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Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

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Christmas is coming, and your debit and/or credit card is a quavering heap of brutalised abjection, tucked at the back of the desk draw, begging for mercy. Soothe the poor little chap's pain with the aid of our winter 2012 shopping guide, a round-up of low, low price tags for a few of the year's biggest titles.... read more

Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby EdDeRs1 » 28 Nov 2012, 18:31

you missed WWE '13....
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby Decent_Jam » 28 Nov 2012, 19:22

What I'm really curious about is what titles will take a price crash after Christmas. I'm hoping Halo nose-dives in an attempt to make a dent in COD's inevitable dominance. One or two of these titles peak my interest, but none are compelling enough to put them on my Christmas list (which doesn't exactly exist this year, as my mum got sick of me asking for such a massive variety and endless list of stuff in an attempt to maintain surprise on the big day).

Also where is Borderlands 2? After all the coverage and well-received both in review and (admittedly more mixed) on the forums.

The other thing that struck me was how little I know about all of these different retailers, I've heard of a few but have only really shopped with Amazon. What do these other sites offer?
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Postby OXM ETboy » 28 Nov 2012, 19:24

Borderlands 2 and WWE 13 will be added tomorrow. Sorry, I was running short on time and there are TOO MANY GAMES.
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby Droidsbane » 28 Nov 2012, 19:52

I noticed Max Payne 3 going for £15.00 at HMV
and Lego Batman 2 going for £25.00 in some places
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby Clanger67 » 28 Nov 2012, 21:15

Wow Xcom for twenty five,will be getting that sometime soon.Wouldn't mind NFS as well but after xmas for that i reckon.
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby Uncle dozens » 29 Nov 2012, 06:33

I really calle it wrong for prices this year. I pre-ordered xcom at full price only to see gamestation slash £15 off the price in less than a month (but the game is so awesome I don't really care), but I got Assassins creed totally wrong. By this time last year Tesco had AC revelations for £22, so I decided to bargain they would do the same with AC3. It's still £42 unfortunately.

I usually treat myself to some new gaming action with my birthday money but this year I think I will have to wait a little while longer as the prices seem to be holding.

Until then I still have XCom to amaze and frustrate me.
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Postby DOGOFWAR » 29 Nov 2012, 10:43

Max Payne 3 definitely deserves a spot on that list, it was such a detailed game. Rockstar put a lot of love into it... I payed only £15 for it from good old Asda.
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Postby ChillieBonBon » 29 Nov 2012, 11:07

I've wanted to get dragons dogma for ages now but every time i could of got it, I got some other game instead. I think this is gods way of telling me to wait for a sequel...
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Postby CunningSmile » 29 Nov 2012, 13:15

Can I put in a vote to have Spec Ops the Line added? It may not be the most polished FPS but I think it needs recognising purely for the ambition of it's story and the impact it wants to have on the player. You can get it for under £20 as well.
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Postby Bezza89 » 29 Nov 2012, 13:38

Here's a list I wouldn't recommend; (you may not agree, but screw you!)

Witcher 2 - I found it cringe-ingly childish, the story run-of-the-mill for too long (I had no motivation to continue at all, and didn't)
Hitman Abs - A departure from the series I have loved, the hits are a bit too simple, and very few and far between... the opening 15 mini-missions? 2 Hits... maybe even just one considering I can't remember the one in the hotel. I much preffered the old here's a sandbox, go do something ridiculous approach.
Borderlands 2- You need a friend to play this with, and some heavy rock music and whiskey wouldn't go amiss either, a brilliant game until you find yourself on your own - grinding... and that's just your teeth!
AC3 - A great opening, but slow story, bugs and all the side stuff being ultimately pointless left a bad taste in an otherwise brilliant game.
Dragons Dogma - you need a friend again, but this time, you have to hope they also have the game and have a clue what they're doing, or add everyone in the oxm thread. A boring place to be in most aspects, but fun as hell combat wise and the pawns are a brilliant addition.
Mass Effect 3 - Only because you'll be a sheep and complain over not much because you either take advertising literally or expected infinite variations of endings and I don't want to argue with you.


Games you should get - MGS HD - it's two classic stealth games with a barmy conspiracy story and the most ingenius gameplay mixed with spectacle filled cutscenes over 30 hours and a shit portable game that is not needed or talked about.

X-Com - it offers a nice hardcore and customisable bit of fun - I've never been so attached to characters or laughed so hard when they panic and kill all the bad guys.

Halo 4 - the campaign aint that good story wise but it's a lot of fun and offers a lot of replayability with a pretty cool co-op mode to boot.

Skyrim for ps3 - because you're an idiot. Haha no I mean I would recommend the two dlcs, I believe there's a third coming on tuesday too!
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby Kettch » 29 Nov 2012, 19:08

Can i just say that for at least a week, Horizon is 29.99 at GAME......

And y'all just missed out on half price Dishonored.....its so hard to actually deliberately spell that wrong....
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Postby lawsond28 » 30 Nov 2012, 17:31

Wait, so one of the reasons to NOT buy Darksiders 2 was because your reviewer found some of the puzzles to be a little bit tricky? That's a reason to buy the game in my book, not a reason to pass it by. If you want a game with longevity you should buy it (main story plus side quests & collectibles will take you over 30 hrs) especially at the ludicrous prices it's recently been reduced to online. The 'Death Rides Pack (which includes the Argul's Tomb DLC and The Crucible pass code) was just £17.99 at Game a few weeks back, not sure if it's still available at that price though.
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Re: Best Xbox 360 games: Christmas 2012 buyer's guide

Postby schwepterbrowser » 30 Nov 2012, 18:20

Decent_Jam wrote:The other thing that struck me was how little I know about all of these different retailers, I've heard of a few but have only really shopped with Amazon. What do these other sites offer?


Much cheaper prices. I don't understand loyalty to any specific retailer; I use whoever's the cheapest, whether I've shopped there before or not. I could probably list my last 10 game purchases and they'd each be from a different place.

I've only played 4 from the list, those being: Max Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs, Dragon's Dogma & The Witcher 2. I wouldn't recommend Dragon's Dogma (the pawn system is nothing interesting to me, the constant on foot travel is a chore, story and characters suck) or The Witcher 2 (wasn't interested in the characters or story and didn't rate the combat) and haven't played enough of MP3 or SD to say either way.
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