Microsoft teases 32 Xbox 360 games for sale next week


"Bioshock Infinite" is among the 32 games that will go on sale through Xbox Live next week.

Microsoft may be launching its Xbox One game console later this year, but the company still plans on supporting the Xbox 360 for years to come. To help keep the current generation going, Microsoft will provide an "Ultimate Game Sale" next week with reduced prices on 32 titles in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Larry Hryb, Microsoft's Xbox Live director of programming, posted a list of all the games that will go on sale during the course of next week, including several big-name games such as the recently released "Bioshock Infinite" and "Gears of War: Judgment." No exact prices have been announced for the games, though Hryb said he would update his blog when details are announced for each game.

The full list of games that will go on sale next week is as follows:

  • Assassin's Creed 3 
  • Bioshock Infinite 
  • Borderlands 2 
  • Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 
  • Bulletstorm
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 
  • Crysis 
  • Crysis 3 
  • Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga 
  • Dragon Age Origins 
  • Far Cry 3 
  • Far Cry Instincts: Predator 
  • Forza Horizon 
  • Gears of War: Judgement 
  • Hasbro Family Game Night 3 
  • Hitman Absolution 
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two 
  • Left 4 Dead 2 
  • Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes 
  • Lego Lord of the Rings 
  • Mass Effect
  • Max Payne 3 
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Monopoly Streets 
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Prey 
  • Rockstar Table Tennis 
  • The Orange Box 
  • Tomb Raider 
  • The Witcher 2 
  • WWE 13 
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Source: Major Nelson | Image via 2K Games

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Mandosis said,
I think I will get Far Cry 3 if its a good deal. I have always wanted to try that game out.

It's well worth full price le alone getting it that much cheaper.

Mandosis said,
I think I will get Far Cry 3 if its a good deal. I have always wanted to try that game out.

Great game, I just have not finished it yet. At the end, but life got in the way.

I would love to be proved wrong but I think that these 'sales' will still be twice if not three times of price of a retail purchase.

Most of the digital downloads are 50% more than the retail disc copy of the game anyway... so what Microsoft is really saying is for a limited time, buy digital with DRM for similar price to physical with no DRM...

Forza Horizon on Xbox Live - £39.99 with DRM- http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5309c9
Forza Horizon on Amazon - £22.45 with no drm - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Micros...Horizon-Xbox/dp/B00844NKV0/

Perfect Dark Zero on Xbox Live - £11.99 with DRM - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5307d3
Perfect Dark Zero on Amazon - £6.70 with no drm - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfec...lassics-Xbox/dp/B000IUOW0Q/

Max Payne 3 on Xbox Live - £24.99 with DRM - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8025454086b
Max Payne 3 on Amazon - £9.99 with no drm - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8025454086b

Unlike Steam sales its pretty hard to get excited about Xbox Live sales, given when such sales happen games have already been 50% cheaper else where for months...

Mikeffer said,
Are they cheaper than they were before? Yes. Then it's a sale.
Ha some people will try to defend anything. You'll notice if you read his post he never says it isn't a sale merely that it isn't worth it because prices on the store are so high to begin with. Your post is pointless.

the better twin said,
Ha some people will try to defend anything. You'll notice if you read his post he never says it isn't a sale merely that it isn't worth it because prices on the store are so high to begin with. Your post is pointless.

the better twin said,
Ha some people will try to defend anything. You'll notice if you read his post he never says it isn't a sale merely that it isn't worth it because prices on the store are so high to begin with. Your post is pointless.

a) What am i defending?
b) "for a limited time, buy digital with DRM for similar price to physical with no DRM". read it again and understand it.
c) Nice little mature insult thrown in at the end there, well done champ, have a biscuit

Circuitspark said,
Umm, DRM? All games have DRM, just depending on if the DRM is on the disk or if it's connected to the account.

This cant be emphasized enough! All console discs have always had and will continue to have DRM.

Circuitspark said,
Umm, DRM? All games have DRM, just depending on if the DRM is on the disk or if it's connected to the account.

stevew25 said,

This cant be emphasized enough! All console discs have always had and will continue to have DRM.

I think you guys are missing the point again. This particular implementation of DRM restricts your freedom with regards to sharing and resale. That really shouldn't have required spelling out for you.

DARKFiB3R said,

I think you guys are missing the point again. This particular implementation of DRM restricts your freedom with regards to sharing and resale. That really shouldn't have required spelling out for you.

What do you expect if you buy it digitally. Magic? Its a convenience for most people and I might taken them up on some of these. If I could not buy discs again I'd be happy. DRM isn't a big deal.

spenser.d said,

What do you expect if you buy it digitally. Magic? Its a convenience for most people and I might taken them up on some of these. If I could not buy discs again I'd be happy. DRM isn't a big deal.

I didn't say I expected anything, it is what it is. You pays your money, you makes your choice.

Regardless, it is entirely possible to have a system whereby the licence for downloaded content is transferrable, no "magic" required.

DARKFiB3R said,

I didn't say I expected anything, it is what it is. You pays your money, you makes your choice.

Regardless, it is entirely possible to have a system whereby the licence for downloaded content is transferrable, no "magic" required.

Yeah they tried to implement that in the One, but y'all lost your minds, screaming DRM

-T- said,

Yeah they tried to implement that in the One, but y'all lost your minds, screaming DRM

And rightly so.

I'm sure they will work it out, where nobody gets shafted.

