Friday, 8 July 2011

Xbox Live Arcades Deal Of The Week "Heat Up Your Summer"
July 5th - July 11th

This week kicks off the "Heat Up Your Summer" Xbox Live Deals Of The Week. The selection, as usual, is hit and miss. Compared to last weeks loosely themed deals, at least this one follows a trend. There is also a deal on Double Fine's "Stacking". All details below:

Torchlight - 800MP (33% off)

Runic Games
Single Player
MetaCritic Score: 81
User Score: 79

In the fantasy world that serves as the setting of Torchlight, Ember is a mysterious ore which has the power to imbue people and items with magical power. The mining boomtown called Torchlight is built above a rich vein of Ember, and adventurers are drawn there seeking the magical substance and the enchanted items it creates. However, as the player character explores the dungeons below Torchlight, they discover that Ember has a corrupting influence which led to the fall of past civilizations and endangers those who use it in the present.

The player character arrives in town and is recruited by Syl, a sage who is searching for her mentor, an alchemist named Master Alric who has disappeared in the nearby mine. At the bottom of the mine tunnels, the player finds a passage into older, crypt-like chambers below, eventually discovering that the entire dungeon is a "layer cake of ruined civilizations."Alric ambushes the player and reveals he has become evil due to the corrupting influence of Ember. After fighting a series of monsters and henchmen, the player reaches the bottom of the dungeon and must face Alric and an ancient creature named Ordrak who is the source of the Ember's corruption.

Medal of Honor - Hot Zone DLC - 400MP (50% off)

Danger Close
Online Multiplayer
MetaCritic Score: 74
User Score: 68

The gameplay is designed to be realistic, and to this end EA had hired several consultants from the United States military in order to give inspiration to the developers. Typical in-game objectives are similar to those issued in real life such as raiding terrorist hideouts, hostage rescues and undercover operations. The game is loosely based on parts of Operation Anaconda; specifically, the events surrounding the Battle of Roberts Ridge.

The single player campaign takes place in Afghanistan, in 2002. For half of the game, players assume the role of a DEVGRU operator codenamed "Rabbit", of AFO Neptune. For the remainder, the player alternates between the roles of a Delta Force sniper code-named "Deuce", of AFO Wolfpack, as well as Army Ranger Specialist Dante Adams of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and AH-64 Apache gunner Captain Brad "Hawk" Hawkins.

Dantes's Inferno - Dark Forest Pack DLC - 200MP (50% Off)

Visceral Games
Single Player
MetaCritic Score: 73
User Score: 78

Dante's Inferno tells an adapted story that focuses on delivering a blockbuster 3rd person action game experience while bringing Alighieri's depiction of Hell to the medium. Players assume the role of Dante, who descends into Hell after returning home to find his beloved Beatrice murdered, with Lucifer seducing her soul into the underworld. Dante sets out on a rescue mission to save Beatrice, but he soon realizes he is also in Hell to face his own demons and ultimately to redeem himself. Players take Dante through nine unique circles of Hell as mapped out and described by Alighieri: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. Each circle showcases its own distinct look, with demons, monsters, damned and geography that are crafted straight from the poem's vivid descriptions. To take down the demons of Hell, Dante is outfitted with two primary weapons: the Scythe he takes from Death and the Holy Cross given to him by Beatrice, which has spiritual powers that will help Dante collect souls and spells from the creatures he defeats on his journey. The game also features a deep upgrade system so gamers can customize their abilities to their specific gameplay style, something they'll need as Dante comes face to face with Hell's fiercest beasts and bosses. If successful, Dante will be able to tame certain beasts, exacting their will and turning Hell’s punishments back on itself.

Rock Band - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik Album - 1200MP (33% Off)

MetaCritic Score: 93
User Score: 80

The entire "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" Album for Rock Band is available for download for only 1200 Microsoft Points (Originally 1600 Microsoft Points)

TNT Racers - 400MP (50% Off)

Keen Games
MetaCritic Score: 64
User Score: XX

18 action-packed courses, up to 4 simultaneous players (online or offline), and winning requires much more than just being the best driver. The decisive factor is being the best racer - you must collect the pickups and cleverly use the powerful weapons to catapult your opponents off the track!

*Family Pack Deal*

Stacking - 600MP (50% Off)

Double Fine
Single Player
MetaCritic Score: 84
User Score: 84

The story is set during the industrial age, where an evil industrialist named The Baron is forcing children to work. The Blackmore family, whose father mysteriously disappears, comes into debt, with the whole family forced into work to pay it off, with the exception of the smallest Blackmore, Charlie. Soon, Charlie learns that his family is being forced to work as slaves with no chance of escape. Using his ability to hop into and control other dolls and use their unique abilities, it is up to Charlie to rescue his family, stop The Baron and put an end to child labour once and for all.