Update: It looks like the original price-point of 200 MS points this morning was in fact an error as the price of the Undertow expansion has been raised to 400 MS points.
Earlier in the week we reported that the expansion to Undertow, Microsoft's apology gift to gamers for the LIVE service downtime, would be hitting the Marketplace at 400 MS space bucks today.
Well, one for two ain't bad. The Undertow expansion, Path of the Elect, has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace but at the low price of 200 MS points (aka $2.50). According to the listing on Xbox.com the expansion pack price was slated at 400 MS points, so it is unclear if the content was priced down prior to release or if the Xbox Live Marketplace listing is an error.
Regardless, 200 MS points for the expansion is a steal and fans of Undertow should take notice immediately -- especially if this was a mistake!
Undertow's Path of the Elect expansion will give XBLA gamers an additional five campaign single / co-op levels, a new playable alien race called the "Elect" and four extra multiplayer maps. But this is not charity DLC as Chair Entertainment will be charging 400 Microsoft points for their Path of the Elect content. Then again, it isn't like the majority of Undertow owners didn't get the game for free, so we'll probably be tiny bit more open minded with our purchasing decision. Path of the Elect. DLC. Tomorrow. Buy.
Microsoft's apology download Undertow has been a free game download since Wednesday, January 23rd and will continue to be free until this evening. Then, tonight at 11:59PM pacific, Microsoft will be flipping the switch and revert Undertow back to its 800 Microsoft point price tag. So, if you have yet to get your download on, we advise getting your bum on the couch and scheduling two minutes out of your Sunday to head to the XBLM and download Undertow. Now, if you miss out, you have nobody else to blame but yourself and possibly your parents for handing down lazy genetics.
Major Nelson posted a comment telling those who already own Undertow to "contact [Xbox] support" and that "they will take care of you." By taking care of us we don't expect free pizza for a year or a massage, but we do expect either free MS points or another XBLA download. Bottom line, if you've previously purchased Undertow and want another form of compensation for the Xbox Live downtime, get on the tele and make a call to Xbox customer support. State your case and ask (politely) for other compensation. Like Major said, they'll take care of you.
Major Nelson just pinged us to let us know that Undertow has been pegged as the game that will be offered for free as an apology for the recent troubles on Xbox Live. If your unfamiliar with the game, it's essentially a 2D version of Battlefield ... only underwater. Players engage in class-based shooter action in order to capture control points and drain their opponents' resources. It's also one of the best looking games on Xbox Live Arcade and supports 16 players online. To put it simply: it was a good choice by Microsoft. The game will be free for download starting next Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 am Pacific and will remain free through Sunday, January 27 at 11:59 am Pacific.
The big question is whether or not this $10 game will serve to quiet the angry throngs of gamers that have been denied their Xbox Live. Come to think of it, the bigger question may be whether or not those who download Undertow will actually be able to play it online next week. Let's hope so.
This is it, your very, very last chance to win a copy of the XBLA underwater adventure Undertow. Hopefully, you remembered to enter once a day and maximize your chances of winning. Of course, if you didn't, there's nothing you can do about it now. In fact, it's really kind of cruel for us to even mention it .... Anyway, head on over to the official giveaway post and submit your entry.
Oh, and sorry about the who "maximize your chances of winning" thing. That was mean.
Hey kids! Just a quick reminder that you still have a chance to win a super-neato and keen copy of Undertow for that new-fangled Xbox Live Arcade everyone is raving about. The poop on the street is that this game is hip with all of today's youngsters. If you'd like to be the first one on your block to nab a copy, just head on over to the official giveaway post and submit your entry. And remember,
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Hey kids, Fanswag Weekly is back this week with a copy of Undertow for Xbox Live Arcade. Something like a mix between Geometry Wars and Battlefield, Undertow tasks your underwater faction with taking control of certain territories. It's a lot of fun and easily one of the most graphically impressive games available for XBLA (this sucker uses the Unreal 2 engine, after all). If you'd like to get your hands on a free download code for Undertow, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.
- Undertow takes place under the sea. Leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite sea creature is and why. You can leave one comment per calendar day (Eastern Time).
- Be sure you only leave one comment per day. Posters of multiple comments during the same day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Friday, December 21, 12:00pm Noon, Eastern Time. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only
- On Friday, we'll pick one winner via a random drawing
- One winner will each receive a download code for Undertow, worth $10
The underwater adventure game of wetness Undertow is this week's XBLA release and for 800 Microsoft points it promises "non-stop conquest-style battles" that "push the envelope of onscreen effects and combat action". Intense stuff, we know. Undertow has already received some, so we'll see if the game's multiplayer and overall underwater feel deem it worthy enough of our 800 points and official X3F stamp of approval. But we aren't giving out awards or committing to a purchase until Wednesday. Sit tight, Undertow is near.
The ESRB database has been updated with several new Xbox 360 titles. Most notable among these are the Xbox Live Arcade releases, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (E) and Undertow (E10+ oh noes!). Also rated was Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, a title with which we are completely unfamiliar. A quick look around the internet reveals that it's exactly what it sounds like: Dynasty Warriors with giant mechs instead of human warriors. Also rated was Hour of Victory, which recently had a (terrible) demo released on Xbox Live Marketplace. We already knew Puzzle Fighter was planned as a July release, but this may mean that Undertow will be coming sooner than we thought. Let's hope so; we can't wait to try out underwater Battlefield.