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PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The (2008)
1942: Joint Strike is a great pickup for any fan of the 1940 series or any fan of shooters in general. Backbone Entertainment once again proves that they can dig up an old Capcom title and improve upon it with added gameplay elements and HD graphics. The game is quite fun, no matter if you play it single player or two player, but for maximum enjoyment it is good to play it with both setups.
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PlayStation 31UP (Jul 24, 2008)
Joint Strike is a great way to kill a short period of time...just like an arcade game should be. It's brief (you can beat it in about 30 minutes), but that plays to its strengths, as it never feels repetitive during such a short time period. It costs little more than you would've spent in the arcades trying to beat it (roughly $10) -- but, damn, do I ever wish I could pump a few more quarters' worth of continues in.
80
PlayStation 3Co-Optimus (Jul 31, 2008)
With three planes to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as three joint strike attacks there's plenty of replayability here in co-op. Plus there are four difficultly levels, though I'm not sure how much harder they make the gameplay - they seem to only change the amount of lives you start with. The bottom line is if you love top down scrolling shooters, and you love playing them with friends, you are going to really enjoy 1942: Joint Strike.
80
Xbox 360Co-Optimus (Jul 31, 2008)
With three planes to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as three joint strike attacks there's plenty of replayability here in co-op. Plus there are four difficultly levels, though I'm not sure how much harder they make the gameplay - they seem to only change the amount of lives you start with. The bottom line is if you love top down scrolling shooters, and you love playing them with friends, you are going to really enjoy 1942: Joint Strike.
80
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain (Jan 16, 2011)
Overall Capcom has delivered yet another top-tier shooter for Xbox Live Arcade. If you loved the original 1942 then Joint Strike will likely conjure up memories of the golden days of shooters. However, even if you have never touched the series Joint Strike has enough new-car smell to attract all types of gamers. Even with its short life span and punishing difficulty there is more than enough here to warrant your 800 space bucks. The Summer of Xbox Live Arcade starts off with a bang delivering one of the best shooters of all time and easily the best among the current crop of titles already on the service.
80
PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation (Aug 27, 2008)
Suffice it to say, 1942: Joint Strike is a fun diversion for those who aren't accustomed to the ins and outs of vertical shoot-em-ups and a great throwback for those who are. What it lacks in techno music, vector graphics, or shtick, it more than makes up for with a solid experience that can be enjoyed singly or cooperatively. And really, isn't that all we really want our of our games?
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network (Jul 30, 2008)
For an Xbox Live Arcade title this game looks fantastic and the online co-op plays just as smoothly as the single player campaign. If you enjoyed playing 1942 in the arcade then you should enjoy this title as well. Definitely be sure to download the demo and try it out and then if you enjoy the demo pick it up for 800 points. This is one of those games where it can be a lot of fun to play with your friends and relive the experience that you had in arcades years ago.
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Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD) (Aug 15, 2008)
Joint Strike 1942 macht sehr schnell sehr süchtig, doch der Spielspaß mindert sich von Spielstunde zu Spielstunde und am Ende ist der Titel doch eher ein Spiel für heiße Ballergefechte für zwischendurch. Der Preis von 800 Microsoft Points geht zwar in Ordnung, trotzdem hätten wir uns für den Titel etwas mehr Inhalt, Flugzeuge und Level gewünscht. Es bleibt ein typisches Arcade-Ballerspiel und das beim Buttonsmashing die Finger irgendwann schmerzen, sollte verständlich sein.
75
PlayStation 3Gaming Nexus (Sep 22, 2008)
Full of retro goodness, Joint Strike is a flashback to the sore thumb days of old. It does feel like Capcom did miss a few opportunities to change the format a bit, especially on the multiplayer side but the game will be sure to entertain fans of the old series.
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PlayStation 3GamingTrend (2008)
1942: Joint Strike is a solid, but short update to the 1942 series. The inclusion of online co-operative play is a nice addition that works well. Some people will be put off by the lack of continues, but those gamers with top down 2D shooting skills will find a nice challenging game that they can enjoy with others.
72
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0 (Aug 30, 2008)
Despite the name, 1942: Joint Strike is more of an amalgamation of best elements of the 194x series than it is remake of Capcom's classic 1942.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central (2008)
Backbone Entertainment has updated a decades old classic, bringing it into a new millennium. The core gameplay - established by the first game - is still here and shines. Joint Strike's short length is bolstered by its difficulty, but it's hard to see gamers coming back for repeated solo player; co-op is the most impressive feature of this update. At such a low price, it's a great value for those looking for an arcade fix.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central (2008)
Backbone Entertainment has updated a decades old classic, bringing it into a new millennium. The core gameplay - established by the first game - is still here and shines. Joint Strike's short length is bolstered by its difficulty, but it's hard to see gamers coming back for repeated solo player; co-op is the most impressive feature of this update. At such a low price, it's a great value for those looking for an arcade fix.
