XBL Summer of Arcade: Dated and Priced

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The details of this years Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade promotion have been released. However, there’s a caveat to getting the purchase incentive this year, which is likely to rile some gamers.

Last years Summer of Arcade deal brought us  five titles across five weeks, each priced at 1200MSP. If you bought all of them, you were given a 1200MSP rebate. Lovely.

This year, the incentive has been locked down to one title. Crimson Alliance. If you buy all of the games in the deal, you’ll get the 1200MSP valued game for free. Which is fine, except that one of the releases is a Kinect title, so only people with the motion controlled device will be able to take advantage it.

With that out of the way, here are the juicy details. Once again we’re getting five games over five weeks, starting on the 20th of July. Hit the links to learn more about the games on Xbox.com and view their corresponding promo videos.

Bastion (Supergiant Games/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Release Date: 20 July

Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Release Date: 27 July

Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

Discover a unique Modern God game where nature is the star: From Dust, the latest original concept by Eric Chahi, visionary creator of Another World. Behold the beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature. Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command. Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its ancestors’ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous. A universe where Nature reclaims what is Hers; and you are your people’s only chance of survival.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Fuelcell/Microsoft Studios)

Release Date: 3 August

Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

Save your star and home world from the shadow virus that has taken hold in this side-scrolling 2D action adventure. Journey through unique environments and build an arsenal of tools and weapons along the way as you battle twisted creatures and use your cunning to unlock the mysteries of the enigmatic Shadow Planet!

Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick/Microsoft Studios)

Release Date: 10 August

Price: 800 Microsoft Points

YOU are the ninja! The worldwide gaming phenomenon Fruit Ninja has now arrived for Kinect! Your arms are now blades, and the epic battle against the world’s most delicious produce is just beginning. Fruit Ninja Kinect is an amazing evolution of the slice-em-up genre created by Halfbrick, utlising next-gen power for the juiciest combat ever! With Classic, Zen and the frenetic Arcade Mode, Fruit Ninja Kinect includes all the action you know and love with precision control – along with special features exclusive to Kinect! With Party Mode, four players can turn a normal night into a fierce tournament – and the new Challenge system will reveal the true masters among your friends!

Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Signal Studios/Microsoft Studios)

Release Date: 17 August

Price: 1200 Microsoft Points

The Cold War is decided when ‘80s era action toys come alive and wage war! Toy Soldiers: Cold War blends intense first person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you’re scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends. Battle in campaign, competitive, co-op modes or fight for the highest score in mini-games!

Lastly, some detail on Crimson Alliance, which will be released on the 7th of September.

Explore the mystical world of the Crimson Empire in this action-RPG adventure. Chose to play as the powerful wizard, Direwolf; the battle-hardened mercenary, Gnox; or the mysterious assassin, Moonshade. Play Crimson Alliance co-operatively with up to 4 players on the same console or over Xbox LIVE. Work together combining your unique abilities against the nefarious Cult of the Soul Siren and the fearsome beasts they control. Can you stop them before their dark plans are complete?

Summer of Arcade is notorious for dropping games that go on to become solid XBL favourites, let us know which of this years line up you think will be the surprise hit in the comments.


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