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#1231 Cornelius

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:19 AM

kinda pissed I can't get the Limbo discount because I don't have access to Xbox Live right now, is there no way to get that discount on xbox.com?

correct. this is a deal only available through the scratch and match section in the sales & specials app on your xbox console. technically, it is not a deal of the week sale, which is why you do not see it on xbox.com


You have until Tuesday morning (2/19) around 2am PST to get to a functioning Xbox 360. You've still got lots of time to make arrangements. Remember that any game you purchase has 2 licenses ... 1 for the XBL account (as long as it's online), and 1 for the 360 it's originally purchased upon (for offline use). Even if you're logged into a friend's or family member's 360, you'll still be able to play "Limbo" while your gamertag is online. Every 4 months or so, you can also reset all purchased content to a new physical 360 (go to http://www.xbox.com/drm for details), so you'll eventually have offline access to the game as well, even if you don't purchase on your own 360.

edit: can anyone tell me if limbo has been cheaper in the past? i used to own the triple pack and sold it just a few days ago. i looked on xbldb.com but i have a hard time interpreting the info. wasn't it super cheap during a holiday sale?

and what is this i read about a skyrim abit and switch? dragonborn is the only dlc i need to buy and i was planning on doing it next week


All done in the OP ... grabbed a snapshot of the Dashboard's "price drops", so I separated the "announced" vs. "unannounced" so newbie visitors can understand how we make these determinations.

Yes, Limbo's been cheaper quite a few times, and I've ensured all 3 "scratch" deals have their xbldb, Metacritic, and Quick Look links intact.

Give the "Skyrim" / "Oblivion" sales a chance to post ... remember there's countless licensing agreements to wrangle whenever a sale occurs, and a Skyrim sale may very well be North America only, or some finite number of countries. As we always say here ... YMMV. :)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:20 AM

correct. this is a deal only available through the scratch and match section in the sales & specials app on your xbox console. technically, it is not a deal of the week sale, which is why you do not see it on xbox.com

edit: can anyone tell me if limbo has been cheaper in the past? i used to own the triple pack and sold it just a few days ago. i looked on xbldb.com but i have a hard time interpreting the info. wasn't it super cheap during a holiday sale?

and what is this i read about a skyrim abit and switch? dragonborn is the only dlc i need to buy and i was planning on doing it next week


Looks like according to xbldb the lowest Limbo has been is 600 points unless if it was on sale on the S&S app for lower.

Trying to decide if any of the zombie games are worth it.

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#1233 Cornelius

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:29 AM

Why can't I find the 'Sales & Specials' app anywhere on my console? It's not in the "Games" section like the website indicates. I did a Bing search as well. Nothing. Where do you download this damned thing? Those loser deals look pretty good this week.


Check the OP again ... the directions are still intact:
  • Navigate to the "Games" channel (aka the "Games" tab)
  • Select the "Browse Games" tile (middle of far left on that "Games" tab)
  • Select the "Sales and Specials" tile (upper right on that "Featured" tab)
  • Now select the S&S+ tile (it's the blue/purple one at the bottom) ...
  • ... and if prompted, choose "Get the Free App".
The "Scratch & Win" deals are in the lower-left corner of the S&S+ app. The "Chain Reaction" deals are in the upper-right corner of the S&S+ app.

As for "why these aren't on Xbox.com" ... read the exhaustive FAQ in the OP. But to summarize, you're buying games from a unique (kludgy) region, because the Marketplace has no way to show a "special" price based upon where you see it, and so instead, you're viewing a price for a region that otherwise doesn't exist. This is also why the game may not reflect as "Already purchased" when you go back to your Marketplace, because you're viewing your own region, not the unique S&S+ region. Lately, the Xbox folks are getting behind at porting over the S&S+ purchases (in their unique region) back to your own region's Marketplace ... and if that seems like a problem for you, you should poke the @XboxSupport folks on Twitter, or on the Support forums, to encourage them to "close the loop" and get their records up-to-date.

