiers without Borders” move into action. In time, they would come to be known as the founders of “Outer Heaven.”
  • Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine – $19.99 – Kart racing where anything goes…starring Jimmie Johnson. Surprisingly the reviews for the game don’t look too horrendous.

Notable DLC

  • The Walking Dead: Episode 3 – 400 pts – The third of the five-part series follows the events of the Starved for Help based on your prior decisions. Suffice it to say, if you’ve played the first two episodes and enjoyed it, this download should be a no brainer.
  • Pinball Arcade: Two Table add-on pack #3 – 400 pts – Enjoy Gorgar the first “talking” pinball machine created back in 1979 and Monster Bash released in 1998.
  • Mass Effect 3: Leviathan – 800 pts – Something lurks in the dark corners of space, something powerful enough to kill a Reaper. Shepard races to discover the most closely guarded secret in the galaxy before the Reapers silence it forever. Do you dare face the Leviathan?
  • Max Payne 3: Disorganized Crime Pack – FREE – Battle above the streets surrounding Max’s old apartment in the new Hoboken Rooftops multiplayer map. This pack also includes several new modifiers for Score-Attack in Arcade Mode including Explosive Rounds where all your bullets detonate on impact, Lone Wolf AI for much more aggressive enemies and Headshots Only where the only way to kill your enemies is with a bullet in the head.
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect: 8-Bit Cartridge (Releases Friday) – 160 pts – Halfbrick’s Kinect title goes retro with chiptunes and pixels inspired by the ’80s. Along with the Super Retro Land you’ll get the Game Man Shadow and Mega Sword Blade.


Indie Game Highlight

Each week I will do my best to highlight an Xbox LIVE Indie Game that catches my eye. If none of the games look good, I’ll instead showcase an older game that is still deserving of your time and money.

Drinkards Beer Pong

Release Date: August 23, 2012
Price: 80 pts
Developer: The Unallied
Violence: 1/3, Sex: 3/3, Mature Content: 3/3

Compete in three unique rooms and unlock 25 custom tables or work it on the global high scores list. If you’ve never played this game, lack real friends to play it with, or are just looking to laugh at the “so bad it’s funny” voiceovers, download this game for 80 MSP.


Thanks everyone for reading the Xbox Marketplace Update this week. Be sure to check back every Wednesday for all things Xbox related and leave a comment with your feedback.

[Source: Xbox]