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E3 2011: The XBLA Games of E3 - All The Info
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Considering all the massive games that have been announced, trailered, detailed and screenshot during E3 2011 this week, it would be easy to miss out on the little guys. But as huge fans of XBLA, we reckon that would be a bad thing. So with that in mind, have a look at this: our one-stop-shop for all the XBLA info to emerge from this year’s LA trade show.

Below you’ll find details on a load of XBLA games, along with any relevant screenshots, trailers or footage. Better stock up on Microsoft Points!

Summer of Arcade

Microsoft's annual showcase of the very best new games XBLA has to offer is probably the best place to start. There'll be five up for grabs this August, of which you'll find more info below, but first here's the Summer of Arcade trailer.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

The sequel to last year's popular Toy Soldiers, this sequel gives the game a Cold War twist by pitting American forces against the Commies. Part of the Summer of Arcade showcase, it's out in... yeah, this summer.


This action RPG from Supergiant Games has been impressing us from afar for a while now. We're not the only ones, either. Bastion is the recipient of a number of awards nominations, including the Excellence in Visual Art and Excellence in Audio at this year's IGF. Another of the Summer of Arcade titles, you can see why below.

Fruit Ninja Kinect

The Kinect XBLA version of the swoopy, swipey iPhone game, this one's part of the Summer of Arcade too. What better way of looking like a grinning idiot in your living room, eh? Trailer is below, it's nuts. Or melons.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

A side-scrolling collaboration between artist Michel Gagné and developer Fuelcell Games, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet looks a little bit like The Undergarden, except with more spaceships. This is a good thing. It's part of Summer of Arcade.

From Dust

Heralded as "the spiritual heir" to Populous, From Dust is a world-shaping God game that looks pretty damn fascinating to us. Lee (the other one) liked what he saw back at last year's Gamescom. We've got some new screens in the gallery.

Renegade Ops

From Avalanche, the creators of the Just Cause series, comes Renegade Ops, a co-op based twin-stick shooter that challenges you to stop an evil madman destroy the world. It's coming out this summer. We've got a whopping 18 new screens in the gallery.


The latest result of Double Fine's "amnesia fortnights," that see devs downing tools on whatever they're working on to dream up bitesize titles, Trenched is a mech shooter set in a quirky alternate history. It's out on June 22nd for 1200 MSP. 

Rock of Ages

From the crazy people that brought you Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages is a slightly difficult game to categorise, but can be easily defined thus: Roll a giant rock at an enemy's castle in order to crush it. It looks really fun.

Guardian Heroes

Originally released on the Saturn back in 1996, action-RPG Guardian Heroes XBLA has been sexed-up with enhanced graphics, online co-op, battle modes and a few other bits and bobs. There's 13 new shots in the gallery. It's out in the Autumn.

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition

Another old game to get the revamp treatment is Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Edition. The hardcore fighter game fan's hardcore fighting game, SFIII:3SOE also has some swish netcode and a Youtube upload feature. It's out this summer.

Crimson Alliance

Not entirely unreminiscent of Torchlight, Crimson Alliance is an action-RPG hack 'n slasher. It too is out in the summer. We've got a trailer and ten new shots in the gallery.

Trials: Evolution

The so brilliant I just want to smash it into the ground because it's so damn infuriating Trials HD is getting a sequel. Promising three-bike simultaneous racing and all-new locations, it'll no doubt have us throwing our controllers at the floor once more. But in a good way. Kind of.

Ms. Splosion Man

Behind every good man is a great woman, so they say. If that's true the multiplayer-enabled sequel to Twisted Pixel's platformer Splosion Man should be a corker. It's out on XBLA this Autumn.


User Comments

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Comment #1 by ViNyLek
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:31:34 PM
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Some very nice titles there. I love how MS did E3 DoTW, not... Seriously map packs for MW2 - no one would want these anyway, and the ones that do already have them. Fucking money hungry-grabbing mofos:-)

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Comment #2 by mikefizzled
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:32:31 PM
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Im testing Ms splosion man right now its prettty fun

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Comment #3 by komandoebunie93
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:32:43 PM
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Toy Soldiers looks amazing! Might try fruit ninja too...

