Xbox 360 owners: check out the Ultimate Game Sale. Plus get Defense Grid for free!
Remember the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale from back in February? Microsoft slashed the prices on more than 20 Games on Demand (downloadable versions of full retail titles) throughout the week, with a different selection of games on sale every day. And now that sale is back again just 4-5 months later. Could it have something to do with Microsoft wanting to sell as many Xbox 360 games as possible before the Xbox One shows up later this year? Does a frog bump its butt when it hops?
On top of that, today happens to be the first day of the month. And that means Xbox Live Gold members get a new free game! Last month it was Fable III, and this month everyone expected Assassin’s Creed II or Halo 3 (both Games on Demand titles) to go free. But life would be boring if everything went to plan, and so Microsoft has made an XBLA game called Defense Grid: The Awakening from Hidden Path Entertainment free instead.
Quick impressions and a full list of sale games after the break!
Ultimate Game Sale: Persistent Offers July 1-8
These games will be discounted for the duration of the sale, which lasts through Monday the 8th. Remember that Games on Demand prices (including sale prices) vary by region, so your country’s prices will likely differ from the US prices listed here. Also, you CAN purchase Games on Demand titles with Microsoft Points if you like. Just press the X button on the first checkout screen to switch between real currency and Microsoft Points.
- Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 5.03 GB – Regular price: $30 – Sale Price: $5
- Bulletstorm (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 4.85 GB – Regular price: $20 MSP – Sale Price: $5
- Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 6.06 GB – Regular price: $15 – Sale Price: $5
- Crysis (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 4.09 GB – Regular price: $20 – Sale Price: $5 – The original Crysis is available ONLY via Games on Demand. There is no retail version for Xbox 360.
- Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 6.47 GB – Regular price: $30 – Sale Price: $5
- Dragon Age: Origins (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 6.44 GB – Regular price: $15 – Sale Price: $5
- Far Cry Instincts: Predator (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 4.51 GB – Regular price: $20 – Sale Price: $5
- Mass Effect (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 6.83 GB – Regular price: $15 – Sale Price: $5
- Prey (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 4.27 GB – Regular price: $20 – Sale Price: $3
- Perfect Dark Zero (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 5.22 GB – Regular price: $15 – Sale Price: $3
- WWE ’13 (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 7.69 GB – Regular price: $60 (!) – Sale Price: $15
Ultimate Game Sale: Daily Offers Tuesday, July 2
Every day from Tuesday the 1st through Friday, July 5th, a new selection of games will go on sale for 24 hours only.
- Assassins Creed III (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 7.63 GB – Regular price: $40 – Sale Price: $15
- Borderlands 2 (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 5.54 GB – Regular price: $40 – Sale Price: $10
- Far Cry 3 (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 5.71 GB – Regular price: $60 – Sale Price: $20
- Max Payne 3 (opens in new tab) – Download Size: 7.76 GB – Regular price: $40 – Sale Price: $10
Can anyone possibly resist Borderlands 2's first-person shooter/RPG awesomeness at that price? Not me!
Future Daily Deals (July 3-5)
The Witcher 2
We don’t know how much these will cost when they become daily deals, but Major Nelson did at least announce the remaining games that will go on sale between now and Friday.
- Bioshock Infinite – Download Size: 6.49 GB – Regular price: $60
- Crysis 3 – Download Size: 4.97 GB – Regular price: $60
- Forza Horizon – Download Size: 6.76 GB – Regular price: $40
- Gears of War: Judgment – Download Size: ? GB – Regular price: $40
- Hasbro Family Game Night 3 – Download Size: 1.36 GB – Regular price: $30 – Contains The Game of Life, Clue, Twister, Mouse Trap, and Yahtzee Hands Down. None are very accurate to the actual board games.
- Hitman Absolution – Download Size: 7.01 GB – Regular price: $30
- Kinect Sports Season 2 – Download Size: 5.61 GB – Regular price: $30
- Left 4 Dead 2 – Download Size: 4.36 GB – Regular price: $30
- LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes – Download Size: 4.11 GB – Regular price: $20
- LEGO Lord of the Rings – Download Size: 5.87 GB – Regular price: $30
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Download Size: 7.34 GB – Regular price: $50
- Monopoly Streets – Download Size: 1.22 GB – Regular price: $30
- Rockstar Table Tennis – Download Size: 3.28 GB – Regular price: $15
- The Orange Box – Download Size: 3.92 GB – Regular price: $20 – Contains Half Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2
- Tomb Raider – Download Size: 6.57 GB – Regular price: $30
- The Witcher 2 – Download Size: 7.04 GB – Regular price: $40
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Download Size: 7.08 GB – Regular price: $40
Deal of the Week for July 2-8: Borderlands 2 DLC
If you picked up Borderlands 2 for cheap, you might as well get some of its impressive DLC on sale too. Unlike the Games on Demand sale, the Deal of the Week is restricted to Xbox Live Gold members.
- 'Mr. Torque's Campaign of Carnage' – Regular price: 800 MS Points – Sale price: 400 MS Points ($5)
- 'Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt' – Regular price: 800 MS Points – Sale price: 400 MS Points ($5)
- 'Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack' – Regular price: 400 MS Points – Sale price: 240 MS Points ($3)
Free Game: Defense Grid (July 1-15)
As of June this year, Xbox Live Gold members get two free games every month; one during the month’s first half and another during the latter half. These games are yours to keep forever, even if your Gold subscription lapses.
