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Xbox Live Marketplace Sale This Weekend

Now is your chance to redeem your pathetic life by finally buying a copy of Rez HD at some kind of discount.

Not one to let Sony have all the sales, Microsoft has posted its own list of digital download price cuts. These will take effect at 3AM Pacific on Friday and go through the weekend.

ItemOld PriceSale Price
Rez HD800500
Arkadian Warriors800 500
Assault Heroes400250
Catan800500
Brain Challenge800500
Boogie Bunnies800500
Golf: Tee It Up!800500
Guitar Hero III - Metallica "Death Magnetic" Full Album14401000
Forza Motorsport 2 - March Car Pack400250
Crackdown - "Getting Busy" Bonus Pack800500
Rock Band - All That Remains Pack 01440290
Lips - The Remedy (Jason Mraz)160100
Gears of War 2 - "Last Day" Theme250180
Sonic Unleashed - Theme250180
Castle Crashers - Premium Theme250180

Right off, I'd like to say that as much as I enjoy using our radical table-makin' tool, I think I prefer Sony's similar sale to this one, just because everything got cut to the nice, easy-to-remember price of $4.99. That said, there are some winners in this list.

If you don't own Rez HD, you're a bad person. Consider this a great chance to pick it up. Don't worry if you don't actually like the game or think it's totally short and shallow, that's secondary. Also, Assault Heroes for 250 points is a steal, as its one of the better dual-joystick shooters on the service. But don't just wildly buy everything, either. I don't think I'd pay any amount of money for a copy of Brain Challenge or Boogie Bunnies.

Lastly, I love how the Rock Band pack is named "All That Remains Pack 01," as if there will ever be so many All That Remains packs that we'll require double digits.

And though I count myself as the "I think paying for themes is totally lame" type, that NXE-ready Castle Crashers theme is pretty sweet.

[UPDATE] It's probably also worth noting that this sale is only going down in the US, and it will only apply to Xbox Live Gold members.
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Posted by Jeff

Not one to let Sony have all the sales, Microsoft has posted its own list of digital download price cuts. These will take effect at 3AM Pacific on Friday and go through the weekend.

ItemOld PriceSale Price
Rez HD800500
Arkadian Warriors800 500
Assault Heroes400250
Catan800500
Brain Challenge800500
Boogie Bunnies800500
Golf: Tee It Up!800500
Guitar Hero III - Metallica "Death Magnetic" Full Album14401000
Forza Motorsport 2 - March Car Pack400250
Crackdown - "Getting Busy" Bonus Pack800500
Rock Band - All That Remains Pack 01440290
Lips - The Remedy (Jason Mraz)160100
Gears of War 2 - "Last Day" Theme250180
Sonic Unleashed - Theme250180
Castle Crashers - Premium Theme250180

Right off, I'd like to say that as much as I enjoy using our radical table-makin' tool, I think I prefer Sony's similar sale to this one, just because everything got cut to the nice, easy-to-remember price of $4.99. That said, there are some winners in this list.

If you don't own Rez HD, you're a bad person. Consider this a great chance to pick it up. Don't worry if you don't actually like the game or think it's totally short and shallow, that's secondary. Also, Assault Heroes for 250 points is a steal, as its one of the better dual-joystick shooters on the service. But don't just wildly buy everything, either. I don't think I'd pay any amount of money for a copy of Brain Challenge or Boogie Bunnies.

Lastly, I love how the Rock Band pack is named "All That Remains Pack 01," as if there will ever be so many All That Remains packs that we'll require double digits.

And though I count myself as the "I think paying for themes is totally lame" type, that NXE-ready Castle Crashers theme is pretty sweet.

[UPDATE] It's probably also worth noting that this sale is only going down in the US, and it will only apply to Xbox Live Gold members.
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Posted by TekZero

Good, I just spent 2000 MS on Monday.   The games I bought are not on this list..

Posted by AdventChild

Sales = Funsies.

Maybe now more people will play Assault Heroes online with me.

Posted by Kibblez

Nevermind then!

