While we freeze our southern hemisphere asses off, it’s Summertime in the north – which once again means it’s time for the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. Last year saw the release of some absolute gems, like Trails HD, â€˜Splosion Man and Marvel vs Capcom 2.
This year is no different, and the games on offer are quite delightful. They include Limbo, the minimalist black and white puzzle platformer – and winner of multiple IGF awards. It’s a little reminiscent of Braid, mixed with Heart of Darkness.
Hydro Thunder Hurricane is more Hydro Thunder, a former Midway franchise that’s a little like Wipeout on water. Next up will be Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, the 6-player co-op Castlevania. If you’ve played Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin on the DS you’ll know what to expect – only with the addition of 6 player co-op and versus multiplayer.
The next game is one that could be interesting, depending on consumer uptake. Monday Night combat is a class-based, multiplayer arena shooter that looks to combine Unreal tournament with a bit Team Fortress 2 to give you squad-based Tower Defence combat. It’s looks pretty damned great, and I remain cautioslu optimistic.
The last Summer of Arcade game is Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – a different take on the tom Raider Franchise. It looks to be an isometric dungeon crawler with a focus on intense combat and co-operative play, locally or online.
Each game will sell for 1200 MSP, but should decide to buy all five of the Summer of Arcade games, you will receive a rebate of 1200 MSP. Buy three, and you’ll get a 400 MSP rebate. Sweet!
- Limbo -July 21
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane – July 28
- Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – August 4
- Monday Night Combat – August 11
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – August 18
I’m definitely getting Limbo, Castlevania and Lara Croft – and I may just get Monday night Combat as well. Are you interested in any of these?
Check out more, including a pretty kick-ass trailer for all games over at Xbox.com
Last Updated: July 7, 2010