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The Summer in Download: Gaming Without Leaving Home

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Posted June 28, 2012 - By G4 Staff


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Quantum Conundrum

Summer is here, and you know what that means: the AAA machine calms down a bit, and the downloadable guys get a chance to really shine in the videogame space.

Indies come out all year round, for sure, and XBLA and the PlayStation Network see steady releases no matter the season, but summer is special. Promotions like XBLA’s Summer of Arcade practically define mainstream summer gaming, and the style suits the season – school’s out, people take vacations, and bite-sized games fit into that rhythm perfectly.

Here are a few of the downloadable games we’re most looking forward to as summer officially hits.

Right Here, Right Now

The summer party started already with Resonance and Quantum Conundrum hitting the virtual shelves. Resonance is a deliciously old-school-looking, point-and-click adventure game set in a near future world where a very nasty accident has occurred as you take on the role of four playable characters.

Quantum Conundrum is a supremely funky looking puzzler from Kim Swift (one of the designers of the original Portal) and her new outfit, Airtight Games. If you’ve ever wanted to journey to the “fluffy dimension” you definitely need to check this one out.

Jet Set Radio

Blast from the Past

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the certifiably awesome games of yesteryear that are coming back this summer. The most exciting (at least, for the few, the proud, the diehard Dreamcast fans) is Jet Set Radio HD. Still regarded as one of the most stylish games ever released, players jump into the rocket-powered rollerblades of one of an eccentric crew of tag-happy street kids, in an effort to deface a cartoon version of Tokyo. Just go with it. The re-release is set for this summer on the PS3 and the 360.

Looking back a wee bit further, the Double Dragon series is getting a new facelift in Double Dragon: Neon, a brand new brawler built by 2D masters WayForward (A Boy and His Blob, Contra 4, Mighty Switch Force). We’re looking forward to hit sometime in July for the PSN and XBLA.

Sound Shapes

More things under the sun

Rainbow Moon may sound like a My Little Pony character, but it’s actually a hardcore indie-RPG with a heaping helping of strategy to boot. It’s slated for release on PSN this July.

Sound Shapes, the trippy looking rhythm platformer from Everyday Shooter mastermind Jonathan Mak, is set to land on PSN on August 7th. Music creation/generation and platforming don’t necessarily sound like they would go together, but previews have looked utterly fantastic, and Mak can do no wrong in the eyes of the indie-minded.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Features At Least Seven Levels From First Two Games

Summer of Arcade

The big daddy promotion of downloadable games, Summer of Arcade has lent us some genuine classics in years past, such as Bastion, Braid, Limbo, and Trials HD. This year’s contenders are as diverse a bunch as ever.

Starting the party on July 18th is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, the beautifully up-rezzed remake that remixes stages from the first two titles in the series. The soundtrack is mostly intact, the game is built from the ground up with new technology, and the action looks good enough to transport us all back to the halcyon days of 1999.

Launching on July 25th, Wreckateer is next on the list, featuring physics fun in the style of Boom Blox (or even Angry Birds). It’s the core Kinect title on the lineup (much like Fruit Ninja Kinect was last year).

Next up, on August 1st, there’s Deadlight, a dingy zombie-overrun adventure-puzzle-platformer in the vein of Prince of Persia and Out of This World. It’s set in an apocalyptic version of 1980s Pacific Northwest, giving it a look and feel more grounded than most games of its ilk, and anything that puts a fresh spin on zombie fiction is golden in my book.

Hybrid launches on August 8th, and it comes with perhaps the most interesting pedigree. It’s a 3rd person shooter developed by 5th Cell, the creative geniuses behind the brilliant Scribblenauts series. This time around, the Seattle devs are trying their hands at post-apocalyptic gunplay and action.

Finally, Dust: An Elysian Tale closes the deal on August 15th. Stylistically, it couldn’t be further from the post-apocalyptic vibe of the previous entry – it’s as lush and colorful as an old Disney animated film. It’s described as an “action-brawler” with a stiff challenge factor, and looks gorgeous enough to hang in a museum.

Dust: An Elysian Tail PAX East 2012 Impressions

Happy trails

As with all seasons (and every type of game), there will of course also be under-the-radar gems that will come in and sweep us off of our feet. Who knows, maybe this year’s Bastion is lurking below the surface of the release lists, or awaiting word of mouth to carry it to the glory path. Whether we have a hit of that caliber in the cards for this summer or not, one thing is for certain – there will be plenty to play.

Danielle is a freelance writer, digital media professor, and nonprofit web ninja from San Francisco. You should follow her on twitter for all of the relevant links and details.

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