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XBLAA: Xbox Live Arcade August

Mark your calendars, your Wednesdays in August just got busy.

Stuff blowing up!
Microsoft isn't known for being terribly forthcoming when it comes to Xbox Live Arcade release dates. We all know this. But the company at least gave the world at a look at the August calendar today by nailing down games for the rest of the summer. Here's how it's going to shake out...

07/30 - Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
08/06 - Braid
08/13 - Bionic Commando: Rearmed
08/20 - Galaga Legions
08/27 - Castle Crashers

You can't crash a castle without elemental powers.
That's big stuff. It's crazy to think that we live in a world where Castle Crashers is finally going to be released. It feels like we've been waiting for that one for years... oh wait, that's because everyone first started hearing about it in July 2006! I got to play the first level of Castle Crashers back at E3, and it seems like the sort of hot mix of charming looks and frantic gameplay that'll make it worth the wait. Actually, of all these games, Galaga Legions is the only one I'm feeling a little iffy about. It felt like an interesting take on the Galaga-style shooter, but it didn't necessarily feel like a Galaga game, either. The rest of these are Day One buys in my book... how about you?
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Posted by Jeff
Stuff blowing up!
Microsoft isn't known for being terribly forthcoming when it comes to Xbox Live Arcade release dates. We all know this. But the company at least gave the world at a look at the August calendar today by nailing down games for the rest of the summer. Here's how it's going to shake out...

07/30 - Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
08/06 - Braid
08/13 - Bionic Commando: Rearmed
08/20 - Galaga Legions
08/27 - Castle Crashers

You can't crash a castle without elemental powers.
That's big stuff. It's crazy to think that we live in a world where Castle Crashers is finally going to be released. It feels like we've been waiting for that one for years... oh wait, that's because everyone first started hearing about it in July 2006! I got to play the first level of Castle Crashers back at E3, and it seems like the sort of hot mix of charming looks and frantic gameplay that'll make it worth the wait. Actually, of all these games, Galaga Legions is the only one I'm feeling a little iffy about. It felt like an interesting take on the Galaga-style shooter, but it didn't necessarily feel like a Galaga game, either. The rest of these are Day One buys in my book... how about you?
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Posted by BigDo6

Castle Crashers? Sweet!

Posted by Zergvasion

*Head explodes*
Can't freaking wait!
I don't know what I am excited about the most, I would have to say everything except Braid.
Either Rearmed or Castle Crashers are my #1 buys.

Posted by InfiniteGeass

I'll definitely have to pick up Geometry wars 2 and castle crashers

Posted by MagicKiwi

I'm pumped about crashing some castles.

Posted by Tarsier

Wooo Geometry Wars 2!!!

Posted by jasonlblair

I've been looking forward to Castle Crashers since it was first announced. I reckon I can't not buy it at this point. I have fond memories of Bionic Commando, so Rearmed is on my list to check out along with Braid.

Posted by Glitch

They all look pretty good

Posted by MatsSundin

i'm not  a big arcade game fan i'll wait for the real games to come

Posted by rockstar428

Sorry Galaga but you and Geometry Wars are the only no's on my list.  I already own the first GW and don't think it's necessary to buy the second.  People seem to be sleeping on Braid and they shouldn't.  Looks like I'll be out $30 (at least) by the end of August.

Posted by Dan

Awesome, I can't wait for bionic commando.

Posted by Aaron_G

Its going to be a busy month with all those games coming out. 

Posted by RobDaFunk

Braid.....WOOHOO....Atlast a release date!!

:)

Posted by Megalon

GW2...I hope the difficulty isn't as brutal as the first one. Or at least has some kind of "easy" mode. Eh, I'll probably buy it either way...

Posted by piecat

Best. Month. Ever.

Posted by Berkie

Looks good, XBLA has been a bit stagnant as of late.

Posted by LethalKi11ler

Awesome!

Posted by Ravioli_Sumo

Oh my gawd! It's Castle Crashers at last!

Posted by Subway

Really good month for XBLA games, I'm not sold on castle crashers or galaga though.

Posted by mrfluke

braid , rearmed, and castle crashers day one in my book

geowars2 looks more of the same with co op

and the galaga legions doesnt interest me that much

Posted by logson

Rearmed, baby.

