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#19351 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   11242 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 07:29 PM

In other interesting news. MS had this kind of offer before in the back end of the 360 days, what's really interesting here is if you go for the Xbox One X option, you get an "option" to upgrade to the Scarlet when it comes out.
 
https://news.xbox.co...box-all-access/

Unlike the prior offer this one is below MSRP. Assuming full price on GP Ultimate for 2 years, you would get the X for $384 with no interest over the 24 month payment plan.

Not really an essential deal for most here especially if you've already maxed out your GP Ultimate sub.

But, if you were new to Xbox this would be an ideal way to dive in to GP and the platform. Especially with the 12 month upgrade to Scarlett.

Here are a few statements of note:
 

  • Here’s how it works in four easy steps:
  • In order to join the program, simply visit a participating retailer.
  • Select the console you would like to purchase with no upfront cost.^
  • Qualify with our financing partner (Citizens Bank in the U.S.; Klarna in the U.K.; Telstra in Australia). Once approved, complete your purchase with the retailer.
  • Once you’ve signed up and brought your console home, it’s time to power up and game on.

Even though the "^" above doesn't refer to any other section of the page, this is most assuredly opening a line of credit and paying monthly payments.
 

Players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One console with Xbox All Access have the option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available Holiday 2020 and they’ve made 18 payments.  Players in Australia can buyout their hardware at any time and upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available.

I'm not even sure why they mention "once it’s available Holiday 2020" since the earliest you would be able to qualify for the upgrade is July of 2021 (18 months of payments).  I am VERY curious to see what the cost of upgrading to Project Scarlett (by trading in this console) would be though.

 

EDIT - Interesting.  This link suggests you can upgrade in as little as 12 months if you choose the Xbox One X option.  All the more reason to choose an Xbox One X for this program.  It also lists other interesting footnotes.



#19352 Deadpool   I club baby seals CAGiversary!   2536 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:00 PM

Deadpool hates you too.

I seen it!



#19353 awp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9981 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:17 PM

Keep an eye out for a “mystery reward” from Best Buy. I didn’t get it, as usual, but some of you may have better luck.

#19354 bstringbean  

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:17 PM

I'm not even sure why they mention "once it’s available Holiday 2020" since the earliest you would be able to qualify for the upgrade is July of 2021 (18 months of payments).  I am VERY curious to see what the cost of upgrading to Project Scarlett (by trading in this console) would be though.

 

EDIT - Interesting.  This link suggests you can upgrade in as little as 12 months if you choose the Xbox One X option.  All the more reason to choose an Xbox One X for this program.  It also lists other interesting footnotes.

The 12 month upgrade option is their holiday special, so you have to do it by the end of this year. So if you signed up the day the program launches (Nov. 18, I think), you could probably get Scarlett really close to launch.

 

The way they worded the upgrade talk made it sound like the trade would allow you to get out of the other 12 months of your X contract and then simply begin paying for the Scarlett in a new contract. Not enough details have been shared, but I don't think they'll discount the Scarlett with the X trade-in.



#19355 Tyrok   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2790 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:31 PM

I defy anyone to find a worst designed level in all of gaming than The Library level. And I'm not talking the CEA remaster, the original Xbox version.

I actually had a lot of fun at that point because you finally get the shotgun with plenty of ammo but yeah, not well designed. Still better then having to cross another parallel bridge with the enemies from the previous one respawned and shooting at you again.



#19356 p0rn0saur   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3074 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:31 PM

Oh it's for sure opening a line of credit, the actual Amazon page has a lot more details. The very last paragraph on this Amazon has a more detailed summary. When you trade in the Xbox One X you have to sign a new 24 month All Access contract to get the Scarlett after the 12 months of payments. Oddly there is no path to upgrade to the Scarlett from the Xbox One S even though it says console upgrade after 18 months, and if you upgrade from the Xbox One SADE it's a $20 fee. Again if you're already in the Xbox ecosystem it's probably not a big savings on anything, since they're going with the Xbox One X MSRP and Game Pass MSRP pricing. 

