Halo 3, Fable II join Elite Xbox 360 bundle

Microsoft's latest hardware-software combo includes 120GB console, top releases from 2007, 2008 for $399 this May.

The Xbox 360 has had no shortage of high-profile exclusives in recent years, and Microsoft said today that it would be bundling two of its most notable releases into its latest hardware bundle. The publisher today announced that Bungie's Halo 3 and Lionhead Studios' Fable II will be packaged with the Xbox 360 Game of the Year bundle, available in limited quantities this May.

Like the Resident Evil 5 bundle released in May, Microsoft's latest hardware-software combo will pack the two hit titles in with a 120GB Xbox 360 Elite for the console's standard retail price tag of $399. A wireless controller, a wired headset, an HDMI cable, and a free Netflix trial will also be included with the bundle.

Released to rave reviews and numerous awards in September 2007, Halo 3 from then Microsoft-owned Bungie received its most recent batch of downloadable content this month with the Mythic Map Pack. Halo 3: ODST, a pseudo-expansion to the shooter that follows a contingent of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, is expected later this year. Lionhead Studios, which remains a part of Microsoft's internal stable, released its long-awaited action role-playing title Fable II to a strong critical reception in October 2008.

For more on the two titles, check out GameSpot's video reviews below.

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PilgorTheMighty
PilgorTheMighty

Is this coming to Canada because of the Netflix membership it might not I'm thinking cause Netflix isn't in Canada so just wondering.

ghost2046
ghost2046

they are not jaspers they're falcons. gotta sell off that old hardware

Kvon403
Kvon403

I have been waiting for this bundle all my life Halo series awsome and fable 2 crazy

IRISH_VANDAL
IRISH_VANDAL

I myself am an old PS fan, 39yrz, Now i rock my Elite. My boyz, a Pro. I will get a PS3, but right now the only reason i would pay that cash is to rob it of its Blue-Ray capabilities. That's about it. PS really needs to step up and turn its game around. We need this competition or we will suffer. I would love to have the maddening desire to purchase the PS3, But what games? MGS? Come on, 10 great titles do not carry the weight to run and gun for that 400 dollar purchase. MS has done alot wrong in the past, but it has more than surpassed any barrier in its way. So......... the moral of this story is.......... SONY PLAYSTATION................ start making the RIGHT moves for your Eastern Neighbors and you just might see a few PS fanboys begging for a solid reason to Run-N-Gun for the latest PS "Bundle/Package/Promotional- Or whatever you want to name it to get ME to buy the Playstaion Experience." Come on, XBOX fanboy comment enters here - SPOILER - I actually feel like I am part of a community for the purpose of why I turned on my console, TO GAME. XBL is a pay service to really untilise it's full potential. But it is undeniably why i threw down more than a C-Note in my house. I want to game. I want to hit ppl up to game. I want stream-lined streaming video. From XBL, Netflix or even my PCz. I cannot say enough to how much PS needs to get their A** in gear before they even lose a PS diehard - PS1 owned - PS2 owned - GTA 1-2-3, MGS, FF, GT 1-2 - etc etc etc. From a Die-Hard gamer stand point, XBOX is making the right moves to make me feel secure in my purchases with them and their third parties. Call me a XBOX fanboy. Go ahead, come to XBL and back it. Beware you just might feel the Dark Side and stay for a minute. GTA4 is my online playground. Sundays and Mondays are my time. Sin, IRISH VANDAL - Playstaion trained - XBOX Live released P.S. Love it or leave it, you know I am right. Bring it Sony, I want it.

Decrate
Decrate

you fanboys need to hang yourselves or buy both consoles

Decrate
Decrate

nice deal i see a lot more elites selling soon ps3 needs to make a deal like this. add mgs4 and killzone2 in a bundle lol. ah to bad i bought both consoles without any bundled games

13lackfriday
13lackfriday

awesome...two quality games with a quality console glad I don't have to put up with those crap party game benchwarmers

IceJester45
IceJester45

Bozo said: "@IceJester45 Not true. If people want to buy a 360 now I wouldnt care less. Hell I even bought one. But I sure hope people do some research before they spend $399 on this unless they are a hardcore Halo or Gears fan. But seriously people could feel pretty disappointed when the ps3 exclusives start to poor in this year." What I said is totally true. Just look at the posting patterns of the people making disparaging comments.

frazzle00
frazzle00

@Bozo1975 ROFLOL. Dude, dude, dude where do I even begin? 1) It's "measure" not "messure".

