2nd Annual Summer of Arcade kicks off July 22nd


 

TMNT 2 M v C 2 Blowing things up is fun Trials HD From the creators of Gears of War

 

Edit: I’ve updated the below schedule to reflect a last minute schedule change.

Last year was big, and we’re bringing Summer of Arcade back with some of the most highly anticipated titles from this years E3. Mark your calendars* with this full schedule for the 2009 Summer of Arcade:

 

July 22: Splosion Man™  800 Microsoft Points
(Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft): Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden.  For what emerged was not a man – it was a Splosion Man. "And all who saw him were sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat." Able to splode himself at will, the Splosion Man launches his way through levels as an uncontainable force.  From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award winning The Maw™, Splosion Man will keep you on your toes as you play through more than 50 single-player levels and 50 multiplayer levels. Nominated by GameSpy, Gamespot, IGN, and 411mania, this meat-riddled splosion-fest took several Best of E3 awards including Best Platformer and Best Downloadable Game.

July 29: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 1200 Microsoft Points
(Backbone Entertainment/Capcom): One of the most popular fighting games of all time, “Marvel vs. Capcom 2,” arrives worldwide on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Choose from 56 legendary characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom history, including Ryu and Wolverine. With online multiplayer over Xbox LIVE and enhanced HD graphics, decide your own dream team in the ultimate tag-team fighting experience.

 

Aug 5: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-shelled 1200 Microsoft Points
(Ubisoft Singapore®/Ubisoft®): Cowabunga dude! Marking the franchise’s 25 anniversary, everyone’s favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is back with a brand new look in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.” The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3D graphics, but the same classic beat ’em up gameplay.


August 12: Trials HD 1200 Microsoft Points
(RedLynx/Microsoft): Nominated for GameSpy’s Best Downloadable Game of E3 award, “Trials HD” is guaranteed to get our heart racing.” Put on your helmet, and rev your way through “Trials HD,” a full-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing platformer in stunning HD graphics. Tear up more than 50 tracks and test your metal in two unique game modes: Race and Skill. Create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks with the level editor, and customize your rider to fit your personality.

August 19: Shadow Complex 1200 Microsoft Points
(Chair Entertainment and Epic Games/Microsoft): Winner of numerous Best of E3 awards including Best Downloadable Game from 1UP, IGN, GameTrailers and G4TV, “Shadow Complex” is the next evolution in downloadable games. “Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the stunning visuals of Epic Games’ industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, and a classic side-scroller. Set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire,” Shadow Complex provides more than 10 hours of in-depth gameplay and introduces a compelling universe.

 


 

Comments

  • Exu

    They should have just released the original Turtles in Time for 400 ages ago. Giving an old game an arguably rubbish makeover does not triple the value. Castle Crashers this is not.
    I’d have considered it at 800, but 1200 is a “no chance” price. For that you can get TMNT 1989, Golden Axe and Streets of Rage 2!

    MvC I’ll likely fork over money for, eventually. Seems not too bad considering the value of it elsewhere.

    Not seen much of Splosion Man but it looks like it could be fun. Not to mention the price alone means it has something going for it at least.

    Trials HD looks like utter crap to be honest. And for that price it looks like it’ll be getting a lot of -TRIALS- (followed by swift deletions). ;D

    Shadow Complex looks good but it’ll have to blow me away for me to part with 400 more points than I had been willing to, even for some Dude Huge-endorsed Metroidvania.
    Not to mention it’s a game from the creators of -ugh- Undertow.

    Summary: Take your Summer of Arcade and shove it.

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  • WinterSnowblind

    The price of XBLA games has gone up, but so has the quality and length of the games, especially since the file size limitations have been removed. I see no problem with big games like Shadow Complex being $20. If you guys don’t like the more expensive games, get the smaller cheaper ones like ‘Splosion Man.

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  • The Beast 117

    @WinterSnowblind – Agree, I think that Shadow Complex is a good price I was expecting $20.

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  • a peeking duck

    Yeah, these aren’t just 80’s coin-op games ported into an emulator.

