Braid, Galaga, Castle Crashers dated

Microsoft announces "Summer of XBLA".

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (30th July) and Bionic Commando Rearmed (13th August) are part of Microsoft's "Summer of Xbox Live Arcade" month, apparently, and that means we also get release dates for Braid, Galaga Legions and Castle Crashers.

Next week will see the launch of Braid, a "melancholy platformer" from Jonathan Blow, which is hotly tipped by a lot of Eurogamer's pals. Blow is notably outspoken about what's important in games, and we'll be taking our time with Braid this week to give you a reasoned response on the day of release.

Then on the other side of Bionic Commando Rearmed's 13th August deployment is Galaga Legions from Namco Bandai.

Announced at E3, it's a modern take on a vintage shooter - and designed by the talented team behind Eurogamer favourite Pac-Man Championship Edition. Look for it on 20th August, and watch the painfully short E3 trailer to whet your appetite.

Finally, on 27th August, Microsoft's releasing the long-awaited Castle Crashers. From the makers of Alien Hominid, it's a cute and violent four-player adventure delivered in The Behemoth's distinctive art style. Check out the recent trailer for more.

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