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With XBLA's summer promotion now beginning, we take a brief tour of each game to help you decide which ones you'll use to hold off the summer gaming doldrums. 2011's Summer of Arcade begins tomorrow, July 20th, with the release of Bastion. Traditionally, Microsoft has reserved some of the most compelling digital content of the year for five weeks around August, and this year is no exception. If you're still on the fence trying to figure out which games to purchase and play, we've pulled together a quick synopsis of each game and one of its trailers, all in one place, so you can figure it out. The games are listed by their release date on Xbox Live Marketplace. BastionRelease Date: July 20Price: 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
Mixing action and role-playing with the thrill of discovering a new world, Bastion is a fantastic first game from Supergiant Games. Because it's only a day away, it's also the only one of these games for which you can read our full review right now. Think about what you might get if you mixed the exploration of a classic Zelda game with the combat of Diablo, and you'll start getting an idea of what to expect from the game. Gamers intrigued by the art of storytelling in games will be particularly interested in Bastion. An in-game narration tells the tale as you play it, and you feel like you're really part of the story while it happens. Bastion is a great start to this year's event, and not to be missed.
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