With Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, only two days away, it’s high time that gamers start getting in the spending spirit. While the eponymous day itself still dominates the holiday shopping season, some clever retailers and purveyors of electronic goods have extended the savings both before Black Friday and after.

One such company who has just begun offering some pretty sweet deals is Microsoft, who have today announced discount downloadable titles, digital games, and game add-ons. Microsoft does promise that more deals are on the way for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but within this ‘Fan Appreciation Sale’ are some pretty intriguing deals.

Among the full ‘Games on Demand’ titles that are being offered for this sale are some pretty heavy hitters like Battlefield: Bad Company, Street Fighter IV (PC), and Section 8: Prejudice (PC). Each is perfect for the gamer that likes to re-experience/own the predecessor’s to their favorite games — at least for Battlefield and Street Fighter — and, at 50% off, are a steal.

The most exciting offering of the bunch is Bulletstorm — Epic Games and People Can Fly’s over-the-top shooter — which surprisingly fell under the radar after release, despite being an extremely fun ride. At $14.99 for the PC version, if you haven’t checked out Bulletstorm we highly recommend you do.

On the downloadable and add-on front there are a couple stand-out titles and side missions to pick up including Double Fine’s whimsical Russian-Nesting-Doll puzzler Stacking, as well as additional content for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Homefront. To check out the full list of titles available, look no further:

Content Title Content Type Standard Price Discount Price Discount %
Magic 2012 Arcade 800 400 50%
Battlefield: Bad Company GonD 19.99 25%
Civilization Revolution! GonD 29.99 25%
Pinball FX — Marvel Pack Add-on 800 400 50%
Pinball FX — Classic Pack Add-on 800 400 50%
Pinball FX — Core Pack Add-on 800 400 50%
Bejeweled Blitz LIVE Arcade 400 200 50%
Bejeweled 2 Arcade 400 200 50%
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Davinci Disappearance Add-on 800 400 50%
Homefront The Rock Map Pack Add-on 400 200 50%
Stacking Arcade 1200 600 50%
The Fancy Pants Adventures Arcade 800 400 50%
Weapon of Choice Indie 400 200 50%
Flotilla Indie 400 200 50%
The Baconing Arcade 1200 600 50%
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing Add-on 560 280 50%
Battlefield 2:  Modern Combat GonD 19.99 25%
Super Meat Boy Arcade 1200 400 67%
Homefront Fire Sale Map Pack Add-on 240 120 50%
OutRun Online Arcade Arcade 800 400 50%
Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm Arcade 800 400 50%
Phantasy Star 2 Arcade 400 200 50%
Sega Soccer Slam Originals 1200 600 50%
Sonic 4 Mobile 6.99 4.99 29%
Full House Poker Mobile 2.99 1.99 33%
Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles Mobile 4.99 2.99 40%
Bulletstorm PC 29.99 14.99 50%
Street Fighter IV PC 19.99 9.99 50%
Section 8: Prejudice PC 14.99 7.49 50%
Ninja’s Smoke Bomb Avatar 320 190 41%
Ninja’s Grapling Hook Avatar 240 140 42%
Ancient Times Icarus Wings Avatar 240 140 42%
Robots Hoverbot Avatar 240 140 42%
Fierce Moves:  Break Dancing Avatar 320 190 41%
Winter Wear; Penguin Pet Avatar 240 140 42%
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood:  Harlequin Jack-in-the Box prop Avatar 240 160 33%
Homefront RC Goliath Drone Avatar 240 160 33%
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood: Premium Theme Theme 240 160 33%
Tron Evolution Premium Theme Theme 240 160 33%
Fallout 3 Premium Theme Theme 240 160 33%
Battlefield Bad Compay 2 Vietnam Theme Theme 240 160 33%
Official Duke Nukem Forever Theme Theme 240 160 33%

There’s some pretty solid gems contained within this Fan Appreciation Sale, but nothing, aside from Bulletstorm, too revelatory. Microsoft has promised that more deals will be on the way, so if you’re looking at this list feeling like nothing is catching your eye, then hopefully the Black Friday deals should do the trick.

Are you interested in picking up any of the discount downloadable, PC, digital, or add-ons that are being made available in this ‘Fan Appreciation’ sale? What would be the one Microsoft product you would like to see get a substantial price cut?

Source: Major Nelson Blog

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