Microsoft Launching "Ultimate Game Sale" Next Week

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Wow a whole 32 games on sale, it's kinda cute. It's like watching a little kid stomp around in their parents shoes.

Is this going to be across all regions, because we miss out on half of what they do. Their weekly "gold" specials usually suck, I see the same things popping up on those all the time. Will keep an eye on this though, if it comes here, it may surprise me.

Wow, escapist got kind of annoying. We used to be a more positive bunch than the rest of the forums, instead of people actually discussing anything or enjoying this news, the thread is just filled with people who just wanna talk shit on everything. I blame yahtzee.

Hmm, L4D2 for a tenner and you got yourselves a sale there Microsoft.

josemlopes:
Wow, guys, I know its Microsoft but a lot of you are talking a lot of shit here. They always have games and stuff at usually 30/50% off every week and there was that month not long ago where they actually did a big sales thing with Max Payne 3 at 5€, Virtua Figher 5 at about 2.50€, then other games like Rainbow Six Vegas and The Darkness at around those prices too. There were some other games there but those were probably the most bang for buck games that interested me.

So yeah, its not like they are great but to say that this will probably be only 30% off at most is really just being naive.

Still saving up for Steam Sales though, those are just incredible

My problem is that the Microsoft dashboard is so clustered with crap it just puts me off of browsing the damn thing, so I never see any good sales.

Steam on the other hand I'll just hit the specials tab and boom, a list of games on sale.

Oh yeah "Ultimate" sale, Micro$oft never ceases to find new, cringe worthy ways to fail. This Major Nelson clown is really starting to rub me the wrong way, and I had no intention of ever owning an XBone, why is he called Major Nelson anyway?

Huh, I got DA:O Ultimate edition for 20 bucks at gamestop while I was looking for something to play while my internet was out. I'm kind of curious to see how much they're going to mark the vanilla game down for, if their goal is to try and compete with retail prices/steam.

I have noticed a small but noteworthy flaw in this plan. Most of the games on this list I really want? I already have them. Stood in line for one or two of these fuckers, to boot. I have physical copies. They mine now.

I have no incentive to let Microsoft fuck my wallet up the ass twice re-monetize the initial purchases.

Presumably this is MS trying to regain some favor and cash by discounting digital games...games which will NOT carry over to the Xbone. So...yeah...*facepalm*

Zachary Amaranth:

...I really wish Microsoft didn't half-ass things.

They went all the way to piss off gamers and screw them over :P

gamegod25:
Presumably this is MS trying to regain some favor and cash by discounting digital games...games which will NOT carry over to the Xbone. So...yeah...*facepalm*

Zachary Amaranth:

...I really wish Microsoft didn't half-ass things.

They went all the way to piss off gamers and screw them over :P

That's only because they half-assed their thought process. >.>

Regarding the currying of favour and backwards compatibility, this is an awkward period, where they still need to promote the current console and can't afford to lose brand recognition. At the same time, their design decisions do make it all the harder, and being idiots hasn't really helped, either.

6_Qubed:
I have noticed a small but noteworthy flaw in this plan. Most of the games on this list I really want? I already have them. Stood in line for one or two of these fuckers, to boot. I have physical copies. They mine now.

I have no incentive to let Microsoft fuck my wallet up the ass twice re-monetize the initial purchases.

Consider, perhaps, you're not the target audience.

I picked up Borderlands 2 on the 360 for the split screen, and if they could have the DLC for any amount off I would consider getting that in the sale, but I doubt that will happen.

I do want to get Far Cry 3, but I doubt they'll beat what Amazon will have the physical disc for sometime this summer.

martyrdrebel27:
Wow, escapist got kind of annoying. We used to be a more positive bunch than the rest of the forums, instead of people actually discussing anything or enjoying this news, the thread is just filled with people who just wanna talk shit on everything. I blame yahtzee.

glad i'm not the only one that's noticed this.

"Guys! Guys look, see?! We're doing big sales too! You like us more now, right? R-right? Guys...? Is anyone still there...?"

Good work, Microsoft. Now do this more than once a year, eh?