 

https://www.amazon.c...d2-45cec4538653



#19357 Donken   President & CEO CAGiversary!   4399 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:34 PM

Last year Black Friday digital deals started on November 15th and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 was 20% off or $47.99. I say this because I’m on the fence of picking up Modern Warfare but I’m still playing Borderlands 3 and just started Outer Worlds so I think I’ll pass on the 6,000 bing points (7.50ish if $5 cards are on sale for 4,000 pts) and hope for 20% off ($12.00 off instead of $7.50 in credits). Hope this info is useful to others.

Reading about that raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has me wanting to play a military shooter.

#19358 Pheran   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1541 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:41 PM

You guys are lucky.
Neither I nor any of my 6 other family members got a Blair Witch code.
I'd pay $1 for it, I suppose.

I conclude from this that no one can be bothered to read my posts.  :-o



#19359 chnandler_bong   Unofficial CAG Headless Mad Comber of Comb Mountain CAGiversary!   11242 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

chnandler_bong

Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:47 PM

I conclude from this that no one can be bothered to read my posts.  :-o

I read your post, but I don't want the movie.  :D/



#19360 KurishunaMaradi   You seem familiar, did I annoy you before? CAGiversary!   4323 Posts   Joined 6.7 Years Ago  

KurishunaMaradi

Posted 28 October 2019 - 09:01 PM

Does that Pheran guy still frequent this site? Just curious...


Spoiler


#19361 PatFortenbaugh   ALL GLORY TO THE GAME PASS CAGiversary!   1062 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

PatFortenbaugh

Posted 28 October 2019 - 09:32 PM

Last year Black Friday digital deals started on November 15th and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 was 20% off or $47.99. I say this because I’m on the fence of picking up Modern Warfare but I’m still playing Borderlands 3 and just started Outer Worlds so I think I’ll pass on the 6,000 bing points (7.50ish if $5 cards are on sale for 4,000 pts) and hope for 20% off ($12.00 off instead of $7.50 in credits). Hope this info is useful to others.

Reading about that raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has me wanting to play a military shooter.

You should just get it, soooo good. 

Best one since MW2

 

The campaign is also a lot of fun

and the ending  :applause:

 

9/10

 

does anyone know how much double xp you get from mountain dew bottles?

I'm not a huge fan but if it's a lot i might indulge



#19362 Donken   President & CEO CAGiversary!   4399 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 09:46 PM

You should just get it, soooo good.
Best one since MW2

The campaign is also a lot of fun
and the ending :applause:

9/10

does anyone know how much double xp you get from mountain dew bottles?
I'm not a huge fan but if it's a lot i might indulge


Mtn Dew:
20 oz bottles - 15 mins
16 oz aluminum bottles - 30 mins
16 oz cans - 15 mins
12 oz 12 packs - 60 mins
18 packs - 60 mins

3.125 oz Doritos - 15 mins
9.75 oz Doritos - 30 mins

#19363 PatFortenbaugh   ALL GLORY TO THE GAME PASS CAGiversary!   1062 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

PatFortenbaugh

Posted 28 October 2019 - 09:55 PM

Mtn Dew:
20 oz bottles - 15 mins
16 oz aluminum bottles - 30 mins
16 oz cans - 15 mins
12 oz 12 packs - 60 mins
18 packs - 60 mins

3.125 oz Doritos - 15 mins
9.75 oz Doritos - 30 mins

oof



#19364 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   3183 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:00 PM

I also played it recently and it made me realize how poorly designed it is compared to the games of today. The game is artificially lengthened by something like 30-40% by making you go through the same sections over and over and I'm not sure if this was the Anniversary edition or what but the checkpoints are just ridiculously bad. Sometimes I would die and be back 10 minutes before and then die again in the same spot and be back 2 minutes because it just didn't trigger the first time. I found myself just running past enemies frequently just trying to get to the next checkpoint toward the end because of how little ammo you find compared to the amount of enemies. Still looking forward to working though the rest of the collection before the new one comes out though.


The original halo definitely has glaring flaws in the level design. I think the reason people overlooked them was because the vehicle combat and split screen multiplayer was so unique at the time, even though shooters on the N64 had pioneered split screen death match. That, and the basic mechanics of the game control very well and are very satisfying. I remember someone from Bungie talking about getting the weapons and shooting right because you’re going to be repeating those actions thousands of times throughout the game and if they don’t feel good, nothing else matters. I think this philosophy made it into destiny and it’s one of the reasons people stuck with it.

