360 bundled with Pure, Lego Batman for holidays?

Source: Tech news site Ars Technica's retail mole. What we heard: Many game-industry rumor-mongers are inconsistent. Not Ars Technica's retail mole. The well-placed source has presaged virtually every console price drop this year, from Sony unveiling the $300 PS3 Slim to Microsoft lopping $100...

Source: Tech news site Ars Technica's retail mole.

What we heard: Many game-industry rumor-mongers are inconsistent. Not Ars Technica's retail mole. The well-placed source has presaged virtually every console price drop this year, from Sony unveiling the $300 PS3 Slim to Microsoft lopping $100 off the Xbox 360 Elite's former $400 cost.

Today, the mole struck again, telling Ars Technica that Microsoft is planning to introduce a new holiday bundle shortly after its current $50 Xbox 360 Elite rebate ends on October 5. He or she told the site that the new bundle will include two games: Warner Bros. and Traveller's Tales superhero adventure Lego Batman and Pure, a better-reviewed racer from Disney Interactive Studios' Black Rock Studio, formerly Climax Racing.

The official story: "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation." Microsoft rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus. Besides the reliable track record of Ars' mole, Microsoft has a habit of bundling games with its console each holiday season. Last year, the company added Sega Superstars Tennis to $199 Arcade boxes while packing in Lego Indiana Jones and Kung Fu Panda in with the Elite and now-discontinued 60GB Pro models.

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90 comments
drokmore
drokmore

Hmm another lego game...why?

Chicken_Nuggets
Chicken_Nuggets

Had this bundle for christmas, game added forza 3 and fifa 10 with it.. Lego batman's a bit rubbish admittedly, but all the people who are slagging of pure, especially the ones who haven't played it are just plain wrong, it's a really fun game

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

I got this bundle because I sold my original launch xbox earlier this year. So I'm not really concerned about what comes in it because I'm getting other games aswell...I consider them a decent bonus though.

thedarkherb
thedarkherb

I am looking at getting this bundle, The one im getting cost's $250 and has 4 games and the Xbox live arcade disc and a 20gb hard drive

odst_trooper117
odst_trooper117

it should be pure and lego starwars the complete saga not this lego batman junk... or at least be pure and mx vs atv: unleashed

Bufta
Bufta

They should bundle it with a towel and a 5 yr subscription to DHL.

nomorepain4u
nomorepain4u

i want games that are more than $20 with my xbox and that are actually playable. the demo for lego batman is boring and the camera is terrible.

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

they should make bundles of exclusive games

robram9
robram9

@SGTiD1NG0: I'm not here to tell people what to buy or play, I'd like to play Modern Warfare 2 too, I own the original Uncharted I think it was good but I'm not sure I'll get Uncharted 2 when is out, if turns out to be really good probably I'll get it too.

robram9
robram9

@kenken2g I guess you got me there with your list of games you "own" I just don't feel the need or have the time to list all of my games, anyone can just copy and paste any amount of titles to their profile to "show" other people how many games they "own" you wouldn't believe how many games I own if I told you and frankly I don't care, is funny how the internet makes some people believe they have balls, is easy to talk crap when you know you don't have to back it up, just go play with your games kid and let us adults do the real talking.

neodav
neodav

You make a good point, Colonel. In general, if you're hanging around game sites, console bundles aren't aimed at you. This is especially true during the holidays, when they're targeting parents, kids, and other casuals.

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

Lame bundle. That's all I got to say abut that.

ropumar
ropumar

Pure is a great game many missed. And is one of the cheapest game available because Disney pushed the game to a budget price really fast and aggressive, even when game was selling well. I think Disney is not very concerned with making profits in games right now, as in leverage it way as a influential publisher. MS is puting pure on bundles because Disney is charging little for it. Regardless is a good game.

