Free XBLA games. Yes, really


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repairmanjack
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Not sure if you know about this, but every weekend, playxbla run a competition. It's an achievement challenge. They post three or four xbla games and if you have a certai number of achievements you email them your gamertag... and you win a code for an xbla game.

I missed out the other week as Live went down for me, and I only needed to pick up one achievement. :(

Anyway, every week, genuinely free, guaranteed wins. Go for it.

http://playxbla.com/weekend-cheeve-challenge-2/
#1 at 15:31:09 - 25/03/2012
repairmanjack
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Got six achievements across Shaodw Complex, Limbo and/or Bloodforge? Check the link in the earlier post, see if you've got six of the twelve selected and email MS your gamertag. Prize is two free xbla games.

No, it's not a swizz. And I actually have the right ones this time.

They gave away Radiant Silvergun a couple of weeks ago. Worth doing, kids.
#2 at 17:20:37 - 28/04/2012
Kay
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I think I have 10/12 achievements from Shadow Complex, but I'm missing one of the achievements needed on that site. Might give me the incentive to finally play Limbo this weekend....
#3 at 18:11:27 - 28/04/2012
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Finally, achievements have an actual reward. Most forums are all over this. Really surprised people here aren't batting an eyelid. evilashchris must have every bloody achievement on these. :)
#4 at 19:41:43 - 28/04/2012
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I rarely have time to play the games I buy, never mind games I already decided not to buy. ^^;

Plus, you know, achievements and their proximity to The Worst of humanity.
#5 at 21:26:37 - 28/04/2012
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repairmanjack said:Finally, achievements have an actual reward. Most forums are all over this. Really surprised people here aren't batting an eyelid. evilashchris must have every bloody achievement on these. :)


I'm surprised that no-one has posted about it on EG. :)

I think I'll give Limbo a crack tonight, from what I've read it's really short and should easily be completed over a weekend. I've had it for ages already, so if anything this gives me a good incentive to cut down on my substantial XBLA backlog! If I get two decent-ish games out of it, that'll be a bonus.

So, I take it it'll be safe to email my gamertag to their address (once I've completed the challenge)?
#6 at 21:36:16 - 28/04/2012
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I need another two, Limbo looks do-able for me, I'll have a crack tomorrow, Cheers RMJ!
#7 at 21:41:04 - 28/04/2012
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Limbo really should take no more than 3.5 hours tops, even if you get stuck on a puzzle or two. And that's not rushing it - you can still enjoy the atmosphere at that pace.

I completed it in 3hrs 02 mins, and I was exploring all of the stages, just to make sure I wasn't missing anything, and enjoyed the atmosphere.

By the time you've finished it, the extra achievements and potential for winning a game will just be a bonus to what came before in the previous three hours. That's enough reward alone.
#8 at 11:45:44 - 29/04/2012
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Most of Limbo's achievements are for going off the beaten track slightly. You won't get many of those on a casual plathrough. It has a chapter select if you've completed it though.

Managed four of the Limbo achievements yesterday. Still such a fab little game.
#9 at 11:54:37 - 29/04/2012
Kay
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kentmonkey said:I completed it in 3hrs 02 mins, and I was exploring all of the stages, just to make sure I wasn't missing anything, and enjoyed the atmosphere.


Where did you get that specific time from? I didn't see anything like that at the end, just the completion percentage.

Now that I've played it, I felt the game didn't live up to the hype. Art style and a couple of interesting puzzles aside, there really isn't much to it - can definitely see why there were complaints about the high price point. Still a good game, but not on the same level as XBLA's finest.

Anyway. email sent. Also posted about PlayXBLA on EG. Now let's see what codes I get...
#10 at 00:54:47 - 30/04/2012
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So I got a free code for Trials Evo thanks to this, with many other people on EG getting the same. Not bad at all - cheers for the heads-up, RMJ!
#11 at 21:14:42 - 30/04/2012
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Fuck, those guys need a proofreader, stat. Or someone who can, y'know, actually spell 'Challenge'
#12 at 08:45:17 - 01/05/2012
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FFS, peej. Free stuff. Quit moaning. Even I let that one slide. :)
#13 at 11:31:42 - 01/05/2012
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Ooh! I got a Pinball FX2 Marvel Vengeance Virtue Table DLC Code.

Which I already have.