Posted by Alpha1

Jeff, you forgot to mention this sale is only  for users from the United States

Edited by daniel_beck_90

I love Black Friday , thanks Jeff

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

There's not anything on that list I'm really interested in, save for Catan.

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Posted by ahoodedfigure

As someone way out of the loop, are these points like...  Company store scrip money?  Like an international version of whatever currency you happen to put in there?  Or do the prices change from region to region?

-AH "Sold my soul to the company store" F

Posted by PlatypusPlatoon

Thanks for the heads up.  I need to bring my Xbox online this weekend and nab Rez and Catan.

Posted by daniel_beck_90
Alpha1 said:
"Jeff, you forgot to mention this sale is only  for users from the United States"
that is becasue the majority of this website is American
Posted by kmdrkul

Why the hell don't they bump the 500 priced ones down to 400 points?

Posted by Player1

Assualt Heros is a very fun game, for anyone looking for something cheap this thanksgiving. 

Posted by DJ_Lae
Alpha1 said:
"Jeff, you forgot to mention this sale is only  for users from the United States"
Fuck.
Posted by erinfizz

If I am a bad person for not owning Rez HD, I can't imagine what I means that I don't even own a 360.

Also, everyone should buy Catan! Awesome game, and a way easier to navigate interface than BrettspieleWelt.

Posted by Kraznor

May finally get Catan as I think I understand how that game works now.

Posted by DrRandle

Black Friday for video games sales? Interesting...

Posted by TekZero
ahoodedfigure said:
"As someone way out of the loop, are these points like...  Company store scrip money?  Like an international version of whatever currency you happen to put in there?  Or do the prices change from region to region?

-AH "Sold my soul to the company store" F"

They are based on Microsoft Points with the conversion being 80 points = 1 dollar ( i think).  You can buy them either through XBL, or you can actually get Microsoft Point cards in various stores.. I know I've seen them in Radio Shack.   All you need is the XBL silver membership to buy and play them.  If you want to take these games online and play with friends, you need the gold membership..

Hope I helped.
Posted by JohnDudebro

That's a pretty good deal for Death Magnetic. It's what, $12.50? For 11 songs that work in both III and World Tour?

I would highly recommend anyone with Guitar Hero snap that up. Those songs are pretty kickass.
Posted by brukaoru

I may pick up Rez now. Always been interested in playing it ever since I saw footage of it, but I was going to hold off buying it for awhile.

Posted by GreggD

Good lord, Rez is one of the most overrated pieces of garbage I've ever played. It's hardly even a game!

Edited by RevMaynard

nm

Posted by MrSkids

Rez is a wonderful thing and well worth this many points.  It's more an experiment in game design than anything but in such a good way.  I still have my original with my trance vibrator, good times.

Posted by PLWolf

I love my Fable 2 theme, but I may snag that Castle Crashers theme at the discount price. Hell, I may even snag the Sonic Unleashed theme. lol

Posted by MrSkids

How do you know that?  I see a whole lot of people from all over on this site.

Posted by CapnCloudchaser

Well that sucks. Do us Europeans get a sale on too at some point? I actually want to buy the Sonic Unleashed theme!

Rez is well worth it though, for those that don't have it!

Posted by Shadow

You all seem to be forgetting that they finally reduced the price of SOMETHING to the size of the points bundles.

Posted by jonny_eh

By 'US only' do they mean not Canada? May seem like a dumb question but sometimes US Only really means North America only. Why is it only the US gets a break anyways? Why are they so special? If MS's purpose with Xbox Live is for people from around the world to hate each other due to jealousy, then job well done!

Posted by Pazy

US Only? Worthless :|

More importantly they need to price cut PA:OTRPODE Episode 1. Its currently at 1600 points which is way too much, especially given that what with exchance rates the PC version is soooo much cheaper. Episode 2 is only 1200 points as well.

Posted by LeBart

I would love to see some sort of sales in europe when we would actualy pay the equivalent of 60 dollars for a game, instead of 80...

Posted by eduardo

I might just get Rez and Assault Heroes now... pretty cheap!

Posted by Jayge_

You all must buy Catan.

