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Summer of Arcade Part Deux announced

by: Dan -
More On: Xbox Live Arcade
Last year, Microsoft announced their Summer of Arcade, which delivered about a months worth of high end arcade games and gave away over 100,000 Microsoft points during weekly contests. Well, in 2009 we will see the second annual version of the Summer of Arcade, with five new titles coming in July and August. Included will be MARVEL vs. CAPCOM 2, Shadow Complex, Splosion Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled and Trials HD. While these games could be very good, first impressions are that they probably wont live up to the strength of last years Summer of Arcade which had Braid, Castle Crashers, Geometry Wars 2, Galaga Legions and Bionic Commando Rearmed.
Summer just got even hotter! The 2nd Annual Summer of Arcade burns up Xbox LIVE® Arcade
Xbox LIVE Arcade is turning up the heat! ‘Splode, race, and cowabunga your way through five weeks of this year’s hottest blockbusters in the second annual Summer of Arcade program.

Last year’s Summer of Arcade saw unprecedented success, with games on-par with retail blockbusters, including award-winning “Braid.” Now we’re burning it up again with five more scorching smash hits beginning Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Xbox LIVE Arcade has raised the bar, delivering the biggest and best selection of downloadable games on any console. So grab a popsicle and turn up the air-conditioning because these games will keep you sizzling all summer long.

“MARVEL vs. CAPCOM 2” (Backbone Entertainment/Capcom): One of the most popular fighting games of all time, “MARVEL vs. CAPCOM 2,” arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Choose from 56 legendary characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom history, including Ryu and Wolverine. With online multiplayer over Xbox LIVE and enhanced HD graphics, you decide who is the dream team in the ultimate tag-team fighting experience.

“Shadow Complex” (Chair Entertainment and Epic Games/Microsoft): The next evolution in downloadable games, “Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title, the stunning visuals of Epic Games’ industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, and a classic side-scroller. “Set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire,” Shadow Complex introduces a compelling universe in which you collect items and power-ups, and evolve your character into a force of destruction.”

Splosion Man™ (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft): Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden. For what emerged was not a man - it was a Splosion Man. "And all who saw him were sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat." Able to splode himself at will, the Splosion Man launches his way through levels, an uncontainable force. From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award winning The Maw™, Splosion Man will keep you on your toes as you play through more than 50 single-player levels and 50 multiplayer levels.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-shelled” (Ubisoft Singapore®/Ubisoft®): Cowabunga! Everyone's favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is back with a brand new look in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.” The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3D graphics, but the same classic beat 'em up gameplay.

“Trials HD” (RedLynx/Microsoft): Put on your helmet, and rev your way through “Trials HD,” a fully-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing game in stunning HD graphics. Tear up more than 50 tracks and test your metal in two unique game modes: Race and Skill. Create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks with the level editor, and customize your rider to fit your personality.

*Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for online multiplayer