Sep 12, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: September 12, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: September 12, 2012

Welcome to another edition of the Xbox Marketplace Update. We’ve got a few decent arcade additions, some nice DLC to enjoy, three new games on demand, a repeat of many previous Deals of the Week, and the third annual Indie Game Summer Uprising to enjoy. Read on for all the details.

Deal of the Week

(I’ve written about these PopCap games multiple times before so I’m not going to write descriptions for them again. You all know what these games are about.)

  • Plants vs. Zombies – 1200 pts 600 pts 
  • Peggle – 800 pts 400 pts 
  • Peggle – Nights Content Pack – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Zuma – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Bejeweled 3 – 1200 pts 400 pts
  • Heavy Weapon – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Astropop - 800 pts 400 pts
  • Feeding Frenzy 2 – 800 pts 400 pts
  • Feeding Frenzy – 400 pts 200 pts
  • Bejeweled Blitz LIVE – 400 pts 200 pts

Sales & Specials

Scratch & Match

  • Forza Motorsport 4 July Car Pack – 560 pts 280 pts – 10 cars for you to collect and customize.
  • Forza Motorsport 4 Megular’s Car Pack – 560 pts 280 pts – 10 more cars to collect and customize.
  • Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack – 1600 pts 800 pts – 30 new and classic Porsche models to collect, race and customize.

Chain Reaction (Finally updated!)

Buy the 1st item in the chain to unlock the next.

  1. Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Vietnam – 1200 pts 800 pts – Journey back to the 60s and the infamous Vietnam war.
  2. Battlefield Bad Company 2 – SPECTACT Upgrade Bundle – 480 pts 160 pts – A bundle of four kit upgrades.
  3. Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Onslaught Mode – 400 pts 200 pts – The first cooperative mode for this game featuring up to four players teaming up on four different maps.
  4. Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Kit Shortcut Bundle – 1200 pts FREE? – Apparently you save 1200 pts on this bundle but oddly enough the bundle costs 1200 pts. Since I haven’t bought these downloads (nor do I plan to) I can’t verify that this fourth offer is free. Perhaps if someone else were to download these they could leave me a comment below?


Xbox LIVE Arcade

Mark of the Ninja

Release Date: September 7, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Klei
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Although this game released last Friday, it’d be a shame not to highlight it here. A ninja is powerful yet fragile. Quick but deliberate. Mark of the Ninja is a stealth platformer that puts you in control of a Ninja who’s clan is in danger of extinction. Observe your enemies from the darkness, manipulate them with simple yet versatile tools, and experience what it is to be a Ninja. From the award-winning studio that brought you Shank, Mark of the Ninja is a game about finesse, manipulation, and sacrifice.


Red Johnson’s Chronicles

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: Lexis Numerique
Publisher: Lexis Numerique

Get ready to solve a unique puzzle-based investigation that will immerse you in a noir world. Red Johnson, one of the best private investigators in Metropolis City has recently gained a fame that turns out to be deadly. A price on his head and a brother that has been abducted will force him to give the best of himself. To sort out this situation, you will need to use you wit, your persuasion skills and even your fists sometimes.


Double Dragon NEON

Release Date: September 12, 2012
Price: 800 pts
Developer: WayForward
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment

Billy and Jimmy Lee are back to save their shared love interest, Marian from the evil Skullmageddon across 16 brawling levels filled with elaborate missions, malicious enemies and over-the-top battles. Trained by their sensei in a special form of martial arts, Billy and Jimmy are equipped with lethal combat skills and weaponry to bust some faces and battle the baddest goons around as they journey across the galaxy to rescue the love of their lives.


Games on Demand

  • Max Payne 3 — $59.99 – One of the best shooters to be released this year, Max Payne 3 is easily worth your time and money. RockStar did a wonderful job creating a great game everyone should experience (though I’d hunt down a physical copy because you can probably find it cheaper).
  • Zumba Fitness: Rush – $39.99 – Exercise and dance with this Kinect title featuring tracks by Pitbull, Nichole Scherzinger and more. 42 new routines and 24 international dance styles from Bollywood to Merengue to Hip-Hop.
  • Kinect Sports Season Two – $29.99 – Ski, play tennis, baseball, golf, darts, and football in this minigame collection. Fun though it’s nothing to write home about.

Notable DLC

  • Quantum Conundrum – IKE-aramba! – 240 pts – Just when you thought you were done with rescue duty, it’s up to you to save Ike! In this all-new adventure, rescue Ike and leap seemingly endless chasms as you travel through an all-new wing of Quadwrangle Manor. More puzzling challenges await, so download this puzzle pack today!
  • Dogfight 1942 – Russia under Siege – 800 pts – Germany’s dominant air force is pounding at the gates of the Soviet Empire and Blitzkrieg is at full swing. It doesn’t take the overwhelming Nazi force long to push the Soviets far inland, towards Moscow. Mother Russia is chilled to the bone as winter wreaks havoc all across the land. The Soviet Empire is at its knees. Become Russia’s bravest and fight fiercely over the vast skies of the Motherland: free Leningrad, reign fire over Kursk and drop explosive greetings from Russia on Berlin.
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier – Raven Strike DLC Pack – 1200 pts - Raven Strike, is the second downloadable content pack for Ghost Recon Future Soldier, and drops you in the heart of Russia. As a part of the world’s elite spec ops unit, you’ll face your toughest challenge yet in three all-new single player missions and one new Guerrilla Mode Map. With over 5 hours of action-packed gameplay, Raven Strike gives you the ultimate Ghost Recon experience!
  • Harry Potter for Kinect – Demo – Experience Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before in the all-new Harry Potter for Kinect video game exclusively on KINECT for Xbox 360. Using KINECT capability, scan your face to create a wizard avatar that looks like you – and then play with that avatar in the game.
  • EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 – Demo – The largest and deepest feature set in the history of the franchise features five game-changing innovations to create a true battle for possession. Complete dribbling, 1st touch control, tactical free kicks, refined fundamentals, the expansion of the player impact engine and complete authenticity with over 500 officially licensed clubs and more than 15,000 players.


Indie Game Highlight

Since we are currently in the middle of the third Indie Game Summer Uprising, I’m not going to highlight a specific title this week. Instead, I recommend checking out my previous post and trying out one of these highlighted titles.


Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed this week’s Xbox Marketplace Update. While there wasn’t nearly as many deals as last week, we’ve got a decent amount of content to enjoy. I highly recommend checking out the indie games releasing these next two weeks and look forward to my reviews on a select few. Leave your comments below and come back every Wednesday for everything Xbox related in the Xbox Marketplace Update.

[Source: Xbox]