Microsoft cooking up Game Feast

Super Meat Boy, Comic Jumper, Pinball FX 2, and Hydrophobia compose first autumnal counterpart to popular Summer of Arcade program; Plants vs. Zombies, Sonic Adventure to be pre-promotion appetizers.

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Microsoft's Summer of Arcade downloadable game promotion ended barely two weeks ago, and the company is already working on its next seasonal celebration of digitally distributed titles. The company today revealed its Game Feast promotion, a four-week run of high-profile Xbox Live Arcade titles that will kick off later this month and culminate with the October 20 launch of Independent Games Festival grand prize nominee Super Meat Boy.

Super Meat Boy is a block of solid meat, raising questions as to why he has teeth. Or gender.
Super Meat Boy is a block of solid meat, raising questions as to why he has teeth. Or gender.

The first course of Microsoft's Game Feast arrives September 29 with the debut of Hydrophobia. Developed by Dark Energy Digital (Inferno Pool), Hydrophobia shows off the company's HydroEngine, billed as "the world's first true fluid dynamics engine for games." The game puts players in the role of Kate Wilson, a security officer on board a giant floating city at sea where the world's powerful have secluded themselves from the crumbling land-bound society around them.

October 6 will see Twisted Pixel Games' Comic Jumper land on Live Arcade. Having established itself with The Maw and last year's Summer of Arcade standout Splosion Man, Twisted Pixel's next game will follow the adventures of appropriately named protagonist Captain Smiley as he leaps into different comic books in an attempt to set right plotlines gone wrong. The journey will see Smiley traverse a quartet of comic styles through 11 2D and 3D levels, with an assortment of eight additional challenge missions and unlockables to keep gamers playing.

The Game Feast isn't big on reheated offerings, with Zen Studios' Pinball FX 2 being the only sequel of the group. The free download will hit Xbox Live Arcade October 13 and allow players to download and sample four new tables. Those who already own the original Pinball FX will also be able to import that game's tables into the sequel, where they will receive new achievements and visual updates.

The fourth and final Game Feast title will be Team Meat's 2D platformer Super Meat Boy. Also announced for the Wii, Super Meat Boy sees the protein-rich protagonist attempt to save his girlfriend from the clutches of a nefarious tuxedo-clad fetus in a jar. What the game lacks in vegan-friendly options, it might make up for in portion size. Super Meat Boy will feature more than 300 levels in the game's story mode, as well as cameos from the stars of indie games like Alien Hominid, Braid, the bit.trip games, and more.

Microsoft also detailed a number of Xbox Live Arcade releases to tide gamers over until the fall Feast promotion. September 8 will see the arrival of PopCap Games' multiplatform tower defense hit Plants vs. Zombies and Dance! It's Your Stage, followed on September 15 by Sega's HD rerelease of the Dreamcast launch title Sonic Adventure.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has attempted to extend its Summer of Arcade formula to another season. In March, the company ran a Block Party promotion that saw the release of offerings like Perfect Dark and the Game Room downloadable retro game depository.

A full list of the games, release dates, and prices announced follows below.

September 8
Plants vs. Zombies--1,200 Microsoft points ($15)
Dance! It's Your Stage--800 Microsoft points ($10)

September 15
Sonic Adventure--800 Microsoft points ($10)

September 29
Hydrophobia--1,200 Microsoft points ($15)

October 6
Comic Jumper--1,200 Microsoft points ($15)

October 13
Pinball FX 2--Free (tables purchased individually)

October 20
Super Meat Boy--Pricing to be determined

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Hydrophobia is my most wanted game on a list that looks too good to be true. Microsoft is really stepping up the Xbox Live Arcade titles, quality wise.

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Sonic Adventure, Yes, the rest, No

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This line up is a million times better than this years summer of arcade.

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Plants vs Zombies and maybe Sonic Adventure sound like the winners in this list but honestly I barely play the XBLA games I already have......

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Now this is a problem. Plants vs Zombies is 3$ on the App Store. 15 on Xbox? No thanks.

