Oct 10, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: October 10, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: October 10, 2012

Hopefully you all downloaded something great last week with the ton of content that was on sale. If not, you’re getting another opportunity in the second week of quality content from Microsoft. We’ve got a ton of XBLA games and DLC on sale, two new titles in the arcade, some high quality add-ons, four new games on demand, and a fun looking indie title highlighted this week. Read on for another great week of Xbox 360 content in your Xbox Marketplace Update.

Deal of the Week

  • The Splatters – 800 pts 400 pts – The Splatters are acrobatic masters with a unique death wish – to blow themselves up with style! In this award winning action-puzzler, you will unlock and master a variety of stunts to clear out each stage in the most show-stopping way possible. It’s a messy, vibrant show of skill and splattery destruction. Life’s short. DIE WITH STYLE.
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War – 1200 pts 600 pts – This tower-defense/3rd person shooter hybrid earned rave reviews when it released last year and is easily worth the discounted price this week. If you haven’t yet, check out my review and give this game a try.
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War Napalm Add-On – 400 pts 200 pts – Get ready to return as the Americans in a new Single Player Campaign! Also included are new Mini-game, Survival Mode: Commando, Barrage: Napalm, Multiplayer and Survival Mode Maps that are ready for Co-Op action! Earn three new achievements worth 50 gamer points and enjoy all new Vietnam inspired content!
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War Evil Empire Add-On – 400 pts 200 pts – Enter the fray as the Russian Army in all new Single Player Campaign! Also included are new Mini-game, Survival Mode: Trauma, Barrage: Orbital Laser, Multiplayer and Survival Maps that are ready for Co-Op action! Earn three new achievements worth 50 gamer points and enjoy all new Soviet inspired content!
  • Toy Soldiers – 800 pts 400 pts – Command your TOY SOLDIERS in epic, action-packed battles. Position your defenses and take direct control of your artillery to bomb the enemy positions, pilot your bi-plane against the enemy trench, or maneuver your tanks across No-Man’s Land… and lead your TOY SOLDIERS to victory! Dive into 2-player head-to-head combat, local and on Xbox LIVE.
  • Toy Soldiers: The Kaiser’s Battle DLC – 400 pts 200 pts – Enter the fray as the French Army in all new Single Player, Multiplayer, and Survival Mode Maps! Take on the new experimental boss, the fearsome K-Wagen! Earn three new achievements worth 50 gamer points and enjoy all new French inspired content!
  • Toy Soldiers: Invasion! DLC – 400 pts 200 pts – Put on your Kaiser’s helmet and command the German Army against a mad menagerie of new antagonistic toys, including flying saucers, chivalrous knights, and the “Rolls Royce of the Sky,” the WWII Mustang. Defend Germany in a new Survival level, two new multiplayer maps, and a new mini-campaign topped by the most calculating, head-strong boss of all (batteries not included)!
  • A World of Keflings – 800 pts 400 pts – Build a robot, rescue the princess, make friends with a dragon and help a creepy witch get even creepier. Take your Xbox LIVE Avatar on a journey through exotic lands while you help the tiny Keflings build and customize their kingdoms! Play with a friend on the same console or with three friends over Xbox LIVE in this story-based, kingdom-building adventure. Download this now and use the money you saved on the upcoming Halloween and Candyland themed DLC.
  • Renegade Ops – 1200 pts 600 pts – Control five different vehicles on land and air, each with unique abilities in stunning environments. Power up your skills for the ultimate in destruction. Play alone or team up offline with two player split screen and experience the chaos of 4-Player online Co-op with your friends.

Double-Fine Sale

  • Stacking – 1200 pts 600 pts – If you didn’t download this game when it was 200 pts a couple months ago (seriously there was no reason not to) then make up for it by downloading it now. This adventure is unique, grand, and has the humor Tim Schafer and company is known for.
  • Stacking: The Lost Hobo King DLC – 400 pts 200 pts – Travel with your hobo friend Levi to the mysterious kingdom of Camelfoot, the mythical resting place of lost hobo king and his crown. Help Levi’s uncle, Rufus Ryken, reclaim his rightful throne by solving three tests of valor and reawakening the hobo blacksmiths of old.
  • Iron Brigade – 800 pts 400 pts – Much like Toy Soldiers above, this tower-defense hybrid is a ton of fun and is arguably a better value. Read my review and decide which of the two is more your style or do yourself a favor and download both!
  • Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear DLC – 400 pts 200 pts – After defeating the monovision threat across Europe, Africa and the Pacific, continue your service in the mobile trenches. Face Vlad’s most horrific new Monovision Constructs in a brand new Martian campaign. Unlock over 80 new pieces of loot to battle the Tubes in 4-defense missions, 2 survival missions, and an all new Boss mission!
  • Costume Quest – 1200 pts 600 pts – Rediscover Halloween in this imaginative RPG from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions. Explore the monster-filled neighborhood of Auburn Pines, Autumn Haven Mall and Fall Valley Carnival as you battle and collect different costumes with super powers. Like most games released by Double Fine, this is definitely worth checking out.
  • Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice – 400 pts 200 pts – Continue your quest by exploring the monster world Repugia. Face new enemies while collecting additional quests, costumes, battle stamps and creepy treat cards.
  • Happy Action Theater (Kinect) – 800 pts 400 pts – This minigame collection is reminiscent of the old PS2 EyeToy games. Play 18 different activities using your Kinect. While it’s not the most compelling offering from Double Fine, small children may get a kick out of it and it’s definitely fun to mess around with casually amongst friends.

