From Gears To Deals To Games On Demand, This Is Xbox Live For AprilS

April is shaping up to be a big one for Xbox 360 owners, especially if they like getting their hands on Gears of War 3 early. That multiplayer beta leads a long list of content that Microsoft confirmed for April today, from Xbox Live Arcade games to deals on tons of other stuff.

If you've been holding out on, say, Limbo, Peggle or Halo map packs, read on for when the ideal time to buy those add-ons for Xbox 360 games will hit.

Gears of War 3 Multiplayer Beta

Bulletstorm Preview - Monday, April 18, 2011
Gears of War 3 Beta - Monday, April 25, 2011
Beta concludes - Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sales & Specials

April 15
Limbo - 600 MS Points ($7.50)
Castle Crashers - 600 MS Points ($7.50)
Shadow Complex - 600 MS Points ($7.50)
Trials HD - 600 MS Points ($7.50)
Monday Night Combat - 600 MS Points ($7.50)

April 12 - April 18
Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack - 400 MS Points ($5)
Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Halo 3 Mythic II Map Pack - 400 MS Points ($5)
Halo: Reach Emile SPARTAN 239 Armor (male and female) - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Halo: Reach UNSC Marine Armor (male and female) - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Gears of War 2 All Fronts Collection - 400 MS Points ($5)
Gears of War 2 Locust Drone Armor (male and female) - 160 MS Points ($2.50)
Gears of War 3 Ticker Pet - 160 MS Points ($2)
Forza 3 Community Choice Classics Pack - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Forza 3 Sidewinder Proving Grounds - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Forza 3 Hot Holidays Car Pack - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
Crackdown 2 Premium Toy Box Pack- 280 MS Points ($3.50)
Crackdown 2 Premium Deluge Pack - 280 MS Points ($3.50)
Alan Wake: The Writer - 280 MS Points ($3.50)
Fable 3 Warrior Helmet (male and female) - 120 MS Points ($1.50)
Toy Soldiers - 800 MS Points ($10)
Perfect Dark - 400 MS Points ($5)
Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers - 400 MS Points ($5)
Trials HD: Big Thrills - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
South Park: Let's Go Tower Defense Play! - 400 MS Points ($5)
Braid - 400 MS Points ($5)
Splosion Man - 400 MS Points ($5)
Snoopy Flying Ace - 400 MS Points ($5)
Uno Rush - 400 MS Points ($5)
Duke Nukem 3D - 400 MS Points ($5)
Duke Nukem Manhattan Project - 400 MS Points ($5)

Xbox Live Arcade

Might and Magic Clash of Heroes - 1200 MS Points ($15) - April 13
Section 8 Prejudice - 1200 MS Points ($15) - April 20
Fancy Pants - 800 MS Points ($10) - April 20

Deal of the Week

April 12 - April 18
Marvel vs Capcom 2 - 600 MS Points ($7.50)
Mega Man 10 - 400 MS Points ($5)
Final Fight Double Impact - 400 MS Points ($5)
Bionic Commando Rearmed - 400 MS Points ($5)
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix - 600 MS Points ($7.50)

April 19 - April 25
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Toned Body DLC - 160 MS Points ($2)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Bollywood DLC - 200 MS Points ($2.50)
3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures 2 - 400 MS Points ($5)
Peggle - 400 MS Points ($5)
Peggle Nights - 400 MS Points ($5)
Plants vs. Zombies - 800 MS Points ($10)
ilomilo - 400 MS Points ($5)
Avatar Egg Hunt - 80 MS Points ($1)
Avatar Bunny Outfit - 120 MS Points ($1.50)
Monkey Prop - 120 MS Points ($1.50)

Games on Demand

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing ($29.99) - April 12
Toy Story 3: The Video Game ($29.99) - April 12
Raven Squad ($19.99) - April 12
Fallout: New Vegas (price TBA) - April 19
Mafia 2 (price TBA) - April 19
Lost Planet 2 (price TBA) - April 19

Xbox Avatar Marketplace

South Park - April 19
Mortal Kombat - April 19