Xbox Live Update: Dragon Age II, Lego Star Wars III demos hit XBL

Pair of samplers lead all releases on virtual marketplace; XBLA welcomes Bejeweled Blitz Live on Wednesday; Games on Demand adds Bayonetta, Bladestorm, and Alone in the Dark.

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It's a busy week on Xbox Live, as two new demos, a trio of Games on Demand entries, and the second game of Microsoft's House Party are all out this week.

First out of the gate this week are demos for BioWare's Dragon Age II and LucasArts' Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

Dragon Age II can get bloody.

As for BioWare's demo, gamers will be able to play through Dragon Age II's prologue as one of three character classes. The demo will introduce the game's primary protagonist, Hawke, and see him journey to Kirkwall to rendezvous with romantic interest Isabela. Gamers who complete the demo will also unlock Hayder's Razor, a dwarven blade that grants health, mana, and combat bonuses for use in the full game.

Additionally, if at least 1 million gamers download the Dragon Age II demo by March 1, two in-game bonus items will be unlocked for the entire community. Dragon Age II is due out on March 8.

Gamers who prefer lightsabers to swords can download a demo for Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars today. Developer Traveller's Tales will introduce new battle modes with Lego Star Wars III, including close-encounter combat techniques and the ability to build customized bases and fortresses. Gamers can take the side of either a Jedi or a Separatist, each of which comes with its own special abilities.

A demo, you can now download.

Switching to the Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft will add Bejeweled Blitz Live (800 MS points, or $10) on Wednesday, February 23. The game is part of the five-title House Party promotion, which kicked off last week with Hard Corps: Uprising and continues next week with Beyond Good & Evil HD.

Bejeweled Blitz Live offers both classic and twist gameplay modes where gamers can compete to top leaderboards. The game also features a 16-player party mode playable through Xbox Live.

Three new games are available from the Games on Demand hub now. They include 2008's Alone in the Dark ($20), Platinum Games' action title Bayonetta ($20), and 2007's Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War ($35).

Discussion

28 comments
variable21
variable21

i dont think its fair that the demo is only for gold users... i guess i have to wait for a couple of reviews

kiopta1
kiopta1

mad hermit reference...and its upto 732076 downloads

campbell153
campbell153

Can i download this now? i think i will...

nicstringer
nicstringer

Looking forward to Dragon Age 2. Its cool that Bioware have given incentives to download and play the demo but for me personally there was no need!!

andalore
andalore

Bring on next Week for Beyond Good & Evil HD! This also makes me Want to finish Dragon Age Origins, I'm Stuck Waaaay past the Point of No return with no Potions and hardly any Health :(

howie1926
howie1926

@hahamanin indeed she is....

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

I'm already disappointed with DA2 for killing off the choice to be different races as I enjoy playing as dwarven warriors but I'll play the demo and see what I think. Is this demo coming to PC too though? If I end up liking it I'd most likely get it on PC.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I downloaded the demo, I still need to play it

hahamanin
hahamanin

Isabella is hot.......just played the demo

mattg90520
mattg90520

I love these community benchmark things. I loved helping get a million kills in AC brotherhood to get a new map, so even something as simple as trying a demo is fun. who knows, maybe ill really love the game.

Trogeton
Trogeton

Great reason to have upgraded my HDD

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Lego demo interests me a lot, but I own not an XBOX and don't consider it worth buying for a demo of a game I'll buy in full later.

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Played the "DA2" demo for PC this morning. Looking good.

CapmJim
CapmJim

Downloading the DA2 demo right now. As for the Lego Star Wars III demo, it was pretty awesome. I am a fan of the Lego games and they have all been good, but the graphics got a pretty nice upgrade and new gameplay and puzzle enhancements make it fun to play.

gc88
gc88

Dragon Age 2 demo did not impress me and I really enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

DL DA2 right now. btw... I've seen Bayonetta new for $15 or less. Buy the disc and save HDD space and $$$.

TwistedMetalFan
TwistedMetalFan

Now the Bayonetta is on Games on Demand, hopefully more people will give it a shot. It's an amazing game that I wish more people played.

thermalcold
thermalcold

Those on-demand games are a ripoff!! You can Bayonetta ($ eighteen) and Bladestorm ($ twenty eight) far cheaper @ ebgames. Alone in the Dark can be had for $8! M$ is ripping you off, do not buy these games thru XBLA!

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

i wasn't keen on this earlier but I am starting to come round to it now. Hope it is better than the first? I will mos def be buying it

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

DA2 demo is sick so far, graphics and music are way better.

balfe1990
balfe1990

Bayonetta for 20 quid? Probably the only good price I've seen in Games on Demand.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Dragons Age 2 demo sucked. Glad I missed the first

EzekyleAbadon
EzekyleAbadon

Proud contributor to the 1 million downloads :D

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

Second, and I can't wait to play Dragon age 2 on March 8th