Other than the fact that none of these games will transfer to the Xbone, I think people are being unduly harsh. But then again, every time we thought Microsoft would manage to fuck something up, we weren't disappointed (or we were, depending on how you looked at it).

It is a nice gesture from Microsoft, but there are two big problems I have with this is. Firstly, I've already purchased the games I've wanted from that bunch years ago and secondly my local retailer still sells them at the same price or cheaper than Microsoft's "sale" price and have done so for ages.

While I get the impression this is a desperate attempt to regain a little lost PR - I'm under the impression from the comments here that it is all too little, too late.

I'm waiting to see the discounts. I'm betting they'll be laughable next to Steam, GoG, and Greenman Gaming. (Hell, Greenman Gaming gives me DISCOUNTS FOR PRE-ORDERS.)

I'll believe Microsoft's "big sale" when I see it happen, and even then it'll be just as comedic as Modern Warfare 3 on Steam being sold at a -1% (Yes, that's negative savings) discount during a Summer Sale.

*Comes into thread expecting to see a bunch of oversaturated or plain shitty titles and is thinking of a derogatory post*

*Reads list, is surprised at the quality of some titles, namely MGR*

*Looks for sale prices*

*"I don't know exactly [...] when or for how much"*

*Laughs, leaves*

gg Microsoft.

Well leave it to Microsoft to announce a big sale right when my Gold expires. I currently have no desire to renew it, so hopefully this will be open to silver members, but even if it is I have serious doubts that microsoft will beat amazon's prices, so no thanks Microsoft.

Great, now if only it wasn't such a fucking obtuse system for me to buy stuff on my Xbox, (yeah, thanks for not accepting my bank card that is recognised by every other online retailer, guys.)

Fortunately the only game I don't already have on this list that interests me --Metal Gear Rising-- I'd rather have for the PS3, anyway.

CardinalPiggles:
Hmm, L4D2 for a tenner and you got yourselves a sale there Microsoft.

They had L4D2 for €10 in the last Games on Demand sale a few months ago so it's pretty likely

CardinalPiggles:
My problem is that the Microsoft dashboard is so clustered with crap it just puts me off of browsing the damn thing, so I never see any good sales.

Steam on the other hand I'll just hit the specials tab and boom, a list of games on sale.

Most sales are advertised on the main page.If not scroll over 2 tabs to the games page and they're listed there.At worst you have to scroll to the games page,click on "Browse Games" and click the "Sales and Specials" tab.I'm not the biggest fan of the dashboard either but stop pretending it's worse than it actually is.It's not like you have to search through twenty pages of crap to find them.If you're missing sales because you're too lazy to click two buttons then that's your problem

Wait, so Microsoft do something that can only be construed as a positive, and people STILL hate on them for it? This is beyond ridiculous.

Well I'm definitely tempted to pick up Metal Gear Rising and Max Payne 3, dependant on the price they are at. So yeah, count me as one of apparently seemingly few people that see this as a good thing.

Only games on the list that interest me are those I already own. Shame really.

Diablo1099:
When was the last "Big" Xbox Live sale anyway? Did they have one before now?

I know there was a big sale at the end of February. It had a pretty good selection of games and discounts up to 75% off, which is pretty good in my opinion.
Source: http://www.slashgear.com/xbox-live-games-on-demand-sale-starts-today-26271595/

MetalDooley:

CardinalPiggles:
Hmm, L4D2 for a tenner and you got yourselves a sale there Microsoft.

They had L4D2 for €10 in the last Games on Demand sale a few months ago so it's pretty likely

CardinalPiggles:
My problem is that the Microsoft dashboard is so clustered with crap it just puts me off of browsing the damn thing, so I never see any good sales.

Steam on the other hand I'll just hit the specials tab and boom, a list of games on sale.

Most sales are advertised on the main page.If not scroll over 2 tabs to the games page and they're listed there.At worst you have to scroll to the games page,click on "Browse Games" and click the "Sales and Specials" tab.I'm not the biggest fan of the dashboard either but stop pretending it's worse than it actually is.It's not like you have to search through twenty pages of crap to find them.If you're missing sales because you're too lazy to click two buttons then that's your problem

It took me literally 1 second to find that Chivalry was 6.45 from the moment Steam loaded. Not to mention all the other games just below it.