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#1234 simmias

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:35 AM

Looks like a bait n switch on the Skyrim DLC. Just like Max Payne a few weeks ago. Re-check Major Nelson's post.

What was the bait, and what was the switch?

But it still sucks that the one good thing for next week is now gone.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:40 AM

Im gonna pass on All Zombies Must Die just because it looks like another Zombie Apocalypse game and I don't need anymore of the same thing.



Zombie Apocalypse was a fun (if at times monotonous) twin stick shooter. I completed it in less than 24 hours (mostly solo). However, Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone is a totally different animal, made by a totally different production company (and this is not a good thing). The game is relatively easy, however it is broken. If you don't go for ALL the single-player achievements before playing the multiplayer, then ALL your stats are incorrect and you'll never know how far you have to go to get certain number of weapon kills etc. unless you keep playing forever. The game has been released for a long time and no sign of a patch. I knew about this, and did the terrible grind before doing the multiplayer cheevos. Oh, and then ALL the multiplayer co-op matches are REGION LOCKED. There's usually no way to get a full game of four players together from different countries. I tried multiple TA matches and all were fails until all players were from USA. Again, broken game.

So, the two are totally different animals, although they share a common title.
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#1236 biledriver

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:11 AM

And with this week's announcements, I'm officially silver again. I hope the DOTW picks back up in the future.

#1237 tylerh1701

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:18 AM

Looks like a bait n switch on the Skyrim DLC. Just like Max Payne a few weeks ago. Re-check Major Nelson's post.


Yikes, that sucks. I can understand why they removed the Max Payne sale, but this one makes no sense. Kind of BS, especially considering that our DotW next week consists of probable crappy prices on Oblivion and Skyrim GoD and Oblivion DLC that's been on sale plenty of times already.

Looks like according to xbldb the lowest Limbo has been is 600 points unless if it was on sale on the S&S app for lower.

Trying to decide if any of the zombie games are worth it.


Yeah, Limbo has never been below 600.

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#1238 akathatoneguy

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:23 AM

Looks like a bait n switch on the Skyrim DLC. Just like Max Payne a few weeks ago. Re-check Major Nelson's post.


Er, that's not a "bait and switch".

Still sucks, though. My disappointment at yet another TES sale had been lessened by the chance to get Dragonborn for 800 MSP.
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#1239 crookshow

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:25 AM

Haters be damned, 480 points is a complete steal for Spelunky. It's been my go to "pick up and play" game since it came out and it's perfect for short sessions. For that reason alone, I hope that a handheld (non-iOS, gotta have buttons for this one) version is released someday.

Just may go down as my favorite XBLA game of all time.

#1240 chuckie88

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:27 AM

Excellent price on Limbo if you haven't picked it up yet. I also thought it was a tad over-hyped but it's still a good game. I played through the original ZA title and like it well enough for what it was. It's not one I ever went back to play after 100% the achievements but I easily felt I got $5 worth of entertainment from it. The demo for the sequel was enough to make me not purchase it. As others have said it feels quite a bit different from the first. I also found the voice acting extremely obnoxious.
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#1241 dennisb407

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:34 AM

Damn with the zombie talk was hoping that 4th Black Ops map pack would be on sale since it dealt strictly with zombies

#1242 PrarieD0G

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:49 AM

Didn't care too much for the Spelunky demo (I often agree with tylerh's taste in XBLA games), but I might buy it anyways just to experience it. Maybe it will grow on me, I don't know.

#1243 eastx

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:56 AM

Well I thought there was nothing for me this week, but on EastX's recommendation I'll try out Zombie Driver HD. I'll pick up the DLC for Zombie Apocalypse 2 also, even though I haven't played the game yet.

All this talk about achievements makes me realize I've never really played with many CAGs, I'll definitely send some requests on TA for those who've registered, and maybe some XBL friend requests also.


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#1244 tylerh1701

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:08 AM

Didn't care too much for the Spelunky demo (I often agree with tylerh's taste in XBLA games), but I might buy it anyways just to experience it. Maybe it will grow on me, I don't know.


