Summer of Arcade Is Over… What Now?

The third annual Summer of Arcade has come and gone to mixed reviews. There were hits (Monday Night Combat, Limbo, Lara Croft), a so-so (Hydro Thunder), and a bomb (Castlevania). The biggest time of the year for the Xbox Live Arcade has lived out its hype, and we are left to wonder… what now?

Who invited Scott Pilgrim to the party?

Major Nelson’s timely arrival is of no coincidence. Posted in concurrence with the last Summer of Arcade release, the good Major tells us about two upcoming XBLA games: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Shank.

Four player co-op? Nice.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, released August 25th, will be available for 800 MS points. The game, labeled by Mr. Nelson as a “beat-‘em-up arcade,” has a distinct cartoony look. It features up to four player co-op, with playable characters such as Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, Kim Pine, and even a surprise character! The game will follow the movie fairly closely; for a detailed look at the recently released film, check out this review by Daniel Manning.

Anyone manly enough to dual-wield pistols is a friend of mine.

Shank is a bloody 2D side-scroller starring your hero and mine, Shank. For me, the animation is reminiscent of the Samurai Jack cartoon series. Shank has the unenviable task of battling the “underworld’s deadliest assassins” in a story of guilt and revenge. This XBLA game will be released in conjunction with Scott Pilgrim on August 25th, only Shank will set you back 1200 MS points. Many thanks to the Major’s Minute for his help.

The sun is about to set on that bad guy. Pun.

As always, I recommend taking a chance with Indie games in the marketplace. There are some real gems in there awaiting your discovery. To set you on the path of righteousness, I’ll let you in on a little secret known as Zombie Estate. Download the demo and mow down waves of zombies, upgrade your weapons, rinse and repeat. It’s fun.

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  • I played a little of the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World yesterday on the 360, I love the retro art style but damn, I die a lot in that game.

    Shank I’m really looking forward to, I was able to get my hands on it last year at PAX and I loved it, it’s a fun beat the up slasher, it is similar to the Dishwasher on the XBLA. Just a fun and bloody game.

  • for me it’s plants vs zombies.

    • John McMahon (VastManatee)

      Ha! How ironic… I just got Plants Vs. Zombies as a birthday gift for my mom. Well played, Mr. Withers.