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Xbox LIVE January Deals inc. Mass Effect DLC & Portal [Xbox 360 Games]

Matt Gardner
Battleship, Games deals, Mass Effect, Portal, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live
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Xbox LIVE January Deals inc. Mass Effect DLC & Portal [Xbox 360 Games]

The XBL schedules for this month have been released and there are a few corkers coming down in price in the next week or two, so if you have a few Microsoft Points floating around you might want to hang onto them for a few more days. Check out the list of upcoming deals below and see if anything grabs your eye, we've put in the previous prices and the saving you'll be making in brackets. There's also a link at the bottom for the XBL new releases for the rest of this month:

Week Commencing January 18th:

Week Commencing January 25th:

Click here to see the rest of January's XBL Release Schedule at MajorNelson.com

The Mass Effect deals are perfectly timed to coincide with the upcoming release of BioWare's sequel. Of the two, Bring Down the Sky is the better one, although it's basically just a slightly drawn-out side quest with a couple of shiny new cutscenes. To be honest, it's actually quite fun, but it certainly won't blow your mind. I picked it up when it was 400 MP and thought that it was an okayish price, but 240 MP is an excellent deal and if you hankering more a bit more classic Shepherd action before part two arrives, this is the one to go for.

Pinnacle Station is a disappointment, essentially a gladiatorial arena for a creaking combat model. No one played Mass Effect for the combat, so designing a load of DLC specifically centred around combat should have been shot down in the ideas department from the start. You could spend 240 MP on it, but I'm not even sure if it's worth that.

Battleship is the classic game we all know and love with a few extra game modes thrown in for good measure. It was never really going to be worth 800 MP, so now that it's dropped to a respectable, if not quite dazzlingly attractive, 400 MP it's certainly worth a punt for any fans. There are enough extras, unlockables, achievements and party options to keep things somewhat fresh too.

Portal is the big one, though, and anyone who has yet to sample this stunningly inventive game should really do so without delay. You don't need to buy The Orange Box for this one any more (although you probably should as Half Life 2 is amazing!), and Still Alive comes bundled with 14 all-new hardcore bonus levels for maximum head-scratching. It was just about worth it for 1200 MP, but at 800 MP it's definitely a must-own game.

Thanks to Cuddy at HUKD and MajorNelson

UPDATE: Remember that for the rest of the month EA are offering an 800 MP rebate for anyone who buys three of their selected XBL Marketplace products. Original a Christmas deal, the run has been extended to the end of the month. You can find the full list here.

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NymChimpsky  Jan. 13, 2010 at 14:07

That's good timeing for these discounts, as don't forget EA are offering 800MSP rebate if you buy 3 of their products before the end of January.

I know the two ME addons were included in the offer, and maybe Battleships, so there's every chance of making a profit!

Matt Gardner  Jan. 13, 2010 at 15:11

Good shout on the EA rebate...completely forgot about that (too excited by Serious Sam HD atm!). Will update accordingly.

Eld  Jan. 14, 2010 at 16:16

The link you've included for the EA 800msp rebate says it's only for US residents?
Either way i cant see anything on there I'm tempted by. :/

Matt Gardner  Jan. 14, 2010 at 16:54



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