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“Summer of Arcade” kicks off with Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2! You could win 100,000 MS Points!

Yesterday Microsoft proclaimed this summer as the “Summer of Arcade” with the announcement of some of the greatest Xbox Live Arcade Games since launch (see press release below).  And starting today we at XBLRadio will also be celebrating the “Summer of Arcade”!  How you ask?  Each Wednesday before 5:00 am PST look for a post about that weeks arcade title.  This post will have multiple screen shots, videos and my quick impressions of the trial and/or full version.  This will be just a quick impression of the game and you can still expect a full review to come later in the week but it should provide you with more information to make a wise purchase!

This morning started it all off with the highly anticipated squeal to, arguable, the best XBLA title ever!

click pic for Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 Xbox.com page

Quick Impressions:

Its Geometry Wars!  Seriously, based on the trial, Geometry Wars 2 looks and feels just like Geometry Wars RE that was released with the launch of the 360.  In the trial is open only one mode, Deadline, in which you have 3 minutes to score as many points as possible with unlimited eyes.  This maybe the case of a bad trial, but based on the below screenshots it looks to be more of the same, for $10, instead of the $5 Geometry Wars RE is.  Now GWRE2 does add more modes to the gameplay with:  Deadline, Evolved, King, Pacifism, Waves, and Sequence, but is these modes worth $5?  I let you decide!

I do want to point out that 2.5 hours after release and Rusty Ranchero has a high score of 5,580,365 points already!  As Geometry Wars was one of Rusty’s favorite games I can’t wait to hear his impressions of the game.

Back to the game…  With Geometry Wars RE 2 the developers had the perfect chance to add the one thing missing from Geometry Wars RE:  multiplayer!  Well they did, kinda!  If you are one of those gamers that still has “real world” friends then, by all means, invite 3 of them over and you can play Geometry Wars RE 2 locally together.  But try this over Live and you will be denied!  And this highlights Geometry Wars RE 2’s biggest flaw.  No Online Play!

As always I recommend to go try out the trial of Geometry Wars RE 2, also try the trial, or play a little, of the original Geometry Wars RE and if there is enough of a difference between them for you then pick up the newer, prettier Geometry Wars RE 2!  If not, I say, stick with the original!  Full Review on XBLRadio later this week!

Screen Shots:

“Summer of Arcade” Sweepstakes”

In order to receive your chance to win:

  • Grand Prize (x1) – 100,000 Microsoft Points, 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and an Xbox 360 Elite console
  • Runner-Up Prizes (x2) – 10,000 Microsoft points and a free 12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription
  • Weekly Prizes (x5) – 4000 Microsoft points

All you have to do is play the trial or full version of that weeks featured game.

So go play the trial, its FREE so why not?

Lets us know what you think here or email us at [email protected]

Official Press Release

Xbox LIVE Arcade Celebrates the “Summer of Arcade” with an

Incredible Lineup of Blockbuster Games and Chances to Win Hot Prizes!

“Summer of Arcade” lineup features five incredible games launching

over five scorching weeks; beat the heat and play for a chance to win

prizes including 100,000 Microsoft Points, an Xbox 360 Elite console

and more!

Summer is in full swing, and Xbox LIVE Arcade is

celebrating with the hottest lineup of games ever, starting on

Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT) with the

highly-anticipated retro shooter “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2.” Also

on Wednesday, Xbox LIVE Arcade users can earn entries into our “Summer

of Arcade” Sweepstakes by logging in and playing the trial or full

version of the featured Summer Arcade game of the week for a chance to

win amazing prizes.
The full “Summer of Arcade” lineup is:

  • July 30: “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2”

    – The latest version of the wildly popular retro shooter offers

    screen-melting intensity and insane new features, including six

    action-packed gameplay modes, new enemies, scoring strategies and a

    diverse list of exciting Achievements. “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2”

    is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and will be available at 800

    Microsoft Points.

  • August 6: “Braid” – From

    acclaimed developer Jonathan Blow, “Braid” is a mind-bending and

    artistic puzzle-platformer where the player manipulates the flow of

    time in strange and unusual ways. “Braid”is rated E10+ for Everyone 10+

    by the ESRB.

  • August 13: “Bionic Commando: Rearmed”

    – The classic 8-bit side-scroller reports back for duty in a stunning

    remake, complete with all-new HD graphics and features that put 2D

    gaming back on the map! “Bionic Commando: Rearmed” is rated M for

    Mature by the ESRB

  • August 20: “Galaga Legions”

    – The legend lives on with “Galaga Legions,” a reimagining of the

    classic arcade shooter. Featuring table-turning game dynamics and

    updated graphics, the game was created by the team behind the

    bestselling “PAC-MAN Championship Edition” from Namco Bandai Games.

    “Galaga Legions” is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

  • August 27: “Castle Crashers”

    – Award-winning studio The Behemoth brings red hot arcade adventure to

    Xbox LIVE Arcade with “Castle Crashers,” featuring hand-drawn

    characters and an array of weapons to choose from as you defend your

    kingdom and save the princess. “Castle Crashers” is rated T for Teen by

    the ESRB.

Play the trial or full version of the featured

blockbuster Summer of Arcade game of the week and receive one entry

into both the weekly prize drawing and Grand Prize drawings:

  • Grand Prize (x1) – 100,000 Microsoft Points, 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and an Xbox 360 Elite console
  • Runner-Up Prizes (x2) – 10,000 Microsoft points and a free 12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription
  • Weekly Prizes (x5) – 4000 Microsoft points

All

games will be available worldwide, with the exception of “Bionic

Commando Rearmed,” which will be available worldwide except Korea.
The

“Summer of Arcade” sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of

Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the 50 United States or

District of Columbia 17+. No purchase necessary. Skill testing question

required for Canadian residents. Game ends September 2, 2008. For

details including free, alternate method of entry, see Official Rules

at www.xbox.com/summerofarcade.

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