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ethe only thing im really excited about getting is Sonic Adventure but one thing ive learned in the past is to NEVER trust an xbla arcade release date. So as experience has taught me, ill wait for the release but im not falling for a release date of any kind...

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Ehhh . . . None of them interest me sadly. Summer Arcade 2010 selection was awesome but this selection is disappointing. I mean Sonic Adventure is cool and all but I'll just stick with the one on my Dreamcast. Till Serious Sam The Second Encounter HD comes out on Xbox Live, there is no new arcade games I want.

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@cjasko94: Kinda really, since most of them don't sell well. =/

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Xbox LIVE is really cleaning up this year. Summer of Arcade gave us (in my opinion) some of the best games of the year. It's good to see Microsoft extending the awesomeness to autumn. Oh, and Comic Jumper looks fantastic.

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Xbox Arcade is overrated.

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I'm not really a big fan of arcade games so this doesn't interest me

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These games all seem solid can't wait to check out some Demos. And for people complaining about XBL going up $10... I say suck it up as $6 a month for a service like Xbox Live is laughable.. It seems to me that "Modern Gamers" just want to complain about everything including the FREE service offered by Playstation... There are options like the $24.99 three month XBL Gold subscription

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imaidiot if it's the fault of the developers then why is the same game that's available for downlaod on both systems not allow you to download it on up to 5 systems? If it were stealing why would Sony advertise it as a feature and not remove it with an update. It clearly states you can do it when you purchase it.. I guess you need to do some reading my friend..

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@copman221 The good thing about the 360 though is that you can demo any arcade game before buying, to see if it is worth buying. On Ps3 only a handful of their arcade games get demos, so you have to guess if the game is fun for you. I understand your point about having to buy a game twice, but there is no difference in this and having to buy two copies of a disc game to play at the same time on two different systems. It is not greed from MS, it is developers who poured tons of their life into a game wanting to get paid (which they should)...on the PS3 you are basically cheating the system by using the same name on two systems. This is a fault on Sony's part, allowing this, but still. Basically stealing, but people nowadays look at stealing as something that can't be done digitally, although it is the exact same thing.

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mrzero1982pt2 I hear what you're saying and you make take this as a slant again but I own 2 PS3's and 2 360's (One for me and one for my son). What I like about the PS3's dowloads are the fact that I can download the same game on up to 5 different systems without having to be logged on which is good for me and my son who battle each other often. Unfortunately you can't do this on the 360 which is not good for me and my son and I refuse to pay twice for the same game in my home. Now with that said I am NOT bashing the 360 as I love and own plenty of gsme for it. What I'm hating on is their greedy ways.. That's all.

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i just remembered how much i hate points.

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@copman221 none of us really like microsoft at the present. from the 70 dollar controller, to 60 bucks for live, we really do not like them, but if you look at many of your posts, most of them kinda veer to sony's way. and when it comes to these games, they will be the same price on psn. the prices are set by the publisher and developer. microsoft isnt saying "hey, lets make it 15 bucks!" remember when they did tier the price of games by the size? the bigger the game's file size? the bigger the price? now the people who make these games see they can make a bigger profit by making the prices high and uniform for both consoles.

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Getting super meat boy on wii enayway, others dont interest me.

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mrzero1982pt2 WTF? I never said I hated Microsoft, I just disapprove of their greedy ways. Come on man $60.00 for live! They seem to be charging way to much these days for everything.. For the record I don't hate you as it is just your opinion and we do live in America :)

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@copman221 hate me if you want, but it surely seems as if you are on a pro sony slant. you are like... sarah palin or glenn beck when it comes to some of your posts as of late.

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come on microsoft... more games for your "fall of arcade".... and give us a reason to not set you guys on fire for 10 bucks more for live.

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No thank you Microsoft... Non of those games or prices interest me...

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Hydrophobia and Comic Jumper are day one buys for me. Been waiting for Hydrophobia for so long! Can't wait. :D

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Cool games!

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Sonic Adventure!!! :D

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best system for games end of story :)

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Lots of exciting stuff in there. Guess I'm going to need to pick up some MS points at Wal-Mart this week...

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Looks like I'm getting Sonic right away.

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