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Comment #4 by Godfather93a
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:32:45 PM
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From Dust looks kinda cool, it reminds me of Black & white minus having a
bad ass creature.

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Comment #5 by DarkGin87
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:35:34 PM
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What ever happened to Avatar Fire Pro was mean't to come out for Summer

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Comment #6 by Assassin70
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:36:07 PM
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Guardian Heroes nuff said I would buy it for 1600 msp!

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Comment #7 by UrDreamSnatcher
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:40:00 PM
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I loved Splosion Man so ill definately be getting Ms. Splosion Man. I only wish it was a part of Summer of Arcade and not fall.

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Comment #8 by Thewickedwiz
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:44:19 PM
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Anyone know of the release date of 'From Dust'? I seriously cannot wait for that game :D

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Comment #9 by skaghead
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:45:27 PM
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Some good stuff coming up

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Comment #10 by HammersMark
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:48:32 PM
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definately getting a few of these titles :)

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Comment #11 by Wicelow
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:52:50 PM
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The only game I want on the list is Ms Splosion.

Last year Summer of Arcade was awesome, this year it's "meh" at best...

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Comment #12 by iBeatStuffUp
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:53:23 PM
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lol I'm probably the only one here who's interested in fruit ninja. Man, I love that game.

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Comment #13 by dark lord me
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:56:56 PM
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Fruit ninja and toy soldiers are for me
Love fruit ninja on my iPhone and Transformer and played the demo for toy soldiers but never bought it =(

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Comment #14 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:57:49 PM
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Good old XBLA, almost always bringing the style and original content! That just gets better every year!

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Comment #15 by PerfectInsanity
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:03:06 PM
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Is it just me or does trials evolution have FOUR player racing in the trailer, maybe they mean 3 friends can join you? Watch it in slow mo, there's 4 colors and bikes.

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Comment #16 by Space Cadet
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:04:29 PM
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None of this matters without Fez.. Pleeaaase, Fish, tell me it's coming out this year, I'm begging you..!

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Comment #17 by D4RKXPOW3R
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:16:32 PM
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Trails is NOT 3 PLAYER COOP, IT IS 4 PLAYER COOP. Just want to clear that up.

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Comment #18 by Ceejus
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:31:39 PM
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Lmao @ the first trailer. You have all these people sitting outside enjoying drinks, swimming in the pool, playing softball. Then the camera pans out to show a TV, outside, with XBLA games being played on it. These games look alright, but who is going to sit outside with their TV playing XBLA while everyone else around you is partying?

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Comment #19 by Frasr
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:35:47 PM
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looking good. oh and I love the Assassin's creed background on the x360a website!

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Comment #20 by Tim 13
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:36:03 PM
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1: Actually, my brother just bought MW2 because of the map pack sale. Probably the most anticipated items of E3 were Battlefield 3 and MW3, and Battlefield 2 already had a content sale recently.

5: I want to know this as well. I'd really like to play a Fire Pro game without having to boot up the PS2. lol

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Comment #21 by ChosenOne
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:43:13 PM
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Cannot wait for From Dust and the new Trials HD.

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Comment #22 by daniz3pic
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:45:14 PM
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Holy arcade game Batman!

fruit ninja

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Comment #23 by scoot338
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 01:53:09 PM
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@15 Yeah, Trials is definitely 4 player... This was covered in the comments on the news post about the trailer

As for me, Trials is a must have after all the time i spent on Trials HD, Plus i love Fruit Ninja on my iPhone so i'll grab that too. A few other titles that look interesting so i might check out the demo's. Oh and i'm beta testing Ms. Splosion Man which is heaps fun.

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Comment #24 by BruinsFTW
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:05:19 PM
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I loved the first Toy Soldiers..cannot wait for this one..

From Dust looks like it will be good too...probably passing on the rest..

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Comment #25 by asilent boom
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:25:00 PM
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@23 If it was covered then why did the person writing the article put "Promising three-bike simultaneous racing" in the description right above the video?