SGTiD1NG0
SGTiD1NG0

@robram9 Somehow, when you said "you just can't afford an Xbox", it's weird as ironically the PS3 costs more than the Xbox. Furthermore, the Modern Warfare bundle will sell more because it's planned to have the biggest entertainment release in gaming history with a humongous fanbase. Just because a game sells more doesn't make a better game. I myself a huge Modern Warfare fan play it several times a week yet I still find plenty of better games namely Batman, Uncharted and so on.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Rather get the MW2 bundle? yeah, i think so! I know, i know...for the kids...but with all the kids playing in MW, you'd think parenting was a foreign concept anymore

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

See this is the holiday bundle meaning they're trying to get moms and dads to go oh he loves LEGO, oh I loved the dark knight oh we can play together. They're not aiming at us so please don't complain about the games. Think before you rave is all I'm saying.

kenken2g
kenken2g

@ robram9 You have no facts at all lol. I just proved that you are the noob you are lol. You came at me thinking I was a fanboy, saying I only had one system and couldn't afford a 360; based on no logic lol or even doing little research like going to look at my profile/games list. You checked my games list and now look at you lol. No legs to stand on lol. Your comment was nothing more than that of a fanboy and your comeback was nothing more than that of a spoiled little kid lol... throwing around insults lol. I'm done with you. I'll let the other guys finish you off.

ReaversRevenge
ReaversRevenge

could have replaced pure with FUEL. but if your young and or just getting into games then why not?......

sampj
sampj

@ robram9 You've just resorted to petty insulting now as you have no facts to base your argument on.

Redstorm80
Redstorm80

I like 360 and I like the steps they take to provide choices for gamers and potential buyers. Kudos to them for trying.

robram9
robram9

@kenken2g Oooh looks like I touched a nerve there, are you OK? if not go cry to your mom fanboy...

SGTiD1NG0
SGTiD1NG0

But I saw Left 4 Dead and Gears of War 2 with the Xbox Elite for $400. I've seen far better bundles.

bernytheman2
bernytheman2

You people say MS is desperate. Maybe it is. But that's better for everyone. We can have cheaper consoles and the ps3 fans win as well because it adds pressure to Sony. Everybody wins, so what's the reason for so much criticism?

q64silver
q64silver

cmon MS, you can do better ;)

SpikedStrider
SpikedStrider

WellRandomCTG, I must be retarded. I bought the Halo3 / Fable bundle right at the price drop and was able to get the HDMI cables packed in. I gave the Fable to my one friend and Halo3 to another because I already have those games. Now you can mock me if you want but bundles sell because of their added value or in my case I needed a new 360. I wanted the larger Hard drive and when I seen they had the Bundled and the non-bundled at the same price, to me it was a no brainer. I guess if you were there at the same time being the genius you are you would have bought the non - bundle. lol

I_Pwn_U_n00bs
I_Pwn_U_n00bs

Yeah im a huuuge fanboy seeing as im gettin a PS3 for christmas just saying the MW2 console is a much better bundle overall due to the exclusivity of it. And if you get so aggravated over what i said you should society a favour and get counselling.

Trogeton
Trogeton

M$ could have at least put some games that are unique and not on other consoles or better yet.. worth 60 bucks. anyone can sell junk to get new stuff

RandomCTG
RandomCTG

@ i_PWN_fanboys and your boyfriend C_T_SKYE You both are just idiots for sounding like a complete and utter moron not to mention clueless as to what MS's true intentions are. Ohh and those who buys bundles are still idiots

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

That is kind of a dumb bundle. It would be better to have a "Gears" bundle with both of them in there and then also a "Kids" bundle with say Banjo and some other kids game. This bundle is kind of weak. \ \ I like that Sony has FINALLY come up with some competition. It is only going to make the industry and the 360 that much better. I still think that Sony's lineup is pretty weak in general but that is changing. I am interested to see what they do next year. But with such poor product positioning at the beginning of the "race" I really don't see their image really changing. Even if they get all the "good" games people will still say they have no games. Either way I will be getting God of War, Uncharted and a few online titles.

kenken2g
kenken2g

@ robram9 First of all if you check my profile you'll see that I own both consoles too you freaking noob. I have way more games on my games list than your 1 PS3 MADDEN GAME. Go look now and check because you need to be smacked for your comment. So you can't call me a fanboy at all. Next why else do you think MS is releasing so many bundled consoles? They are feeling the competition... it's nothing wrong with just admitting that. It is what it is. robram9

robram9
robram9

@I_Pwn_U_n00bs First of all I own both 360 and Ps3, second What do you get from the fact that the MW2 bundle is selling more than the Uncharted 2 bundle, does that makes the game better for you? or is it MS giving you something because of that? and to kenken2g don't hate the 360 just because you can't afford one. God I hate F@#$ing fanboys.

