250GB Xbox 360 holiday bundle packs in Alan Wake, Forza 3

Microsoft announces new $300 system collection; Turn 10's racer, Remedy's mystery title included in pack due out in the "next few weeks."

This Thursday Microsoft will unleash its full-body motion-tracking tech, Kinect, to the masses both as a $150 stand-alone product and in bundle form. In addition, the company is preparing another Xbox 360 bundle that includes popular system exclusives.

Not the most predictable title pairing.

Director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb recently announced the Xbox 360 holiday bundle via his blog. The bundle will include a 250GB Xbox 360 and two system-exclusive titles: Turn 10's Forza Motorsport 3 and Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake, which will be available via a download token. The system bundle will retail for $300 and will be available at retailers "in the next few weeks."

Last year Microsoft offered a holiday bundle as well. That $300 version included an Xbox 360 Elite and copies of Disney Interactive's racer Pure and Warner Bros.' superhero action game Lego Batman.

For more on the two bundled titles, check out GameSpot’s reviews of Forza Motorsport 3 and Alan Wake.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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steelmouth
steelmouth

thanks ms this is what i have been waiting for, for the last 5-6 months to replace my rrod x360, yes am get this when it comes out

flexin007
flexin007

Excellent package. Aan Wake will FINALLY get the sales it deserved!

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

@rgn1rountree Whoa !!! A bundle with those games would be insane and a must buy for a non XBOX 360 owner seeking one !!!

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

@Gelugon_baat ya I know, gamespot has given me 2 warning about posting that comment over on the kinect article so I figured I would post it again for them. cause..... they..... suck lol

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Sad to say, but it will probably be more cost efficient to trade in my 60GB 360 and pick this up than to just upgrade my HD..... I'll at least get two new games out of it. BTW, the token idea was pure genius. They knew that plenty of people would just sell the games back to Gamestop or someone else.

xcollector
xcollector

Maybe more people will try out Alan Wake. But we all know these tokens will likely end up on eBay.

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

wtf kinect is dumb. long live the controller. like who the hell wants a game where you pet imaginary animals, hell if i wanted to pet an animal I'lll pet my REAL dog. what can you do with kinect?? besides scrolling the dashboard minority report style, or hit your hand to simulate a button?? can it do FPS?? how about RPG, damn, can it do anythin except pet animals?

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

@ squidracerX: i agree, but you can trade in games that come with a bundle. There is some copy right disclaimer that doesn't allow you to trade them in at eb games or gamestop. I've tried

squidracerX
squidracerX

@The-Longshot @beestung - hahah you took the words out of my mouth! @238GameAddict - Halo is not a good game to compare to these two games (bundle game resale wise) as most people who bought the Reach bundle WANTED Halo; many people who buy this bundle may not want one or the other game (such different genres), i assume they were bundled because they were exclusives, but yeah you will see many more copies of these games being sold back (if they were discs) than you would of Halo - plus Halo's multiplayer means people will hang onto their copies much longer than the average game I would assume.

squidracerX
squidracerX

@bawkbawkboo1 - yeah that would be a deal breaker for me, no disc - but the games will be on my hard drive forever? And I HAVE to connect to the internet.... Bah. All I can think is that when bundles like this come out, many people try to sell those games if they are on disc, and it makes them kinda worthless at that point. Your not going to sell new copies of the title like ever again (lego batman was like $5 anywhere after that other bundle). So this way you ca';t just sell them? But you could sell the token I guess, but yeah who would want that? Dunno. Weird.

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

not bad but for the digital copy's of the games, i understand not wanting to entirely ruin the resale value of games, but they are already doing that by releasing so many new ones all the time anyway so whats the dif, if it were me bundled games would be more of a selling point if i actually had a hard copy i could keep in my collection if Thor forbid something happens to my hardrive. Thats one thing i think some people tend to forget is that with digital downloads you could lose the games if you lose the data, sure once you get a new drive you could re download the game/info but thats if there isn't some goofy glitch with the downloading and licensing by then (and personally i don't trust microsoft will insure this doesn't happen), so call me paranoid but i always feel safer with a hard copy of a game. otherwise tho good lookin bundle new box is lookin sexy as ever.

238GameAddict
238GameAddict

@Crumblet Microsoft already released a limited edition reach bundle in september and has no problems selling copies of the game and consoles separately. While alan wake was an incredible game, it didn't sell too well. Maybe it's their way of getting more people interested in it so the sequel does better.

Legend002
Legend002

Good deal but the voucher is lame. I am guessing they are toying around with digital distribution right now.

