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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade Titles Have Prices, Dates

Time to get out the old Google calendar and plan your summer accordingly.

We learned what titles would compose 2011's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade lineup, but dates and prices were previously unavailable. Now Major Nelson, Xbox's resident mouthpiece, has let slip the dates and points pricing for each of the five available titles. Thanks, Larry.

"Yo! It's like Limbo and shit! But you got a spaceship, dawg! It's trippy!" -- Some guy at PAX East who resembled Seth Rogen in a do-rag.

Supergiant Games' stylish action RPG Bastion will lead off the pack on July 20th, followed by Ubisoft's peculiar-looking god game, From Dust, on July 27th. August begins with Michel Gagne's kitchen sink side-scroller, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, dropping on the 3rd, followed by the Kinect-enabled version of Fruit Ninja on the 10th. Finally, rounding out the pack is Toy Soldiers: Cold War, which closes out the summer on August 17th.

All of the titles under the Summer of Arcade banner will retail for 1200 points ($15), with the sole exception of Fruit Ninja Kinect, which will go for 800 points ($10).

As an added bonus for those who really like spending Microsoft points, anyone who buys all five of the Summer of Arcade titles will get free access to Microsoft Game Studios and Certain Affinity's action RPG Crimson Alliance when it releases on September 7th. That game will retail for 1200 points when it launches.

So, which among these are you planning to pick up? I'm sure Microsoft is banking on you just buying all of them all willy-nilly, but c'mon. Let's be realistic here.

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Posted by Alex

We learned what titles would compose 2011's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade lineup, but dates and prices were previously unavailable. Now Major Nelson, Xbox's resident mouthpiece, has let slip the dates and points pricing for each of the five available titles. Thanks, Larry.

"Yo! It's like Limbo and shit! But you got a spaceship, dawg! It's trippy!" -- Some guy at PAX East who resembled Seth Rogen in a do-rag.

Supergiant Games' stylish action RPG Bastion will lead off the pack on July 20th, followed by Ubisoft's peculiar-looking god game, From Dust, on July 27th. August begins with Michel Gagne's kitchen sink side-scroller, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, dropping on the 3rd, followed by the Kinect-enabled version of Fruit Ninja on the 10th. Finally, rounding out the pack is Toy Soldiers: Cold War, which closes out the summer on August 17th.

All of the titles under the Summer of Arcade banner will retail for 1200 points ($15), with the sole exception of Fruit Ninja Kinect, which will go for 800 points ($10).

As an added bonus for those who really like spending Microsoft points, anyone who buys all five of the Summer of Arcade titles will get free access to Microsoft Game Studios and Certain Affinity's action RPG Crimson Alliance when it releases on September 7th. That game will retail for 1200 points when it launches.

So, which among these are you planning to pick up? I'm sure Microsoft is banking on you just buying all of them all willy-nilly, but c'mon. Let's be realistic here.

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Posted by Atlas

The only game on that list I know is want is Toy Soldiers, but I might have to get Bastion as well just because of the Giant Bomb connection.

Posted by NeutralDensity

Yes! :)

Edited by MEATBALL

Really looking forward to Bastion and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. The other three don't interest me so much (From Dust should prove to be really good, I'm just not much of a fan of its genre). Shame this and last year's Summer of Arcade haven't been as great as 2009's. Shadow Complex, MVC2, Splosion Man, Trials - the only dud was the disappointing Turtles in Time remake.

Posted by John1912

Damn I really want to play From Dust....27th is too far...

Posted by MisterMouse

It will be cool to see how bastion does.

Posted by MariachiMacabre

Bastion, ITSP, Toy Soldiers: Cold War for me.

Posted by AngryRedPlumber

Very interested in Bastion and From Dust.

Posted by mrangryface

Toy Soldiers: Cold War = Awesome

Posted by EvilKatarn

Getting the first three, I believe. Don't really care about Toy Soldiers and I don't have a Kinect, so...

Posted by NakAttack

Yay, it starts on my birthday.

Posted by Grimmy616

Wait till Christmas and they will all be half off.

Posted by dagas

I hope Bastion does alright. I really like the look and feel of the game, but will the game play hold up? The combat seems pretty basic.

Posted by mnzy

Aren't all titles on that list exclusives? From Dusk is on PSN, too!?

Posted by CornBREDX

There's 3 on there I'm interested in, 1 of which I already plan on getting. I may get 4 (all but the kinect title) but who knows. Cool line up this year, though.

Posted by RedFive

Fruit Ninja Kinect would be great if the pricing was more in line with what it costs on iOS. $2 "toy" games on Xbox Live would be a good match with Kinect, I think.

Posted by teh_destroyer

Fruit Ninja!

Posted by Xtrminatr

Bastion and Fruit Ninja are two I will be getting.