Posted by Lepuke

Damn... maybe this time Bionic Commando will make it out the door.
Castle Crashers could be awesome as well.

Posted by nickyvegas

Bionic Commando really needed a release date.  I am super pumped.

Posted by Death_Burnout

i heard about castle crashers in 05

Posted by x_iNcReDiMe_x

Wow might buy some of these games

Posted by Peacemaker

Finally they put a date on BC.  Castle Crashers looks awesome.  Geometry Wars this week, woooo.

Posted by Met2609

By the end of this month, I might be out of Microsoft Points...

Posted by ZeroCast

Bionic Commando: Rearmed is my pick for August.

Posted by bman3737

I absolutely cannot wait for Geometry Wars 2 and Castle Crashers.  The only thing I'm pissed about is that Castle Crashers comes out on the day I go back to school... >:(

Posted by Crono

Castle Crashers is less than a month away.  I hope it lives up to my hype.

Posted by GalvanizedNails

Nice lineup! +1 to microsoft for actually giving release dates. I think braid looks potentially awesome, dont know though, ill wait on a review from one of the bombers. I will definitly be picking up rearmed even though i never played the original bc (it was before my time dont blame me :/) castle crashers also looks tight. maybe now the producer guy or whatever will shave his beard.

Posted by DarthStone

Yup... I think they're all 1st day buys for me too... I haven't seen anything from the new Galaga, but if it's half as fun as Pac Man CE or the new Space Invaders, then I'M IN!!!...

Posted by StarFry64

Now I hate Microsoft. Why the hell would you put Castle Crashers so far away? Geo Wars 2, BC, Galaga, these games were announced in E3 this year and are already ready to go? But Castle Crashers, which was announced way   before these games, has to be the last one? WTF.

Posted by SlimDogg

Cant wait for Geo Wars 2 and Bionic Commando Rearmed

Posted by hyperslug

Wait a minute... so capcom held back the pc and psn versions of Rearmed due to microsofts marketing campaign?.... come on

Posted by Terrell

This might be the best idea Microsoft has had in a long while. All the games get good promotion (something online games really need...) We get rewarded just for trying the trials (even though Im buying geometry wars and bionic commando day one.) Everyone wins...crazy to see Microsoft actually give back like this, lol.  Oh, and BIONIC COMMANDO!!!

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

Awesome.  But I'm hoping for a new Chess game on there.  Three's a charm!

Posted by Pakorn

Gee-Dub and BC for the win!

Posted by Armor42

All of those games except for Braid will be sweet :D

Posted by MyMANWICH

I'm pretty stoked to be off work for the next two weeks now. I'm also really happy to realize that I haven't seen a remake of an arcade "classic" gumming up the works in quite a while.

Posted by JDevL

XBLA comes out swinging after a bit of a lull. I demo'd Schizoid and 1942 recently, but neither crossed the purchase line.

However, I'm all over Braid, Bionic Commando, and Castle Crashers.

Geometry Wars will be good for the 9 people that don't own the first one.
Galaga Legions is just late to the game, but probably won't be awful. (How's that for a compliment?)

Posted by NotaStalker

geometry wars. amgad ITS GONNA BE BEST DAY EVAER!!

Posted by wefwefasdf

I have never been a huge fan of XBLA games but they seem to be getting better.

Posted by eduardo

Damn, saving all those points will be tough. I want all of those.

Posted by Doogie2K

That GW2 screen...oh God, the colours...

Posted by CarolynP

Man, that lineup is strong. I'm stoked for all of those--a bit less so for Legions, which I don't know enough about, but I understand the people behind Pac-Man CE are involved, so I'm definitely intrigued. I've followed some of the Braid development stuff and am really eager to play it. That game looks like it could really be something special.

Posted by jNerd

I gotsta get Bionic Commando & Castle Crashers!

Posted by LordAndrew

August is going to be so awesome. Too bad I don't have a 360.

Posted by UrbanGuerilla

Alien Hominid HD was great, but Castle Crashers will be awesome. Not sure about Geometry Wars though.

Posted by thrashr20

Woo Whooo!