In between showing off a wide array of games during its E3 2012 presentation, Microsoft also revealed the five games that will be included in this year’s edition of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade promotion – Deadlight, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and Wreckateer.
Microsoft is banking big on downloadable games and its various yearly promotions, like the House Party or the Xbox Live Arcade Next, playing a huge role in promoting high quality releases on the Xbox 360.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest offers is the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade, which this year will see the release of five impressive digital games like the XBLA platform.
Quite a few titles come from Microsoft’s own Game Studios, including Deadlight, Dust: An Elysian Tail, Hybrid, and Wreckateer, but there’s also Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, which is coming from Activision and developer Robomodo.
Check out each game and their descriptions below.
Deadlight (Tequila Works/Microsoft Studios). Deadlight is a puzzle platformer, where the player must take advantage of the main character's agility to solve obstacles, and dodge zombies, manipulating the many interactive elements of the scenery. With more walking corpses than bullets, the feeling of danger is constant.
Dust: An Elysian Tail (Humble Hearts/Microsoft Studios). As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past in a gorgeous hand-painted world.
Hybrid (5TH Cell/5TH Cell). Hybrid is a pioneering third person shooter set in the near future, where global conflict exists between a species known as the Variant and a rebel human faction known as the Paladins. 5TH Cell strives to give players a completely new gameplay experience never seen before in the genre.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD (Robomodo/Activision). Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans' muscle memories, and combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless.
Wreckateer (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios). Wreckateer uses Kinect to put you in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, travel the land and destroy 60 castles using six magical projectiles, and explore the infinite ways you can wreak havoc with Wreckateer's fully-dynamic destruction.
As of yet, there’s no word on when the 2012 Xbox Live Summer of Arcade promotion starts but, until then, you can admire a video of these five games below.