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Space Invaders Extreme takes the same care with the Space Invaders license. There are new game mechanics. Things are changed. But not all at once. There are new enemies: big enemies, small enemies, enemies with shields of different types. There are differences between rounds: sometimes enemies simply move down the screen, slowly, while at other times, the left half and the right half move independently of each other. There are different power-ups: a very powerful, but short-lived laser weapon upgrade, a bomb weapon upgrade, a wide-shot weapon upgrade and a shield. There are a variety of different enemy mother-ships, with different scores and effects. However, at its heart, Space Invaders Extreme is Space Invaders, providing the same fast-shooting, missile-dodging excitement it did 30 years ago.
Unlike the DS version, the PSP does not offer an online mode. Included are two-player modes which are a lot of fun, but will require another copy of the game. The game runs smoothly in single or two-player mode. It manages to use the PSP's screen to good effect so that everything is easy to see. However, you may want to turn off the distracting, undulating background. Despite the modern casino-inspired soundtrack, the music pulses perfectly to the onscreen action, essentially marrying the audio with the visual. I found myself going into a musically inspired trance, allowing the beat to complement my timing of the weapons. The controls couldn't be easier. Move left, move right, fire. A more complicated control scheme does not a good game make.
Gaming Nexus (Jul 03, 2008)
Space Invaders Extreme did the impossible - turned this long-time skeptic into a true believer. This isn't just a fun retro resurrection, it's a phenomenal action game that should be in everybody's collection. At $20 there's no reason to be without Space Invaders Extreme.
1UP (Jun 13, 2008)
Considering how expertly Taito reworked Space Invaders' gameplay, prepare to be a bit disappointed by the predictable (if inoffensive) audiovisual overhaul. Your personal enjoyment of the techno soundtrack will vary based on your patience for shrill beeps and drum rushes, but you may need to turn off the PSP version's trippy full-motion-video backgrounds in order to keep up with the action amid the chaos. But, then again, Space Invaders was never intended to be a graphical powerhouse, and with its solid, pick-up-and-play action and an easily digestible $20 price point, Extreme makes for a perfect summer gaming distraction.
UOL Jogos (Jun 24, 2008)
"Space Invaders Extreme" atualiza o clássico de 1978 e o apresenta de maneira brilhante para as novas gerações, sem frustrar os veteranos. Há um ótimo ritmo e uma série de surpresas que revigoram a ação sem descaracterizar o charme e apelo da franquia. Com um preço abaixo da média para lançamentos, é um passatempo imperdível para os fãs de ação rápida e descomplicada de todas as idades.
GamePro (US) (Jun 30, 2008)
Space Invaders Extreme is an addictive trance-like experience, and no PSP or DS owner should be without it. Even if you've never heard of Space Invaders, missing this game would be a tragedy.
TotalPlayStation (Jun 25, 2008)
In the mean time, though, just about anyone can play the game normally and be more than pleased with the offering. Fogeys like us that actually remember playing the games (even if we were wearing feety pajamas in the arcades) will eat up the loving attention paid to the original game, and newcomers will discover the building blocks for a timeless kind of addiction that only the true classics can provide. No matter what kind of gamer you are, you need this in your PSP library.
Armchair Empire, The (Sep 12, 2008)
Space Invaders Extreme is a great retro redux of the original, bringing memories flooding back front and center to the conscious of those old enough to remember throwing many, many coins into Space Invaders cabinets back when arcades were where all the hardcore gamers fed their gaming addiction. At the same time giving, today’s younger gaming audience gets a glimpse of one of the games that was responsible for initiating the entire gaming industry in a completely new and highly entertaining incarnation.
IGN (Jun 13, 2008)
Over the past 30 years Taito’s been remaking and updating Space Invaders with wildly varied levels of successes and failures. Space Invaders Extreme is a certified hit and easily the company’s best effort in contemporizing its classic property. The game’s an absolute steal at 20 bucks on either the Nintendo DS or the PlayStation Portable, but if you want the definitive version of this fantastic classic revisit, the Nintendo DS version is it.
84 (Aug 24, 2008)
As Rez was to Space Harrier and Lumines was to Tetris this game infuses the classic gameplay of Space Invaders with modern visuals and audio bringing this game into the modern era.Space Invaders Extreme is well worth adding to you collection at a bargain price of only $AU49.95 or even less if you shop around. Engrossing, enjoyable, classic.
