New Year's XBLM sale discounts multiple items, offers daily deals

Microsoft has launched its "Countdown to New Year's" promotion today on Xbox Live, which will see numerous pieces of Marketplace content discounted in the days leading up to the ball drop. The deals are highlighted by several XBLA games on sale now through December 31, including Super Meat Boy, Carcassonne, Comic Jumper, Castle Crashers and Risk Factions; all of which are 33–50 percent off.

Daily deals are also on offer, beginning with today's deal: Red Dead Redemption DLC. Both the "Liars & Cheats" and the "Legends & Killers" packs are available for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) each, half their usual price. Meanwhile, "Undead Nightmare" and the "Undead Nightmare Collection" (which bundles together all three aforementioned add-ons) are 25 percent off at 600 ($7.50) and 1200 points ($15), respectively. And tomorrow, December 22, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available for half-off at 600 points ($7.50).

Additionally, Microsoft has listed clues to the rest of this year's daily deals on the Xbox Live Dashboard. We've compiled the clues, along with our best guesses, after the break. Be sure to check it out before you start spending your holiday points!

Finally, buying discounted items, watching Netflix movies or playing Halo: Reach and Fable 3 multiplayer during this 11-day promotion will automatically enter players into a sweepstakes to win a massive prize package, featuring a 50-inch HDTV.

Xbox Live "Countdown to New Year's Promotion"

Daily Deals Clues (and Best Guesses):
  • Thursday, Dec. 23: "Quiet Harmony - Get competetive or play co-op" (Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance)
  • Friday, Dec. 24: "Solve a Mystery - Your best weapon is the light" (Alan Wake DLC)
  • Saturday, Dec. 25: "Gotta Feeling? - Can you master the moves?" (Dance Central - "I Gotta Feeling" DLC)
  • Sunday, Dec. 26: "A Secret Agent - What is your code name?" (Perfect Dark)
  • Monday, Dec. 27: "Extreme Waves - It's a race to the finish line" (Hydro Thunder Hurricane)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: "Lazarus Project - Can you shepard the elite?" (Mass Effect 2 DLC)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29: "Moneyball - Play the future Monday night sport" (Monday Night Combat. Duh.)
  • Thursday, Dec. 30: "One Foe - A world of good vs evil" (Fable 3 DLC)
  • Friday, Dec. 31: "Find Her - Will you wake up on the edge?" (Limbo)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.