So who wants a Free XBLA Game? :D
#14 at 12:11:26 - 01/05/2012
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frod does
#15 at 12:13:46 - 01/05/2012
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Sorted :D
#16 at 12:15:10 - 01/05/2012
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repairmanjack said:FFS, peej. Free stuff. Quit moaning. Even I let that one slide. :)


C'mon it's a legitimate moan, even more so now I know this is actually an MS site!
#17 at 12:59:18 - 01/05/2012
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Probably run by non-native English speakers, as there are quite a few grammatical errors on the site. No big deal, since it's not really an official MS site, just a blog that's affiliated with them.
#18 at 13:21:19 - 01/05/2012
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Tougher this week. Fable Heroes, Alien Hominid and Toy Soldiers: CW - Napalm Pack dlc.

Six out of three. I'm hours into FH and only got the Ruler of Albion one. Never got any on AH, just too tough for me. If someone wants a crack at the Toy Soldiers one, I might be able to pony up a dlc code. Might cost you half the prize though. :)

http://playxbla.com/weekend-cheeve-challange-3/
#19 at 11:10:24 - 05/05/2012
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This competition seems to have been run into the ground - too many cheating bastards using other people's gamertags, etc. The competition has dropped from being something of a love-letter, to ramping up the difficulty of the achievements (and number of games required).

Now, if you qualify, you just get entered into a draw. If you're one of five names out of the hat, you win two codes. Today, they'vefixed it so that on top of that you have to have all four games.

It's knocked most people out of the market (and knocked the will to try out of the rest). I'm done with it, until they tweak it again...

So imagine my surprise when I was winner of their daily caption contest yesterday. (Hoping to grab a Spelunky code, unless you know of something better?)

I've entered a caption most days for a week... and been far funnier than most of the shite picked. Was also giving up on that, but might be worth shoving something in each day. (As the actress said to the bishop.)
#20 at 04:39:42 - 04/08/2012
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My prize for winning the caption competition was an XBLA code of my choice.

Decided to give Spelunky a go... at that price.

:)
#21 at 21:52:29 - 06/08/2012
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Doing alright out of this. Won a caption competition for Hybrid code last week and now just won again for a Dust code.

Nice that I'm getting something for my efforts as a writer, eh?
#22 at 02:39:45 - 16/08/2012
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Oh wow, I've finally met the requirements for this weekend's challenge! Although judging by the age of the games and the relative simplicity of the achievements, I'd imagine that quite a few more than normal have also entered.

Oh well, in it to win it and all that :) Fingers crossed.
#23 at 10:44:35 - 01/09/2012
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I've given up with it since they turned all entries into a lottery draw. That said, I'm winning at least one code of my choice per week with the daily caption competition.

But then, I only have to be wittier than Halo playing America, so it's not too hard. :)
#24 at 10:49:28 - 01/09/2012
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Yeah it's typical that the first time I can enter, it's no longer a guaranteed 'win'. But at least I've brought all the games previously because I wanted them and also had enough achievements to enter instantly so I may as well throw my hat into the ring and chance my luck.

I can never think of anything witty to say when it comes to captions so I'm no competition to you there ;)
#25 at 10:52:59 - 01/09/2012
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Ooh, I already had 15 out of the 16 achievements, so email sent.

Although I feel bad for slightly decreasing TheBoy's chances of winning in the draw. :(
#26 at 20:38:34 - 01/09/2012
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Heh, don't worry about it Kay - I'd have screwed you over without a moments hesitation lol ;)

Nah seriously, I hope we both somehow win :) Although as I mentioned before, I'd imagine there are loads more entries this week due to the older games and easier achievements.
#27 at 19:30:55 - 02/09/2012
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Did you have any luck Kay? :) I haven't heard anything so looks like my name wasn't plucked out of the hat.
#28 at 12:30:26 - 05/09/2012
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Tried my free Sine Mora yesterday. It seems quite well made, but ultimately I don't think it's for me. Free Rock Band Blitz, despite the awful Facebook integration which I refuse to use, is a bit more up my street.
#29 at 12:50:49 - 05/09/2012
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TheBoy said:Did you have any luck Kay? :) I haven't heard anything so looks like my name wasn't plucked out of the hat.


Nope, nothing this time. Not surprising with the amount of people that must have entered!
#30 at 11:24:07 - 07/09/2012

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