Microsoft has just sent over its August schedule for Xbox Live Arcade games with Konami?s arcade classic Track and Field
heading up the summer roster, due for release on XBLA tomorrow. Yes!
While we anticipate blistering our fingers and thumbs on this 1983 classic videogame (and most likely destroying a few 360 controllers with rage when we fail to hit the perfect 45-degree long jump for the umpteenth time) there?s also a bunch of other games to look forward to over the coming summer weeks ? so it doesn?t really matter if the current sunny weather is just a blip after all as we?ll all be enjoying some hot and sweaty arcade nights!
The updated version of Track and Field
for Xbox LIVE Arcade features the same button-mashing game mechanic as the original, and now enables up to four-player multiplayer competition on one Xbox 360 or over Xbox LIVE. It will set you back a mere 400 Microsoft Points. An essential purchase.
Other games due this August are SEGA's Ecco the Dolphin
, Hexic 2
and War World
and then for the rest of the ?summer? (does Microsoft know something we don?t about an Indian summer?) we?re due to get Geon: Emotions
, Puzzle Quest
, Jeff Minter's barking-mad and trippy Space Giraffe
, Streets of Rage 2
and Capcom?s awesome Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Here?s the full line-up along with a bit of Microsoft bumpf on each title:
? ?Ecco the Dolphin? (Sega) Cool off with this fun, whimsical update of the classic undersea exploration game featuring everyone?s favorite bottlenose dolphin, Ecco!
? ?Hexic 2? (Carbonated Games) The highly anticipated sequel to the popular puzzle game ?Hexic HD? will have gamers racing to solve brand new challenges, including an all new two player Battle mode.
? ?War World? (Ubisoft) A pure adrenaline rush, War World features powerful armoured mechanoids battling head-to-head in all-out savage single and multiplayer battles that combine action and strategy.
Sizzling summer launches hitting in the coming weeks:
? ?Geon: Emotions? (Eidos) Engage in the unique sport of Geon, where you must master a diverse range of emotions to best your opponents.
? ?Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords? (D3Publisher of America, Inc.) Addictive and easy-to-learn, this game integrates story and character progression elements found in RPGs delivering a brand new type of game that pushes the puzzle genre to a whole new level.
? ?Space Giraffe? (Llamasoft) Created by genre-defining game designer Jeff Minter, ?Space Giraffe? is a psychedelic shooter that spans 100 levels, all set against vivid, pulsating backgrounds that synchronise with any custom music selection.
? ?Streets of Rage 2? (Sega) One of the most popular side-scrolling beat ?em ups of the 90?s gets the Xbox LIVE Arcade treatment, complete with enhanced graphics, sound, achievements and multiplayer modes.
? ?Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix? (Capcom) This game combines addictive puzzle action with favourite Capcom fighting characters including Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Morrigan.
To date, there have been over 45 million Xbox LIVE Arcade game downloads as of July, and the popularity of the service continues to grow. Over 100 games will launch on Xbox LIVE Arcade by year?s end, including dozens of original IPs and classic titles updated for this generation.