2) Reviews are not objective, they are subjective. A review reflects the OPINION of the REVIEWER. Whether or not the reviewer is a professional journalist is immaterial. If you don't believe me ask the reviewers from any game site or magazine.

3) I'll give you an example of a fact: Most reviewers think Killzone 2 and Gears of War 2 are good games. Note however this is not the same as saying that Killzone 2 is a good game is a fact. Why? Simply because there are plenty of people who think otherwise (Andre from Gamespot for one). What makes your opinion any more valid than theirs?

4) There are plenty of PS3 exclusives that I don't think much of. I found Genji: Days of the Blade, Lair, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, Motorstorm, and Full Auto 2 to be pretty poor, and let's not even mention the horrid Singstar titles that are exclusive to the PS3 as well.

5) I prefer the 360's lineup. I don't really like God of War, and I also don't really like the Gran Tourismo series. Uncharted is good, but I prefer Gears of War 2. I've seen the most recent videos of Infamous and I am not at all impressed. I'll stick to Crackdown thank you very much. This is all my opinion. You have yours. Your opinion is not more valid than mine and vice versa. If you think so you are either a narcissist or ignorant. Which one is it?

mjax211
mjax211

you guys need to stop ripping each other about your dumb fanboy fights, and focus on the beauty of the article above. What a bundle. Now, finally, I can no longer resist. I will soon become an xbox360 owner. s0ny or M$, it doesn't matter. a real gangster gives props where props are due, and these two (sick) games and this hardware for that price is dead sexy. let's all just appreciate the majesty for a minute.

VINNYHERMAN
VINNYHERMAN

boz1975- You really ARE a BOZO. You just joined this "Gamespot" 3/31/09 and your a GURU??... You Sir, ARE A CLOWN... Now go to your room and play your lame PS 3 and SCK Sony's arse!! B. Gates

grillepain_man
grillepain_man

I got the f**** RROD when I was playing Fable 2 Damn stupid glitchy game that sucks!

MFDOOMED
MFDOOMED

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DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

P.S. Hey Bozo/Darkride, are you back to hype up Heavy Rain again too? Wow. Now I know it's you.

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

@ GrilledCharlie "Sure Sony had a slow start but this year there will at least 5 AAA exclusives coming that have actually been announced." Are you talking about AAA exclusives like KZ2 that have such mediocre sales that Sony celebrates and has a press release when it hits 1,000,000 worldwide sales? Oh noes not the sales card again!! First of all who cares about sales. But ok KZ2 is still selling pretty strong and will probably end at 3 million, which is really not that bad and more then Fable2. Now there are a lot of great games that dont sell. Including the best 360 exclusives. Mass Effect, L4D, PGR4, Dead Rising and Bioshock all sold less then 2 million. Now talking about flops, all the JRPG's from Square Enix sucked in sales. I mean Star Ocean 4 sold 0,35 million, which is just pathetic really. The only exclusive sellers for the 360 are Halo and Gears :)

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

@CrimsonFlagg If I think Helo Kity Island Adventures is better then Gears2 and MGS4 is doesnt make it wrong. It's my opnion but not a fact because you cant messure personal taste. Now a fact is Gears2 and MGS4 are good games, that has nothing to do with people liking it or not. Quality on the other hand can be messured by ratings and by being objective. "If the 360 is such a "major disappointment" why did you buy one? Or are you pretending to have one to mask the fact you are an utter PS3 fanboy. If only Sony was as loyal to its fans as you are to it" Well that is the thing I bought a 360 at launch and loved it. However finishing Gears and Halo3 20 times I lost interest. Off course there are good multiplatform games but I play those games on my pc, where they look a lot better. When MGS4 came out i bought a ps3 as well and love it ever since. It has real exclusives that you can only play on a ps3. The thing I like with the ps3 is that the exclusives are basically guaranteed to be AAA quality. Except for Haze that is :) Now looking at 09 I have nothing to look forward to on my 360. Compare that to the ps3 line-up and people will be dissapointed if they only own a 360. I mean common Uncharted2, GOW3, GT5, Heavy Rain, Infamous all coming this year and probably more to be announced at E3. Now in 4 weeks Infamous will be out. Who know if it will be good but going by the previes and the latest footage it will be epic. Just check it out here if you are interested. http://g4tv.com/trailers/hdvideos/37860/Infamous-Empire-City-Gameplay-Clip.html

soldier629
soldier629

COME ON!!! Why didn't they do that earlier!!! AW MAN!!

thekey
thekey

@TurambarGS Amen brother Amen!

