Microsoft Details Some of Their Xbox Live Plans for the Rest of January

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Usually Microsoft is a well oiled machine that delivers Games on Demand news when games drop on the service, and they announce Deal of the Week and Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday news on a Monday morning... and this is every week without fail. Every so often though it's as if the sides of the Redmond based publisher explode due to the overwhelming amount of infomation they're storing and all the month's content gets spilt out all over the floor. Thankfully whenever this happens - and today seems to be one of those days - we're there to pick up the juicy bits of information and report back to our loyal readers.

The schedule for January is as follow... And before you ask, where Perfect Dark is... By the looks of it, it's still radio silent. As soon as we hear something though, consider yourself told.

Avatar Marketplace

Get your hands on Adidas Performance apparel and a fresh selection of Roxy and Quiksilver branded garb, available now! ‘Tis the snowboarding season so deck your Avatar out in signature Burton gear, or check out the apocalyptic goods themed after the epic thriller, “Darksiders” (THQ), all available on  January 14.

Feeling worldly? Channel the corners of the world with International attire available on January 21. Kick up some dirt in tees and more from “MX vs. ATV” (THQ, Inc.), or give your preppy wardrobe a re-fresh with University style outfits, also available on January 21.

Deal of the Week

“Magic: The Gathering” (Microsoft) | January 11 – January 18 | Worldwide, available for 400 Microsoft Points.

“Mass Effect” – “Bring Down the Sky” and “Pinnacle Station” game add-ons (Microsoft)
| January 18 – January 25 | Worldwide (except Japan), available for 240 Microsoft Points.

“Hasbro Family Game Night: Battleship” (Electronic Arts) | January 18 – January 25 | Japan, available for 400 Microsoft Points.

“Portal: Still Alive” (Microsoft) | January 25 – February 1 | Worldwide, available for 800 Microsoft Points.


Xbox Live Arcade

"Serious Sam: The First Encounter HD” (Majesco) | Out Now | Worldwide (except  Asia, New Zealand, Mexico): The legendary Sam ‘Serious’ Stone returns for battle against the relentless hordes of Mental’s army in this updated high definition shooter on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Based on the original indie araced game “Serious Sam”, “Serious Sam: The First Encounter HD” showcases redesigned visuals, over-the-top action and intense online co-op for up to four players. Available, for 1200 Microsoft Points, “Serious Sam: The First Encounter HD” is rated PEGI 16+

“Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment”
(Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.) | January 20| Worldwide: Get ready to fight for your kingdom with Konamil’s legendary role playing game, “Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment.” As the young orphan Tobias Martin, you will have to defend your homeland of Sostegaria as it stands on the brink of war. Gather up your troops and enlist your comrades to help you fight for peace.  Join the fight for peace with your comrades! Available for 1200 Microsoft Points, “Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment” is rated PEGI 12+

“Death by Cube” (Square Enix)| January 20| Worldwide (except Korea): Exhilaration and action are just a few of the key adjectives that set apart “Death By Cube” from your everyday shooter. This multiplayer action-packed game lets you choose from 40 stages, 12 characters and 1000 bullets as you try to take out 100 enemies through brute force. Available for 800 Microsoft Points, “Death By Cube” is rated PEGI 12+.


Games on Demand

“Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2” (Ubisoft) | Out Now | Worldwide (except Japan): The Ghosts are back!  It’s 2014, and the soldier of the future returns to encounter a new and more imminent threat along the recently completed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The Ghosts are more powerful with an upgraded Integrated Warfighter System (IWS) but will have only 72 hours to assess the threat and stop the rebels from reaching U.S. soil.  Rated PEGI 12+

“Dead Rising” (Capcom) | January 26 | Worldwide (except Germany, Japan, Korea and India): Get ready for the upcoming sequel by playing the original Dead Rising.  As Frank West, your mission is to survive for 72 hours inside a mall filled with more than 50,000 flesh-craving zombies. Everything you can grab is a weapon, from chainsaws to park benches, soccer balls to lawn mowers. Welcome to hell! Rated PEGI 16+


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