That's probably my biggest gripe about the game. I also want to experience the full game, I think it looks awesome and seems to have lots of fun stuff to explore.
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But it's was just to frustrating for me to continue. My favorite review of the game, from XBLA Fans, said:

The game has so much to offer but the content is all locked behind its daunting difficulty. The bar is set awfully high for the average gamer to get there [sic] money’s worth here.


I'm really surprised that so many people here have beaten it. I'm not sure if anyone has 400/400 it here. I equate that to the dark world in Super Meat Boy. I applaud those that are good and patient enough to complete it, but that's just not me. If Spelunky ever came out with an easy mode of some kind (even if it disabled achievements) I'd play through it right away, just to experience the full game.

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#1245 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:18 AM

Zombie Apocalypse stinks because while it says that there are dozens of levels, they have a handful of levels that are just recycled over and over again with slightly different goals each time in the campaign.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:18 AM

Didn't care too much for the Spelunky demo (I often agree with tylerh's taste in XBLA games), but I might buy it anyways just to experience it. Maybe it will grow on me, I don't know.


do it! do it! do it!

really though, if the difficulty doesn't bother you, you're going to love it. that's the general consensus it seems among most of everyone, to me at least.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:48 AM

Er, that's not a "bait and switch".

Still sucks, though. My disappointment at yet another TES sale had been lessened by the chance to get Dragonborn for 800 MSP.


Yeah I was at a loss there. Theoretically though, someone could've bought msp in anticipation of just that sale.

We'll just have to make up a term for it... how about "Majored?"

Man they went and majored that Skyrim sale just like the Max Payne sale...

There was supposed to be a Durango announcement at E3 but it looks like it might be majored...

#1248 worrybomb

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:51 AM

Spelunky for 480 MS Points is a steal. Everyone who likes video games in general should get it. I bought it day one and it was worth the $15. One of the best games of 2012, in my opinion.

Hopefully a bunch of people buying it will convince Derek Yu to make DLC content for the game whether on XBLA or any other platform it'll be ported on.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:58 AM

I grabbed that NBA 2k13 DLC for some quick achievements. I might get some of the zombie games later.

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#1250 Junpei

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:02 AM

Still sucks, though. My disappointment at yet another TES sale had been lessened by the chance to get Dragonborn for 800 MSP.


Well, who knows, maybe we'll get Skyram DLCs discounted through the S&S+ app... at 33% off...

#1251 linkbear

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:20 AM

Kind of an odd question, but does Zombie Driver work well with the wireless wheel?

#1252 Sath666

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Just may go down as my favorite XBLA game of all time.


Don't know if i can call it my favourite XBLA title of all time, since there is a lot of good stuff around, but it was my GOTY last year. Nothing even come close. :D


I'm really surprised that so many people here have beaten it. I'm not sure if anyone has 400/400 it here.


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It's addicting game and many people keep playing it.
I consider myself as a gamer with average skills and was able to 100% it, unlike things like Black Knight Sword, Hard Corps Uprising, Metal Slug 3 etc, which are totally different beasts. Now these are pure hardcore titles. :lol:
With all of this Spelunky talk kinda want to get back to the game and improve some of my scores. Wish i had more free time. :(

Oh another thing, I've never regretted any XBLA purchase more then I have ZA2: NDA, and I've bought some other very poorly recieved games (ala Daggerdale, Nexuiz, etc)

Seriously it's months later and I'm still a little annoyed I actually bought NDA. :sigh: Oh well.


Same here. Everything about this game is completely broken. We didn't even had much fun in co-op. :/

#1253 Saren Arterius

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

Spelunky is an incredible game, for those interested here is an article that clearly reflects my experiences with the game.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

I strongly recommend to buy Spelunky because is an amazing game one of the best of 2012 and for that price (480 MSP) is a steal (and you should be ashamed). Because if there is an arcade game worth full price that's Spelunky.

Every time I hear people complaining about how impossible it is Spelunky make me feel like a super human.


Spelunky isn’t difficult, Super Meat Boy if it is.


