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#12298300 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 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.

#12260740 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 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.

#12196288 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 30 October 2014 - 11:38 AM

He was told to contact titanfall. as if titanfall is a person that can respond

Sheesh I think you're all missing the point that Raphael was making . . . there's a Titanfall in each and everyone of us and we just have to reach inside and contact it and all our issues will then be solved. Seriously how you all missed Raph's point is beyond me . . . maybe you just couldn't look past the fact that he was a giant turtle with a super weak ass attack skill. Shame on all of you

#12173330 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 21 October 2014 - 12:33 AM

hell yes for burnout revenge. The last true feeling burnout game of the series and my favorite. Ive been waiting for that game to go down from its lovely $15/$20 price tag for toooo long. Also I may give paradise another go as well for how low it is. 

I've been waiting for a sale on Burnout Revenge for years. For some reason it's an impossible game to find, even second hand, and when you do it's always priced way high. One of those rare older games that never came down in price. Can't wait to get home from work and line up my xbox to download this one.

#12159225 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 14 October 2014 - 09:51 AM

Game description: Hunt, Race and Prank to Become a Robertson! Take on the role of Willie’s son John Luke as he learns how to become one of the Robertson Duckmen! Interact with Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and the rest of the family from the hit TV show. Go duck hunting, varmint shooting, off-roading and play office pranks in the Robertson’s hometown of West Monroe, LA. Will you learn the way of the beards? • Call in ducks to your blind using a variety of calls and then fire away. • Hunt Louisiana wildlife including squirrels, frogs and fish for Miss Kay to cook her famous dishes. • Join Jase in duck call room antics as you sneak around the warehouse to trick Willie. • Race against Willie in an airboat as you drive across the Robertson family swampland. • Uncover Uncle Si’s bizarre “treasures” with a metal detector. • Track down pesky beavers with Phil to stop their damns from ruining the duck ponds. • Play through 3 game modes including the main story, duck shooting galleries and airboat racing.

I don't know what you people are going on about I've been waiting for a beaver tracking simulator for well over a decade. Well worth the $50 IMHO

#12158734 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 14 October 2014 - 02:36 AM

Dragon Age: Origins for 3.74 (75% off) showing up gold exclusive.

I know this isn't the place really. But just so people do know it is free right now over Origin if you want a PC version too (and yes Origin . . . EA . . . etc, but it's free and the PC version is a bit better if you prefer playing that way).

#12148120 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 09 October 2014 - 12:48 AM

Something tells me it could go lower. Dont forget the Black Friday sales and the 12 days of xmas are coming, those are usually pretty good.

I'd be amazed if Blackgate goes any lower - it's usually a $20 game. I'd bite at $5 as it's definitely worth it. It's been on sale already twice in the last 5 months - which might mean that it might be a good while before we see it on sale again. I don't think we'll ever see it for less than $5 - I mean 75% off is a pretty good sale. I bought it at 50% off and still think I got an amazing bargain. 


We might see it as a GWG some day but a sale that goes beyond 75% off is very very rare and as of lately has been mostly confined to Kinect arcade games or multiplayer only games that probably haven't sold too well like the Lords of the Rings MOBA.


If you like Metroidvania games or the Batman Arkham series and don't own this game just buy it this week. At $5 it's a no brainer.


Oh and just be careful with Xbox Rewards for anyone looking at doing the new promotion. I'm owed over $80 from the rewards program as they haven't put a single point in my account for over a year now despite lots of purchases, promotions that I've taken part of and renewals/surveys. I've been in touch with both the Xbox Live Rewards guys over twitter and on the forum and they've said it's Microsoft. I've spent over 5 hours on the phone with Microsoft at this point and they say it's the Xbox Live Rewards guys. So just be aware that there are some issues with the program and the customer service for it is awful so buyer beware with this promotion.

#12142630 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 06 October 2014 - 11:52 PM

Uses 6 Kinects and projectors. Probably not cheap. I'm thinking they are trying to make a more affordable/easier to set up device before releasing a consumer version.

Considering the fact that Kinect is very much dead in the water at this point I don't think that MS will be doing any serious investing in making anything like this commercially available anytime in the near future. Let's be honest - it's going to be difficult to warrant the development of any non-traditional gaming methods for at least another decade because of that debacle this generation. The only caveat to that is Microsoft likely developing a competing device to the Oculus Rift & Project Morpheus devices. We might see this sort of device sold to attractions but I am willing to bet my kidney that it is a long way off and probably never ever going to come to your home (unless of course you were to buy 6 Kinects and 6 Projectors and build it yourself).