I don’t know if the checkpoint problems are unique to the collection or the anniversary edition of the game but I definitely experienced them when I played through it.

#19365 PatFortenbaugh   ALL GLORY TO THE GAME PASS CAGiversary!   1062 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

PatFortenbaugh

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:02 PM

I defy anyone to find a worst designed level in all of gaming than The Library level. And I'm not talking the CEA remaster, the original Xbox version.

Looks like someones never played Turok64



#19366 dennisb407   Brickseek DN Banned   6245 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:05 PM

oof

Keep in mind the XP is real time.



#19367 Donken   President & CEO CAGiversary!   4399 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:11 PM

oof

I remember on Halo 4, I was working for a trucking company and we had a Mtn Dew vending machine and recycle bins. At the end of the night I would go through the recycling bin and take everyone’s caps. I had days of double xp. Where I work now most ppl are pretty healthy, not a lot of soda drinkers.

I’m prepping to hear about Diablo 2 remastered, Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon this weekend. I assume they will all be Free Hong Kong editions? Lay it on me Mike Ybarra! Hopefully him going to blizzard means Xbox gets some favoritism.

#19368 Tyrok   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2790 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:21 PM

The original halo definitely has glaring flaws in the level design. I think the reason people overlooked them was because the vehicle combat and split screen multiplayer was so unique at the time, even though shooters on the N64 had pioneered split screen death match. That, and the basic mechanics of the game control very well and are very satisfying. I remember someone from Bungie talking about getting the weapons and shooting right because you’re going to be repeating those actions thousands of times throughout the game and if they don’t feel good, nothing else matters. I think this philosophy made it into destiny and it’s one of the reasons people stuck with it.

I don’t know if the checkpoint problems are unique to the collection or the anniversary edition of the game but I definitely experienced them when I played through it.

Yeah, a lot of the jank can be forgiven thanks to the "30 Seconds of Fun™" gameplay.

 

https://www.engadget...aime-griesemer/



#19369 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7937 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:22 PM

Considering that Darksiders Fury War and Death two-pack with the remastered versions of the first two games before the sale price ends.  Other than that I think that they're on GamePass, can anyone give me a reason not to pull the trigger for $7.99?



#19370 even13flow   Founder of GamerNation CAGiversary!   735 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:46 PM

Considering that Darksiders Fury War and Death two-pack with the remastered versions of the first two games before the sale price ends. Other than that I think that they're on GamePass, can anyone give me a reason not to pull the trigger for $7.99?


I was wondering the same thing. I guess the only reason would be to assume they won't be on Gamepass forever and $4 per game is very great

#19371 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4410 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:46 PM

About that Halo 1 talk, Anniversary has the same level geometry entirely, it just runs an additional engine for the new graphics on top of the old stuff so it's the same aside from a few blunders where Saber Interactive messed up and they don't match up. With the new graphics they did add a bit more signposting in the visual design to The Library to try and make it a bit less confusing but it doesn't fix the recycled level design overall. Overall I think the enhancements mess up the flow of the visuals more than they help, since they basically just added a shitload of foliage or ground detail to the more jungle-y levels.

 

As for difficulty I only ever really thought Legendary was hard, as is generally the case for all the games except for Halo 5, which is piss easy because of the DBNO mechanics being compounded by always having a full squad of 4. The real difficulty comes from the high level of accuracy from groups of enemies, along with the insane amount of (regenerating!) health that the Elites have. A gold Elite essentially has TWELVE shields. Other than that all the weaker enemies aren't much of a threat because of just how strong the pistol is, not to mention the joke that Hunters are in Halo 1. In general, the flood are very easy to kite and deal with. The real threats that can be a wall are:

 

1. Sword Elites (compounded by the Active Camo)

2. the few Rocket Launcher carrying Flood, and to a lesser degree those with Shotguns.

3. chain explosions mid-fight from grenades laying around.

