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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
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Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.3

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Xevious definitely lacks the flash and frenzied pace of shooters released both before and after it, but it's worthy of its place in the genre.
Like most games, this one is far from perfect. The Solvalou ship you command is a tad slow, and the music is extremely repetitive. The graphics are fine for the most part, but certain long stretches of the terrain you fly over are incredibly sparse. These sections of the game look a lot like an Atari 2600 game such as River Raid, a title released seven years prior to the NES version of Xevious. Though not as good as Galaga (which is also a nice arcade translation), Xevious is a good way to waste time while you should be outside getting some sunshine.
75 (Feb, 2014)
Yes, Xevious looks hideous, and the gameplay is as rudimentary as it gets. If you’re interested in the roots of the shoot-em-up genre, though, you’ll appreciate what the game has to offer. It’s no bullet hell, but it’s devious enough for most.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 11, 2004)
Xevious was also one of the first games to incorporate large "bosses", and thankfully they're not very hard to destroy. One thing I don't like about Xevious is those black missiles that seem to materialize out of nowhere. The game includes a two-player mode, but it's alternating turns only. Xevious hardly seems like the groundbreaking game it once was, but this well-designed shooter is still a good time.
Die Umsetzung von XEVIOUS ist wirklich brillant gelöst worden. Nicht nur, daß man sich wirklich unglaublich dicht an die Vorlage gehalten hat - es flackert so gut wie nichts, und das ist wirklich eine Leistung. Ballerspielern kann ich das Same ohne Einschränkungen empfehlen.
Nonetheless, Xevious fans out there will definitively appreciate this port whereas others might find the game a bit slow and simple compared to shooters released later on the Famicom system.
Good in its time, i'm sure, but things have moved on an aeon or two since 1986 - even on the NES. Still, the simple gameplay is solid enough and might appeal to the simpletons amongst you.
Power Play (May, 1989)
Die Nintendo-Umsetzung unterscheidet sich kaum vom Original. Nur bei der Grafik sind Abstriche zumachen. Warum aber setzt man solche alten Kamellen um? Vorn spielerischen Standpunkt her ist Xevious leider zu alt. Die einzelnen Levels sind zu lang, es gibt keinerlei Extrawaffen und die gegnerischen Formationen verlocken höchstens zu einem Gähnen. Unverständlich auch, daß nach den relativ leichten ersten Levels ein Obergegner auftaucht, der nur mit viel Glück zu besiegen ist Wer für sein NES ein zünftiges Ballerspiel sucht, sollte sich lieber eines von den neueren Modulen wie Gradius zulegen. Knapp 100 Mark sind für Xevious entschieden zuviel.