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The classic controller's dual joysticks make all the difference, although they are still a step down from the Xbox 360 controller. If you own a Wii, you need this game. Transcending time and space, Geometry Wars may be the ultimate pick-up-and-play shooter.
For players that enjoy Geometry Wars and similar shooters, Galaxies is a deep package with more of the fun you're used to. For people that have yet to experience the gameplay, it has all you need in an easy-to-get-into package. Definitely give this one a try.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
If that sounds like your cup of tea, Geometry Wars Galaxies is a hardcore Wii title you shouldn't pass up -- go buy it right now. Either way, it's hard to deny the expertly coordinated design choices here. Its gameplay is elegantly simple and pure to what video gaming started off as in the first place, and the leaderboards, extensive campaign mode, multiplayer, and DS/Wii connectivity add a lot of incentive to keep playing what is in and of itself a highly addicting game. The hardcore Wii crowd would be wise to simmer down for five minutes, which is long enough to let this superb shooter slap them in the face and stop their complaints for a while.
The experience for a watcher is nearly as much fun as for the player, so it's no surprise that this is a popular game along with a few other puzzle or television-themed games coming our way. At least in the retro arcade space, there isn't any contender worth its weight against Geometry Wars Galaxies. The resuscitated classics from companies like Midway, Atari, and others are often high quality, but they don't offer much of anything new to gamers over 30. For anyone interested in a more simplified but still engrossing experience, get out and play Geometry Wars Galaxies with your friends. Log your results on the leaderboard and watch if a smile doesn't cross your face. Like a lot of things, if you can get people smiling, you are probably doing 80% or more of your job. Geometry Wars Galaxies is just plain fun and presents a huge amount of replay for folks that want to get away to something more easy-going and natural.
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Taking the incredibly strong gameplay of Geometry Wars and tweaking it slightly for the system is done excellently. The gameplay is intense, and most will find it difficult to sit for too long before just being unable to play any longer, but that’s expected. With so many levels to play through and so many high scores to set, Galaxies is one of the few mini-games for the Wii that doesn’t get old fast and is exciting to play alone, something monumental for the console named specifically to play games with a friend.
Top this all off with local and online leaderboards as well as the inclusion of Retro Evolved on the disc, and there’s very little wrong with Geometry Wars: Galaxies. Perhaps the lack of online multiplayer and GameCube controller support will be scabby points for some, whilst the visuals are appealing but obviously not up to the standards of the 360 and HD enhanced Retro Evolved, although in this reviewer’s view it would be churlish and unbelievably picky to vent about these things. Kuju Interactive and Sierra have given the game much love, and in an ideal world everyone else should too.
Although Geometry Wars costs a hefty $40, the game is worth every penny, with its very accessible level design, online leaderboards and wonderfully entertaining shooting action. Make time to explore these Galaxies on your Wii. You'll be glad you did.
The formula behind Geometry Wars’ particle scattered curtains is obviously working. The only question is; where can the developers take the series next? Anyone looking for immediate entertainment and lengthy gameplay sessions should consider Galaxies as a must have game for the Wii.
The Next Level
The journey to Geometry Wars mastery is a fun and addicting one, and each level can be considered its own game by the series's earlier standards. Learning each level, figuring out which AI drone works best in it, and surviving in the ensuing chaos caused by hundreds of on-screen enemies is a total blast. Geometry Wars Galaxies is gorgeous, accessible, deeper than it looks, and filled to the brim with twin-stick shooter excellence.
Game Informer Magazine
Unlike previous iterations in this series, this entry isn't limited to just one level. Players can now venture into 64 different stages, all offering new challenges, scoring goals and of course, endless waves of enemies Rather than just relying on one skill, some of the stages force you to think and act differently. You'll come across enemies that explode into a handful of smaller ships, hazards like moving barriers and rotating grids, as well as mine fields that detonate huge swarms of enemies.
Still, a controller that takes a bit of getting used to, a few wonky levels, and a weak ending are hardly the worst problems a game can face. The journey to Geometry Wars mastery is a fun and addicting one, and each level can be considered its own game by the series's earlier standards. Learning each level, figuring out which AI drone works best in it, and surviving in the ensuing chaos caused by hundreds of on-screen enemies is a total blast. Geometry Wars Galaxies is gorgeous, accessible, deeper than it looks, and filled to the brim with twin-stick shooter excellence.
