Xbox 360 250GB bundle includes five games in Canada for $299

Microsoft will be releasing a new Xbox 360 bundle in Canada tomorrow. The 250GB system will include five downloadable games for free: Alan Wake, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Fable 3, and Halo Wars. The bundle will be available for $299.99.

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Microsoft will be releasing a new Xbox 360 bundle in Canada tomorrow. The 250GB system will include five downloadable games for free: Alan Wake, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Fable 3, and Halo Wars. The bundle will be available for $299.99.

That's a sizable value, although users will have to allocate up to 30GB of space in order to store all five retail games.

The deal was first spotted by Darren Christie (via Joystiq). However, Shacknews has learned that the bundle will be available for a "limited time only" and is currently exclusive to Canada.

“Starting this week Canadians looking for great value on an Xbox 360 can find a bundle that includes a 250GB Xbox 360 console plus download codes for 5 full games all for $299.99 CDN ERP. If you don’t already own an Xbox 360, this is a great way to jump in with an amazing collection of games to start your library.”

In addition, this is not the "holiday bundle" -- Microsoft will be releasing more information about an alternate SKU later in the year. Still, it's an excellent deal for those who have yet to "Jump In," and don't necessarily want to become the controller.

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    August 24, 2011 1:45 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Xbox 360 250GB bundle includes five games in Canada for $299.

    Microsoft will be releasing a new Xbox 360 bundle in Canada tomorrow. The 250GB system will include five downloadable games for free: Alan Wake, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Fable 3, and Halo Wars. The bundle will be available for $299.99.

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      August 24, 2011 2:03 PM

      Impressive. Those are some high quality games and not just shovelware.

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      August 24, 2011 2:06 PM

      Microsoft: Helping Canadians exceed their bandwidth caps since 2011.

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      August 24, 2011 2:07 PM

      I still want them to release Halo 3 on PC. ODST and Reach can stay on 360, I don't care about playing them, but it's bugged me that I haven't played H3, and I'm locked in a battle of stubbornness with Microsoft.

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        August 24, 2011 2:18 PM

        Reach is ballertron 2000, YDNWTF.

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          August 24, 2011 4:43 PM

          I know that story is weirdly important for me, and Reach shits all over the continuity and awesome of the Eric Nylund books. Sure, it has better gameplay, but the story is generally terrible and stupid.

          Bear in mind that I played a fair bit of Halo PC multiplayer, but basically zero of H2's (on either Xbox or PC, I've had it on both).

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            August 24, 2011 5:14 PM

            The books are not 100% canon and the games can change some aspects of it. Also Reach changed stuff that mainly had to do with timeline of things happening. Otherwise both book and game co-exist fairly well.

            Hell in the books they describe the UNSC starships having rotating platforms for gravity when in the games they do not. In Contact Harvest the BR55 rifle makes it debut where in First Strike where it has the first appearance it was a brand new gun still.

            Simply put thy do the best they can to keep canon between books and with the games but ultimately the games are where all the canon is set, the books are supplemental.

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              August 25, 2011 2:24 AM

              Oh dear, sorry, I responded last night on LatestChatty WP7 but apparently the thing ate it.

              Anyway, long story short, I liked the story better before Reach and the later books. With regards to Reach specifically, the cloaked fleet, the S-IIIs working in the open and with Dr. Halsey's knowledge, the way there was no credit given to any of the S-IIs that should have been on the planet, stupid sacrifice elements like volunteering to stay behind when you have a reentry pack and Spartan training and the ODSTs with you have neither, Cortana being handed off to a planetbound PoA...

              I know there have been lots of revisions to the Halo lore with each new entry (annoyingly). I just vastly preferred the FoR/First Strike continuity.

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                August 25, 2011 8:33 AM

                What the hell, that stuff can still more or less happen. They mentioned what the other Spartan teams were doing in the game. Also staying behind to detonate a bomb with a broken detonator is a simple trope that's been done many times before. It wasn't a needless one anyways.

                Also if you weren't paying attention Cortana was only a fragment from her whole self being used to integrate data from the forerunners. Halsey could have still ended up in that giant cave since she went one way and the Spartan team went the other.

