This week is all about high fantasy in the Xbox Marketplace. The MOBA genre popularized by titles such as League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients hits Xbox Live with Guardians of Middle Earth. Its December release is timed to take full advantage of buzz for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Characters including Legolas, Gandalf and Sauron himself take the battlefield for glory and loot. It’s 1200 Microsoft Points to get lost in Middle Earth.
MOBA’s are huge on the PC, but haven’t taken hold on consoles yet. A Lord of the Rings license will likely go a long way toward rectifying that. It will be interesting to see how big and how competitive this community gets. Will the PC pros take notice?
Skyrim returns with Dragonborn DLC. Off the coast of Morrowind is the isle of Solstheim. Your character will learn new shouts and the ability to tame dragons. You’ll need all those skills, because at the end you must battle the first Dragonborn. Get those vocal chords ready. Dragonborn is 1600 MP.
Arriving in Games on Demand are SSX, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and Fist of the North Star for $29.99 each and Virtua Tennis 4 for $19.99 each. Kinect effort Power Up Heroes is $49.99. Madden NFL 13 is $59.99. It’s not uncommon for players to only pick up Madden every couple of years, when there’s a really important new feature. Madden 13‘s Connected Careers makes it worth the purchase this year, and you can read more about that here.