It's as good a shoot-'em-up as we've played in years, and the short acclimatisation period required to adjust from the original Xbox dual analogue controls reveals a game that's a perfect fit for the Wii remote.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is truly the next step for this humble arcade throwback. You still have the energetic spirit of Geometry Wars with a variety of levels, added drones and a multiplayer mode. For those who enjoyed the XBLA classic, this is definitely worth checking out, and for the Nintendo-specific crowd that missed out on the addictive gameplay the first time around, this is a must-play game on the Wii and an experience both the casual and hardcore gamers can love.
Wiimotella pelaaminen tosiaankin on hauskaa, mutta meininkinä sen verran hardcorea, että pelistä soisi löytyvän tuen myös GameCube-ohjaimille. Satunnaisille pelaajille varsinkin wiimoteohjaus on aivan liian vaikea, vaikka geometryseksuaalisetä olisi kaksinpelissä suojelemassa. Tällaista tuotetta hakataan yksin pimeässä kellarissa kuulokkeet päässä sormet rutisten ja paukkuen, mutta kasvot ja mieli tyynenä; hengellistä valaistusta ja viimeistä tehopäivitystä supertykkiin odotellen.
Ok, ich gebe es zu: ich war schon immer ein Fan der einfachen, aber süchtig machenden Spiele wie Tetris oder Zuma. Von daher hatte es Geometry Wars bei mir relativ leicht. Gerade durch sein leicht zugängliches Spielprinzip birgt der Titel eine unglaubliche Langzeitmotivation. Zusammen mit den vielen Levels, der schnieken Grafik und den gut gemachten Multiplayer-Features kann ich nichts anderes sagen, als „kaufen!“.
I have been a fan of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, but I really wasn’t sure how Galaxies would expand on the Geometry Wars formula. Somehow Bizarre managed a way to keep the old gameplay intact while introducing new elements that make the game feel fresh. I figured I would play it for an hour and then move on to do something else. Instead, two and a half hours passed by. If you were addicted to Geometry Wars before, get ready for a new addiction in Galaxies.
All-in-all this is still a great title. Whether you’re new to the Geometry Warsgames or not, it’s still an enormously fun and addictive classic shooter. The extras in this game are brilliant and I hope this is a step in the direction of further Geo Wars titles packed with more features, levels, modes, upgrades and of course that all important control mechanism included for us original Geo wars lovers. I’m told you can seamlessly play and connect this version with the exact game on the Nintendo DS and even unlock extra areas over Wi-Fi - I’ve not had a chance to try this one yet but it might be a deciding factor in your purchase should you already own and love the DS title.
Game Informer Magazine
I never did warm up to the Wii motion control, but a classic controller can solve that problem. The worst thing I can say about the game is how much my eyes ache after all those brightly colored explosions. We all have to suffer for our art.
Armchair Empire, The
Geometry Wars Galaxies is good for long and short play sessions, but it’s the latter of these that make it perfect for times when you don’t really want an extended play session. It only takes about five minutes to get your daily gaming fix! It’s fast arcade fun and it has some depth.
So is Galaxies too much of a good thing? Perhaps not. It's still an experience best enjoyed in short sittings because of its intensity, but (with the Classic Controller) it's also a remarkable one. Perhaps not a CocoaBella confection, but maybe a king-size Snickers bar...ultimately very satisfying.
With a lack of worthwhile online capabilities and bonuses for various in-game performances, Geometry Wars Galaxies isn't a perfect evolution of a truly old-school game. However, to make up for it, it packs in plenty of excellent action that is easy to grasp and has something for all skill levels. Plus, I think its technique for using the nunchuk plus remote for controlling the action works extremely well. To be honest, just like my 360-owning friends showed me Retro Evolved to show off their system, this is one of the games (along with Wii Sports) that I'd use to introduce newcomers to the Wii. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity – maybe not the biggest draw for everyone, but one that certainly has plenty of staying power.
Respekt an Entwickler Kuju: Mit Galaxies ist Geometry Wars der Aufstieg vom Kult-Pausensnack zum vollwertigen Baller-Menü gelungen. Es geht immer noch um unkomplizierten Ballerspaß und um blitzschnelle Reaktionen. Doch dank der vielen Galaxien, der aufrüstbaren Drohne und dem Währungssystem macht der Titel Highscore-Jäger viele Stunden lang satt.