Lot of love for Toy Story 3 in here. Is the game really that good? Been awhile since I've played a game based on an animated kids film but wouldn't mind trying TS3. I wonder if it makes you cry like the movie did...I mean, not that I cried. I'm a 25 year old male. No way a kids movie would make me cry. 8-)

UP put a few tears in my eyes. Not sure if you're into Anime or not, but I highly recommend Grave of the Fireflies if you want to watch an animated film that will literally make you cry your eyes out - that is one hell of a tear jerker. It's a realistic Studio Ghibli film that happens to be, IMHO, one of the greatest war films ever made.

#12130292 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 01 October 2014 - 02:19 AM

Looks like we're in for that big sale that was mentioned with all the SNK and KOF stuff.




XBLDB is starting to pick it up now.


KOF Sky Stage and Fatal Fury are both showing up under $5. Also it looks like the Battlefield BC2 DLC sale has gone live as a bunch of 50% of sales are live for me.


Any recommendations on Sky Stage and the Metal Slug games?

#12129998 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 01 October 2014 - 12:11 AM

Chariot, the Xbox One freebie for October, is now showing up for free in Xbox One store on the console.

Got pretty good reviews so far too. So a win-win for Xbone owners.

#12129926 XBL Deals - 2014 - 3/2015

Posted by skonson on 30 September 2014 - 11:39 PM

I don't see why its crappy, I got tired of being burned on new consoles getting them early release, will wait for a colored one, I will probably buy a game for the new console if its going to be hard to get, but that's its, I got a backlog too plus I am getting the blue 360 next week to replace the original model and continue to play between the old consoles, except for the wii u (almost never play) and the vita both which I got for free, not even bothered with not getting on the new consoles

Yeah I'm of the same mind. I don't think the graphical upgrade, which to be honest is minimal between the 360/X1 versus the Xbox/360, is enough to draw me into buying a new console just yet especially when most of the games I'm interested in (Titanfall, Destiny, The Crew, Watch Dogs, MGS: The Phantom Pain, DA: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Alien Isolation and Shadow of Mordor for example) are available or will be available in serviceable versions on the previous Gen. Gameplay-wise the new generation hasn't really changed how we play games especially considering that Kinect 2.0 is pretty much officially dead so any hopes of any massive changes to gameplay will have to wait until we see what happens with Project Morpheus and whatever the MS version of that comes to pass. The only next-Gen games I'm really excited for at the moment are Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 but considering that they're both single player experiences and I still need to beat both Arkham Origins and The Witcher 2 I won't be too concerned if I get to it a few years down the road.

#12042573 XBL Deals - Jan 6 - Sep 4, 2014

Posted by skonson on 27 August 2014 - 09:42 AM

Save often. I really like it and put hundreds of hours into it on PC, but man, on 360 it likes to freeze when going through doors before it gets a chance to auto save sometimes which can get annoying and break the immersion.


Edit: For reference, my Xbox 360 Fallout 3 has about 600 hours and a couple hundred saves. My 360 New Vegas has about 120 hours and a few hundred saves, and I still haven't beat the main storyline on my 360 version. I really like Fallout, so as far as if it's a "good game" I'm probably really biased, but if you played and enjoyed Fallout 3 I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy New Vegas. I liked the environment of 3 much better, but I liked the quests/humor of New Vegas much better. I like the main storyline of each of them equally.

Um just be careful saving often with the FO games or any RPG. I've sank about 100 hours into FO3 and towards the end of my saves they started to be like 15mb each. That isn't much but when you have 100 saves that's over a GB just on saves. I had to whittle them down to just 5 saves. There are some games that are bad with saves. The worst offender is DA:O as I swear the save files were about 25mb each. If you're someone who uses the cloud storage or has a smaller HD (or just as a CAG owns way too much digital content) it can really muck you up.


I guess most people are now aware that Ascend: Hand of Kul has been delisted.  It can still be played, but the servers for it will go down in November, making it unplayable.  Yet another Xbox 360 free-to-play game being dropped around a year later.

The crazy thing about this happening is that Microsoft pulled the plug without even giving Signal Studios a heads up. No one even knows why it was delisted. Considering that Signal Studios has been one of the better indie studios in working with MS to create exclusive content it's a bit crazy that this has happened. I'm honestly amazed that this isn't bigger video game news - I guess it wasn't a big game but it was actually a fairly decent free-to-play game and this is pretty sad. Wish I had played it more. Guess I'll give it some love between now and November.

