Xbox Live XBLA sale has Mark of the Ninja, Ilomilo, lots more – full list

Some downloadable gems well worth grabbing in latest Xbox Live sale

The sale season just keeps on giving – the latest collection of titles at reduced prices on Xbox Live includes a few XBLA gems that are well worth picking up (if you haven’t already). Full list is below, but games we can personally vouch for are – Trials, Castle Crashers, Mark of the Ninja, Ilomilo, Dust: An Elysian Tail and – if you’ve got a Gold Live subscription – Retro City Rampage.

Check the full selection of sale titles:

  • Forza Horizon December IGN Pack: 200MSP
  • Trials Evolution: 800MSP
  • Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain: 200MSP
  • Trials HD: 400MSP
  • Magic 2013: 400MSP
  • Magic 2013 Expansion Pack: 200MSP
  • Castle Crashers: 800MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Marvel: Avengers Chronicles: 400MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Plants vs Zombies: 120MSP
  • Pinball FX2 Tables – Pinball FX Classic (Full): 400MSP
  • A World of Keflings: 400MSP
  • Full House Poker: 400MSP
  • Hydro Thunder: 600MSP
  • Hydrophobia: 200MSP
  • Ilomilo: 400MSP
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Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter DLC and patch out today – full details

New add-on, plus whole host of gameplay changes and bug fixes in latest update

Big day today for Borderlands 2 players with the arrival of a new software update and Ultimate Vault Hunter expansion pack for PS3 and Xbox 360. While the patch is free, the Ultimate Vault Hunter add-on is priced $4.99 or 400MSP (£3.43/€4.80/$5), although if you’ve purchased the Season Pass, the DLC comes at no extra cost.

First, let’s have a look at what changes developer Gearbox has put into the patch:

New items to the Black Market:

  • One additional ammo upgrade for each ammo type, at 50 Eridium each
  • Two more backpack storage space upgrades, at 50 and 100 Eridium respectively
  • Two more bank storage space upgrades, at 50 and 100 Eridium respectively
  • Increases the maximum amount of Eridium players can hold from 99 to 500
  • Adds a new playthrough balanced for top-tier play: Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode
  • Various bug fixes  

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Forza Horizon gets Top Gear car pack DLC and a new trailer

Next DLC to roll out of the showroom for Forza Horizon is the Top Gear car pack, which arrives on April 2nd. The six new rides haven’t been chosen by Clarkson, the hairy one and the small fella, but rather a combination of the magazine team of the same name and Turn 10 Studios.

It’ll be free for Forza Horizon season pass owners and 400MS for everyone else. You’ll get all these cars and, erm, a transit van…

  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR
  • 2002 BMW M3 GTR
  • 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato
  • 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
  • 2012 Bowler EXR S
  • 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan

… and you can see them all in action here:

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Xbox Live ʻPlay To Earnʼ offers start in April – hereʼs what you can get

If you play lots of XBLA games then you might be interested in this

Microsoft’s Major Nelson has detailed a new feature called ‘MyPunchcard’, which is set to launch 1 April on Xbox Live for Xbox Live Rewards Members. Not entirely clear on the finer points of the scheme, but the general gist is that you get ‘Play To Earn’ rewards for fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Play 20 hours of any combination of arcade games (Reward: a free avatar item)
  • Purchase any four arcade games for 400 Microsoft Points or more from Xbox LIVE (Reward: a one month Xbox LIVE Gold membership)
  • Spend 3200 Microsoft Points on arcade games (Reward: 800 Microsoft Points)

Anyone who manages to play and purchase enough XBLA games to complete all three criteria will be ‘guaranteed a spot in an upcoming VIP Exclusives’. Again, not 100% (or even 10%) sure what that is, but we’re sure it’ll be something, er, exclusive.

