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Defender

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
73
2.5
PlayStation 2
71
3.7
Xbox
67
1.5

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    An intense combat-action flying experience, Defender offers players the ultimate in next-generation action and strategy. Players defend and protect the human race from an alien invasion as they assume the controls of next-generation combat-ready Defender ships. Battling an onslaught of vicious aliens, players strategically pilot their ship through more than 20 treacherous missions spanning the solar system, executing dynamic tactical maneuvers such as barrel rolls, 360-degree loops and spinning reversals to evade the enemy. Defender features a new view perspective with a fully 3-D, third-person chase camera, Defender drops players into the explosive action of an alien invasion where they must combine strategic elements with speed, control and firepower to outwit the enemy. Ship upgrades are also available with various power-ups including shields, advanced weapons and hyperspace technology. Aliens can be taken head-on in single-player campaign mode or defeated with a friend in the two-player, cooperative campaign mode as you deploy an arsenal of weapons such as a grenade launcher, fast-lock missile launcher, fireball launcher and gas launcher.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12857) on Sep 11, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    Relive the excitement of the ultimate action videogame with the next-generation remake of Defender. This all-new 3D version of the arcade classic offers players space-combat action they fight to defend their solar system and save the human race from alien invasion.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 25, 2006.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Relive the excitement of the ultimate action videogame with the all-new next-generation remake of Defender. Developed by 7 Studios, this all-new 3D Defender -- based on the timeless arcade classic -- offers players space-combat action as they fight to defend their solar system and save the human race from alien invasion.

    In addition to fast and furious space-combat action, Defender will showcase elements of strategy, multiple types of humans to protect and use, ground units for players to defend and strategically position, and bases to build and expand.

    Players will also be able to take flight in new Defender ships with the ability to upgrade with special weapons, shields and other technologies as they take on the aliens who’ve invaded their universe.

    Features:

    - Fend off the alien advance on the various planets and moons of the solar system including Venus, Mars and Earth Engage the alien invaders in Single-Player Campaign Mode or Two-Player Cooperative Campaign Mode Choose from six different types of ships, from heavily-armed bombers to quick and stealthy fighters Upgrade your ship between missions and earn multiple power-ups including shields, advanced weapons, cloaking technology and more Employ special tactical maneuvers such as barrel rolls, 360-degree loops and 360-degree reversals Take strategic control by positioning various ground units including tanks and missile launchers.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53678) on Oct 02, 2005.

www.nintendo.com - GameCube:
    Defend the human race against alien invaders in this revamped arcade classic from Midway. A mix of space-combat with a pinch of strategy makes Defender a hit more than 20 years after the original was released.

    A Classic Reborn

    The original coin-op classic challenged players to rescue stranded humans from pixelated aliens. Now, an update for the current generation of gamers remains true to the original. Although it boasts up-to-date graphics and gameplay, the original concept shines through.

    Much like the arcade original, you will be called on to rescue human colonists from alien attackers. Delivering a human to safety rewards you with a health power-up. Delivering three humans yields special ground units like tanks and missile launchers. These ground units will fight independently and provide extra firepower in battle. You can use your ship to move ground units.

    Before engaging the aliens you must choose your ship. Only two are available in the beginning, but four more can be unlocked. Ships are rated for Speed, Armor, Agility and Strength, and each has a special weapon or capability. It's up to you to decide if the situation calls for a quick and stealthy fighter or a heavily armored bomber. Between missions you can purchase upgrades for your ships, including shields, weapons, and cloaking technology.

    Piloting your ship from a third-person perspective is quite intuitive. Responsive controls allow you to dodge enemy blasts and swoop in on targets with ease. You can also use the C-Stick to perform special rolls and flips that come in handy when there's a bogey on your tail.

    There are three difficulty levels. An added bonus is a two-player co-op mode.

    Graphics and Sound

    The battles take place in eight worlds ranging from colonized planets to outer space. The environments mix monumental geological formations with nicely detailed high-tech buildings. Thanks to the GCN's processing muscle, the animation remains smooth even when there are tons of explosions and enemy ships on the screen at once.

    Enemies and colonists emanate a color-coded glow, which makes them easy to spot. Still, it's sometimes hard to tell when a distant enemy is in range. An objective indicator and a radar screen aid you in the chaotic battles.

    Great sound-effects that wouldn't be out of place in the original include laser blasts and blips and beeps from the onboard computer. Fine voice-talent makes the mission briefings fun.

