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In Topic: XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

04 December 2014 - 06:45 AM

Word. Metro 2033, the base game, was probably one of the most discounted games ever. It was given away for free on PC in multiple occasions. Outside of that, it was in 1$ bundles and similarly low prices have been thrown around on Steam as well. On console, the game costed 5 bucks or so more than once. The sequel didn't get this kind of treatment, but its price went down pretty damn fast. I don't see why this remake shouldn't be costing like half price in a few months.

The reason Metro 2033 was so cheap and so often is that it was part of the defunct THQ games that Deep Silver bought when THQ went under. Considering that they just paid about $5.9 million for the rights to both Metro games they were pretty much happy to give away the original game in the hope that people would purchase the sequel for full price. Considering that Metro: Last Light sold as much in its first week as Metro 2033 did in its first 3 months it was a pretty successful strategy.

In Topic: XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

01 December 2014 - 08:40 AM

Australia does not have The Raven on the marketplace.
Anybody seen or heard something for a replacement?

Nope, I was wondering the same thing. Fingers crossed that it's something interesting. If anyone does find out please post it here as I often find that the advertisements here in Australia for GwG still reflect those back overseas even when the games differ.


As for The Raven - I bought The Raven and its DLC on an overseas profile a couple months back when it was heavily reduced and I have to say that the control system is the most obtuse and awful system I've ever used in any game. I spent 15 minutes trying to get a character to face a door so that I could open it. And there's a point about an hour into the game when you literally have to walk in the dark on a pitch black screen while you pixel hunt - that combined with the horrible controls just made me never ever want to play this game again. Maybe it's better on a PC but the controls on a console are literally broken. I've seen bargain basement Kinect games that control more accurately than The Raven does with a controller. I had insanely high hopes from the team behind The Book of Unwritten Tales and maybe there's a brilliant story here but the controls are just rotten. I'm curious if anyone else struggles with it like i did - and a total shame they didn't make the whole game free.

In Topic: XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

22 November 2014 - 10:46 PM

Does this whole thing with Limbo leave a bad taste in anyone else's mouth? Not so much that they're giving it out for free to some people - that's cool. But the fact that they're going to re-release the game for Xbone likely without any changes or differences or even any reason to own it beyond the fact that now it will have more achievement points. I don't care if they re-release a game that was on Xbox 360 and up the graphics or change the gameplay significantly (like GTA V for instance). But making us re-buy a 4.5 year old game that won't play or even look different when I already own it for the previous console is ridiculous. This is a bad trend - everything like this should be cross-buy or there should be a nominal fee for the new version (like $1 or so). This is just greed.

In Topic: XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

17 November 2014 - 07:57 AM

This is considered marketplace theft. You DO NOT want to do this unless you want to risk being drafted into the Oman Wars; you might not come back alive.

The problem is that every time I go to the xbox.com website it automatically assumes I'm in the USA. I have to physically change the locale to Australia and even then only half the time it works. If I go to the GwG page Powerstar Golf was showing up as being the GwG title but when I clicked on it it was coming up as costing money whereas if I went to the Chariot page it shows up as free.


I have spoken to MS in the past about this issue, it used to be a major issue when they started that whole thing of having promotional pages for games which would link you directly to the US marketplace. It's something they're aware of but haven't fixed. It usually doesn't matter as when I go to buy something it eventually shows me the price in AUD and it's never affected my ability to get a GwG. But I had to spent 5-10 minutes of my time trying to be able to get Powerstar Golf as it kept bringing back to the Xbox US locale and saying I had to spend money on it. I'm not sure if this is just a specific problem for me with my account as I migrated my account years ago (though strangely from a Canadian one originally) or if this is a general issue for those who live outside of the USA. I can't believe they'd ding me when it's a problem on their end that requires a lot of hassle on my part.


But then again MS does what it likes.

In Topic: XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

16 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

How are you doing this? It wants a Cc with Australian address.

I don't know. My locale was set to USA despite living in Australia. So when I went to get my Xbone game of the month thinking it was going to be Powerstar Golf as that's supposed to be the game of the month over here I was surprised to see that it came up as Chariot and so I happily took that for free - then out of curiousity I set my locale to Australia and found that I was able to pick up Powerstar Golf. I used my paypal account which is strangely linked to a Canadian address so I have no clue why it worked for me and just assumed it would work for everyone. Sorry if that's not the case. And for clarity sake I don't own an Xbone so this was done through the Xbox website and not through a console. Sorry if others can't do this. But again it's worth a shot to see if you can.


I'm surprised there's any aspect of region-ing on the Xbone as all games are region-free. So I find it weird that it required you to have an Aussie CC - then again MS is weird.