Geometry Wars Galaxies is an excellent transition from old to new with a bevy of extras that will keep fans engaged for a long time. The psychedelic visuals and addicting gameplay are fun enough that even the most hardcore gamer can enjoy. If you own a Wii and are looking for something to play this holiday season besides Mario, pick this game up.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies wurde relativ überraschend für die beiden Nintendo-Plattformen angekündigt. Denn wie oft erscheint heutzutage ein renommiertes Xbox Live Arcade-Spiel gerade für Wii oder DS? Dennoch ist für Vivendi Universal bzw. Sierra scheinbar nichts unmöglich, so dass man sich im Endeffekt als Wii- oder DS-Besitzer über Kuju Entertainments Umsetzung des inzwischen zum Arcade-Klassiker avancierten Mini-Shooter einfach nur riesig freuen kann. Eine umwerfende technische Kulisse, eine gelungene Steuerung und zahlreiche Herausforderungen dank vielen Levels - Spielerherz, was begehrst du mehr?
Geometry Wars is a great arcade shooter that manages to feel very modern in spite of its old-fashioned gameplay. Galaxies introduces a lot of variety and goal-setting to the game that won us over in its Xbox 360 form, which is itself included as an optional extra for purists. It’s difficult to see how the concept could possibly be expanded further. Trying to decide between DS and Wii? Go for the Wii version, as a good chunk of Geometry Wars’ appeal comes from ogling the bewildering chaos on-screen, being unable to count the brightly-coloured spinning enemies exploding against the undulating background. For just a fiver more, the graphically gorgeous Wii version is the more sensible option, especially as the two games have exactly the same single-player content – and it also has the option of using the Classic Controller.
So, the real question is the value of Geometry Wars: is Galaxies equal to the sum of the value of its two sides? Does its new control scheme and vast array of new levels to play with make the game worthy of its price and status as a proper game? To be honest, yes ...and no. Galaxies is certainly a perfectly enjoyable and natural evolution for the Geometry Wars series that’ll provide hundreds of hours of fun to gamers with lightning-fast reactions, but it’s perhaps not enough to make it really worth it. Mind you, you can find it for less than twenty quid and it’s just better than the DS version – and there are much, much worse things that you can play on your Wii.
Geometry Wars si rivela una piacevole sopresa per gli amanti degli sparatutto 2D, ed è senz'altro una chicca da non lasciarsi sfuggire per la propria collezione Wii, per quanto sia da sconsigliare a chi non crede di avere la costanza di rigiocare più e più volte lo stesso livello solo per abbattere il proprio record precedente... il vero nemico, qui, è il punteggio.
Given the nature of the game is to get the highest scores possible, it’s another example of how smart Microsoft were with their Achievements. This would have been the perfect game to unlock a load of Achievements, but alas, both Nintendo and Sony just don’t care enough about us to implement them. There is an Xbox Live Arcade version of Geometry Wars, but in my opinion, the version Kuju have made for us is by far the best, and the Wii is a great home for this game I’m just sore there’re no Achievements (or online multiplayer). That aside, however, this is a good purchase for Wii owners, it’s a stunning example of simplicity and substance over flash, but for its simple nature, Geometry Wars: Galaxies looks amazing as well. If you’re a fan of the arcade shooters of old, pick this up at your next videogame store visit.
Geometry Wars Galaxies is another strong title for the Nintendo Wii this season. The floodgates have finally been opened and we are starting to see what the console is good for. Hopefully, things will continue this way and soon, the console will have its own Halo on its hands. But I digress; Galaxies is a great game that has a surprising amount of content packed onto the disc, considering that it began as an easter egg in Project Gotham Racing 3. The ridiculously long campaign mode will have arcade jockeys gunning for a long time, and the fact that every mode can be played with a friend only sweetens the deal. You can even send a demo of Geometry Wars for the Nintendo DS to your handheld via Wi-fi. All told, Geometry Wars Galaxies strives for quality and quantity, something that's often not the case these days. A solid classic shooter for the Wii, and the perfect example of how the old school can still compete with the new school.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is about as good a sequel as we can get to what originally was a bonus mini-game in Project Gotham Racing and then eventually a downloadable $5 game. While the $40 price tag is lower than many first-run Wii games, some will still find issue with the fact that this is just the same game with some new stuff thrown in. But it is a lot of new stuff, so if you had fun with Retro Evolved, this one is probably worth it. The loss of HD is regrettable, but at the very least the special effects are still as flashy and bright as ever on the Wii. Forty bucks may seem like a lot, but Galaxies is a hell of a lot of fun, especially if you've got a buddy and a pair of Classic Controllers already - or the dedication to the Wiimote/Nunchuk scheme.