                With all said, the Reach campaign ties in very well to the start of Halo: CE. Much like how ODST sets up for the start of Halo 3.

                Halo side stories are a ton more interesting than the main stuff too. Like the live action shorts made for Halo 3, they set up the beginning of Halo 3 as well.

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            August 24, 2011 7:54 PM

            I have read the books and I don't agree. Can you name a blatant example of contradiction?

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              August 25, 2011 2:15 AM

              Halo Reach shits all over the books. They just toss out everything that happens in The Fall of Reach.

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        August 24, 2011 3:07 PM

        Reach > Halo 3 in nearly every department (except replays).

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        August 24, 2011 3:18 PM

        ODST and Reach are great games though, while Halo 3 is sort of middling.

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          August 24, 2011 4:49 PM

          ODST is simply a terrible failure in every way. Considering the promise of the utterly brilliant original/TGS extended trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WroxHMo6B_k is the trailer without the Halo community's frame-by-frame analysis to notice all the little references and thought from Bungie), and the idea that the player would get to be a human that has to use stealth and simply avoid fighting Brutes if at all possible, the game itself was an atrociously poor cash grab.

          Yeah, the Firefly guys, woo, but instead of an ODST you're still just playing a type of Spartan, with superjump, shields and improbable strength, and that's just a weak effort.

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            August 25, 2011 2:53 AM

            So a game you've, admittedly, never played is a "terrible failure in every way"? Very strong judgment for something you haven't laid hands on.

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              August 25, 2011 4:22 AM

              You read what my criticisms were. I don't need to play a game to know basic gameplay mechanics, that just takes watching some gameplay.

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                August 25, 2011 4:55 AM

                Judging a game typically requires more than watching some Youtube videos. At least that's been my experience.

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                  August 25, 2011 5:39 AM

                  I don't need to judge the quality of ODST as a game in which you play a Spartan. That's fine, it could be great at that, but it is not what they promised, and I hoped for, from a game in which you play an ODST. It cannot overcome that.

                  If there was an Alien vs. Predator game in which it promised you would spend the entire time playing as a Marine and usually solo, would you be happy if the game ended up with a playstyle and player skills almost exactly copied from being a Predator instead?

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                August 25, 2011 4:56 AM

                ODST not having the style of gameplay you wanted it to have does not make it "an atrociously poor cash grab".

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                  August 25, 2011 5:34 AM

                  So your problem was my hyperbole? Okay then, I'll reword: it's fundamentally flawed and almost certainly diminished by the intervention of the accountants that decided a different style of gameplay in a Halo game would have caused backlash. If it had provided the radically different perspective on the Halo universe that they suggested with the original trailer, I would have been happier than a pig in mud and would have bought a 360 outright, but it didn't, so I was personally offended and still harbour resentment.

                  Happy?

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            August 25, 2011 2:56 AM

            ODST is a really good game that you should actually try playing before dismissing it.

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              August 25, 2011 7:43 AM

              It's got the best story telling elements of any of the Halo games to date.

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      August 24, 2011 2:42 PM

      I want a cheap $100 360 Slim to replace my old 360.

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        August 24, 2011 3:13 PM

        Wha...I....buh....what? You want to pay $100 for something you already have?

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          August 24, 2011 3:33 PM

          probably wants a slim that is quieter and uses less power than the old 360 units.

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          August 25, 2011 7:44 AM

          People spent money to buy slim PS3's as well. Hell part of PS2's huge sales numbers is people rebuying it when the PS2 slim came out.

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      August 25, 2011 3:01 AM

      That would push me to finally get a 360.
      You know, if I was in Canada.
      More interested in Fable 2 than 3 though,

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        August 25, 2011 3:05 AM

        Ah, I guess you still have to buy an online subscription to download the games?

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          August 25, 2011 3:18 AM

          you just need a free silver account to access the games marketplace

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          August 25, 2011 3:21 AM

          No, you don't need to subscribe to Gold to buy off the Marketplace.

          In fact, it's about the only thing on X-Box Live you can do without Gold, which I'm finding increasingly irritating. They don't even make cut-price sales offers available to Silver members anymore.