Get ready for 5 more hits!

Get ready for 5 more hits!

Last year saw the release of many high calibre Xbox Live Arcade games in quick succession. This was dubbed by Microsoft the “Summer of Arcade”. Well now we’ll have to start adding years onto the end so that we know when these great games are released. As you may remember, last year saw the release of the excellent Bionic Commando: Rearmed, the beautiful Braid, the awesome Castle Crashers, and the terriffic Geometry Wars 2. Oh, and Galaga Legions, which I never actually got around to buying and playing through.

Either way, we’re just 2 weeks away from this years Arcade barrage, and what a barrage it will be. We have 5 games coming down the pipeline this year to be released once a week. I was unable to find the actual order in which they’ll be released, but to my understanding the first game will indeed be the much anticipated remake of TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-shelled.

Turtles in Time

In case you couldn't tell, that guys hammer is really heavy. Just look at the number on the side.

In case you couldn't tell, that guys hammer is really heavy. Just look at the number on the side.

Ah the good ole’  days. The fact that both of the games detailed today are remakes should say a lot on its own. But the fact that they’re both remakes of classic arcade games should say volumes about the state of arcade games back in the 90’s. Even the Turtles in Time release on the SNES got multiple accolades from various review sites.

The core gameplay is much like last year’s Castle Crasher (or last decades TMNT: Turtles in Time). Up to 4 players can go through the sprawling brawling levels with any one of the 4 pizza loving turtles. A new coat of graphical paint gives us 3D turtles and 3D enemies, which will really help make your treks across time chasing Shredder much easier on the eyes. Of all of the games this year, fans of Castle Crasher’s will likely appreciate this one the most. It may not have as creative an artstyle, but the gameplay is solid, and the levels are plentiful.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

Someone in this picture has anger problems. Hint: It's the guy with the claws.

Someone in this picture has anger problems. Hint: It's the guy with the claws.

If you’re a fighting fan you would be doing yourself a disservice to not pick up Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. Yes it has a fairly steep price tag of $20, but with that $20 you will purchase yourself 56 characters, extremely refined fighting, and online capabilities. This is an Arcade game straight from the arcade, with a few upgraded backgrounds, but no changes to the core gameplay.

Despite the fact there’s enhanced HD graphics, old schoolers will always have the ability to change back to the original graphics. If you never had the chance to play this game the way it was truly meant to be played (i.e. in an actual arcade), do yourself a favor and try out the demo that will surely come along. As for those out there who already have, well, you know what to expect, and that should be enough.

Come back next Wednesday for the final 3. As a side note, many of these games will also be making appearances on the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Whether they are timed exclusives, or if they’re even exclusives at all is unknown to me at this time. But regardless of whether or not you have an Xbox, look out for these games starting July 22.

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