Xbox One Ultimate Game Sale Going On Now

blurb_masterchief_20100624Xbox Canada has announced that they are currently running an “Ultimate Game Sale.” Unfortunately, if you’re stuck on an Xbox 360 (right here), the sale looks a lot less ultimate; however, if you’ve got an Xbox One, the company is boasting over $700 in savings– more, to the tune of $125, if you happen to have or get an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Included among the deals are Alien Isolation, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza Motorsport 5, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Destiny. There are also various bonuses, such as content packs, special editions, and season packs to be found as well.

You can find all 26 offers on their website through February 23rd, when the sale ends.

xblUntil March 4th, Xbox Live is holding a huge sale on a ton of their “Games on Demand” titles. While some titles will be discounted throughout the duration of the sales period, others are for one-day only.

Below, you can find the full list of games that will be on sale, as well as which ones are persistent and which ones are only on sale today. Be sure to check back with Major Nelson’s blog each day to see which new games are marked down for the day.

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rcrwinnersThough the game arrived for the PlayStation Network and Steam back in October 2012 (and I gave away a code for each version– hope the winners enjoyed them!), today marks the day that Retro City Rampage comes to Xbox Live Arcade! What’s more, the developer says that this version “boasts an additional month of development, polish, tuning and improvements,” and comes at a cost of just 800 Microsoft Points (versus the original price of 1,200).

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This week’s top Xbox Live Marketplace item is “Dragonborn,” a downloadable content expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that will cost you 1,600 Microsoft Points.

Several new apps are launching today, but two are available exclusively in Canada. The IGN app has news, reviews, previews, and video content, while TOU.TV brings “North America’s leading French-language entertainment web TV site, with over 2,000 hours of free video content from across the French-speaking world. Its vast inventory of content, such as serial dramas, soap, documentaries and web series, make it THE ultimate entertainment platform.”

Fans of The Lord of the Rings will find Guardians of Middle-Earth now available on Xbox Live Arcade for 1,200 Microsoft Points, and provides a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) where teams of five players take each other on in strategic battle.

And in addition to the stuff mentioned last week, that’s everything for now.

Just a quick note: After this week, I’m putting the updates to the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace on hiatus. The holiday season is picking up a bit, and I find that doing them tends to interrupt the flow of my work. Read on for details and, if you’re interested, how you can help.

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The big news in the Xbox Live Marketplace for this week is the release of SEGA’s AM2 Collection, which consists of three separately-available 3D fighting game titles: Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, and Sonic the Fighters, each including new online features and enhancements for the low, low price of 400 Microsoft Points.

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There’s a lot of new fun to be had in this Xbox Live Marketplace update, including the fifth episode of The Walking Dead. Called “No Time Left,” this final episode requires the purchase of Episode 1, “A New Day,” and will cost you 400 Microsoft Points. See how all your decisions made in previous episodes affect the final outcome!

Kinect Sports Gems is a group of ten quick and easy Kinect Sports games which are quick to load and easy to play, and go for 240 MSP each.

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If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, then this week opens with a bang as the free demo of Need for Speed Most Wanted should now be available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Silver members, of course, need to wait an extra week.

More immediate gratification can be found with two new Xbox Live Arcade titles, however. Planets Under Attack is 1,200 Microsoft Points, and allows you to visit new planets, meet interesting races, and conquer them all. A little more down-to-earth is the reinvention of the classic Warlord for 800 MS Points, as you employ strategy, cunning, and speed to ward off your enemies and take the title of “Warlord” as your own.

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This week, we have some interesting additions to Xbox Live Arcade to lead things off. The first is Karateka, an 800 Microsoft Point side-scrolling karate game from the creator of Prince of Persia.

Meanwhile, things are getting funkalicious with the SEGA Vintage Collection release of ToeJam & Earl. Rather than the individual releases seen on yesterday’s PlayStation Store update, both ToeJam & Earl and its sequel, Panic on Funkotron, come together in one download for 800 MS Points.

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Things are getting spooky for Halloween this week on the Xbox Live Marketplace, starting with a Halloween Skin pack for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft. As though Creepers weren’t scary enough on their own, right?

A little less creepy is the Xbox Live Arcade release of Home Run Stars. It’s joined by Pid, an action-adventure puzzle game, and Pool Nation, a game about the fine sport of billiards. Each of these is 800 Microsoft Points.

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Today’s update to the Xbox Live Marketplace brings demo-fun for the whole family, as well as a bit of tournament fighting action.

In the free demos department, we have slightly Avatar-esque versions of Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Vanna White hosting Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Or, for 1,200 Microsoft Points, you can get in on some classic arcade-style fun with GUILTY GEAR XX ΛCORE PLUS.

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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.

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This week’s Xbox Live Marketplace update sees the releases of Worms Revolution and Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise, each for 1,200 Microsoft Points. Sadly, though it finally came to the PlayStation Network yesterday, Retro City Rampage isn’t available for the Xbox 360 yet.

Also available this week is the free “Retaliation Multiplayer Expansion” for Mass Effect 3, as are free demos for Forza Horizon and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Some other releases which went unmentioned last week include the Xbox Live Arcade add-on Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain for 400 MS Points, a free demo for Crash Time 5 – Undercover, and the Medal of Honor: Warfighter Open Beta.

Finally, a new app for GameStop TV launched, and yes, it’s available in Canada.

Source: Xbox Live’s Major Nelson

Following last week’s update, a series of deals were posted for Dance Central. These are for a limited time, though they don’t specify when the deals expire, so it’s best not to waste any time. There are also new free demos for the Kinect games Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Dance Central 3.

For some reason, this Friday (rather than today) will see the addition of two SEGA classics to Xbox Live Arcade. Both Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS Into Dreams will be available in high-definition for 800 Microsoft Points each.

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The big attraction this week is the long-awaited release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins, a two-for-one deal consisting of both the original Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel Super Heroes games, all for 1,200 Microsoft Points.

It is joined by HELL YEAH! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, a 1,200 MS Point game with ten huge levels fueled by violence against everything which crosses your path.

A new free demo is available today for NBA 2K13, while Battlefield 3 gets a new “Armored Kill” add-on for 1,200 MS Points.

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