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Although summer is quickly coming to a close, there's still plenty of time to celebrate all things gaming. With Microsoft focusing on their yearly Summer of Arcade program and Sony focusing on their yearly summer program PlayStation PLAY, downloadable games are all the buzz.
Showcasing a diverse lineup of great XBLA and PSN games as well as several special offers, Summer of Arcade and PSN PLAY have tons to offer. Here's a little more information about each of these programs and what they have to offer.
Xbox LIVE's Summer of Arcade
Having begun July 18, this year's Summer of Arcade features yet another promising group of games you need to check out. Whether you're into horror survival, third-person shooters, skateboarding games, action RPGs or demolition there's something for everyone. As an added bonus, purchase any three of the five Summer of Arcade hits and you'll get 400 Microsoft Points. The points will be automatically added to your account at the end of the promo.
Here's what you can expect for Summer of Arcade 2012:
Deadlight (1200 Microsoft Points): Horror survivals are all the craze so why not start things off with a bang? Run, jump, climb, and struggle for your life as you search for hope in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Deadlight's story is compelling as are the challenging puzzles and heart-pounding action. Deadlight is another worthwhile trip into the zombie genre.
Wreckateer (800 MS Points): If demolition is more your fortay, join the ranks of the Wreckateers, the finest medieval demolition service in all the land. Add some motion controls into the mix and you've got yourself one interesting game. In Wreckateer you must wield the Ballista, a giant medieval crossbow, and guide it by using your body to steady your aim, fire and guide magical shots mid-air.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD (1200 MS Points): If you were a fan of the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games you'll be sure to love this. Featuring classic levels from THPS and THPS2, THPS HD takes all the best elements of the classic game and update them to create an all new HD experience.
Hybrid (Available August 8, 1200 MS Points): Set in the near future, this multiplayer third-person shooter is set amidst a war between two factions: the Variant and the Paladin. Hybrid features an innovative new covering system and parkour abilities to whet your appetite. The game looks great, I can't wait to hear more about this big downloadable release.
Dust: An Elysian Tail (Available August 15, 1200 MS Points): Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted action RPG world. Almost entirely designed by a one-man team, Dust is an intricate world rich with story and detail in the same vain as Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade. This action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. I simply can't wait for this game to be released on XBLA.
And these special bonuses...
Minecraft Summer of Arcade Skin Pack: Log onto Xbox LIVE on your console and get custom skins of all the Summer of Arcade games for you to deck out your character in Minecraft.
Free Trials Evolution Tracks: Get a free Trials Evolution track inspired by the Summer of Arcade games each week. Just start Trials Evolution, choose "Track Central", then "Get Tracks" to download.
Having begun July 24, PSN PLAY is celebrating another year of downloadable games you'll love. This year's collection is absolutely outstanding and features some awesome rewards too. And if you're a PlayStation PLUS member you get to pay even less for them. You really can't go wrong with this series.
Here's what you can expect for PSN PLAY 2012:
The Expendables 2 ($14.99 or $11.99 for PLUS members): What better way to kick off another year of PSN PLAY than an explosive co-op action shoot’em up like The Expendables 2? Based on the popular movie franchise, this game features vehicular combat, a four-player co-op story and challenge modes, and a wealth of exotic locales.
Sound Shapes ($14.99 or $11.99 for PLUS members): Simplicity. Interactivity. Creativity. This audio-visual 2D platformer features artwork by Pixeljam, Capy, Superbrothers and more, with music by I Am Robot and Proud, Jim Guthrie and Deadmau5. Listen carefully and relish the sound of the beat.
Papo & Yo (Available August 14, $14.99 or $11.99 for PLUS members): Papo & Yo is truly something astonishing. Pap & Yo tells the story of a young boy, Quico, and his best friend, Monster. Taking place in a dreamlike world inspired by South American favelas, Papo & Yo envisions a beautiful and bizarre world where not everything is as it seems.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Available August 21, $14.99 or $11.99 for PLUS members): If you know Counter-Strike, you know this is one of the best first-person shooter series ever created. Offering an updated take on the tried-and-true objective-based gameplay, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features several classic game types like Bomb Diffusal and Hostage Rescue, and introduces two new modes: Arms Race and Demolition. The 10-person multiplayer will ensure that all of your friends get in on the action, plus it's compatible with PlayStation Move for even more possibilities.
And this special bonus...
From July 24 to August 27th, PSN PLAY will reward you with cash vouchers for purchasing games. Buy two, get $3, buy three, get $6 and by buying four, you get $10 to put towards future PSN purchases.
If you're in need of Microsoft and/or PlayStation Points Cards, you can check them out here:
Get the card that lets you download Arcade games, extra content for your favourite games, movies and TV shows, and lots more from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The 1400-Microsoft Points Card is your ticket to a vast world of entertainment. Redeem your points to crank your games up a notch with add-ons like new characters, levels and more.
Get the card that lets you download Arcade games, extra content for your favourite games, movies and TV shows, and lots more from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The 2800-Microsoft Points Card is your ticket to a vast world of entertainment. Redeem your points to crank your games up a notch with add-ons like new characters, levels and more.
Download exclusive games, add-ons and more with this $20 prepaid card for your PlayStation 3 and/or PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems.
Download exclusive games, add-ons and more with this $50 prepaid card for your PlayStation 3 and/or PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems.