If you're going to be heading to the shops on 6 June to pick up a copy of Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox 360, then HMV are running a pre-order incentive that might well tickle your fancy.

Pre-order a copy with HMV and you'll get 1000 Xbox Live points for free.

Duncan La Barre, online game specialist at hmv.com, said: "Customers will be able to spend their 1000 points on anything they like on Xbox Live Marketplace, such as the new multiplayer maps for Call of Duty 4, a new song pack for Guitar Hero 3, or even a high definition movie".

"There's always new things being added to Xbox LIVE, such as the forthcoming downloadable episodic content for GTA IV available later this year, so there's loads of stuff to spend your points on."

So there you have it. Who said you never get something for nothing?