XeonForce
XeonForce

The Elite system is finally worth buying. I work at GameStop, and our store has only sold 2 Elite systems in the last 6 months, that includes christmas. We probably sold 20+ pros and 30+ arcades in the same time period.

stickiey
stickiey

@hatieshorrer It has a 65nm cpu and gpu, which run cooler and draw a little less power then current consoles. This is supposed to be the fix for the RROD. The Arcade, Pro, and RE6 elite systems have already switched over, but since this bundle is still using the black elites, my money says they are still the older revision.

CrimsonFlagg
CrimsonFlagg

@Bozo1975 If you prefer Hello Kitty Island to Gears of War 2 that's your opinion and you are entitled to it. People may not agree with it, but that doesn't make it wrong. You should really use a dictionary and check what the words opinion and fact mean. You truly are confused. And based on all the thumbs down you are receiving it seems that most people here agree :D. And also in response to one of your previous posts: "All I am saying is do some research of where the 360 and ps3 are heading before you spend 400 bucks on a major dissapointment. All the selling points the 360 fans make are just incorrect." If the 360 is such a "major disappointment" why did you buy one? Or are you pretending to have one to mask the fact you are an utter PS3 fanboy. If only Sony was as loyal to its fans as you are to it :P.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@stickiey Japser Elite? So why is the Japser Elite better then the other Elites?

stickiey
stickiey

I'm not taking the time to read through all the comments, but I think the reason they are doing this is MS wants to get rid of all the Falcon elite consoles, because they are not going to be making anymore. Read on xbox-scene that the elites will become limited editon's only, which is why there are almost 0 Jasper elites. If this was a Japser console, I might consider buying it, since I have one of the original 360's with no HDMI.

JuSt2Fr3sH
JuSt2Fr3sH

Why does every one always have something negative to say about another console? If you do not own a 360 or sold your 360 and want to get a new one this is an EXCELLENT deal...an Elite with Halo 3 (great online game) and Fable 2...Im not a big RPG gamer but this gives you the best of both worlds a FPS and a RPG....I have a Ps3 (Sold My 360) BUT I am not hating on this bundle...people need to grow up...by the way Im picking this bundle up I miss my 360 and regret selling Halo 3...So Il have the best of both world a Ps3 and a 360

GrilledCharlie
GrilledCharlie

@ Bozo1975 "Sure Sony had a slow start but this year there will at least 5 AAA exclusives coming that have actually been announced." Are you talking about AAA exclusives like KZ2 that have such mediocre sales that Sony celebrates and has a press release when it hits 1,000,000 worldwide sales?

TheArcade
TheArcade

@XanderZane: I already have both of those games, but I could easily sell them on Ebay for $35-$40 a piece. So that's an Elite for $320. That ain't bad. I might have to do this deal, even moreso since Elite's will probably be no more after this year. How so?

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Thanks MS. Finally, a good bundle has appeared. :)

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

OMG, what a freakin' awesome deal. I wish i was a new customer all of a sudden, wait no i don't! I been love my 360 since month or 2 after launch and will never go back.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I already have both of those games, but I could easily sell them on Ebay for $35-$40 a piece. So that's an Elite for $320. That ain't bad. I might have to do this deal, even moreso since Elite's will probably be no more after this year.

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

holy crap MS has gone crazy with this bundle!! A 2 year old game and a RPG I finished in my lunchbreak for just $399,-!! Hold the bus I am running to the store right away!!

wildarmx
wildarmx

do you guys ever stop complaining? this IS the best bundle that I have ever seen. so Bozo1975; i have no words for your lack of intelegence nor excitement.

faceman420
faceman420

wowwww if only PS3 could hook it up like this.. $399 with MGS4 & KZ 2? I'd be sold.

parhar67
parhar67

@ bozo1975 whhats wrong with you....why are you constantly talking about games not even released yet?? who cares about the heavy rain movie....its only a movie....thats it....the game isnt out yet....remember haze? OH THAT GAME LOOKS CRAZY....play it....whats this crap.....STOP TALKING ABOUT GAMES THAT ARENT OUT YET.....you blame microsoft for throwing around money to buy games and they cant come up with their own ideas? NEWS FLASH sony doesnt come up with their own ideas unless the sony symbole is on front of the game. stop talking about games that arent even out yet. you bring no logic. i could say the next xbox console will sell 2 billion units.....it would be no different then what you keep saying.....and you say games like call of duty 4 call of duty world at war devil may cry are all bad games because they are on the 360? are you serious....stop posting....you could of saved yourself tons of time by copying and pasting the very first comment you wrote.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Too bad Fable 2 sucked hard - the original was a billion times better. It was my biggest buying regret of last year, followed closely by FarCry 2. And you know what? I'd take a guarantee that my box won't break again over any bundling of games or price cut!

