XBL Summer of Arcade dated

Limbo! Lara! Castlevania!

Microsoft has dated this year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade flock.

The first game to arrive will be Limbo on 21st July. This is the black and white, film noir-style "snooty platform puzzler" that Eurogamer tested back in March.

Rocket-powered speedboat game Hydro Thunder Hurricane will be second on 28th July. The obvious lures here are local races for four people and online tussles for eight.

Third will be Castlevania: Harmony of Despair on 4th August. Married here are classic 2D platforming with six-player online co-op. And if working together gets boring, you can murder each other to the death.

Penultimate arrival will be Monday Night Combat on 11th August. This game is what might happen should American Football no longer use a football, but guns, and no longer bother with rules. Cash rules, literally.

Co-operative action adventure Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will round off the Summer of Arcade on 18th August. We've covered this one in depth.

Buy three or more of the Summer of Arcade games and Microsoft will refund 400 of your Microsoft Points.

The Xbox Live Summer of Arcade site offers a glimpse of each.

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