Rather than overtly choosing a theme, this week's selection of Xbox Live Gold member deals is ostensibly a grab bag of "various" great games. However, there's a decidedly insectoid vibe running through them. It's impossible to top last week's Black Friday insanity, but the four games all offer excellent gameplay and provide great value nonetheless.
Earthworm Jim HD is an eyepopping remake of Shiny's classic platformer- with some nifty avatar awards and new levels adding extra value to the package. Worms 2: Armageddon is a fully featured blast-a-thon that's perfect for settling disputes and killing time with a few mates. Band of Bugs is an accessible tactical strategy outing that offers serious depth beneath the cartoony presentation. Oh... and if you want to relive some creepy crawlie arcade titles, Centipede & Millipede have you covered.
- Worms 2: Armageddon (400 Points)
- Band of Bugs (400 Points)
- Earthworm Jim HD (400 Points)
- Centipede & Millipede (200 Points)
New To XBLA: Unbound, Noble Maps & DLC
This week's arcade release is Unbound Saga. It's a traditional side-scrolling brawler that has been given some lavish HD treatment. It feels a lot like the classic Comix Zone in many respects, but an expandable skill tree and multiple characters make for an infinitely more replayable experience.
Monday Night Combat has received another bout of free content, including a new arena and yet more tweaks to the formula. Click here to add the free download to your queue! Just in case you haven't caught MNC fever yet, why not check out our full review?
Trials HD has also delivered a hefty expansion of the paid variety. The Big Thrills pack costs 400 points, but is worth every penny thanks to forty new tracks. Expect even more extreme difficulty, massive stunts and plenty of tedious pipes to climb over.
Last but certainly not least, the Noble Map Pack has been released for Halo Reach. The jury's still out on whether 800 MSP represents good value for three new maps- but if you're a Reach Veteran, it's well worth queueing up. For the new achievements as much as anything.