Summer of Arcade Detailed

By Jonathan Barnes, 5 years ago
Ah, Summer... the time when it becomes too hot to be outdoors (at least in Ohio... thanks, global warming) and everyone is fighting seasonal allergies. Fortunately, Microsoft has come to the rescue with another "Summer of Arcade" that will keep you on the couch and in the A/C.

Much like previous years, the Summer of Arcade aims to fill the gap in quality, retail releases by pumping out some excellent arcade titles for gamers to download. Here are the games to look forward to as the mercury rises:

Bastion
Release Date: July 20th
Price: 1200 MSP
Description:

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
Release Date: July 27th
Price: 1200 MSP
Description:

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
Release Date: August 3rd
Price: 1200 MSP
Description:

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
Release Date: August 10th
Price: 800 MSP
Description:

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
Release Date: August 17th
Price: 1200 MSP
Description:

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!
In a special bonus, if gamers purchase all five Summer of Arcade titles, they will receive a free copy of Crimson Alliance which is set for a September 7th release and a price point of 1200 MSP. Marketplace describes Crimson Alliance with the following:

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?
So, what are YOU planning on downloading this summer?
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.