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Platform: 250GB Holiday Value BundleEdition: StandardChange
Price:$327.00 - $998.00
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105 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
A Side note: I wont be re-hashing the many many reviews that you can find on the Current Gen Xbox 360 Hardware, as there are plenty of those out there for you to make a decision.

The Annual Holiday bundles are an amazing value. For the same price as the same spec system (amount of memory, Kinect included or not) you get the same system with 2 games. This year, for the 250GB model, they are including a Voucher to Download Skyrim. Important to know and keep in mind if your internet is slow, limited, etc. It also includes Forza 4 Essential Edition. I am not much of a racing game player, so I am not sure if that is what the normal version of the game is called, or if that is a special, some what limited version of the game. You also get the 1 month of Xbox live Gold, 1 wireless controller, and 1 wired headset. It does NOT include an HDMI cable, but instead comes with a set of Composite cables. Some thing to keep in mind, and if you need cables, buy from Amazon AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable (3 Feet/0.9 Meter) - Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return [Newest Standard], or at least online. Any brick and mortar store will cost far more for a cable.

The takeaway is this, if you are looking to get a Xbox anyway, and are even slightly interested in either or both of these games, there is no reason not to get the bundle.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
First of all let me say that this is an amazing deal. For the same price as the system without games you can have two games. Skyrim is the great game you have all heard it was. Those without a high speed internet connection may be a little peeved that it is only a download. The warning is concerning the other game--Forza 4. The copy that comes with this bundle is dubbed the "Essentials Edition." What this means is that the game is the same as the copy you can buy new except with 214 less cars than with the full game. You still have 320 cars and from the best I can tell the rest of the game is intact. This probably should not be a dealbreaker for most of you however as even without Forza, the Xbox 360 with the Skyrim download is still a great deal in itself. I wholeheartedly recommend this bundle.
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111 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
It's a slim X360 with a price cut. Nothing new to add, so here's this bundle's fine print:

1) Forza 4 ESSENTIALS EDITION. It comes with fewer cars than Forza 4 (320 as opposed to 500+ish). Not sure if all the tracks are included.

2) Skyrim is a digital download, so you're s--- out of luck if you were planning on selling the game.

3) It's 1 month of free Xbox LIVE Gold, not 3.

4) Get your own HDMI cable, this box doesn't have one.

5) Get a rechargeable controller battery, this box doesn't have one. AA batteries are so 1997.

Basically, Amazon needs to get the product description right. Other than that, it's nice to finally join the 360 party, especially now that the back catalog's best games can be bought dirt cheap on the used market.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
Bought this to replace my old elite, Microsoft was going to charge me $120 to repair it so I decided to splurge and get this. Hard to pass up a deal like this. The 250gb console alone is $299.
With this you get Forza, not the complete game I guess (doesn't come with all the cars), but for a free game beggars can't be choosers. Downloadable copy of Skyrim, which won many game of the year awards last year. I also got TWO months of xbox live gold with mine, I noticed other reviewers saying they got one, I don't know if I got lucky or what but I ended up with two one month trial codes in mine. Also comes with one month trial of HULU and Epix. Only thing bad about this is it doesn't come with an HDMI cable. If you are looking to upgrade or replacing your old 360, this is the deal to get!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
I ordered this product on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. I selected Free Super Saving, and it was here the NEXT day. Extremely fast service. Very proud of Amazon. Overall this console is well worth the price of $250. For all those that complain about the Gold membership, why buy an Xbox 360? There are cheaper alternatives if all you want is a Netflix ready device. You get what you pay for with the Xbox Gold membership. It is one of the best online systems available right now. It has the blockbusters that everyone wants to play with the benefits of GOLD. You get what you pay for. Works great, fast shipping, no scratches, no broken headsets, everything came in perfect condition. Skyrim downloaded in about an hours time, looks great, plays great. Well worth the $250 price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
Ok so here it is, the bundle is the only way to go, why get the 4GB at the same price when you can get the 250GB, the Game forza is amazing it might not be the "full" version but it is still worth it, as for the skyrim download i don't know yet, but as i said for the money this bundle is really worth it for the $250.00....
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
The 360 came quickly. I was able to download Skyrim with no issues. The system works Great! I have yet to try the Forza Motorsport 4, as I was more interested in Skyrim. I used to have a 360, but gave it to my sister, and then I bought this one for myself. I would highly recommend this bundle to anyone who is looking to buy the 360. While someone did state you get one month of xbox live with this bundle, you actually get 2 months. You get one code for a free 1 month gold membership and then you will find a 2nd code that will give you a month of free gold membership, so you do get a total of 2 months worth of gold through this bundle. Though I do recommend to just go ahead and get the code for the 12 month of xbox live and while use the 2 free months and then after you are done with the 2 free months, use the 12 month code.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Purchase back in January for a distant family member. But was told recently that they could not add the free download skyrim game because it was a 4GB Xbox 360 instead of a 250GB Xbox 360. Although he was still happy to have it, I feel rip off because i didn't get what i purchase. Just buyers beware and check the hard drive if you purchase this bundle.
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37 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
If you are thinking of using the xbox as a media center be aware you need an xbox Live Gold account ($60 per year) to do so. This came as a total shock to me as there are hundreds of Netflix/Hulu devices (including the Wii/PS3, Roku, TV's, DVR's, Blu-ray Players, iPhone's, Android phones) and the xbox is the only one to charge for the privilege. The fact you need to pay an extra $60 per year in order to watch youtube videos on the xbox is so unbelievable it's actually funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
After my old xbox died a few months back, I was in the market for a new one. I saw this bundle, and I felt like it was the best buy on the market considering the Hard Drive space.

PROS - Xbox feels amazing. (Touch sensitive power button and disk tray are AWESOME) It runs whisper quiet. When you install games to the hard drive, sometimes you won't even realize the xbox is still running. I accidentally left in on the 1st night because I couldn't hear that jet engine-like sound my last one used to make. Forza is fun, except for the cars issue (read cons), and I don't really care for Skyrim, so I sold that to a friend.

CONS - Forza 4 isn't the FULL game. It's the "essentials" edition, which means all of the best cars in the game are going to cost Microsoft points. I spent well over 1600 unlocking all the cars. Also, the wired microphone that came with the xbox snapped after about a month, so beware of that. Finally, invest in a play-and-charge kit. I never used AA batteries before to power my controllers, but it eats through them insanely fast.
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