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XBLA Deal of the Week: Borderlands Blowout [Xbox 360 games]

Jonathan Lester
Borderlands, DLC, Secret Armory, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, The Underdome, XBLA, Zombie Island

XBLA Deal of the Week: Borderlands Blowout [Xbox 360 games]

There ain't no rest for the wicked... and money don't grow on trees.

Borderland's title track is dead right. Money doesn't grow on trees... but with this week's deal, Xbox Live Gold Members can get their hands on Borderlands' three DLC packs with for 400 MSP each (50% discount). In case you're unsure about what each expansion brings to the table, here's a quick rundown. Remember to log in to see the discount!

The Secret Armory of General Knoxx presents some serious value at 400 points. It'll net you an increased level cap, some excellent new missions for game-complete characters and a huge amount of shiny new gear (courtesy of the Secret Armory itself). General Knoxx and Crawmerax pose a serious threat to even the most hardened gamers... but take note that there's a serious balance problem. First-playthrough characters will breeze through the new levels in no time, whereas attempting the hardest missions alone on your second playthrough is tantamount to suicide.

The Underdome is pretty lazy. It's by far the weakest of the DLC packs and only provides some repetitive arenas for the your hard-earned points. Downed enemies don't even grant you loot or experience and it's only really suitable for achievement junkies who are desperate for 100% completion. Still, there's never been a better time to pick it up!

Finally, Zombie Island is well worth a visit. The spooky, colourful new setting makes for a refreshing change of pace- and the story is genuinely hilarious. You'll laugh out loud at least once. Plus, zombies are awesome; and it plays much like a supercharged Left 4 Dead once you get a few mates involved. Highly recommended and a steal at 400 MSP.

In other news, the Summer of Arcade will continue tomorrow with the release of Hydro Thunder, a modern adaptation of the aquatic arcade-turned-Dreamcast game. Stay tuned for my full review... and why not have a look at Matt's take on Limbo, the first game of the season.

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