Sales & Specials

Scratch & Match

  • Quarrel – 400 pts 200 pts – This word game lets players enter a universe where WORDS (11 points) literally speak louder than ACTIONS (8 points). Use a cool combination of word power and strategic cunning to crush your opponents and reign supreme.
  • Swarm – 400 pts 200 pts – An action-platformer where you take direct control of 50 pudgy blue morons and drive them through an intense and suicidal gauntlet of destruction. Run, bash, huddle, boost, stack, jump, push and throw your way through a ridiculously dangerous world in your attempt to collect valuable DNA and ensure at least one swarmite survives.
  • Mercury HG – 400 pts 200 pts – Explore 60 levels of tilting tension, color it, split it and watch the levels pulse to the beat of your own music. Can you attain the top position on the leaderboards and have the world race against your ghost?

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise

Release Date: October 10, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: 505 Games

I didn’t realize that the retail game succeeded enough to warrant a sequel in arcade form. While the original game was buggy, repetitive, somewhat disturbing and downright stupid at times, something about it kept me interested enough to finish it. Although this downloadable sequel seems to retain the same stealth gameplay I kind of enjoyed, it looks to be a bit overpriced at $15.


Worms Revolution

Release Date: October 10, 2012
Price: 1200 pts
Developer: Team 17 Digital LTD
Publisher: Warner Bros

Worms Revolution sticks an exploding sheep under worm-on-worm conflict and blasts it squarely into the 21st century. With 32 single player missions, 20 single player puzzles, online or local multiplayer for up to 4 players, 3 multiplayer modes, customisation, worm classes and dynamic water!


Games on Demand

  • Country Dance All-Stars (Kinect)$19.99 – Imagine Just Dance with country tunes and you’ve got Country Dance All-Stars. Check out my review to see if this may be worth your time.
  • Alvin and The Chipmunks Chipwrecked (Kinect) - $19.99 – Another Kinect dancing game huh? This time starring the Chipmunks. Seriously after reading the title there shouldn’t be any reason to be reading this description. Look away. Go spend your money on something more worthwhile.
  • Ice Age 4 (Kinect) - $39.99 – Based off the recent movie, play alongside the film’s characters in this collection of motion-based minigames. Please don’t even contemplate downloading this game because you know full well that you can find this for far more cheaper anywhere else and that’s if you really had the desire to frolic along the antarctic.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – $39.99 – Finally a good game! The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings features a thoroughly engrossing, mature storyline that defines a new standard for realistic,non-linear game narration. In addition to an epic story, the game features a complex combat system that uniquely combines deep tactical elements with dynamic action.


Notable DLC

  • Mass Effect 3: Retaliation Multiplayer Expansion – free – The Black Arks have arrived! In Mass Effect 3: Retaliation, Harbinger unleashes a new wave of terror on the galaxy: the Collector legions! Battle this all-new fourth enemy faction as well as reinforcements to existing factions like the Cerberus Dragoon and Geth Bomber. Face environmental hazards on the original six game maps, and achieve victory with new ammo powers, gear pieces, kits for the turians and volus, and Collector weapons!
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Khyber Strike Pack – 800 pts – One new multiplayer mode, three new multiplayer maps, one map for Guerrilla mode, new achievements and a level cap.
  • Borderlands 2: Premiere Club – 800 pts - The Borderlands 2 Premiere Club features a number of extra in-game content, including the Gearbox Gold Gun Pack, a Golden Key, which unlocks rare items in the mysterious Sanctuary Loot Chest, a Vault Hunter’s Relic, which boosts gear-hunting fortune, and the Mechromancer, a 5th playable character class, when she becomes available.
  • The Walking Dead: Episode 4 – 400 pts – The second to last chapter in this stellar series is out and if you already played the first three, chances are high that you’re gonna download the newest one. If you haven’t yet, go and download the previous chapters now and see what you’ve been missing!
  • Forza Horizon – Demo – Where cars belong! Celebrate speed, music, and style at the Horizon Festival. From the makers of the highest-rated racing franchise of this generation, Forza Horizon combines legendary Forza authenticity with the freedom of the open road.
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Demo – In this two level demo from the single player tutorial campaign you will experience both the tactical and strategic layers of the game. You will be introduced to the XCOM base where you will train your soldiers and engage in the research of alien technology and the tutorial missions will guide you through combat controls and effective tactics for dealing with the alien threat.


Indie Game Highlight

Release Date: October 6, 2012
Price: 80 pts
Developer: Milkstone Studios
Violence: 3/3, Sex: 1/3, Mature Content: 0/3

Help Johnny Carnage rescue the girls from the evil skeletons from mars! Bullets, explosions and pure violence in this addictive platformer/shooter. Show your hero skills to the world! Brought to you by Milkstone Studios.


That’s it for this edition of your Xbox Marketplace Update! Hopefully you’ve found everything useful and have enjoyed some great deals these past two weeks. For those loyal XMU readers I just wanted to thank you for coming back and supporting each and every week. Unfortunately, the Xbox Marketplace Update will be taking a short break for the month of October but should be back in full swing in November. Thanks again for reading and be sure to leave your comments below.

[Source: Xbox]