    A Blast from the Past

    Defender is a zestful update that skillfully captures the appeal of the original. Just as in the original, you will find yourself constantly torn between blasting aliens and rescuing colonists. Nostalgia freaks and fans of space combat will want to dive in.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on May 12, 2005.

de.playstation.com:
    Übersicht

    Machen Sie sich auf feuchte Augen und grosse Gefühle gefasst! "Defender", der Arkade-Klassiker der alten Schule, feiert im neuen Glanz der nächsten Generation sein Comeback auf der PS2. Ihre Mission (wie vor 20 Jahren): Beschützen Sie die Galaxis vor den Manti, einer tyrannischen Alienrasse, die beabsichtigt, uns kümmerliche Erdlinge für immer und ewig auszulöschen. Wollen die es denn nie lernen? Steuern Sie Ihre Defender-Maschine durch eine Vielzahl von Welten und schiessen Sie bei Ihrem Versuch, die Erde von der Tyrannei zu befreien, massenweise böse Jungs vom Himmel.

    Details

    "Defender" bleibt dem geliebten Format treu, verfügt aber über ein paar nette Neuerungen und eine beeindruckende 3-D-Grafik. Das Gameplay wird Ihnen äusserst vertraut vorkommen - vorausgesetzt Sie sind alt genug, sich an den ersten Auftritt von "Defender" zu erinnern. Das solide "fliegen-und-schiessen"-Rezept wurde durch eine Third-Person-Steuerung verbessert, was dem Spiel neue Tiefe und Atmosphäre verleiht. Des Weiteren gibt es verschiedene Raumschiffe, die Sie freischalten, und Upgrades, die Sie sich verdienen können - wie z. B. ergänzende Waffen- und Tarn-Systeme. Mit dem zusätzlichen Zwei-Spieler-Modus für Kooperativ-Schlachten und der integrierten Originalversion aus den Achtzigern ist "Defender" ein würdiger Nachfolger des Arkade-Klassikers. Ausserdem ist es nicht mehr notwendig, wochenlang Kleingeld zu horten - Hurra!

    Features

  • Fegen Sie die Aliens von einer Reihe von Planeten - einschliesslich Venus, Mars und Erde

  • Schützen Sie das Sonnensystem allein oder im Zwei-Spieler-Modus mit der Hilfe eines Freundes

  • Schwelgen Sie mit der original Arkade-Version aus den Achtzigern ein wenig in nostalgischen Erinnerungen

  • Rüsten Sie Ihr Schiff im Spielverlauf auf und verdienen Sie sich fortschrittliche Waffen, Schilde und Tarnvorrichtungen

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on Sep 15, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    SAVING THE HUMAN RACE



    Only Defender gives you the power to save the human race from the onslaught of an alien invasion. Now the timeless action videogame returns, all-new and in full 3D, with non-stop space combat, strategic gameplay, special weapons, and a ship designed to be an alien's worst nightmare. You are the last line of defense. You are the Defender.

    VIDEOGAME EXCLUSIVE DEFENDER- CLUB MIX BY KMFDM

    VIDEOGAME EXCLUSIVE NEW SONG "VAUNT" BY TRIGGER

  • Choose from six different ships, each equipped with advanced technology and impressive weaponry.
  • Use special tactical maneuvers including barrel rolls and 360-degree reversals to avoid alien attacks.
  • Defend and save humans to help you earn ship upgrades and additional ground units.
  • Strategically position tanks and missile launchers to support your assault and annihilate the aliens.

    DVD EXTRA FEATURES:
  • THE MAKING OF DEFENDER
  • DEFENDER - A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
  • COMING SOON TRAILERS

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69578) on Nov 08, 2003.

Back of Case - GameCube:

    SAVING THE HUMAN RACE

    Only Defender gives you the power to save the human race from the onslaught of an alien invasion. Now the timeless action videogame returns, all-new and in full 3D, with non-stop space combat, strategic gameplay, special weapons, and a ship designed to be an alien's worst nightmare. You are the last line of defense. You are the Defender.

  • Choose from six different ships, each equipped with advanced technology and impressive weaponry

  • Use special tactical maneuvers including barrel rolls and 360-degree reversals to avoid alien attacks

  • Defend and save humans to help you earn ship upgrades and additional ground units

  • Strategically position tanks and missile launchers to support your assault and annihilate the aliens

    Contributed by Jeanne (75627) on Jan 01, 2003.