On the Xbox dashboard I can't see a list of games with their prices right there next to each game. I have to go into each tile one by one to find the relevant information I need to make an informed decision.

And of course I'm being lazy. But convenient service is what brings customers back. At the end of the day, if they want my money, they need to provide me with a good service.

Thanks for the heads up for L4D2.

Shite, just got far cry on tuesday. I might look into MGSand Bioshock, but I have to say I already own a lot of the list. So meh. I bet it's Gold ojly anyway.

Will this be available outside the US? Because the last sale that Microsoft advertised when a bunch of stuff was on sale was only in the US. And everyone fucking hated them for it.

Well, looks like Microsoft is already fumbling their *good* ideas. Aside from this entire game sale being...dubious at best, Major Nelson just tweeted that the two games almost every media gaming site was citing as being the first in their "Free Games for Gold" program for July (i.e. the program Sony has already had for years...), namely Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2, will *not* be coming out for July.

Instead the first (or technically second) free game is..."Defense Grid." (*Sigh*) Way to go, Microsoft. Well, considering they were offering a massive discount on Xbox Gold Subs during E3, I suppose this shouldn't come as a surprise. They know most people were only resubbing in the hopes of picking up some great free games. Instead of providing some blockbuster titles to entice people what do they give? Fable 3 and a cheap Arcade title. I love my Xbox, but Jesus >.>

roguewriter:
Instead the first (or technically second) free game is..."Defense Grid."

Hey, Defense Grid is pretty good!

LOL psn has been doing these type of deals for a while now

Zachary Amaranth:

6_Qubed:
I have noticed a small but noteworthy flaw in this plan. Most of the games on this list I really want? I already have them. Stood in line for one or two of these fuckers, to boot. I have physical copies. They mine now.

I have no incentive to let Microsoft fuck my wallet up the ass twice re-monetize the initial purchases.

Consider, perhaps, you're not the target audience.

I agree with you, if only because nobody really targets a carpet bombing.

Rockstar Table Tennis

Just...... WHY?

Still, i guess thats a good thing. small steps forward is still forward, and god knows they need to move forward with how much running backwards they done lately.

martyrdrebel27:
Wow, escapist got kind of annoying. We used to be a more positive bunch than the rest of the forums, instead of people actually discussing anything or enjoying this news, the thread is just filled with people who just wanna talk shit on everything. I blame yahtzee.

You blame Yathzee because gaming industry in the last...4 years have been terrible?
Well your views are unique i give you that.

roguewriter:
, namely Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2, will *not* be coming out for July.

Instead the first (or technically second) free game is..."Defense Grid." (*Sigh*)

Dont you diss Defence Grid. It is more fun to play than both of Halo 3 and AC2 combined!

Strazdas:

Rockstar Table Tennis

Just...... WHY?

Still, i guess thats a good thing. small steps forward is still forward, and god knows they need to move forward with how much running backwards they done lately.

martyrdrebel27:
Wow, escapist got kind of annoying. We used to be a more positive bunch than the rest of the forums, instead of people actually discussing anything or enjoying this news, the thread is just filled with people who just wanna talk shit on everything. I blame yahtzee.

You blame Yathzee because gaming industry in the last...4 years have been terrible?
Well your views are unique i give you that.

roguewriter:
, namely Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2, will *not* be coming out for July.

Instead the first (or technically second) free game is..."Defense Grid." (*Sigh*)

Dont you diss Defence Grid. It is more fun to play than both of Halo 3 and AC2 combined!

my blaming Yahtzee was at least 75% a joke. But I have valid reasons for the remaining 25%.

1. When I joined the escapist, I instantly was drawn to the community. unlike all the other gaming sites (gamefaqs...) this seemed like a mature, adult forum where we could talk, discuss and debate without it devolving into childish flame wars. However, with the ever-increasing popularity of ZP, we're getting more and more people that don't have that same respect and love for our community.

