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You are one against thousands. One hit, you die. Once you run out of continues you are DONE. You gotta start all over. JUST LIKE THE GOOD OLE' DAYS!
Xyanide - Scrolling spaceship shooter (with a twist). Shoot in all directions, upgrade, destroy.
Graphics- 9 = Backgrounds are splendidly rendered and clean. Attacks are beautiful and bright. Enemies are... well "enemy-ish". FPS are smooth and never bogs down, even when you nuke the place clean from 30-or-so bad guys.
Gameplay- 8 = What makes this game very fun is the "mutation" system. You have two modes of firing; "mechanical" and "organic". "Mechanic" works well on large enemies or bosses, with a focused beam, but smaller baddies just laugh at it and avoid it. "Organic" sprays smaller enemies with homing laser particles that decimate their large numbers, but doesn't do as much damage to large guys and bosses. You collect powerups that "level up" whatever mode you are using, giving you powerful area affect powers.
Learning curve/Difficulty- 10 (hard) = This is a hard game. One hit, you are dead. Use up all your continues, you have to start all over again. Oh, and if you use a continue, your score goes all the way back to zero (at least you keep your powerups). The controls are simple at a glance, but when you got 8 small guys and 2 big guys on you, you gotta switch modes on the fly while avoiding fire and colliding with them. It takes a few tries to get used to it. If you are the type of person that wants to just pick up a game and master it in 5 min., THIS IS NOT THE GAME FOR YOU.
Re-playability- 6 = It's kinda short. But because it's so difficult, you'll wanna start on "really easy" and work your way up. But after your hands start cramping up you kinda wanna put it down for a while.....
OVERALL- 8 = This is a very good game for the aging (and soon extinct) X-Box. It's so hard though, that many people probably won't give it the chance to "shine". Let this game cramp your hand
Excellent 3D shooter title, but could use tweakage
posted by Roedran (APEX, NC) Sep 20, 2006
Member since Sep 2006
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This game, without a doubt, sports the most over-the-top intro movie of any Xbox game I've every played. Intense images, a few "thine's" and "unspeakable crimes against humanity's" and suddenly you're in a 3D shooter. (Not that I didn't enjoy the movie, but if they'd spent the same amount on the actual game, we'd be in like flint.)
As an older gamer (over 30), I'm a big fan of the old school arcade 3D shooters with vector graphics. Think "The Last Starfighter's" standup arcade style ship combat action. If you got that reference you're old, and... will really enjoy this game. If you're young, rent that movie kid.
In any case, the shooter is intense and flowing. You'll need to be focused and in-the-know about what each upgrade does -- R T F M. I got through the entire first level after fumbling about for a few tries. At the end, I was pretty spent, and had a big smile on my face. The biggest drawback -- your ship is a fairly fragile vessel. Could use more shielding right out of the box IMHO.
This ain't the Shakespeare of gaming folks. But it is an intense 3D shooter you'll enjoy playing again and again. In short, if you enjoy space shooters with unique upgrades, smart bombs, shielding, and some cool Tie-fighter like ships to pop and massive cruisers to pummel with reckless abandon, this title will satisfy.
Not the best shooter out there to be sure, but I think 1 is a little harsh. The graphics aren't top notch, and the learning curve for the user interface is a little steep, but it is new twist on an old standby. I didn't love this game, but it was nostalgic without being a rehash. This game is not for newbies to the hardcore shooter genre, and it is indeed frustrating at times, but if you want a last gasp of the genre on the dwindling Xbox line up, it might be worth a look.