Rebornpheonix
Rebornpheonix

Alan Wake was amazing, Forza 3... well, if you're a racing fan you may like it. This is definitely a strange pair, weird that they wouldn't toss in one other because those 2 are very specific genre/grames. I would've tossed in maybe an extra game, something that didn't do too well. (NOT a movie based game.)

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

there are tons of better "T" rated games for 360 other than Alan Wake.

beestung
beestung

@bawkbawk It's likely a download token because: A. It encourages people to go online with their Xbox and make them aware that you can download full 360 games. B. Pack in games absolutely destroy the value of a game because it floods the used market with unwanted copies. You can buy Lego Batman from last year's bundle for like $2 on eBay. A token cuts down on that because if a person redeems it to try the game out, they can't then go and resell it. And even if someone decides to sell their unused token, it's going to be a onetime sale only. Whoever buys it is going to redeem it, taking it out of circulation.

Crumblet
Crumblet

I wonder why Reach isn't part of the bundle? I'd figure more people want a 360 for Halo games than Alan Wake.

Trogeton
Trogeton

actually the slim bundle with ONLY the console is a great deal lol why add a game that you cant make a choice for?

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Io_ACE_oI
Io_ACE_oI

I already own Forza 3 and Alan Wake so I'll be picking up the 250 GB Kinect Bundle here in a couple days. I wish they would include these games in my bundle even though I own them. I have some friends that would enjoy them.

tainted0ne
tainted0ne

should of waited to get the slim =(

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Alan Wake was amazing, glad to see more people will get the chance to play it. Still need to try Forza 3

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

This a great bundle. Maybe it will get Alan Wake some more recognition among the masses.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Seems to be a decent offering, with 2 pack in games included with the slim.

BigStik
BigStik

Alan Wake... I need to get that game.

focus0894
focus0894

The bundle may not have been expected, but I'm actually glad that they're putting Alan Wake in the bundle. It was an awesome game and It deserves to have more recognition.

238GameAddict
238GameAddict

Picking up my 250gb kinect bundle on thursday.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

@coaltango That would be cool, except when is that ever going to happen :P

Wings_008
Wings_008

@ ohgod247 oh god!......... :o

coaltango
coaltango

i would rather have a X360 bundle with black ops & halo reach.

monson21502
monson21502

@MOwens9512, 10 gigs is nothing to 250 gig 360 hd. you dont need as much space on it like the ps3 hds because there is no game data installs on 360.

okassar
okassar

:/ I got the clunky old 360 with 20 GB, an extra controller, and Call of Duty 2 from Toysrus for 430 bucks a few years back, I say this is a good deal.

MarcRecon
MarcRecon

Wow...I always wanted to get that Alan Wake game but my 360 died 2weeks before it was released. Now I have an accuse to get a new 360!!!

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

The only gripe with this to me would be the games being only available by download. I don't know why they felt the need to do so, but it would have been much better if you had the disc and didn't have to download the games. Yeah it's a 250GB hard drive and all but you're taking up at least around 10GB unnecessarily. Still it sounds like a nice package for someone who wants an XBox.

monson21502
monson21502

your better off to buy the kinect bundles. all the stand alone kinects are already gone. wal-mart was the last place that had them in stock. but you had to buy a extra game with it. today that is no longer a option. kinects alone are already selling for over 200 each on ebay. so if you get a kinect system bundle you could have a extra 100+ bucks to spend on any games you want....

lamprey263
lamprey263

not a bad bundle, except they should come with disc copies of the games, not download codes good to see Alan Wake will get more play this way, I really liked it though it didn't sell too hot last May, I'm not to big of a Forza fan though but also not bad to include in the bundle as lots of others obviously like it

rugripper40
rugripper40

better bundle would be every halo game starting with halo3...then i might buy it

ben00rs
ben00rs

Download token? Forget this deal.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

y a download token instead of a disc for alan wake tho also the ultimate edition is out for forza 3 gd deal still at least this year its exclusives

Pete5506
Pete5506

Not a bad deal, not a bad thing to pick up if you don't have a 360 already

rgn1rountree
rgn1rountree

@KrazzyDJ Very true, but I'm surprised that there isn't an 360 bundle with both Mass Effect 2 and Halo: Reach!

R_D_L
R_D_L

No disc makes sense from a business point of view-a download token means you wouldn't be getting a chance to trade the game in for money towards one you really want! I bet we will be seeing more "bundles" like this in the future - especially with games that you get to download for free, but then end up paying $40 worth on add-ons! That being said, I don't own these two, and it does give me some incentive to finally upgrade from my original 360 :)

Wings_008
Wings_008

i already saw this bundle last week in a mall, for a good price tbh

Wings_008
Wings_008

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