Space Invaders Extreme serves as a fitting 30th anniversary gift to one of the oldest franchises in gaming.
Gamer 2.0 (Jun 24, 2008)
While some aspects of Space Invaders have aged over time, the quality of fun certain hasn’t left. Space Invaders Extreme is the perfect companion on the go, whether or not you have friends with handheld gaming systems. It can keep you entertained on a five-minute way for the bus, and it will keep you busy when the days are slow. With the budget price tag of $20 for both the PSP and DS version, it’s not matter of when or why to get it—it’s a matter of which one you should get. If you’re going to be playing it alone all the time, the PSP version is the way to go because of its wide screen and superior sound quality. If you have friends who enjoy having a little bit of fun, it’s the DS version you want.
GameSpy (Jun 23, 2008)
As far as retro recreations go, Space Invaders Extreme is near the top of the heap. Sure, the control scheme and general concept may be rather basic, but basic isn't always a bad thing, and the new perks only add to the manic experience. If multiplayer is important to you, opt for the DS version, but either will deliver hours of thumb-numbing fun.
gameZine (UK) (Jul 10, 2008)
This is the perfect portable game as it takes the 70s arcades and puts them in your hand. If you own a handheld, the obvious reason is that you want quick bursts of gaming on the go. The game will keep you occupied on a bus journey or a flight to the south of France. It doesn’t need to hold your attention for any longer. It’s got unlimited playability because of that. It is undiluted gaming at its most basic.
HardGamers (Jul 05, 2008)
Bref, Space Invaders Extreme apporte un vent de fraîcheur bien mérité à ce titre historique. Les développeurs de Taito ne sont pas tombés dans l’excès et ont misé juste sur les nouveaux ajouts qui ne font qu’augmenter le plaisir délivré par cette reprise. Voilà donc un titre fort intéressant pour tous et ce, à prix modique.
DarkZero (Apr 04, 2008)
It’s an impressive game and despite the fact a hacked PSP has the largest shmup catalogue that exists on pretty much any format, it’s an impressive title. An essential purchase for any 2D shmup fan. Let’s hope the best Space Invader game in the series gets a western release.
GameZone (Jun 26, 2008)
Space Invaders Extreme for the PSP is quite possibly the best reboot of a classic game you will get to play this year. Somehow, Taito and Square Enix managed to take a 30-year old formula and inject new life into the classic shooter to make this one seriously addictive game for gamers both young and old school. You cannot go wrong with this one.
HonestGamers (Jun 23, 2008)
This is precisely the reboot that the Space Invaders franchise needed. With a host of new features and fantastic retro sensibilities, the alien menace is back in an extreme way!
78 (Jul 07, 2008)
So sieht ein gelungenes Remake eines Shooter-Oldies aus. Trotz allerlei knallbunter Grafikspielereien versprüht Space Invaders Extreme den gleichen Charme wie das Original. Viel wichtiger ist aber, dass das Grundprinzip mit jeder Menge sinnvoller Neuerungen aufgepeppt wurde. Die Spielgeschwindigkeit ist dank stärkerer Wummen deutlich schneller als früher, doch dank des ausgeklügelten Punkte-Systems können sich Highscore-Jäger nach Herzenslust austoben. Falls ihr nicht eure Erfüllung darin findet, stundenlang eure Punktzahl in die Höhe zu treiben, wird das Spiel nach einiger Zeit allerdings etwas monoton. Wenn ihr die Wahl habt, solltet ihr euch unbedingt für die DS-Variante entscheiden. Im Solomodus unterscheiden sich die Versionen zwar kaum und auch auf der PSP dürft ihr zu zweit spielen, doch nur auf dem Nintendo-Handheld funktioniert das mit einem Exemplar des Spiels. Auch Online-Duelle und -Highscorelisten gibt es nur auf dem DS.
