Microsoft announces August’s XBLA titles, Summer of Arcade contest

We already knew that Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 was going to be released as this week’s Xbox LIVE Arcade title, but it seems Microsoft just couldn’t wait to tell everyone what we have to look forward to, so they’ve detailed every Arcade title all the way until the end of August. The best part is that none of these games could be considered throwaway titles. From the puzzle-platformer Braid, to Bionic Commando Rearmed, the high-definition remake of the NES classic, we can safely say August is going to be one of the best months in the history of LIVE Arcade.

  • Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 – July 30
  • Braid – August 6
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed – August 13
  • Galaga Legions – August 20
  • Castle Crashers – August 27

Oh man, Castle Crashers (check our dev interview), what a way to end a solid month. And if the games themselves weren’t enough of a reward, Microsoft is holding a contest during August, appropriately called the “Summer of Arcade”. To enter the contest, all you have to do is download and play the trial or full version of one of the five games listed above, and you will receive a weekly entry as well as an entry for the grand prize, 100,000 Microsoft Points, a year of Xbox LIVE Gold, and an Xbox 360 Elite SKU. You can get a grand prize entry each week, for a total of 5 entries. Even if you don’t win the 100,000 points, you are still eligible for one of two runner-up prizes of 10,000 and a year of Gold, or one of the five weekly prizes of 4,000 points.