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January's Xbox Live content detailed

Activision/EA sale, Crackdown 2

Microsoft's detailed the upcoming Xbox Live Marketplace content for the opening weeks of January.

Highlights include a big Activision and EA content sale (but whose will be better?) and Crackdown 2 on Games on Demand.

Here's are the full details:

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ring in the New Year with Activision and Electronic Arts
From January 11 through to January 17, enjoy special, one-time savings of up to 50 percent on more than 25 pieces of hot Activision content including "Call of Duty" Map Packs, "Guitar Hero" Add-ons, popular Arcade titles and more! This is your chance to stock up on all the Activision titles Santa didn't get you for Christmas. For details, please check your Xbox LIVE Dashboard on January 11.

Additionally, from January 18 through to January 25, fans can enjoy a special one-time savings of up to 50 percent on more than 25 pieces of Electronic Arts content, including fun Arcade games and more! For details, please check your Xbox LIVE Dashboard on January 18.

Go Gold in the New Year!
Looking to strike Gold in the new year? From January 28 (5:00 p.m.) through to January 31 (5:00 p.m.), try Xbox LIVE Gold for FREE! Now's your chance to take advantage of all Gold-only features. Play the latest multiplayer games online including "Halo: Reach" (Microsoft Game Studios), "Call of Duty: Black Ops" (Activision), and "Kinect Adventures" (Microsoft Game Studios), or chat with friends via Video Kinect.

Upgrade to Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack in January and score a free game, movie, and more!
Sign up for an Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack in the month of January and enjoy one of a range of special bonuses available at various times throughout the month including: an additional month of Gold Family Pack (13 months in total), "Snoopy Flying Ace" (Microsoft Game Studios), and / or a Zune movie rental for FREE! Log into your Xbox and check out the Spotlight channel to see if an offer is waiting for you!

Perfect for families, the Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack offers four 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold memberships for less than the price of two. Family Pack members also receive exclusive benefits and family conveniences. For more information on Family Pack, please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/Live/JoinLive/Membership?Family.

AVATAR MARKETPLACE
January 6: New Year's Resolution
January 6: Food Fest
January 6: Burton
January 13: Dinosaur Pets
January 13: Xbox 360 Gear

XBOX LIVE ARCADE
January 5: "ilomilo" (SouthEnd Interactive/Microsoft Game Studios) - 800 Microsoft Points and available worldwide
January 12: "Zeit2" (Ubisoft) - 800 Microsoft Points and available worldwide (except Korea and Japan)

DEAL OF THE WEEK
The zombies are coming! Defend your house and protect your brains with an arsenal of home-guarding plants. Fight the fun-dead through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool and on the roof. Play seven lively game modes, including 2-player Versus and Co-Op. All for up to 33% off!

Week of January 10 - Zombies...Back from the Dead:
"Zombie Apocalypse" (KONAMI) - 400 Microsoft Points (50 percent off) and available worldwide (except Germany, Japan, Korea, and South Africa)
"The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai" (Microsoft Game Studios) - 400 Microsoft Points (50 percent off) and available worldwide (except Korea, Brazil, and South Africa)
Zombie Prop Avatar (Microsoft Game Studios) - 160 Microsoft Points (33 percent off) and available worldwide

Week of January 17:
"Plants vs. Zombies" (PopCap Games) - 800 Microsoft Points (33 percent off) and available worldwide (except Japan, India, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Korea)

GAMES ON DEMAND
January 4: "Crackdown 2" (Microsoft Game Studios) - Available worldwide (except Japan and Korea)
January 11: "Need for Speed SHIFT" (Electronic Arts) - Available worldwide (except Japan)
January 18: "Transformers: The Game" (Activision) - Available worldwide (except Japan, Brazil, Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia and South Africa)
January 18: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Activision) - Available worldwide (except Japan, Brazil, Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia and South Africa)
January 18: "Dante's Inferno" (Electronic Arts) - Available worldwide (except Japan and Korea)

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