Defense Grid takes place on a ruined world where an alien invasion causes an AI defense program to reawaken and attempt to protect the remnants of his homeland. The invaders strive to steal pieces of each level’s power core. As long as you can stop them from leaving the map with a core piece, the piece will slowly return to the power station.
Other than being able to recover lost cores, Defense Grid hews closely to genre traditions. Levels generally contain just one or two paths to defend, which you’ll do with a small arsenal of upgradable towers. Some levels do allow players to construct paths which to divert the invaders however, giving players a greater degree of freedom in formulating a defense.
If you like the genre, download Defense Grid without hesitation. And even if you haven’t enjoyed previous tower defense games, this could be the one to change your mind. Defense Grid is a much longer, deeper, and overall superior game to the popular geoDefense tower defense games for Windows Phone, though it can’t compete with Plants vs. Zombies for sheer variety and casual appeal.
Defense Grid – Xbox 360 – 297 MB – Regular Price: 800 Microsoft Points ($10) – Sale Price: Free (Gold membership required) – Xbox.com Store Link (opens in new tab)
What do you think of the new Ultimate Game Sale selection and free Defense Grid, super cool readers? Leave a comment and let us know what games you’ll be buying.
Thanks to EasyPeasyJD for the tip!
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Let's say you bought the $5 Origins download, and then decided you wanted to buy the DLC, including the expanison Awakenings... looking it up on Xbox.com, every single bit of DLC comes to whopping total of $63 (5,040 MS points).
However, if you don't give a crud about Awakenings or any DLC... then $5 is great for the core Origins game.
PS+ offers arcade titles, and is a large portion of what is given. For example this month has Jet Set Radio, Oddword, and Battlefield 3 for the PS3. In addition a vita and psp game. PS+ is sweet and my only very small gripe is when I don't renew ps+ I cannot play the games that were free. The MS promotion is nice because they are free regardless if you keep Gold or not. Essentially you can purchase a cheap month of gold just for the two free games during a given month.
Major Nelson's comment that marketing may continue this promotion if it is successful is promising.
I completely disagree with the part that just because PSN does something Microsoft should do it as well.
Make it seem halo3 and ac2 will be the july releases and get people excited for actual full on demand games being completely free and pulls the rug. Then major nelson states when did a date every been said, then somebody posted a picture of xbox suport saying it (yes, its xbox support).
MS should be more clear and not use a semi- bait and switch tactic.
Yes, I was under the imprerssion that AC2 and Halo 3 where going to be this month.
But NO, I was NOT under the impression that every single 'free' game were 'full games' (For lack of a better term). I always knew that we'd be getting a mixed bag of 'full games' and Arcade titles, just like PSN+
Lots to want, very little disk space to store it...ugh!
Time to scan Amazon for a replacement upgraded storage drive...sigh...
But the XBox Live free games need more value.
The only game I did not own was Borderlands 2 because I was waiting for price to go down and $10 is the sweet spot.
I am curious to see how Bioshock will be priced. I bet it will be priced at $20. Witcher 2 is another I would love to buy if it is priced right, $10. ;)
Waiting on Tomb Raider as well, currently $29.99 so i can see this being put on sale for $14.99 as well which is still a relatively new game.
I have at least 3 untouched games as it is, several I've just barely begun, and several I have eyeing for pricing on July 3rd. Debating Borderlands 2, as well. I have a huge stockpile of points, I guess Microsoft is trying to get me to use them :P
Bulletstorm - Pretty good. Juvenvile humor, story isn't too long. Gameplay is different enough to stay interesting. Multiplayer is a little different than your typical game, but some of the achievements are grindy.
Dragon Age: Origins - Preferred this over the sequel. Sort of like Mass Effect in a fantasy universe. Characters are interesting and a somewhat interesting story.
Mass Effect - Awesome game. Getting all of the achievements will take multiple playthroughs.
Borderlands 2 - Another awesome game. I got kind of burned out when the DLC started coming out, but it is a great game, especially playing co-op.
Max Payne 3 - Great story and great action. Typical Rockstar game, very high quality. Some of the achievements are ridiculous.
Orange Box - Great value of games. Would probably feel a little dated playing it now, but still really solid.
Witcher 2 - Really good RPG. Somewhat similar to Dragon Age as far as the game play is concerned.
Kinect Sports Season 2 - If you have a Kinect, in my opinion, you need this game if you ever have friends or family over. Great party game. Some of the sports are a little dumb (i.e. darts) but golf is a lot of fun.
Hasbro Family Game Night 3 - Cannot recommend, one of the worst games on this list.
Tomb Raider - Starting playing this yesterday. It is graphically stunning. Played it for like 2 hours and was totally digging it. Multiplayer gets old, matches can take a long time.
What Microsoft representative said about Games With Gold was exactly : "To kick off the program, I'd like to share just two of the titles we're gonna offer over the next few months : Assassin's creed II and Halo 3."
NOT SINGLE WORD ABOUT JULY. Do not mislead readers, please.
Of course, it will be uch harder to do this with my blu-ray collection. hmm.
I downloaded Dragon Age: Origins and am considering Max Payne 3 and Witcher 2. Now if only my poor 60 GB HDD could handle all of this love.
I'm waiting for the sale on Gears...it got questionable reviews but, I was a big fan of the series....