You’ve got to hand it to Microsoft, the Xbox Live Arcade promotions have become hotly anticipated events in the console gaming world. Each typically includes exciting and diverse titles hand picked for their production value. This year’s Summer of Arcade is no different, featuring five games that, together, offer something for everyone.
If you find three on the list that interest you, and purchase them before the deal expires (typically a week after the last game is released), you’ll get 400 Microsoft Points credited back to you. Without further ado, here’s the full list with descriptions and prices.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – July 18, 2012, 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a downloadable title for Xbox LIVE Arcade that takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans’ muscle memories, the gameplay returns to controllers and focuses on the satisfaction of linking sick tricks for maximum points. Combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless. The game was rebuilt and polished by Robomodo using Neversoft’s original code and includes the best seven levels from THPS and THPS2 (Warehouse, School 2, Mall, Phoenix, Hangar, Marseilles and Venice). There is a combination of new school and old school pros (Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Riley Hawk and Tony Hawk himself) and the soundtrack is half classic THPS tracks and fresh ones. Multiple online multiplayer modes round out the action!
Wreckateer – July 25, 2012, 800 Microsoft Points ($10)
Wreckateer uses the Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking Ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, use 6 magic projectiles to travel the land and destroy 60 castles.
Deadlight – August 1, 2012, 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
The world has ended. There is no hope. No new beginning. Only the survivors. DEADLIGHT follows the journey of Randall Wayne, a man searching for his family across Seattle during the aftermath of a 1980s event that has decimated life on earth. This visually stunning Cinematic Survival Platformer will challenge you to run, jump, climb, and struggle for your life as you look for answers and the ones you love.
Hybrid – August 8, 2012, 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
Product Description :
Gold subscription and internet connection required for play. Hybrid is a multiplayer third person shooter in which two factions fight for world domination on a persistent world map. Take control of a soldier fighting for the Paladins or the Variants as they race to control the world’s most powerful resource; Dark Matter. Your victories on the battlefield directly affect the course of the war!
Dust: An Elysian Tale – August 15, 2012, 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, you must master the ancient Blade of Ahrah to battle dozens of enemies with an intuitive combat system, take on a variety of quests, discover powerful upgrades throughout the massive, open world, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past.
There you have it. Starting in about a month, you’ll have five weeks of downloadable gaming goodness for you during the warm summer nights.