Looks like Microsoft is attempting to shift their announce schedule a bit. Typically, we find out what’s coming up at the beginning of each week, a lot of times on that Sunday via Major Nelson’s podcast. But just as we saw with December, Mr Hyrb has posted the next few week’s releases in one big chunk. He says they are shooting for an ongoing bi-monthly announcement similar to this one. Personally, I’m happy with this direction as it’s much more helpful for those who need to budget out their points if they have a basic idea on what’s coming soon to the Marketplace. A couple of things caught my eye: 1st, it’s nice to see the Vandal Hearts franchise come to XBLA. I loved the first 2 games on the original Playstation & the XBLA (it’s also coming to PSN) entry will serve as a prequel. While not as popular as some of the other tactical RPGs *cough* Final Fantasy Tactics *cough*, it’s still worthy of your attention. 2nd, in addition to Last.fm, Silver members will also be able to play Left 4 Dead 2 multiplayer during the same time frame. Here’s the full list as posted on Major Nelson’s Blog…
January 18th: Mass Effect’s Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station, 240 Microsoft Points each.
January 18th: Hasbro Family Game Night: Battleship, 400 Microsoft Points.
January 25th: Portal: Still Alive, 800 Microsoft Points.
January 12th: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
January 26th: Dead Rising
January 13th: Serious Sam: The First Encounter HD, 1200 Microsoft Points
January 20th: Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment, 1200 Microsoft Points
January 20th: Death by Cube, 800 Microsoft Points
January 14th: Burton gear and Darksiders outfits.
January 21st: International attire , MX vs. ATV, and University style outfits
Starting today, the following Games on Demand are now available for a lower price:
If all goes well, I should be able to share a schedule like this with you on a bimonthly basis.
Plus, this Friday January 15 from 12n ET/9am PT through Monday January 18 at 12n ET/ 9am PT, Xbox LIVE Silver members can enjoy Last.fm on Xbox 360 for free.