The annual Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade promotion is set to kick off on July 18, offering five games that should have little trouble getting players through the slow summer months.

I'm impressed by the variety of genres being offered in this year's Summer of Arcade promotion, which gets underway in just one month's time.

First up, we have Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, set to release July 18 for 1200 Microsoft Points (Or 15 normal human dollars). Featuring songs and maps from the first two THPS games, this HD iteration looks like a healthy dose of skateboarding nostalgia with all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect of a modern remake. Also worth noting is that this is the only Summer of Arcade title currently slated for a multiplatform launch. Everything else is Xbox exclusive.

Following in Hawkman's footsteps will be Wreckateer on July 25. For 800 MP ($10), players can use their Kinect to control all sorts of projectiles as you attempt to tear down a castle, brick by brick.

Things take a more violent turn on Aug. 1 as Deadlight hits the shop for 1200 MP. Looking like a mix between Limbo and Shadow Complex, players will guide a lone survivor through a dark and savage zombie apocalypse.

Once Aug. 8 rolls around, players can lock and load with Hybrid, a futuristic cover-based third-person shooter for 1200 MP.

Finally, on Aug. 15, the colorful fantasy world of Dust: An Elysian Tail will be yours to explore for 1200 MP. Of all the games available for the Summer of Arcade, this beautiful 2D action RPG is the one I'm most excited about. Check out this Gamespot video showing Dust in action. My fingers are itching just looking at all that wonderfulness.

But it wouldn't be a decent Summer of Arcade promotion without a little somethin'-somethin' to sweeten the pot. According to Major Nelson, picking up any three of the above games will net you 400 MP in return. You could put that toward a fourth Summer of Arcade title or, you know, pocket it for a rainy day. It's up to you. I won't judge.

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