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Xbox 360Play.tm (Aug 08, 2008)
Ultimately, only true hardcore arcade fans prepared to look beyond the relative gameplay brevity and sporadic online hiccups are likely to revel in the revamped iteration of 1942: Joint Strike. Those players fresh to Capcom's bullet-riddled cockpit should expect to suffer violent spasms of frustration unless limiting themselves to the relative cotton wool mollycoddling of the game's easiest setting - which kind of defeats the whole point of the words 'arcade shooter'.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily (Jul 28, 2008)
We love hopping into the game and getting our fix, so for us, 1942: Joint Strike is an essential purchase. It doesn't have the best graphics or special effects, but for a $10 download through PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, you get a cool shooter that harks back to the franchise's glory days, so put on your goggles and take flight. Your country needs you.
70
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 25, 2008)
There are certainly shoot-'em-ups out there, both classic and modern, that do more interesting things with the framework. I won't pretend that Joint Strike is the most thrilling shoot-'em-up to be revived and relaunched as a digital download, but it's a damn solid effort and if all classic arcade titles received this sort of careful updating before being shunted into our cyber-pipes the world would be a better place.
70
Xbox 360games xtreme (Aug 06, 2008)
In summation after all has been said the game is fun, a little frustrating and the harder difficulties are impossible for any gamer unfamiliar with the genre and will even give a few who are a run for their money. But the overall crippling part is not the lack of online multiplayer, it’s there, but the complete lack of anyone on it, maybe if Microsoft lowered the price to a more budget remake friendly price of 400 points then we may see the game shine yet for now with the lack of online multiplayer it’s merely going to get lost in XBLA’s online catalogue of games.
70
PlayStation 3IGN (Jul 29, 2008)
1942: Joint Strike is the kind of game that will have you very excited for about an hour. It looks great, it's accessible, and it's fun. But come back on day two or day three and you'll probably be eyeing other games on your hard drive to play. There's very little content here -- and certainly not $10 worth of content.
70
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe (Aug 19, 2008)
If you’re one of those gamers who has a blast playing co-op, then Joint Strike is probably for you. If you're hoping to head through Joint Strike solo, however, you'll undoubtedly be disappointed.
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Xbox 360IGN (Jul 23, 2008)
1942: Joint Strike is the kind of game that will have you very excited for about an hour. It looks great, it's accessible, and it's fun. But come back on day two or day three and you'll probably be eyeing other games on your hard drive to play. There's very little content here -- and certainly not $10 worth of content.
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Xbox 360Console Monster (Aug 20, 2008)
1942: Joint Strike is a heck of a lot of fun. Especially with a co-op partner. It's big fault is that it's too short. If you aren't accustomed to vertical shooters then it may take you a little longer, but an average gamer can probably get through the levels in about an hour/hour and a half. With not much in the way of replay, no customisation and fun that wears off pretty quickly, Joint Strike doesn't really warrant a purchase for 800 MS Points. It's a barrel of fun and if it was 400 MS Points I would gladly recommend it. But as it stands, Joint Strike is not worth the points.
60
PlayStation 3Giant Bomb (Aug 20, 2008)
All in all, 1942: Joint Strike is a good, solid scrolling shooter. It's tough, but not so tough that it will only appeal to genre crazies who can only feel emotion when it's filtered through a bullet hell pattern. In fact, I have a feeling that staunch advocates of the shoot-'em-up may find this game to be a little too basic for their tastes. But if you're somewhere in the middle--perhaps an old 1942 fan who wants a decent nostalgia bump, Joint Strike fits the bill quite nicely.
60
PlayStation 3Wired (Aug 05, 2008)
It may be that I'm not particularly proficient at shooters, but I have to admit that I wasn't able to finish the final level, even while playing on the easiest mode. I did get very close a few times, and the fun I've had playing makes me want to finish it that much more.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US) (Jul 25, 2008)
Shoot'em up purists won't be deterred by these issues as "Joint Strike" does have something to offer, especially when playing with a partner. But for most gamers, who after buying the game have already put their 40 quarters on the arcade cabinet glass, some continues should have been included.
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Xbox 360XboxFrance (Aug 27, 2008)
Avec un concept qui a déjà fait ses preuves par le passé, le pari de Capcom et de Backbone Entertainment était de remettre la série 1942 Joint Strike au goût du jour. Partiellement réussi, ce défi n'aura que pour résultat un soft graphiquement satisfaisant, mais pêchant sur tous ses autres aspects. N'offrant qu'une durée de vie bien trop limitée en solo, le recours aux parties coop s'avère donc inévitable pour qui veut un temps soit peu rentabiliser son investissement. Avec un pote sous la main, tout va bien ; sans, il va falloir se laisser aller aux parties coop en ligne, malheureusement bien instables pour ce titre. Au final, la dose de fun n'est pas si énorme comparé à ce que l'on aurait pu exiger d'un nouvel opus de la série 194x.
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PlayStation 3Boomtown (Sep 18, 2008)
Sure, Capcom could have slapped the originals onto the PSN and had done with it, since 1942 will appeal mainly to fans of the arcade cabinets, but it is nice to see the effort in updating the game in its entirety. Even if you’ve never played the originals, you’ll probably find some classic entertainment here, but once you’ve played through a few times there’s little that will keep you coming back for more. No trophy support means you won’t really care about the score that you’re given at the end of each stage, and with such a short product, it won’t take you long until you’ve played through it all with every combination of plane, joint strike and friend you have.