Xbox reveals its Summer of Arcade, 2011

You might remember that the developers of Bastion were very pleased that the action-RPG would be featured in Microsoft‘s Summer of Arcade on Xbox Live.

Well, now we can confirm that the game is in fact the leading title for the promotion, kicking everything off on July 20th.

We’ve got the full list – all five games – plus information on the special bonus you’ll get if you pick ’em all up.

July 201200 MS Points

Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

From Dust
July 271200 MS Points

Discover a unique Modern God game where nature is the star: From Dust, the latest original concept by Eric Chahi, visionary creator of Another World. Behold the beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature. Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command. Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its ancestors’ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous. A universe where Nature reclaims what is Hers; and you are your people’s only chance of survival.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
August 31200 MS Points

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: Save your star and home world from the shadow virus that has taken hold in this side-scrolling 2D action adventure. Journey through unique environments and build an arsenal of tools and weapons along the way as you battle twisted creatures and use your cunning to unlock the mysteries of the enigmatic Shadow Planet!

Fruit Ninja Kinect
August 10800 MS Points

YOU are the ninja! The worldwide gaming phenomenon Fruit Ninja has now arrived for Kinect! Your arms are now blades, and the epic battle against the world’s most delicious produce is just beginning. Fruit Ninja Kinect is an amazing evolution of the slice-em-up genre created by Halfbrick, utlising next-gen power for the juiciest combat ever! With Classic, Zen and the frenetic Arcade Mode, Fruit Ninja Kinect includes all the action you know and love with precision control – along with special features exclusive to Kinect! With Party Mode, four players can turn a normal night into a fierce tournament – and the new Challenge system will reveal the true masters among your friends!

Toy Soldiers: Cold War
August 171200 MS Points

The Cold War is decided when ‘80s era action toys come alive and wage war! Toy Soldiers: Cold War blends intense first person combat with addictive action strategy, whether you’re scrapping solo or jumping into the fray with friends. Battle in campaign, competitive, co-op modes or fight for the highest score in mini-games!

…but wait, there’s more! When you pick up all five Summer of Arcade titles, the lovely folks at Xbox will throw in a free copy of Crimson Alliance (valued at 1200 MS Points) as a special treat.

Crimson Alliance

Explore the mystical world of the Crimson Empire in this action-RPG adventure. Chose to play as the powerful wizard, Direwolf; the battle-hardened mercenary, Gnox; or the mysterious assassin, Moonshade. Play Crimson Alliance co-operatively with up to 4 players on the same console or over Xbox LIVE. Work together combining your unique abilities against the nefarious Cult of the Soul Siren and the fearsome beasts they control. Can you stop them before their dark plans are complete?

Believe it or not, the course of free games never did run smooth, and gamers all over the place are getting a little upset that they’ll have to pick up a Kinect title in order to claim their freebie. Ignore the fact that it’s Fruit Ninja. Ignore the fact that it’s awesome. You can even ignore the simple mathematical fact that says you’ll save at least 400 MS Points, buying an 800 point game to receive a 1200 point title… but that’d just be silly. Gift horse, mouth. Don’t look.

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