#11964738 XBL Deals - Jan 6 - Sep 4, 2014

Posted by skonson on 29 July 2014 - 09:48 AM

Man, I really wanted to like and get the Raven but I can't even get past the tutorial section of the demo because it won't let me do what it's telling me to do.  If it was $5 total instead of $7.50 I would probably still have picked it up and given it another go later on but oh well.

Yeah I jumped on the Raven because I had some money in my US account and it's not available over here in Australia so I figured it was now or never. I'm a little disappointed. I like the story and the setting - I love the characters too - but the controls have to be the worst in the history of the point-and-click genre. I don't know how they could have messed this up so badly and not fixed it prior to the release. There are even some sections where you basically are walking around in a pitch dark train trying to find the few things that you can interact with, but trying to find those things are impossible, hell half the time it's impossible for me to choose the one thing I want to interact with out of the three things on screen as I need to somehow control the characters neck to look at an object but not control their feet so that they don't walk away from it, but it's all tied to the left analog stick so I just have to hope and pray I get it right. It makes an already slow game very tedious.


I don't know how they stuffed it up as a lot of love seems to have gone into the game but they really did stuff up. And it's crazy because this is a genre that's as old as they come. All they had to do was look back on 30 years of point-and-click games and their controls and just copy-and-paste. I know there's not a lot of traditional examples for the consoles but the Monkey Island remakes had amazing controls. Sigh. It doesn't help matters that there's basically no tutorial for telling you how to interact with objects in your inventory (that system is cumbersome too). I still haven't made it through all of the first episode and I know it's going to be quite the slog but I'll get through it cause I'm actually interested in the story and where it'll go.


Sorry about this rant.

#11964563 XBL Deals - Jan 6 - Sep 4, 2014

Posted by skonson on 29 July 2014 - 05:42 AM

is motocross any good? i have to move my 360 to connect to internet and just wondering if its worth it. or if i can get some quick achievements so close to 20k

If you like Motocross and you like Madness then this is the game for you.


Actually it's a fairly fun game and is a good one to have a quick play at. If you have any kids in your life it's a good game to play with them too.


Again I'm not sure how far you have to move your Xbox to connect to the internet. If it's not much of a hassle I'd do it to get a free game. But then I'm a CAG - I fought in the Oman Wars man just to get a few free games and I'd gladly do it again!

#11925376 XBL Deals - Jan 6 - Sep 4, 2014

Posted by skonson on 15 July 2014 - 05:45 AM

as much as I loved Fallout 3, New Vegas has a much better story imo and it plays almost exactly like Fallout 3 with some minor tweaks here and there. But yeah...play both. FO 3 is a goddamn experience. The first time you walk outside the Vault and the world opens up to you....gaming magic.

I think the difference with FO3 and NV is that most people essentially played NV after putting 100 hours into FO3 and it really doesn't do anything amazing graphically or gameplay wise to set itself apart. It is more fun to play due to the various stories being better and the game itself having a better sense of humour, but FO3 did have an amazing story to begin with. While I love them both I have to admit that there was something about FO3 that really made me connect more to that game. Maybe it was the opening sequence where you pretty much watch your character grow from birth before the Vault opens and the vista of a destroyed D.C. landscape saturates your vision. It feels more epic and the world engaged me more because of that. 


Ultimately NV feels in some ways like a mod - a really good one - one that rivals the original. But beyond delivering a hardcore mode that forces you to play more strategically and also adds weight to ammunition it just didn't add enough to separate itself from the original. I still find myself thinking of my time spent in the DC Wasteland of FO3 whereas I don't have those thoughts about NV. But maybe that's just me. I'm someone who preferred Batman: Arkham Asylum to Arkham City. I'm someone who preferred Ass Creed 1 to any of the others that came after it (though I've never played Ass Creed IV). So take what I'm saying with that in mind.


If I have one complaint about FO3 is that I wish the level cap had been raised beyond 30 (you need the Broken Steel DLC to get the cap increased to 30). I got there quickly (well okay after 70 hours) but it sort of stopped me from caring about certain things I had been caring about along the way. At least NV gets you up to 50 if you have all the DLC installed.


But for $10 just grab both Fallout games. They are amazing 100 hour experiences for $5 each. And the DLC for both are brilliant and add dozens of hours on top of the original experience.