Posted by RE_Player1
I'm amazed Trenched did not get in and Fruit Ninja did. I have Fruit Ninja on my iPad and like it but man I can see that getting boring real quick for Kinect.
Posted by diz

I still want Trenched, but no UK release as yet...

Posted by Falconer

@dagas said:

I hope Bastion does alright. I really like the look and feel of the game, but will the game play hold up? The combat seems pretty basic.

Basic? It's pretty complex from what they've shown. Bunch of different weapons with different attributes, bunch of enemy types, strategies needed, etc.

Posted by ShaneDev

I hope  From Dust turns out to be good it looks really interesting.

Posted by SteamPunkJin

Bastion and From Dust are my picks.
Someone will have to clear up Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet to me - it looks like Outland but with spaceships? (which isn't a bad thing, but $15 might be too much)
Since I got a Kinect I've been eyeing Fruit Ninja - need something other than Child of Eden to play (which for the record is kinda garbage w/ a controller)

Posted by Bass

very excited to see bastion as a final product

Posted by beefmotron

I may actually buy all of these because I have too much money and love spending Microsoft points. Let's hope none of them are duds

Posted by JoeyRavn

I would pick some, mainly Bastion, From Dust and Toy Soldiers: Cold War, but €15 for each is a bit pricey for me. I'll wait till they're on sale, I guess.

Posted by AlisterCat

Still waiting for Trenched here. Will also be buying Bastion.

Posted by AgentofChaos

When does that Mortal Kombat 3-pack come out again?

Posted by Vortextk

Bastion 100%, From Dust 90%(looking for reviews to basically say "well it doesn't suck"), probably not the others. I do think I want crimson alliance when it comes out. Fruit ninja actually looks kinda cool but I don't have a kinect yet.

Posted by Mumrik

Really not a fan of the fact that 15 bucks became the de facto XBLA price. 5-10 is much more impulse-purchase-range for me.

Posted by MeatSim

Definitely getting Bastion and maybe From Dust.

Posted by isawachuck

I'll be getting all 5 undoubtedly.

Posted by shinigami420

From dust looks fucking awesome the rest looks decent and bastion looks mediocre

Posted by YoungFrey

I'm only interested in Bastion and From Dust.  I still have some reservations about Bastion.  Watching the development progress has made me feel connected, but I'm really not sold on the gameplay yet.  I still have to play it to make a decision.  But then it's XBLA with it's free demos so it that is no risk.   I don't buy anything sight unseen there.  I mean why would I? 
 
From Dust is the other.  I really loved Out Of This World when it came out so I will give anything that guy makes a try. 
Posted by iAmJohn

@dagas said:

I hope Bastion does alright. I really like the look and feel of the game, but will the game play hold up? The combat seems pretty basic.

Well, Notch of Minecraft fame said it was one of his favorite games at E3, so...

Posted by Chango

Fuck; I really want to play Bastian and From Dust. Guess its time to purchase a 360 (again).

Posted by KillyDarko

I'll definitely get Bastion and Insanely Twisted Planet and maybe From Dust as well... but on the PC. I don't own a 360, that's why.

Posted by Shuborno

I'll get Fruit Ninja and wait for reviews on the rest.

Posted by Vexxan

Definitely getting Bastion, From Dust and ITSP.

Posted by Circ

WHERE THE FUCK IS FEZ

Posted by MrMuscle

Man i was hoping Crimson Alliance would be earlier so i could play it with my brothers during the holiday. Im definately getting that and Bastion. Ill try the trials on the other ones and see whats what.

Posted by Nidzumi

Bastion & Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet but I'll probably get them on PC when they go on Steam sale.

Posted by PerfidiousSinn

Back in my day, these would have been 800 points.
 
I'll get Bastion and ITSP eventually, but not for fifteen bucks.

Posted by maxB

Bastion and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for me

Posted by phish09

Bastion and From Dust...but even still, I'll probably hold out until they go on sale.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@PerfidiousSinn said:

Back in my day, these would have been 800 points. I'll get Bastion and ITSP eventually, but not for fifteen bucks.

XBLA games were 800 points back when we had a 150mb limit on them. The games we get these days are much bigger and more complex.. it does make them a bit less of an impulse buy, but I'll never understand this argument. The difference between these games today and the ones from "back in the day" is really astounding.

Posted by Branthog

Slim pickings, this year. Bastion looks good. I'll buy it just to support the team, even though I don't know if I"ll ever actually get around to playing it. Everything else . . . meh. Not really excited by the game that looks like PixelJunk Eden from a few years back, for sure.

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Posted by WiFiPirate

Bastion on my Birthday, Rad!

Posted by Tikicobra

I'll probably get Bastion and nothing else.

Posted by bkbroiler

Only really interested in Bastion. And Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, I guess, if the gameplay is good. And From Dust I guess, if it reviews well. Ah, fuck.

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