4. A couple areas with multiple Banshees.

 

One thing that does kind of suck is that doing well on Legendary essentially means you want to stick with a pistol at almost all times through the whole game, along with rotating out Plasma Pistols and Plasma Rifles to take down shields, but I think this really boils down to just how strong the pistol is along with a lack of other precision weapons beyond the rare Sniper Rifle. Having played Halo 1 a LOT, I do have to say the item placement is pretty good overall. If you explore a bit there is usually some kind of weapon cache for pretty much every major encounter in the game that gives you tools to make fights much more do-able. 

 

Halo 2 is the one Halo game I'd call really hard. The Beam Rifle Jackals are out of control on Legendary and they are in a lot of areas.



#19372 mrclutch   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4446 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:48 PM

I predict a great sale tonight!

#19373 awp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9981 Posts   Joined 16.7 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:50 PM

And if not a great sale, at least next week we go back to the 7 pm sales for earlier disappointment!

#19374 josekortez   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   7937 Posts   Joined 16.8 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:56 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I guess the only reason would be to assume they won't be on Gamepass forever and $4 per game is very great

That's what I thought as well.  These days, you can't often get a good indie game for less than $5, and both of these games look really good!  And it appears that the bundle is on sale for another three days although I will probably bite tonight after I see how bad the new sales look.  



#19375 dennisb407   Brickseek DN Banned   6245 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:04 AM

https://www.trueachi...tober-29th-2019



#19376 Bloomy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6311 Posts   Joined 14.2 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:05 AM

:xb1: 20XX - $8.99 - 50% off
:xb1: Beyond Eyes - $2.99 - 80% off
:xb1: BLEED - $3.24 - 75% off
:xb1: Chasm - $11.99 - 40% off
:xb1: Conarium - $9.99 - 50% off
:xb1: Crashbots - $6.99 - 30% off
:xb1: L.A. Noire - $19.99 - 50% off
:xb1: Lovecraft's Untold Stories - $11.24 - 25% off
:xb1: Mafia III - $9.99 - 75% off
:xb1: Mafia III Deluxe Edition - $14.99 - 75% off
:xb1: Mystik Belle - $8.99 - 40% off
:xb1: Sonic Mania - $11.99 - 40% off
:xb1: Soul Axiom - $3.74 - 70% off
:xb1: The First Tree - $4.99 - 50% off
:xb1: The Mummy Demastered - $11.99 - 40% off
:xb1: Toby: The Secret Mine - $3.99 - 60% off
:xb1: XCOM 2 - $14.99 - 75% off
:xb1: XCOM 2 Collection - $29.99 - 70% off
:xb1: XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition - $18.74 - 75% off
:xb1: ASCENDANCE - First Horizon - $4.19 - 30% off
:xb1: BUTCHER - $3.99 - 60% off
:xb1: Claire: Extended Cut - $3.74 - 75% off
:xb1: Coffee Crisis - $2.74 - 75% off
:xb1: Crimson Keep - $4.99 - 75% off
:xb1: EA SPORTS UFC 3 Deluxe Edition - $11.99 - 60% off
:xb1: Hive Jump - $0.99 - 90% off
:xb1: HoPiKo - $1.39 - 80% off
:xb1: Owlboy - $14.99 - 40% off
:xb1: Tyd wag vir Niemand - $6.99 - 30% off
 

 



#19377 hauz20   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1188 Posts   Joined 11.2 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:08 AM

Dayum. Looking at Mafia 3, Sonic, and Mummy Demastered. Really wish there would be a sale on credit

#19378 Mikeyjl87   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   516 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:10 AM

That was quick: Ghost Recon Breakpoint is 20% off Regular and 30% off Gold and Ultimate



#19379 SIX min WHISTLE   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4410 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

SIX min WHISTLE

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:18 AM

Breakpoint sounded like it bombed by Ubisoft standards. I could see it hitting $30-40 during the holiday sales, physical at least. Maybe not since they delayed all of their upcoming games.



#19380 dennisb407   Brickseek DN Banned   6245 Posts   Joined 12.4 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2019 - 12:19 AM

 

That was quick: Ghost Recon Breakpoint is 20% off Regular and 30% off Gold and Ultimate

 

It might not be a great game, but its nice to see a newer title on sale.  Hard to believe Mafia is 3yrs old now