I've seen some truly shocking deals in my time. I've witnessed discounted avatar items, DLC packs for games scheduled for server termination and some truly shoddy produce... but this might just take the biscuit. For this week only, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can net Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing DLC Pack for... erm... 320 Microsoft Points. And that's it.
320 Points is a whopping saving of around 200 MSP compared to the usual RRP. Considering that this is absolutely free on the PC and that Valve are furious at Microsoft for making us pay on the 360, I'm amazed that this hasn't witnessed a serious saving or has been included in a larger themed deal package.
Still, a deal's a deal. Click here to download The Passing DLC for 320 Points from Xbox Live Marketplace. Remember that Gold Members will need to log in to witness the saving... and that you can spend the saved points on one of this week's best Indie games.
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing brings a new campaign, some new maps, a new enemy and some new game modes/mutations to the table. The three-map campaign itself brings the new survivor squad into contact with the four heroes from the original game- and whilst it's a vaguely unsatisfying reunion, the rock solid gameplay is still intact and a joy to behold. The new fallen survivor enemy presents a brand new challenge as he drops useful gear, but retreats backwards through the hordes to make players throw caution to the wind in order to take him down and claim the prize. The new mutators are also a lot of fun, so whilst Microsoft aren't offering a huge saving, this is still the best time to get involved if you haven't done so already.
New to XBLA: Thongs and Aliens
Deathspank: Thongs of Virtue (1200 MSP)
Deathspank ended with a bizarre non sequitur, and Thongs of Virtue concludes the saga with a new emphasis on powerful firearms. The familiar mix of copious subquests and expansive maps make for a decent amount of value, though once again the humour and voice acting can actually start to grate after extended play sessions. However, talking to NPCs now has a real bearing on the story and puzzles, meaning that it's now essential to chat to everyone we possibly can. The repetitive combat causes Thongs of Virtue to fall prey to the very RPG cliches it attempts to parody, but it's still a lengthy experience that Deathspank fans will undoubtedly relish.
Alien Breed 2: Assault (800 MSP)
The second episode of the revamped Alien Breed series has also arrived... and by all accounts, it's as solid and generic as its predecessor. Assault picks up from the cliffhanger ending of the original, tasking players with killing more aliens, repairing the ship, killing some aliens, making a hilariously awful one-liner and killing yet more aliens with unlockable weaponry. The Unreal Engine provides some impressive graphical grunt, and the new Survivor Mode allows squads of players to fend off increasingly dangerous hordes a la Halo's Firefight mode. PC owners ought to consider investing in the superior and entirely free Alien Swarm, but this is still a capable twinstick offering that's well worth trying out.