It has taken me months to reach that conclusion because at the end the entire majority is reduced to one thing, LEARNING.


The game gives you the freedom to move and go wherever you want. We all suck at our first plays and we underestimate the game and then compared to games of this generation seems difficult for us (one life, no checkpoints), but it is not, the word is demanding but nothing that cannot be fix with a few deaths.


I had not even completed the game after 1000 deaths and now after 1700 I can easily kill the shopkeeper in the second or third level and finish the game easily or even carry the key to the temple.


All this because I learn from the enemies, the reactions that my actions provoke and what do in certain situations.


The game hasn’t changed its dynamics but I do and now I can master it and with little luck I can do almost anything I want.


Spelunky is a charming 2D platformer with solid gameplay, full of secrets and fun. Where apparently only have one life (which has four hearts and which we will lose depending on damage received) to end the game through four scenarios (each consisting of four levels) full of enemies and traps but also treasures and whose main objective is to reach the end of these levels alive.


That's basically the summary of Spelunky but don’t be fooled the game offers much more, levels, enemies, weapons, unlockable characters also open shortcuts to advanced levels without going through the previous and even new mechanics. Always you will find something new (and there are several ways to extend your short life).
Levels increase in size each time until you go up to the next zone and always something to do in them.

I will not lie, you will die an frustrate you a lot but don’t worry because this is where the Spelunky magic comes into action because the levels are randomly generated that means you'll never play the same level twice and this is where you realize it has a infinite replayability since the possibilities are overwhelming.


It also has coop for four people on the same console (which makes the game easier because when a friend lose all their hearts can be revived in the next level) but it will actually have to cooperate, In addition to a death match mode very fun and customizable.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

Nice deal on N+, but I sure wish they'd run the DLC level packs on sale sometime. I've been wanting to pick them up for a long time, but 200 points a pop seems pretty steep.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

You had me until the "not a real gamer" part. Who can determine that? Obviously the guy enjoys playing lots of games and unlocking achievements. On some level, there have always been gamers who enjoy completing what would seem to the rest of us to be arbitrary tasks...


But they're not gamers.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

So cheezmints for Pinball FX 2: Star Wars table has been leaked now and it looks like Pinball FX 2 is now the first game to break past the 2000 cheezmints mark with 2050.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

Think I might jump on Limbo and N+ this week since the regular deals are kind of lousy.

Then again the Skyrim DLC would be nice next week...

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

So cheezmints for Pinball FX 2: Star Wars table has been leaked now and it looks like Pinball FX 2 is now the first game to break past the 2000 cheezmints mark with 2050.


Not surprising. With this constant dlc spam MS will raise gamerscore limit to 3k after next xbox launch.

#1260 midloo

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:07 PM

Check the OP again ... the directions are still intact:

  • Navigate to the "Games" channel (aka the "Games" tab)
  • Select the "Browse Games" tile (middle of far left on that "Games" tab)
  • Select the "Sales and Specials" tile (upper right on that "Featured" tab)
  • Now select the S&S+ tile (it's the blue/purple one at the bottom) ...
  • ... and if prompted, choose "Get the Free App".
The "Scratch & Win" deals are in the lower-left corner of the S&S+ app. The "Chain Reaction" deals are in the upper-right corner of the S&S+ app.

As for "why these aren't on Xbox.com" ... read the exhaustive FAQ in the OP. But to summarize, you're buying games from a unique (kludgy) region, because the Marketplace has no way to show a "special" price based upon where you see it, and so instead, you're viewing a price for a region that otherwise doesn't exist. This is also why the game may not reflect as "Already purchased" when you go back to your Marketplace, because you're viewing your own region, not the unique S&S+ region. Lately, the Xbox folks are getting behind at porting over the S&S+ purchases (in their unique region) back to your own region's Marketplace ... and if that seems like a problem for you, you should poke the @XboxSupport folks on Twitter, or on the Support forums, to encourage them to "close the loop" and get their records up-to-date.


Thanks so much. I'll run through this tonight. My apologies - I didn't see this in the OP 8-[
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