The announcement of Trials Evolution was the biggest news for me from E3. I'll be getting Trenched, and From Dust on day 1. I'll wait for a DotW for the others I'm interested in.

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Comment #26 by Sabeythang
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:25:41 PM
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Waiting for Dust: An Elysian Tail and Zombies!!!.

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Comment #27 by Method
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:41:50 PM
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Crimson Alliance has my interest but the arcade game I really want is Torchlight II.

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Comment #28 by blackout529
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:42:57 PM
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Toy Soldiers, Trenched, Ms. Splosion Man, From Dust, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet are the ones I'm looking forward to

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Comment #29 by KeepEmRolling
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 02:53:31 PM
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I'm looking forward to Crimson Alliance, and my number one most wanted game on XBLA, Guardian Heroes.

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Comment #30 by KrisXX
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 03:03:50 PM
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Now why couldn't they show these at the conference? They could have spent 10 minutes on XBLA, a few seconds on announcing the cloud/beacons service. Even show off their new wireless wheel. INSTEAD of stupid kid actors playing games!

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Comment #31 by Auburok
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 03:21:28 PM
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Wow, a lot of these look really, really good. Looking forward to Bastion, Cold War, Ms. Splosion Man and Trenched already, but Fruit Ninja Kinect actually looks really fun. Crimson Alliance looks pretty good, too; that actually might take up Dungeon Siege 3's spot for me if coop has better integration for the arcade title than the retail title. Rock of Ages, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Guardian Heroes look good, too.

This is looking like the most promising Summer of Arcade ever for me.

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Comment #32 by bithbheo
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 03:30:19 PM
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Toy Soldiers and Trials!

Really wanted to hear something about Shadow Complex 2 but hopefully we'll see that in the near future.

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Comment #33 by Sir Goatfather
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 03:41:45 PM
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From Dust looks like the only SoA game I'll be getting.

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Comment #34 by ExplodingRat
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 04:20:33 PM
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I'm going to assume they're doing another "Buy 3 get XXX points back, Buy 5 get 1 game free" deal?

I've bought every Summer of Arcade title for the last 2 years, might as well keep it up.

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Comment #35 by acanofcoke69
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 04:34:11 PM
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i want conkers bad fur day this stuff is all shit

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Comment #36 by TheUglyCasanova
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 04:39:36 PM
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Only really want From Dust. These are all taking too long to come out! I just got 900 free MS points from their reward program and I want to get something, but all there is right now is lame CoD crap!

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Comment #37 by Masterchief950
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 04:40:01 PM
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Prob getting at least half. Fruit ninja looks fun can't wait

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Comment #38 by MowatMan
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 04:48:42 PM
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We all know that we're most excited for SF3.

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Comment #39 by JGar77
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:10:30 PM
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Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team looks okay, heard it will only be 800 msp

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Comment #40 by aosiding
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:21:31 PM
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I have a feeling I am going to be shedding tears of joy while playing Rock of Ages

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Comment #41 by aosiding
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:23:09 PM
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@35 Hell yes we need bad fur day for XBLA, especially with the MP they added to the original xbox version

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Comment #42 by GR4V1G0R3
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 05:56:39 PM
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only interested in ms splosion man & trials from those

i want Final Doom FFS, and maybe Return To Castle Wolfenstien

and, agreed about the deal this week, last year was amazing during E3, they had great offers, this year, not a sausage, glad i have sod all points, unfortunately only because i preordered Duke Nukem Forever Balls Of Steel am i disappointed with that....

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Comment #43 by Verdinial
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 06:01:52 PM
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Crimson Alliance, Trails Evolution, Street Fighter, Guardian Heroes, Rock of Ages, From Dust, and Bastion. Let's say they will all cost 1200, which is the going rate for most good XBLA titles nowadays, I'll be needing 8400 Microsoft points, which is what? £70, £80? Damn it all!