Posted by Bear
Jeff said:
[UPDATE] sale is only going down in the US
Awwww, come on!

Do you suppose they would do a similar price cut for Canada's Boxing Day?
Posted by TheGreatGuero

Yeah, I don't think there's anything here I'll buy. I thought Assault Heroes was pretty decent, but I could live without it. I'm still kind of baffled why people like Rez so much. I found it to be one of the most boring and dull games I've played in a while. Dude, I played that demo for like 20 minutes and it still had gotten nowhere. I must now live in shame as a bad person.

Posted by bekern

woah, that's weird because I was just talking today about when that crackdown DLC will finally go down in price

Posted by RHCPfan24

REZ HD is great if you haven't gotten it yet.

Posted by SuperJew

I really hope they extend this to Canada for Boxing Day.

They will get even more of my monies if they do...
Posted by Kush

Nothing too interesting there for me, but anyone who doesn't already own Rez HD has no excuse anymore...and 250 points for Assault Heroes is a great deal as well. I may give Catan a test spin since I don't know anything about the game (though I've heard good things).

Posted by Robot_Vampire
Alpha1 said:
"Jeff, you forgot to mention this sale is only  for users from the United States"
That's pretty annoying as I'm from the UK but still it's good for the Americans haha.
Posted by AndrewB

Good lord, these marketplace "sales" are always a crock. The bulk of these items are themes, and seeing as how I've yet to spend money on making my dashboard look different, I don't think I'll be changing my policy on that garbage any time soon.

The marketplace games are equally a joke; with Rez being the only game I would ever possibly consider, though it only has a hair shaved off the price.

Though in the end, it's Microsoft's (and any current download service, really) archaic points system that will always keep me from buying much of anything from the marketplace. If I could buy exactly the amount of points that I need to purchase anything at any given time, that would be one thing. And it would certainly help to have a little "currency calculator" that tells you exactly how much real money you'd be spending.

Posted by Psynapse

WTF, can someone please message me and tell me why this is US only?!?!?!?!?

This is really starting to piss me off how its double standards for everyone, US gets everything whilst everyone else gets nothing..

Why not some UK only or AUS only sales??? Yeah, like that will ever happen..

But seriously, can someone please message me and tell me the reasons why anyone out of the US generally get shafted?

Posted by Karmum

Perfect timing for my Xbox 360 to be hit with the RROD...

Posted by DJ_Lae
Karmum said:
"Perfect timing for my Xbox 360 to be hit with the RROD..."
On the bright side you can purchase the games on the Xbox Live site this weekend and then download them when you get your Xbox back, with the way they have things set up now.
Posted by TomA

Why'd he say pathetic lifes,you shouldn't throw insults around.

Posted by dagas

Just like the free Star Trek theme...You'd think that with digital distribution, it would be a simple task to have the same deals all over the globe, but no they are different markets with different people making decisions. Just annex the rest of the world so we can get the same deals as you, kidding, wouldn't want to become American, no offense.

Posted by Milkman

I much prefer Sony's sale as well. Even though, I'll probably end up spending a grand total $0 on either one of these sales.

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Posted by MrMiyagi

I think I'll buy Catan.

Posted by Aaron_G

I might get Rez HD then.

Posted by keoskey

I'm definitely getting Rez Hd  and assault heroes

Posted by lamegame621

aww shucks, i'm broke :(

Posted by yellownumber5

Ok REZ is not for everybody, the 90s techno era has gone and past to the era of KLF house music, but HOLY CRAP for 500 pts... why haven't you paid the measley ten bucks for this game in the first place?!?!?!?  Seriously just to see for ten bucks why this game may be "stupid" for the some is worth it for the next four weeks that you are addicted to playing it.  This is a cult game for a reason.  People pay good money for the original Dreamcast or PS2 version on ebay for it for a reason (well used to pay now that REZ HD is out, but it still can come to $80), so 6.25 for what really is the best version of this game would seem trivial.  Just play it and see what the fuss is about.  If you don't like it then no skin off your back and you had a little piece of history on your belt.  Its like you never played Katamari Damacy.  Its one of those things.

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