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Recap: Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade 2013 Is Over

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The Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade is over for another year, and thisisxbox.com would like to thank Xbox for reaching out to us and providing all the review codes for this years line-up. If you haven’t yet bought a single title, or perhaps wondering what-if-any should you go for – then here’s a recap of our reviews.

Week One – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Released August 7th 2013.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an exceptional game that is artistically beautiful and enchanting to play. The adventure takes the player on a journey that will tug at your heart strings in a game that is original and a true experience that will keep you glued to your screens. A game that reiterates quality over quantity could not be a truer word spoken. One of the best Xbox LIVE Arcade games to date for 2013 and a strong start for the Summer of Arcade this year!

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Week Two – Charlie Murder – Released August 14th 2014.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D973mOcYr78

I would say on the whole it is an excruciatingly difficult game to beat on one sitting. However I can confirm how much more fun this game is for co-operative action. It looks as though it was solely built for a great four player experience among friends to enjoy as playing alone with such a difficult quest did prove to feel really repetitive. In the early stages of the game it felt lack-lustre, just button mash and move-on because it’s just a case of messing with the X and Y buttons!

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Week Three – Flashback – Released August 21st 2014.

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Flashback is an average game that still fits in right at home on the Xbox LIVE Arcade with a decent campaign in length and a set of unlockable VR Console mini-games to keep you pounding away for hours on end (if not days). It is also one of the most exciting Summer of Arcade titles to be released due to the fame of the original; absolute die-hard fans of the classic might feel a little robbed with the change in difficulty settings because there is a lot of hand-holding as a better way of terminology on the easier settings. As a platformer it’s a great remake in the visual sense with varied gameplay difficulties and a bargain at only 800 MS Points – but as a testament to the original, it has been dumbed down considerably and it is going to be far easier than what gamers are going to be anticipating!

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Week Four – TMNT: Out of the Shadows – Released August 28th 2014.

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In Conclusion, TMNT: Out of the Shadows is an OK attempt at adapting the new Ninja Turtles in game form. The fact that it’s only 1.7 GB and 16 people individually put out this much effort into an Arcade game is truly commendable but it doesn’t do anything to make you forget or overlook the annoying bugs and glitches, not to mention the hideous camera views. Let’s give it a 6.5 out of 10 and move on to other things. Pizza anyone?

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On the whole it hasn’t been the Summer of Arcade we were expecting, given that only Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, was the only exceptional game of the lot! Charlie Murder is great as a co-op game, but dull on its own – Flashback is an average platformer in a remade skin, whilst Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just as well give up and stay beneath the sewers!

Of everything we have played in this years Summer of Arcade, make sure that Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is on your playlist! Going on past history I’d expect to see some reductions on all games in the New Years Xbox LIVE Specials, but you’ll never know until closer to the time.

Have fun, we hope you’ve had a great summer!

Celebrate the Finale of the Summer of Arcade with a Live Streamed Event

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The Xbox LIVE Arcade Summer of Arcade is coming to a close with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows released tomorrow, Wednesday 28th August. To close of this years great selection of games and to experience some of that “Cowabunga” action – tune into Polaris on Youtube!

Microsoft Studios has teamed up with several popular YouTube gamers to host a live streaming gameplay event showcasing each week’s new release, and this Wednesday, Lisa Foiles will be hosting the final live show of the summer at 3pm PST, previewing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The live event will also feature JesseCox, Raychul Moore and GameGrumps. Visit http://www.youtube.com/Polaris to stream the show.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows launches August 28th check you local dashboard for pricing as the game is a 1200 MS Points equivalent in local currency.

Below are previous events for past Summer of Arcade games, and look out for our review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows soon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-m9CBqJNDo

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Summer of Arcade Weekly Live Streaming Events

To ramp up the Summer of Arcade promotions on Xbox LIVE – Xbox has reached out to us to share with our readers details of the new live streaming events to celebrate each of the games in the Summer of Arcade 2013 line-up.

Microsoft Studios has teamed up with several popular YouTube gamers to host a live streaming gameplay event showcasing each week’s new release. Lisa Foiles will be hosting the live shows every Wednesday in August at 3pm PST, previewing that week’s new release. The live events will also feature JesseCox, Raychul Moore and GameGrumps – via Youtube.com/polaris

As a reminder here is the Summer of Arcade line-up on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 2013.

Brothers: a Tale of two Sons – available now for 1,200 Points

Guide two brothers on an epic journey. Control both at once with each thumb stick in co-op play like never before. Explore puzzles, varied locations and fight boss battles.

Charlie Murder – available now for 800 Points

Fallen punk rock idols Charlie Murder must face off against rival death metal band Gore Quaffer and their army of the damned in an RPG brawler hybrid inspired by coin-op beat ‘em ups and dungeon crawlers.

Flashback – launches August 21st for 800 Points

Conrad B. Hart of the G.B.I. is re-enlisted for the return of an acclaimed gaming franchise. Uncover an alien conspiracy, getting through complex & deadly environments.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – launches August 28th for 1,200 Points

TMNT: Out of the Shadows returns to how it all began. Become the four turtles fighting to save New York City from mutants, the Foot & Shredder.

If you buy any two Summer of Arcade games this year you’ll receive a Souls Pack for Ascend: Hand of Kul, absolutely FREE!