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Comment #44 by shadowfeeder
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 06:41:02 PM
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Thought the vocals sounded familiar to the Street Fighter 3 trailer, had to look it up: Adam Tensta. Not really my cuppa, but found it fun that a swedish artist is doing the lead music. =)

Grabbing Trials Evolution, From Dust and Trenched for sure!
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Crimson Alliance deserves a look too.

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Comment #45 by Harkonnen07
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 06:45:38 PM
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The XBL title I most want is Amy.

That looks awesome.

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Comment #46 by newbsicle
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 07:11:54 PM
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The arcade lineup looks more impressive than the retail games coming out.

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Comment #47 by MADasaHatter
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 08:02:17 PM
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Agree with some of the other people who are pointing out how impressive the list is compared to some of the summer retail. I actually want almost all of them. Rock of Ages reminds me what Monty Python would be in game format.

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Comment #48 by Brandeniuz
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 08:49:56 PM
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Trials in four players, damn it.

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Comment #49 by ttsutaoka
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 12:53:35 AM
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Where's my Final Doom???

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Comment #51 by Nuffzx
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 04:52:03 AM
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Rock of ages please! Looks awesome lol

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Comment #52 by MoldyClay87
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 04:56:19 AM
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None of this really looks that great.

Ms. Splosion Man is a definite exception.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet or whatever looks interesting.
Rock of Ages looks funny, so I'll have to play a demo.

Otherwise, nothing really for me here. I don't have a Kinect, so no Fruit Ninja. And even if, it will be too expensive, since it's like, free elsewhere.

Possibly the worst Summer of Arcade ever, though.

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Comment #53 by Coruba
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 05:19:03 AM
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Zeno Clash was awesome and underrated, I'll definately pick up rock of ages and support ace team. From Dust and Guardian Heroes about the only others worth a look for me.

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Comment #54 by snx
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 05:37:36 AM
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Rambo Hahahahha

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Comment #55 by BlizzyDragonNL
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 06:19:09 AM
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can't wait for the new Trials.

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Comment #56 by true lumo
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 09:28:26 AM
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@54 I was just gonna say that. I was watching the trailer and was like 'no way, Rambo'. Awesome

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Comment #57 by xdeathx2012
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 09:44:22 AM
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Comment #58 by Frank_The_Bison
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 12:01:46 PM
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I hope Trials has file sharing. I hated seeing all those awesome maps and never being able to play them because you have to be someone's friend.

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Comment #59 by [Waggly Bean]
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 01:18:15 PM
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I forgot Guardian Heroes was coming out. That's awesome! :D

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Comment #60 by Battletick
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 02:24:28 PM
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What? No Warhammer 40K:Kill Team? I heard it's coming out next month, but haven't heard anything about it here.

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Comment #61 by Jimmy Hapa
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 10:15:20 PM
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Guardian Heroes...time to clean up my computer screen. XD

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Comment #62 by Lord Nihlathak
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 02:10:17 AM
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Those guys from Chile are amazing, Thumbs up for their creativity. :D

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Comment #63 by a fat turkey
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 08:02:42 AM
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Where's the old games? None of these are arcade games except Guardian Heroes, because they were recently made. Thought arcade meant old,good games, not new, crap games.

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Comment #64 by Harvey Domino
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 08:53:53 AM
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From Dust and Trials day one buy me. Might have to try Guardian Heros as well. Cant wait!!

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Comment #65 by TransonicPower
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:16:15 AM
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Ffs where is Battleblock theater???!! That game better be awesome and glitch-free because it takes them so long to release it....

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Comment #66 by t035t3r
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:18:18 AM
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thanks for all this arcade info, looking forward to the new trials game and crimson alliance n that fruit kinect game...

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Comment #67 by lay this to rest
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 06:58:07 PM
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What a line-up !
The whole summer list is looking great :)
Trenched is a definite for me, 'cause double-fine rock
Rock of ages looks pretty funny and there's some interesting new looking things, especially from dust !

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Comment #68 by Alanman12
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 05:36:11 AM
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Yay street fighter 3!!!!!

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Comment #69 by Desmondo2000
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 08:01:34 AM
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3so and trials for me cant wait

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