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Battlefield 4 pre-order Premium Expansion DLC is ʻstill being designedʼ

Mysterious ‘Premium Expansion Pack’ is still a mystery, but probably won’t be ‘Drone Strike’

An exchange on Twitter has thrown a little more light on Battlefield 4’s vague sounding ‘Premium Expansion Pack’, which is being offered as a pre-order incentive. When we say ‘a little more light’, we really do mean a teeny-weeny glow from a dying matchstick. That’s the light levels we’re dealing with. Anyway, let’s start by looking at this picture (thanks NeoGAF):

When questioned about the above image of what appears to be a Battlefield 4 point-of-sale promo advertising a ‘Drone Strike’ expansion, the official Battlefield Twitter responded like so:

So, Drone Strike confirmed as being – at least internally – the name for some Battlefield 4 DLC. Whether the contents of that add-on will eventually turn out to be the …

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Something for the Weekend Easter special – 50 best deals on Xbox Live and PSN

Enjoy the extended weekend with these choice cuts of downloadable goodness

As it’s an extended Bank Holiday for most folk across the world, we thought we’d compile a list of the best deals you can find on games and DLC packs this weekend. This one-stop-shop for the greatest bits you can download and own today sifts through Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store so you can carry on stuffing your face with chocolate.

We’ve selected something for everyone – from big games with low prices, like Skyrim DLC  to smaller, but incredible titles like PixelJunk Monsters. Oh, and did we mention they’re all under £12? Well they are. Ready for savings? Let’s roll…

All prices correct as of 29th March 2013

PlayStation Store

The Walking Dead | Price Free

Driver San Francisco | Price £5.99

Child of Eden | Price £3.99

Dante’s Inferno | Price £7.99

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier | Price £11.99

Trine 2 | Price £4.49

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Halo 4 Forge Island DLC is free and out now on Xbox Live

Were we expecting free Halo 4 DLC today? We don’t know. We can’t remember. We’ve had too much chocolate. Regardless, there is free Halo 4 DLC today – it’s the Forge Island map pack, it’s completely free and it’s ready to download right now on Xbox Live. As the name suggests, the map is intended to be used in Forge mode as a sort of blank canvas for budding cartographers.

Free DLC? We’ll buy that for a dollar.

In the mood for something completely different? Try one of our original features, like ‘Metal Gear Solid V: 16 things you missed in the trailer because you got drunk’ or ‘Goodies and baddies: A tiny person’s perspective of game characters’.

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Gears of War: Judgment DLC arrives on Xbox Live, costs nothing

Haven add-on arrives early, includes multiplayer map and Execution mode

alk about waiting for buses. Hot on the tail of the free Halo 4 DLC comes this also completely free Gears of War Judgment add-on. It’s the Haven DLC pack and it contains the titular multiplayer map and the returning Execution multiplayer mode. It was originally planned for release on 2 April, so it’s arrived a few days early. Not that we’re complaining. Anyway, it’s free, it’s 50.12MB, and it’s ready to download from Xbox Live now.

We like free DLC. Please give us more.

In the mood for something completely different? Try one of our original features, like ‘Metal Gear Solid V: 16 things you missed in the trailer because you got drunk’ or ‘Goodies and baddies: A tiny person’s perspective of game characters’.

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Twisted Pixel collection coming soon to XBLA, will be 3/4 awesome

No release date or price, but contents of bundle confirmed

Here’s a lovely little parcel of news from PlayXBLA – a Twisted Pixel bundle is on its way to Xbox Live Arcade ‘soon’. It’ll pack together all four of the developer’s games to date, that’s The Maw, Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, and Comic Jumper. Comic Jumper’s definitely the weakest of the bunch, but – if the price is right – this will still be a great collection for anyone who doesn’t already own the other games.

We’ll update with a release date and price as soon as they’re announced.…

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Transformers games and DLC is Xbox Live ʻDeal of the Weekʼ in disguise

Money off for Gold members on Fall of Cybertron, War for Cybertron, add-ons

If there’s a special place in your heart for robots that have a tendency to ‘disguise’ themselves as giant conspicuous machines, then you’ll almost certainly be interested in this week’s Xbox Live ‘Deal of the Week’, which is 100% Transformers focused. The discounted offers are only available to Gold members, and the deal ends Monday 1 April. Here’s what’s going cheap:

  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: £19.99
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Dinobot Destructor Pack: 400MSP (£3.43/€4.80/$5)
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Multiplayer Havoc Pack: 400MSP (£3.43/€4.80/$5)
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Massive Fury Pack: 400MSP (£3.43/€4.80/$5)
  • Transformers: Fall of Cybertron G1 Retro Optimus Prime 160MSP (£1.37/€1.92/$2)
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron: £8.99
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron Map and Character Pack #1: 200MSP (£1.71/€2.40/$2.50)
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron Map and Character Pack #2: 200MSP (£1.71/€2.40/$2.50

Don’t forget there are plenty more deals happening this week as part of the Xbox Live Spring …

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