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Microsoft's new holiday bundles  (Source: Kotaku)
Microsoft to include Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance with the Xbox 360 Premium, Elite

Microsoft today confirmed what has been rumored on the Internet for a few weeks with regards to its Xbox 360 console. The Redmond giant will include Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance with its Xbox 360 Premium and Xbox 360 Elite consoles.

News of the two bundled games first leaked to the web via Best Buy's online website -- the store later took the product pages down (likely after being contacted by Microsoft).

Bundled games are nothing new and retailers often bundle free games with new consoles during special promotions. When the Xbox 360 price cuts went into effect over the summer, Circuit City offered Rockstar Table Tennis for free with the Xbox 360 Premium.

This move, however, marks the first time that Microsoft itself has officially included two high profile games with its console.

The holiday season should prove to be quite fulfilling for potential Xbox 360 customers. Microsoft has already rolled out HDMI ports on the current crop of Xbox 360 Premium, Xbox 360 Elite and Xbox 360 Halo 3 Special Edition consoles.

In addition, cooler-running 65 nanometer Falcon CPUs are starting to show up in Halo 3 Special Edition consoles and will likely rollover to the rest of the Xbox 360 range shortly.



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RE: Pretty good value
By Legionosh on 10/8/2007 5:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
I know you didn't count XBOX Live in your post..I meant to clarify that, but points on that were more for comparisons sake than anything anyway. ;-)

I bought my PS3 because at the time I was able to put it on layway and pay it out (again I can never come up with $500 at once unless I save up, but $50-$100 is usually not too hard to come by)..and regardless of how much I might pick on the PS3, I am looking forward to FF XIII, MGS4 (IF it doesn't go to the 360..if it does I will wait and see which version is "better")..Little Big Planet looks really cool as well..

..but other than that it has no real exclusives to speak of that catch my eye (I waited for the Folklore Demo and when it came out..I was sooo disappointed..lol. Maybe I was expecting a darker game?)

It has "Haze", which was going to go to the 360 as well but was pulled by the devs to be PS3 only (what, are they WANTING to sell as few copies as possible?..lol..), but that didn't really interest me even when it was going to the 360..look severely mediocre to me for some reason.

Killzone 2? I'll definitely wait and see how that one turns out. Who knows, it could be really, really good..but as I said I will take the wait and see approach on that one. If it's great I'll buy it..otherwise I'll get it when it's $20-$30 used (like I do a lot of games)

..and off the top of my head I can't think of any other exclusives that I want, and with the track record of 99% of 3rd party games being superior on the 360 in one way or another I see no reason not to buy those for the 360.

..hence why I, like you, game primarily on my 360. I own somewhere around 10 Blu-Ray movies and 12 or so HD-DVDs (a local pawn shop let me snag several at $10 a piece..couldn't pass it up. I only wish I would've had more cash on me at the time..lol..), so I am trying to give both formats a fair shot, but with HD-DVD having lower production costs and less DRM, and the rumored sub $200 stand alone HD-DVD players coming for the holidays, I do lean towards HD-DVD.

I see your point on the controller issue, and that's fair (at least it isn't $60 like the Wii remote and nunchuck).

(I got the camera the day it came out as well..no wireless headset yet. My friend at Gamestop keeps on telling me he hears way too many horror stories about them (not to mention they are still $50..and a used one is still $40), but I plan on getting one some day fairly soon regardless. I like tax time..lol..

You bought the Harmony controller? Man, you went all out..lol. That thing is a REALLY nice piece of hardware, but a little out of my budget. :-P

More USB ports would be cool, but I bought a $10 USB hub/memory card reader so that solved that issue. Not as elegant as the card reader on my PS3 but it works..

So, Marvel UA anyone?..

I thought not..lol..

Kevin

legionosh@msn.com


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