2. sometimes, reading certain posts, I get the feeling that the poster is forcefully attempting to be snarky, sarcastic and dismissive, emulating Yahtzee perhaps. Yahtzee does it great. He's an artist of the field. He's the Kurt Cobain of Snarkiness, whereas everyone else is closer to the Nickleback version of snarkiness. The analogy makes sense. Up here at least. you couldn't see, but right there, when I said "up here" I was pointing at my head.

martyrdrebel27:

my blaming Yahtzee was at least 75% a joke. But I have valid reasons for the remaining 25%.

1. When I joined the escapist, I instantly was drawn to the community. unlike all the other gaming sites (gamefaqs...) this seemed like a mature, adult forum where we could talk, discuss and debate without it devolving into childish flame wars. However, with the ever-increasing popularity of ZP, we're getting more and more people that don't have that same respect and love for our community.

2. sometimes, reading certain posts, I get the feeling that the poster is forcefully attempting to be snarky, sarcastic and dismissive, emulating Yahtzee perhaps. Yahtzee does it great. He's an artist of the field. He's the Kurt Cobain of Snarkiness, whereas everyone else is closer to the Nickleback version of snarkiness. The analogy makes sense. Up here at least. you couldn't see, but right there, when I said "up here" I was pointing at my head.

1. It still is. However the recent Xbox One reveal has kinda stirred stuff up and some people are very angry at microsoft. I do not know how popular was ZP back when you joined, 2009 is around the time i started visiting the site, though registered only much later, but while it is the sites main attraction from the outside view, it was the community that made me stay here. I would probably go as far as to call this forum too mature for idiots like myself.
2. There are plenty of those everywhere. This is the internet after all. Not sure how much of that is emulating Yathzee, as they dont really get anything out of it if thats the reason. SOme people just like to be snarky and sarcastic. and when they cannot do it naturally, they try to force it.
and its good that you explained the up here because it felt a lot like "im above you" statement at first, at least to me.

Strazdas:

martyrdrebel27:

my blaming Yahtzee was at least 75% a joke. But I have valid reasons for the remaining 25%.

1. When I joined the escapist, I instantly was drawn to the community. unlike all the other gaming sites (gamefaqs...) this seemed like a mature, adult forum where we could talk, discuss and debate without it devolving into childish flame wars. However, with the ever-increasing popularity of ZP, we're getting more and more people that don't have that same respect and love for our community.

2. sometimes, reading certain posts, I get the feeling that the poster is forcefully attempting to be snarky, sarcastic and dismissive, emulating Yahtzee perhaps. Yahtzee does it great. He's an artist of the field. He's the Kurt Cobain of Snarkiness, whereas everyone else is closer to the Nickleback version of snarkiness. The analogy makes sense. Up here at least. you couldn't see, but right there, when I said "up here" I was pointing at my head.

1. It still is. However the recent Xbox One reveal has kinda stirred stuff up and some people are very angry at microsoft. I do not know how popular was ZP back when you joined, 2009 is around the time i started visiting the site, though registered only much later, but while it is the sites main attraction from the outside view, it was the community that made me stay here. I would probably go as far as to call this forum too mature for idiots like myself.
2. There are plenty of those everywhere. This is the internet after all. Not sure how much of that is emulating Yathzee, as they dont really get anything out of it if thats the reason. SOme people just like to be snarky and sarcastic. and when they cannot do it naturally, they try to force it.
and its good that you explained the up here because it felt a lot like "im above you" statement at first, at least to me.

1. I joined early 2009, had been following the site for a few months before that. Like you, I was lured here by ZP, but one day I saw a topic being discussed, no idea what it was now, but I remember thinking "wait.. you can't say that on a gaming site!" Then, as I went through the forums, I realized I was home. This is now my primary source of gaming culture news.

2. I'm double glad I pointed out the head pointing, because what you would have thought is what I was afraid you would have thought had I not pointed out the head pointing.

Today seems like it's going to be an agreeable day. huzzah!

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