Xbox LIVE holiday line-up cuts prices and adds Marston

John Marston looks east and is displeased.

Microsoft Game Studios’ Major Nelson released a full list of the goodies coming to Xbox LIVE this holiday season and among all the price cuts and Forza packs, the wildest wrangler in the West comes to Games on Demand. That’s right, Red Dead Redemption will be available for download from Xbox LIVE quickly following its big win at Spike’s Video Game Awards, and all this digital goodness begins December 21st.

Other notable deals include Super Meat Boy for 33 percent off, Castle Crashers for half off, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Just Cause 2 for Games on Demand, and the release of the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Expansion Pack. And for U.S. Xbox LIVE members, there will be a Halo: Reach all-night gaming marathon on December 18th with a potential for some prize-winnings to put under that non-denominational tree.

For the full list and details on the marathon, check out the announcement below or head over to Larry Hryb’s blog at the link below that.

Celebrate the countdown to the New Year on Xbox LIVE.
Get ready for your New Year’s Celebration with great entertainment and daily special offers from Xbox LIVE. From December 21 through December 31, we’ll have a new Xbox LIVE Marketplace deal every day. I’ll be posting the daily deals here on my blog and on twitter. In addition to the surprise daily offers, we’ll host 10 unique offers (see below) that will be available for the duration of the campaign.

Here is a preview of the 10 deals and their discounted price that will be available December 21 – December 31
Super Meat Boy Discounted Price: 800 Savings: 33%
Comic Jumper Discounted Price: 800 Savings: 33%
Toy Soldiers Discounted Price: 800 Savings: 33%
Banjo Tooie Discounted Price: 600 Savings: 50%
Castle Crashers Discounted Price: 600 Savings: 50%
The UnderGarden Discounted Price: 400 Savings: 50%
Risk Factions Discounted Price: 400 Savings: 50%
Afterburner Climax Discounted Price: 400 Savings: 50%
Borderland’s Claptrap New Revolution Discounted Price: 400 Savings: 50%
Carcassonne Discounted Price: 400 Savings: 50%

The above discounted prices will kick-in on December 21st.

Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week** :
Week of December 20 – Forza Car Packs:
World Class Car Pack, 200 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)
Summer Velocity Car Pack, 200 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)
Exotic Car Pack, 200 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)
Road & Track Car Pack, 200 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)
Audi R8 LMS RC Car, 160 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)
Checkered Flags, 80 Microsoft Points (50 percent off)

**Special pricing available for Xbox LIVE Gold Members

Xbox Games On Demand:
December 21: Red Dead Redemption
December 21: Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
December 28: Transformers: War for Cybertron
December 28: Just Cause 2
December 28: Ghostbusters

Xbox LIVE Avatar Marketplace:
December 15: Bomberman LIVE
December 15: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
December 15: Winter Wear
December 23: Disney Sidekicks
December 23: University Collection (College Football Bowl Season)
December 23: Ninjas Collection

Xbox Game Add-Ons:
December 21: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Expansion Pack, 1200 Microsoft Points
December 29: Bomberman Live: Battlefest Bomb-Up Pack I, 240 Microsoft Points

Xbox LIVE Arcade:
Starting December 22 through January 5, Microsoft Game Studios will introduce three new downloadable hits hits as part of Games for the Holidays, exclusively to Xbox LIVE Arcade and for gamers of every level :
December 22: A World of Keflings, 800 Microsoft Points and available worldwide
December 29: Raskulls, 800 Microsoft Points
January 5: ilomilo, 800 Microsoft Points

Plus, for Xbox LIVE Members in the US:
This Saturday, December 18, Lexus will sponsor the all-night gaming marathon for Halo: Reach on Xbox LIVE in the U.S., giving gamers the opportunity to download Lexus content and enter to win prizes for playing from dusk ‘til dawn. Every hour from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. PT, eight players will each win 4,000 Microsoft Points. Keep an eye on the Xbox 360 dashboard for more information.

*Current schedule. Subject to change. All content may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions.




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Author: Dan Crabtree View all posts by
Dan is Managing Editor for GamerNode and a freelance gaming writer. His dog is pretty great. Check him out on Twitter @DanRCrabtree.

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