360's "Summer of Arcade" 2010 lineup looks fantastic


The artsiest of the five games announced for Summer of Arcade, Limbo follows the story of a young boy’s attempt to track down his wayward sister in a stark black and white world that may be the gateway to Hell.

The game, which took home the Independent Games Festival’s awards for Excellence in Visual Art and Technical Excellence, is a platform puzzler that comes across like Braid’s demented doppelganger. Minus all the time-shifting and plus some physics-based puzzles and at least one giant spider thing. It’s also captivating, at least according to Charlie and Eric, who won’t shut up about it.

Monday Night Combat

Not many people are aware of this one, but those who are, such as Penny Arcade’s mighty Jerry and Mike and the GR crew, are eagerly awaiting it. Monday Night Combat puts you in the boots of a soldier in a futuristic bloodsport, and deftly blends the gameplay of a Team Fortress 2-like shooter with tower defense and “hero RTS” games such as the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients.

Monday Night Combat looks to distinguish itself from other class-based shooters by incorporating melee attacks and finishing moves alongside heavy customization. Upgrades can be purchased mid-match, and if the six playable classes (gunner, sniper, assassin, tank, etc) aren’t enough, you have the option to modify any of them into a custom class (say, a tank who happens to also be lightning fast).

There are two main modes. The first, called Blitz, pits players against waves of hostile robots either alone or with up to three friends online. Players must defend their “money ball” from the attacking horde by using both protective turrets and more hands-on methods like bullets, knives, and grapple moves. Next comes Crossfire, in which there are two teams of humans, assisted by a steady stream of AI controlled assault bots, each striving to destroy their opponents’ “money ball”.

Summer of Arcade kicks off in July, and it looks as though all five titles will run you 1200 Microsoft bucks a piece (or $15 US, if you prefer human currency). You can afford it – just skip buying sunscreen this year. You’re not going to need it anyway.

June 24, 2010

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  • grizzly311 - June 26, 2010 1:31 p.m.

    Was hoping summer of arcade would include Deathspank, Monkey Island 2, Shank, and Comic Jumper. Limbo looks OK, but I've already played Braid enough. Must say I'm disappointed.
  • Mexiflan - June 25, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    I'm sold with Limbo. Looks awesome.
  • JustinSane - June 25, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    why does your video player suck so bad? constant choppiness makes videos unwatchable.
  • philipshaw - June 25, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    Not as good as last year and most of these games are coming to PSN anyway. Also PSN just got Joe Danger
  • Spybreak8 - June 25, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Hmmm the question is do I grab them this summer or possibly wait a whole year when they're at a reasonable price lol.
  • garnsr - June 25, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    Are any or all of these XBLA exclusive? Lara Croft isn't, is it? I'm confused, and this article doesn't help.
  • HaVoK308 - June 25, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    Add Shank, Death Spank, Comic Jumper, and Hydrophobia to my list as well. I am as excited for all these Arcade titles as I am any AAA game. Might take me well into the winter to play them all...but play them all I shall!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 25, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    i liked 2008 and 2009 more
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 24, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Apparently Monday Night Combat started off as an XNA title. Way to go, dudes that made it.
  • Doctalen - June 24, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    I enjoyed the demo of Symphony of the Night very much. I am dissappointed with my self for not buying the full game of Symphony of the Night, but since Harmony of Despair, I think I will buy both of them.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 24, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Not much looks like it will be even close to what we got last year... Trials and Shadow were ballin out of control and set the bar pretty high. Limbo looks cool but im not sure how it will play.
  • Cyberninja - June 24, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    i wish castlevaina was mulitplat i would buy it the day before it was relased if possable and i would make it possable
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 24, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    @ oufour, I woulden't be suprised if we see it come to steam sometime after the 360 release.
  • RebornKusabi - June 24, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    I'm really looking forward to Limbo; it's an interesting concept and I love the visual style of the game a whole lot.
  • oufour - June 24, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    god i wish limbo was multipaltform....
  • D0CCON - June 24, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Really excited for Limbo and I plan on at least trying Monday Night Combat. It's been awhile since I've played Castlevania, so I might try that demo, too. However, I'm most excited for two games coming out this summer that aren't on the list, Breach and Blacklight: Tango Down.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 24, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    Limbo & Castlevania looks awesome, Hydro Thunder & Monday Night Combat look ok, Lara Croft game... eh.