I_Pwn_U_n00bs
I_Pwn_U_n00bs

To the guy goin on sayin this wont beat the uncharted ps3 bundle dont worry the exclusive MW2 xbox already has that destroyed

kenken2g
kenken2g

LOL is the 360 on their last leg or something lol. MW2 bundle... $50 rebate for buying an elite, NOW THIS lol. Is some one being backed in a corner by the PS3? LOL

joeyfine
joeyfine

why not to really good games? like Fallout GOTY & Gears GOTY editions? i'd want to buy that

twodollarcuts
twodollarcuts

I'm really unsure of why people are saying this is targeted towards the youth. I understand Lego Batman, but how is Pure any more for the youth than it is for the older demographic? It's a great game regardless. It's going to be good for Black Rock to get more exposure through the bundle.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

It is an incentive for a parent who is going to buy one for their kid...ya I'd prefer 1 better game over 2 good games, but Batman Lego is great and Pure is decent...

Wingman1977
Wingman1977

sonic_pt, I don't there was already a Halo3/Fable II bundle with the elite already. XanderZane, that Halo3/ODST bundle is only for PAL regions.

cjasko94
cjasko94

Lmao What's with these games??? :D

wooooode
wooooode

$50 rebate is nice but I would rather have one good game than those two.

sonic_pt
sonic_pt

If anyone from Microsoft reads this, pleeeeeaaazzeeee listen to us consumers.. FREAK*NG MAKE A HALO 3 & GOW 2 BUNDLE!!!! or fable II.. if you do I'm sure you will jump rocket again on sales!!

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Lego Batman is a really fun game that I think people of all ages will enjoy, and I'm sure the same can be said for Pure. But, in all honesty, I had never even heard of the gamed called "Pure." I realize that when you are using pack-in games for the holidays, you are limited to what games can be lincluded as a result of game ratings. During the holiday season its a good idea to include games for all ages. I remember the awesome deal Microsoft had for 2007 when Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance were packed in with the systems. That was really a cool deal with great games for people of all ages. And I remember the Game of the Year deal from earlier this year when Halo 3 and Fable 2 were included; that was also a great deal, but the games were "M" for mature, so that may not be possible for the holiday season. Overall, I think Microsoft is doing a great job of packing in games with the console. I know Lego Batman is cool, and I'm going to check out Pure to see what it's like. People also need to remember that the Xbox 360 comes packed with a third game built onto the hard drive, called Hexic--which is a puzzle game, kind of like Tetris. It's actually a very cool game that involves a lot of strategy, like a game of chess.

simmeon1
simmeon1

halo 3 + gow 2 + fable ii,plz microsoft

XanderZane
XanderZane

This would be a perfect bundle for the XBox 360 Arcade. I wouldn't include those games in the Eite bundle though. Microsoft is already working on a Halo 3 / Halo ODST bundle for November. So I think this bundle will either be for a month or end up in the Arcade 360. I expect the MW2 and Halo games bundle to start in November and run through the X-Mas holiday.

wolvklaw
wolvklaw

Cool, nothing like free games, nothing really changes as anyone who would buy one, is going to buy one anyways. Those games just add something, I don't think they are being added to close the sale, mostly to just sweeten the deal I suppose. I also think theres something there that MS doesn't want to necessarily scare away any strict parents. I know some who refused to buy the 360 BECAUSE it came with Halo 3 (who some parents view as too "violent" for children). My guess anyways. However if I were to buy another 360 I would have to go with the MW 2 version ;) Which I would do anyways, but theres nothing wrong with my elite, I don't think I need another 130 gigs and I already paid off my Prestige edition.