Xbox Live Marketplace Update for 10/17/12

Rather than keep everything confined to a single day, Microsoft has been rolling out all sorts of fun new additions to the Xbox experience over the past week. Perhaps the most noteworthy of all is the new dashboard update, which includes a variety of new features, not the least of which being the addition of Internet Explorer and voice recognition for Kinect within Canada.

Speaking of Kinect, Gold members get a free exclusive download in the form of a demo for Nike+ Kinect Training. Another freebie is in the form of a full Arcade game called Intel Discovered, which sounds like a runway model search for secret agents. Bizarre.

Still not enough? Yet another free XBLA title is available: Happy Wars. This action game featured three classes to choose from as you engage in either single player action or mix it up with 29 other players. It’s like a medieval-styled Royal Rumble.

Also in Xbox Live Arcade this week are Zombie Driver HD for 800 Microsoft Points, whose premise seems to be about what it sounds like, and for 1,200 MS Points, Serious Sam 3: BFE, which I’m assuming stands for “Best Friend Edition,” since it featured co-op in addition to single-player modes.

Elsewhere, new add-ons featured this week include “Captain Scarlett & Her Pirate’s Booty” for Borderlands 2 at a cost of 800 MS Points and A World of Keflings‘ “The Curse of the Zombiesaurus” expansion for 320.

Deals of the Week for Gold members include the following for Batman: Arkham City until October 22nd:

  • Catwoman Bundle Pack 400 (50% off)
  • Arkham Bundle 600 (50% off)
  • Arkham City Skins Pack 200 (50% off)
  • Challenge Map Pack 120 (50% off)
  • Nightwing Bundle Pack 280 (50% off)
  • Robin Bundle Pack 280 (50% off)

Also until October 22nd is a THQ Publisher Sale, with up to 75 percent off their various downloadable products. You can also get Wreckateer for only 400 MS Points during this period.

Finally, Games on Demand sees three new additions to its ranks: Men in Black: Alien Crisis, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, and my choice, Sonic Generations, whose extremely in-depth review you can find here.

Source: Xbox Live’s Major Nelson

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