Maybe I missed something, but Xbox has had digital purchasing available for years. Why are we just now starting to complain about this Doctor M thing?

spenser.d said,

What do you expect if you buy it digitally. Magic? Its a convenience for most people and I might taken them up on some of these. If I could not buy discs again I'd be happy. DRM isn't a big deal.

It is when you aren't offered a CHOICE on what DRM policy you WANT.

Anyway, if this is kind of proof on how MS would have handled the Xbox One's sales, they wouldn't have been nearly as good as retail prices or even Steams prices during a sale. I was expecting sales of games for $5 or $10 after a year during a sale, some of these are older and still will cost over $30.

Another thing, you know it is very easy, no magic required, to add game sharing to current consoles, as simple as adding the option via digital downloads. I believe MS best move will be when they allow Disc based DRM as they currently do, AND digital sharing. Which again is currently possible with the 360. I do not get where people think it isn't possible at all... it is just a choice MS made to not support it. In this case, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Microsoft was going to add it to Xbox One and people complained. You can't expect them to just let you share games all willy nilly with no license ties. They had a great system lined up and people shot it down.

spenser.d said,
Microsoft was going to add it to Xbox One and people complained. You can't expect them to just let you share games all willy nilly with no license ties. They had a great system lined up and people shot it down.

It wasn't great though, was it. Far from it, in fact. That's why it got shot down so hard. Not because we are idiots, as people with a different point of view like to keep suggesting.

They should, can, and will do better. For all of us.

Circuitspark said,
Umm, DRM? All games have DRM, just depending on if the DRM is on the disk or if it's connected to the account.

Copy Protection != DRM

DARKFiB3R said,

It wasn't great though, was it. Far from it, in fact. That's why it got shot down so hard. Not because we are idiots, as people with a different point of view like to keep suggesting.

They should, can, and will do better. For all of us.

We will probably never know now.. but imo all digital would of been better for gamers as we would all have more games to play at a total cost less than even the used game market.. obviously the people it would of hurt would be used game resellers, renters.. and modders.

stevew25 said,

We will probably never know now.. but imo all digital would of been better for gamers as we would all have more games to play at a total cost less than even the used game market.. obviously the people it would of hurt would be used game resellers, renters.. and modders.

DRM never hurts modders. Ever. The only people that get stung by it's restrictions are loyal paying customers, and in this case, that included people that buy second hand or rent, which is a massive amount. I don't give a **** that a restricted sharing "feature" had to be (temporarily?) removed in order to retain my consumer rights. It was worth it.

They can still offer that feature without screwing people over. It's up to them to do it right.

spenser.d said,
Microsoft was going to add it to Xbox One and people complained. You can't expect them to just let you share games all willy nilly with no license ties. They had a great system lined up and people shot it down.
You can expect them to find a happy middle ground and not just pull a 180. Again, they could offer both, no problem.

SierraSonic said,
You can expect them to find a happy middle ground and not just pull a 180. Again, they could offer both, no problem.

Unfortunately for the gamers, it wouldn't quite as simple offering a middle ground. Technically they could quite easily drop a patch in that allowed for a change in the circumstances, however that's not the issue. The issue is quite obviously licence restrictions and legal agreements with publishers etc.

Red tape ruins all.

Mikeffer said,

Unfortunately for the gamers, it wouldn't quite as simple offering a middle ground. Technically they could quite easily drop a patch in that allowed for a change in the circumstances, however that's not the issue. The issue is quite obviously licence restrictions and legal agreements with publishers etc.

Red tape ruins all.

Which doesn't make sense, as the feature was already accepted by them. What is the difference in the game discs working like they did before AND digital only working like MS planned?

Edited by SierraSonic, Jul 2 2013, 3:27pm :

SierraSonic said,
Which doesn't make sense, as the feature was already accepted by them. What is the difference in the game discs working like they did before AND digital only working like MS planned?

It's more than likely that the restrictions placed on the XB1 were settled after lengthy discussions with the publishers and developers. In order to change the way they're going about things they're going to have to enter into those lengthy meetings again.

InsaneNutter said,
Most of the digital downloads are 50% more than the retail disc copy of the game anyway... so what Microsoft is really saying is for a limited time, buy digital with DRM for similar price to physical with no DRM...

Forza Horizon on Xbox Live - £39.99 with DRM- http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5309c9
Forza Horizon on Amazon - £22.45 with no drm - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Micros...Horizon-Xbox/dp/B00844NKV0/

Perfect Dark Zero on Xbox Live - £11.99 with DRM - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5307d3
Perfect Dark Zero on Amazon - £6.70 with no drm - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfec...lassics-Xbox/dp/B000IUOW0Q/

Max Payne 3 on Xbox Live - £24.99 with DRM - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8025454086b
Max Payne 3 on Amazon - £9.99 with no drm - http://marketplace.xbox.com/en...77fe-1000-9115-d8025454086b

Unlike Steam sales its pretty hard to get excited about Xbox Live sales, given when such sales happen games have already been 50% cheaper else where for months...

So, looks like you were wrong then. Care to apologise and eat your hat?

I kinda don't think a mere 32 titles(out of all the available 360 titles) qualifies as an "ultimate sale". But i guess that is pretty big considering this is an xbox live sale we're talking about.

Since most of them are AAA games you could easily say it's an "ultimate sale" but of course if you're an indie guy then it's more meh for you.