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  • OgBaka360

    these games are priced too high. may be for 400-500points. when it comes out, i’ll just play the demo several times and move on.

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  • Sneeches

    damn you guys are cheap. You can’t even go to the movies now a days for under 15$ and you only get 1-3hrs of entertainment. But with a 15$ arcade game you could spend a month on it. Seriously you guys are cheap.

    Me I’ll be buying TMNT for sure and checking out all the others.

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  • Anonymous

    I was interested in several of these games but not at the 1200 price point. I was willing to spend that on Battlefield 1943 for the replay value and sheer amount of hours I will put into it, but I dont see any of these giving me the same value for my money.

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  • oO MG81 Oo

    To me 1200MSP is too much for the majority of Xbox Arcade games. 800MSP was about right for larger titles and 400MSP for the simpler games. To buy the points needed for a single 1200MSP game it works out at £12.75 due to the unfriendly points system. That probably wouldn’t be an unreasonable price if it was a hard copy on CD including box, manual etc. But Live Arcade games come with overly restrictive DRM and cannot be sold once completed so there’s isn’t any resale value. Personally I prefer to spend my cash (usually much less than £12.75) buying the original games off eBay or a secondhand shop. IMO people are too willing to accept a shafting off Microsoft.

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  • DarkSynopsis

    That is one expensive summer!

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  • AnEternalEnigma

    Sneeches

    Can’t go to the movies for under $15? Things must suck in Canada. I’m going to see “Bruno” on Friday for $6.50.

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  • Anonymous

    I think all the positive commenters are trolls from Microsoft trying to get us to think that the pricing is alright.

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  • WinterSnowblind

    The only one I agree with you guys on is TMNT. Even considering it’s a fully HD remake, I don’t think anyone is willing to pay that much to play a game like that.. Seems like a very bad idea. I would have prefered the original for just 800. But at 1200 that’s going to be a hard sale, it certainly doesn’t have the replay value of Castle Crashers.

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  • WinterSnowblind

    @i touch my nuts: Or they’re from people with intelligence that understand bigger games = more development cost.

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  • a peeking duck

    Woot: http://twitter.com/lucasartsgames/statuses/2554933023
    ~
    Secret of Monkey Island remake is 800 points!😀

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  • Anonymous

    @WinterSnowblind: Yes yes, emulated games are a huge dev cost. Don’t forget your kettle is on the stove.

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  • metallicorphan

    whatever happened to the Turtles,they are rubbish now….their eyes are all white and they have no character now,and even April is no longer a yummie…bring back the 80s early 90s Turtles!!!

    Splosion man looks like the real winner,here 800 points and that looked like its a real fun game

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  • ThornadoX

    Hmmmm kinda pricey but not too shabby!

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  • TruMayheM

    just love how they keep jacking up the prices on every damn thing…

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  • a peeking duck

    metallicorphan: I guess you never read the original comics.

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  • Threepio

    800 points for splosion man? With 4 player local and online co-op? Score!

    I’m going to be picking up Turtles, Splosion Man, and Shadow Complex. The only one that feels a little mis-priced is Turtles – but it looks like they’ve put a ton of work into it, so I’ll withhold a final judgment until I’ve beaten it.

    The big pricing win came with the Monkey Island announcement today. 800 points. Bought so hard.

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  • DarkGin87

    Shadow Complex comes out on my birthday can i have a discount😀

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  • r3dreck

    Shadow Complex looks cool for 1200… rest na, I’ll wait for them to drop.

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  • r3dreck

    BTW, the number/size of the achievements for XBLA games should be based on price. Eventually when these games start costing $20-40 I would like to see 400-600 achievement points per game. 200 achievement points for a game that is 1200/1800 points seems low.

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with you r3dreck, personally a few extra achievements would be nice for the 1200/1600 point games.

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  • DelRiego

    Why do we need a remake of Turtles in Time? so they can charge more for it? god forbid a simple re-release for 400 points like the other TMNT arcade.

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