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Summer of Arcade Lineup Revealed

by Matt Miller on Jun 06, 2011 at 04:23 PM

Microsoft always saves some of its best downloadable games for the Summer of Arcade. See which games made the cut for 2011.

Microsoft didn't talk about Xbox Live Arcade at its big press conference this morning. Lest anyone fear that the legacy of the great Summer of Arcade be lost, Microsoft followed up this evening with a press release announcing the lineup, which will begin the fourth annual run of games beginning on July 20th.

Here is 2011's Summer of Arcade:

Bastion

Supergiant's gorgeous action/RPG includes a narrator who constantly tells the story of the events unfolding onscreen.

From Dust
Ubisoft attempts to reinvent the god game with a new title from Eric Chahi, the creator of Another World. Alter the environment surrounding a tribe of struggling natives to help them survive and flourish.

Fruit Ninja Kinect

Kinect gets some love this year in Summer of Arcade, as the mobile game phenomenon comes to Live Arcade. Fruits. Ninja slicing. Kinect. You do the math.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
This startling side-scrolling 2D game has players navigate dangerous corridors and solving puzzles to progress through a world of massive creatures and strange environments.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

The sequel to Signal Studios' excellent tower defense/action hybrid scoots ahead from World War I-era toys to the heady days of 80s toys. Bigger and more explosive in every way, Cold War looks like a great new addition to the Live Arcade library.

In addition, Live Arcade will also play host to both Ms. Splosion Man and Trenched in the coming weeks. Exciting stuff for anyone who is into the downloadable game scene.