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Relive the Summer of Arcade with new Xbox discounts

Microsoft’s [email protected] Game Fest enters its final week with discounts on games featured in past Summer of Arcade promotions.

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Microsoft’s [email protected] Game Fest enters its final week with discounts on games featured in past Summer of Arcade promotions.

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the very first Xbox Live Summer of Arcade?

In an age where consoles are swamped with indie games we shouldn’t forget how much Microsoft’s annual indie jamboree did to promote home consoles a viable marketplace for smaller, download-only video games.

The early campaigns were the perfect way to beat the summer slump, and highlight exciting new talent. The first Summer of Arcade alone saw the release of the influential Braid and Castle Crashers, and a Geometry Wars sequel for good measure.

By 2013 the Summer of Arcade wasn’t quite as essential, but nonetheless, it was the year we got Starbreeze Studios’ masterful single-player co-op adventureBrothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

[email protected] is the spiritual successor to Summer of Arcade, and in a nod to the past, six titles from 2008-2013 are receiving substantial discounts. The games need no introduction other than to say they are all highly recommended.

Head over to the Xbox One digital games store, or the Microsoft web store, to relive the hazy days of summers past. Here’s the full lineup of discounted games:

[email protected] Game Fest discounts

  • Limbo – 80%
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – 80%
  • Splosion Man – 50%
  • Braid – 50%
  • Castle Crashers: Remastered – 70%
  • Bastion – 50%

Bookmark our new releases page for the latest Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 video games relases.


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