Have a gold membership on Xbox Live? Well, you’re in luck. Every week, Microsoft puts a selection of games up for sale as part of their Xbox Live Deal of the Week segment. The games vary in genre and price but are generally offered for 30 to 50 percent off during the time of the promotion. The deals change every week but we’ll keep you posted! NOTE: MSP stands for Microsoft Points.
Here are this week’s deals:
- Virtua Fighter 2 – Normally 400 MSP, on sale for 160 MSP
- Sonic the Fighters – Normally 400 MSP, on sale for 160 MSP
- Fighting Vipers – Normally 400 MSP, on sale for 160 MSP
- Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown – Normally 1200 MSP, on sale for 800 MSP
- NiGHTS into Dreams – Normally 800 MSP, on sale for 400 MSP
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD – Normally 1600 MSP, on sale for 800 MSP
- Karateka – Normally 800 MSP, on sale for 400 MSP
A bit about each game..
Virtua Fighter 2
This is a classic, 3D fighting game that was popular in arcades and also on the Sega Saturn gaming console. This version includes all 10 of the original characters and has online matchmaking which makes it possible to play against friends or other opponents across the world via Xbox Live. VF2 was released as an arcade title to the Xbox Live Marketplace on November 28th, 2012 and has since received an average of a 4 star rating from over 700 reviews.
Sonic the Fighters
Sonic the Fighters was originally released to arcades but later came to Playstation 2 and the Nintendo Gamecube when it was included with a number of other Sonic titles in the Sonic Gems Collection. It is a fighting-style game featuring the most popular characters of the series including Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Knuckles, Doctor Eggman, and various other toons. The game became available as an HD remake for Xbox Live Arcade on November 28th, 2012 and has received an average of a 4 star rating from over 3,500 reviews.
Fighting Vipers was a relatively popular arcade title back in it’s golden days and also became a Sega Saturn game later on. This is a fighting game with a selection of 9 unique characters such as Raxel (a wild and wicked metal guitarist), Grace (an African-American rollerblader), and Picky (a 14 year old skateboarder) just to name a few. The game became available on Xbox Live in later November of 2012 and has since received a 3 1/2 average star rating from over 500 reviews.
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
VF5: FS is by far the best deal on this list. It normally costs 1200 Microsoft Points but is available for just 400 this week. It is a refined and improved version of the original Virtua Fighter 5. It was released in America on Xbox 360 on June 6th, 2012. It received rave reviews from big gaming sites such as IGN, Gamer Informer, and Eurogamer. It features online multiplayer. The Xbox Live Arcade version has received, on average, a 4 star rating from over 4,000 reviews.
NiGHTS into Dreams…
This is an improved version of the original Sega Saturn game of the same title. Featuring all 7 original dreams you’ll fly off to collect orbs and participate in boss fights to save the world of Nightopia from the evil Wizeman the Wicked. The Xbox Live Arcade version features better graphics, online leaderboards, and achievements to unlock. It has received an average of a 4.2 star rating from over 1,800 reviews.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD
This game is a fighting-style title that is based off the Japanese manga series of the same name. It was originally an arcade title but also found its way onto the Playstation and Sega Dreamcast consoles. The game was developed by the same company that made Street Fighter 3. The Xbox Live Arcade version was released on August 22nd, 2012 and has since received an average of a 3 1/2 star rating from over 1,400 reviews.
A classic karate fighting game from the same man who created Prince of Persia. This is a single-player side scrolling title where you fight to save a beautiful woman, Mariko, from the clutches of the warlord, Akuma. This is a very generic fighter game with blocky graphics. It was released to the Xbox Live Marketplace on November 7th, 2012 and has received only a 3 star average rating from over 500 individual reviews.