It’s time to dig through some Spare Parts in the Xbox Live Arcade this week. This game tells the story of Mar-T and Chip, two robots dumped on a strange planet. To defend themselves, they’ve got to scour the planets for parts. They don’t have time to waste, as the evil Lord Krung is out to destroy them. You can get parts including lasers, rocket boots and eventually enough equipment to repair a space ship and get off the planet. Spare Parts contains online and local co-op, all for 800 Microsoft Points. ($10)
If you logged in recently you may have noticed a slight update to your Xbox Live dashboard. Microsoft brought back the “Boot to Disc” option in the 360 dashboard. After the update, you’ll be able to change your system settings to boot to the dashboard or right to the game you have in the tray. Your Xbox Live gamercard has also undergone a slight redesign.
One of 2010’s most acclaimed games, Red Dead Redemption, is now available in Games on Demand. It’s Rockstar Games’ ode to the Wild West. Nobody can take you to a different era quite like the Grand Theft Auto developer and this was another huge hit for them. It tells the tale of John Marston, a former outlaw who has settled down and become a family man. Then he’s pressed into service to hunt down the members of his former gang. Along the way on this Western adventure, you’ll run into everything from angry wildcats to snake oil salesmen. There’s even an achievement for hunting down the last buffalo in the West. This Game of the Year contender is now $39.99 to download.
EA is having a massive sale on some of its content. You’ll find everything from DLC including Dragon Age Origins Awakening to full arcade games such as NHL 3-on-3 Arcade is half off.
The Deal of the Week is on the critically acclaimed tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies. This addictive little title challenges you to defend your lawn against flesh-eating zombies with adorable little plants. It’s easy to pick up, but hard to put down. It’s on sale right now for 800 MP, down from its regular price of 1200 MP. The sale runs through January 24, 2011.
Don’t forget Windows Phone 7 games are now part of the Xbox Live experience, complete with achievements. Coming to your Windows Phone this week are puzzlers iBlast Moki and 3D Brickbreaker Revolution. iBlast Moki allows you to detonate bombs to solve physics-based puzzles. I used to hate physics in school, probably because there were not enough games with bombs in them.iBlast Moki is $2.99. 3D Brickbreaker Revolution brings 3D excitement to your Windows Phone with a cannon and 24 powerups. There are boss battles as well. Brickbreaker Revolution is $2.99.