77 (Aug 12, 2008)
Kenelle Space Invaders Extreme sitten on tarkoitettu? Vaikka peliä on monimutkaistettu, se tuskin edelleenkään vetoaa nuorimpiin nykypelaajiin. Toiminta on kuitenkin niin yksipuolista, että pitää osata arvostaa Space Invadersin sisäistä neroutta siitä nauttiakseen. Kokeneelle pelaajalle taas peli on turhan helppo. Vaikka suojat on poistettu (ja osin siirretty vastapuolelle), ammuksia on varsin helppo väistellä, eikä toiminta juuri muuksi muutu pelin kuluessa. Värikäs tausta aiheuttaa tarpeetonta sekaannusta ja silmien väsymistä, mikä johtaa melkein useampaan kuolemaan kuin vihollisten aggressio sinällään.
Gameswelt (Jul 16, 2008)
Ein Spiel mit einem 30 Jahre alten Spielprinzip zu bewerten, ist keine leichte Aufgabe! Doch die extreme Neuinterpretation lässt die Waffen sprechen und zog mich mit ihren behutsamen Modernisierungen sofort in ihren Bann, ohne dabei das Rad neu zu erfinden – was aber auch niemand erwartet hat. Der Spielspaß bewegt sich auf einem sehr schmalen Grat zwischen Euphorie und Frust. Wirklich empfehlenswert nur für hartgesottene Fans der Serie, Einsteiger haben schon sehr früh keine Lust mehr, die Invasion zurückzuschlagen. Gameswelt wünscht ’Space Invaders’ alles Gute zum 30. Geburtstag!
Gamekult (Jul 07, 2008)
Bijou rétro dans un écrin techno-futuriste, Space Invaders Extreme est un joli présent impossible à refuser pour les amateurs de la série. Grâce à son gameplay parfaitement étudié, il se prête aussi bien aux courtes parties pour débutants qu'aux maniaques du score parfait, sans parler de ses charmants atours graphiques et sonores. Malgré un mode versus plus terne et basique, le soft de Taito Corporation accroche au premier coup d'oeil et hypnotise son auditoire, au point de le laisser avec un bon petit mal de crâne après une longue session de jeu. Légèrement plus percutant sur PSP, le titre s'avère plus complet sur DS avec notamment ses options online. Le choix d'une version ou de l'autre se fera donc selon les préférences de chacun, en sachant que le mode arcade est quasiment identique.
70 (Jul 07, 2008)
On ne cachera pas qu'en voyant débarquer un nouveau cadavre réchauffé de Space Invaders, la réaction est généralement peu enthousiaste. Malgré tout, il faut bien admettre que ce Space Invaders Extreme est une assez bonne surprise. Son gameplay à l'ancienne se trouve rajeunit et dynamisé par quelques ajouts assez simples. Cet aspect old school ne plaira en revanche pas à tout le monde. Avis aux nostalgiques donc.
GameSpot (Jun 19, 2008)
Space Invaders Extreme is a very good example of how to update a classic game. The gameplay has been improved, and multiplayer adds a whole new dynamic to the experience. It's a shame that the PSP version of the game lacks online functionality, but at $20, the price is right for anyone who enjoys fast-paced, arcade-style shooters with a retro twist.
GameDaily (Jun 30, 2008)
At the budget price of $20, we still recommend this reinvention of a timeless classic. The PSP version has a slicker visual presentation and better music quality, but lacks the online play, so if you own both, you'll have to decide which of these is more important to you. Space Invaders Extreme is short but sweet, and reminds us why classics will never die.
60 (Jul 04, 2008)
Si Space Invaders marqua les esprits et posa les bases d’un genre il y’a trente ans, cette version « new gen » a bien du mal à s’imposer. Difficile à cerner, le titre de Taito s’appuie sur une réalisation visuelle et sonore très intéressante, mais s’embourbe dans des nouveautés de gameplay qui n’apportent finalement par grand chose. Reste que, à 30€, il pourra éventuellement séduire les nostalgiques.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 31, 2008)
I really dislike the bonus rounds. Not only do they disrupt the flow of the game, but they're generally a lot less fun that the normal waves! Extreme does have some innovative audio effects. Pleasant tones are played as you shoot each alien, creating a little song in the process! High scores are saved, but since "continuing" retains your previous score, it's rather confusing. I'm really not sure what to make of this game. Space Invaders Extreme lives up to its name, but it really lacks focus and left me feeling unsatisfied.