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

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-ScorpionKing
-ScorpionKing

MS, with you doing this, i always pray for your success to beat all of your competitor...Wish you all the best MS

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

Haha those post are funny. Is MS paying people to make cheesy comments like: "That's one of the best bundles I've ever seen!" "Wow, that bundle is awesome....I wish I didn't have a box yet...." "Finally, a bundle that's worth getting." MS should use those oneliners in a TV-ad lol

73X
73X

Now that's a bundle worth buying.

makemeweak
makemeweak

That's one of the best bundles I've ever seen!

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

@svaargod Lol did you read that article? Here's a quote "In February this year the Xbox 360 outsold the Wii and PS3 in Japan for the week of February 16 to 22 when Xbox 360-exclusive RPG title Star Ocean: The Last Hope launched. Even with occasional sales spikes, Japan is hardly the poster child for Xbox console 360 sales globally." It outsold the ps3 and Wii for ONE week in FEBRUARY when Star Ocean came out. It's old news being pushed by MS to make people beleive they are doing ok in Japan. However the ps3 has been outselling the 360 4 to 1 in April and May and they havent even counted in the release of that FFXIII demo bundle. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6207774.html?tag=result;title;0

melo_211
melo_211

Wow, that bundle is awesome....I wish I didn't have a box yet....

covertgamer78
covertgamer78

Greatest bundle I've ever seen, still wish it was cheaper though. Maybe when the next generation of consoles come out, I'll get this.

svaargod
svaargod

@frazzle00 You are completely wrong...''In Japan the ps3 is outselling the 360 like 4 to 1 even though the ps3 still has a relatively small games library and the 360 has all the JRPG's'' If you look @ news right here on GAMESPOT ... there is a title saying ''Xbox 360 passes one million units sold in Japan'' and inside that it says it outsells PS3 and Wii !

1995_1996_1997
1995_1996_1997

why are all those posting crap about the ps3 it sucks i mean many games on the 360 are released a year later oblivion bioshock orange box... i mean come on don't you realize the ps3 is crap from a game console

daabulls23
daabulls23

That's a pretty good combo. Two games, headset, and HDMI? Sony should take note (and I only own PS3).

Bozo1975
Bozo1975

@frazzle00 Well I am not mixing up my opinion with facts. I think Hello Kitty Island adventures is way better then gear2 and MGS4 combined but that doesnt make it true. When comparing Forza with GT there are a lot of FACTS mentioned in reviews. Like framerate problems, reflections on the cars that arent working at the should, no cockpit and a overal design that misses the essence of what make GT so great. Now GT5 Prologue runs in 1080p native at a solid 60fps, has 3d cockpits, reflections and carmodels that look better and the production value/ presentation people expect from a GT game. Now keep in mind it is GT PROLOGUE and not the full GT5, which will have 600 cars and 90 tracks. Sure you can prefer Forza but that doesnt make the game better. And I never said MS doesnt make good games. I said MS doesnt have the big franchises Sony has. They need to make new IP's and so far they are doing a poor job at it. It's not like they are not trying though. Ninja Blade, Halo Wars were both exclusives this year, they just arent very good :) MS isnt outselling the ps3 anymore man only in the US and that is only by a small margin. In Japan the ps3 is outselling the 360 like 4 to 1 even though the ps3 still has a relatively small games library and the 360 has all the JRPG's. What do you think will happen when the ps3 exclusives start poring in this year, especially GT5, GOW3 and FFXIII in Japan? MS just cant keep up with Sony at this rate, especially when the games on the ps3 keep getting better and better by using features like the Cell and Blu-Ray. All Sony needs to do is get more exclusives out and that is exactly what they are doing this year. "Frazzle00 will keep making fun of him because teasing silly trolls is entertaining." Rofl that one made me laugh. Well Bozo1975 doesnt need to make fun of you because you do a fine job all by yourself :P

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

Finally, a bundle that's worth getting.

kaliban
kaliban

I think i might actually get this one. Seems well worth the price. just put the credit from my red dead premium towards it too. like getting 2 really good games for free plus the long coveted HDMI port and cable. win win win situation i say. And to the clown; quoting other people's opinions are still not facts. :-)