Sale on Xbox LIVE content!*

Between today and October 10th, we’ve got 50% savings on a number of our downloads on Xbox LIVE, including:

Fallout 3

Fallout Avatar items

Oblivion

Fallout: New Vegas

Xbox LIVE Arcade

*Awesome helmet not included

Skyrim roundup: Vampires, DLC news, QuakeCon/Gamescom, and more!

In a few hours, fans at PAX Prime will finally be able to play Skyrim for the first time. Until then, we wanted to share the latest Skyrim news from around the web.

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced that the first two pieces of game add-on content for Skyrim will be releasing exclusively on Xbox 360 — 30 days before they’re available anywhere else. When we have more details on the content, we’ll let everyone know.

Elsewhere, don’t miss Dave Oshry’s Skyrim preview posted yesterday at RipTen. The preview is significant, as he’s the first person we know that encountered vampires in his playthrough. Read the four-page preview here.

Fun fact: Pete Hines is actually dragonborn. At least that’s my explanation for how he survived all the interviews he did at Gamescom.With more than 275,000 attendees in Cologne last week, Pete used the power of the voice to conduct countless interviews with sites like Gamespot, ComputecDestructoid, and FBC.

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QuakeCon 2011: Xbox LIVE Avatars for RAGE now available!

The following “QuakeCon Collection” RAGE avatars were announced today and are now available on Xbox LIVE. Click the links to purchase at Xbox.com.

 

Xbox LIVE savings for Oblivion and Fallout

Xbox LIVE’s Deal of the Week brings 1/2-off savings to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on select Fallout 3 and Oblivion content. The following content is included in this week’s promotion::

Fallout 3 Content

Mothership Zeta – 400 points

Broken Steel — 400 points

Operation: Anchorage — 400 points

Vault Boy Head Avatar item — 80 points

Vault 101 Suit avatar item — 120 points

Oblivion Content

Shivering Isles – 1200 points

Knights of the Nine — 400 points

Horse Armor — 100 points

Skyrim Sing-along!

In case you missed it, GameInformer.com has revealed that the dragon text on the back cover their upcoming Skyrim issue relates back to last month’s announcement trailer. Here’s their explanation…

“Last month saw the release of the teaser trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, also available at the bottom of this article. During the trailer, you probably noticed some mysterious language being sung. What you might not have known is that the words are in the tongue of the dragons, an entirely new language crafted by Bethesda for use in the upcoming game. This complete language plays an integral role in the story and gameplay of the upcoming epic, and introduces an intriguing new facet to the Elder Scrolls mythology.”

Once you’ve decrypted the text and know what it says, we suggest you celebrate by downloading the game’s announcement trailer from Xbox LIVE (or just using the video above) and start singing along* in English. And grab a camera — we want to see videos on YouTube.

*dressing up is optional

DOOM II interview

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16 years after id Software released DOOM II on PC, the game is now available on Xbox LIVE. This week we caught up with Brandon James, President of Nerve Software (the team responsible for bringing the game to LIVE) to learn more about what you can expect from this version of the classic FPS.

DOOM II features a new episode; can you talk about how this came about?

When we approached id about doing DOOM II for XBLA, we wanted to add significant new content to the title that would appeal to those who have played the original DOOM II and for players new to the franchise. A lot of the designers at Nerve started out in the industry by creating levels for DOOM and DOOM II, so we knew our away around the editor and what it takes to create a compelling experience in the world of DOOM.

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DOOM II on Xbox LIVE Arcade

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Beginning today, DOOM II is available for download via Xbox LIVE Arcade!

DOOM II expanded upon the white-knuckle excitement of the original DOOM with an amazing assortment of additional weapons, monsters, and carnage-filled environments. With the XBLA version, you’re now able to download and relive all of the heart-pounding action of this classic PC title with brand-new elements, including:

  • Legendary weapons: Arm yourself with the legendary weapons from the original DOOM, as well as the Super Shotgun.
  • New enemies and levels: Experience DOOM like never before, with six new enemies and 32 new levels. Play it alone or invite a friend to play in co-op mode via split screen or Xbox LIVE.
  • Bonus chapter: Brave the never-before-seen bonus chapter, No Rest for the Living, an Xbox LIVE Arcade exclusive.
  • Deathmatch: Jump into intense deathmatch action with up to four players via split screen or over Xbox LIVE.
  • Avatar extras: Outfit your Avatar with the old-school DOOM II T-Shirt or the full-body DOOM Marine uniform.
  • Xbox LIVE Achievements
  • HD visuals
  • 5.1 surround sound

Whether you’re looking for nostalgia, or ready to experience the game for the first time, you can purchase DOOM II here for 800 Microsoft Points. If you want to discuss the game, check out the community forum on Xbox.com.