Sierra took the correct and obvious step in furthering the Geometry Wars franchise; taking the tried and true gameplay and adding tons of much needed depth. The game manages to add more substance and depth without sacrificing its addictive nature. Not that the game is without problems. The Wiimote doesn’t offer the amount of control as I’d hoped and the lack of Gamecube controller functionality is rather perplexing. The dulling of the graphics was a tad upsetting and not being able to take the battle online was rather displeasing too. But all in all Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a must own for the hardcore audience out there. To those who are a bit iffy; Give it a rent, you may find that you will enjoy it.
With an RRP of £24.99 (you should be able to pick it up online for less), Geometry Wars: Galaxies is great value. There's been enough alterations and inclusions to justify a purchase by Retro Evolved fans (it certainly feels like more of a fleshed out game now) and its simple, unique and easy to get into gameplay should keep the more casual among us engaged for hours on end. Strangely, and rather subtly, Galaxies has emerged as one of the Wii's recommended titles. Now where did I put that blender...
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is an extremely addictive game and addition of online leaderboards only adds to that, for the money there is quite a bit packed onto the disc, sure it may not be everyone’s type of game, but if want a non-stop action game in your console then you know were to look.
Whether or not you're a hardcore gamer or a casual one, you will find some form of entertainment from Geometry Wars: Galaxies. If you're hardcore then you will clearly aim to get all the gold medals and top Nintendo's Wi-Fi charts. If you're a casual gamer then Galaxies is a great pick up and play game. Either way, almost anyone will find some form of entertainment from this amazing game. That being said, if you absolutely hate arcade shooters then you probably should consider renting this game first. As for everyone else, there is definitely something to love about Galaxies and you're sure to find it addicting. Don't walk into the game expecting an amazing story or variety and I'm sure you will love it as much as I do; it offers hours upon hours of gameplay and should be worth a purchase by any means, especially as it's $10 cheaper than all other standard Wii games. Anyway, I've been here long enough - time to get back to conquering the Galaxies…
We thought we'd be slating this game for being a shameful attempt to squeeze every penny out of a good idea by creating a half-arsed Wii port...sadly we can't really complain. This is a great hardcore offering in a Wii software line-up that is looking increasingly daft. No dumb controls, no gimmicks, no Keith Chegwin. Just good old-fashioned videogaming goodness.
Galaxies is a fresh take on the concept, one where all the new additions are a genuine plus for the play experience and add so much to the overall game. Though you will need to buy a classic controller to get the most from it; the game does not support a Gamecube controller and using the nunchuk/remote combination can be frustrating at many a time. It is hard to know where the franchise can go from here in terms of improvement, and there is even a version of Retro Evolved included for good measure, along with a competitive dual player option. If you loved, or even just liked Geometry Wars then you should acquire this.
So there you have it, if you're looking for an old-school game packed with features and levels at a budget price then I can heartily recommend it – go on! It’s what your classic controller was made for. Scores as always are right below...
Great fun to play in short bursts and well worth the asking price. If you're the competitive sort then the leader boards will provide you all the challenge you need to keep honing your skills.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies will appeal to fans of arcade-style gameplay. It keeps its action simple, but intense. The stylistic effects integrate eye candy with challenge and require players to have a good combination of direct attention and peripheral vision. Galaxies improves upon the Retro Evolved experience, giving it depth with new and compelling characteristics, while maintaining the soul of the original. Beyond the addictive gameplay, the online leaderboards are sure to keep players challenged for a good while.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is definitely the biggest and most-developed Geometry Wars yet. With 64 different levels, new enemies, the new drone buddy system, multiplayer modes and online leader boards, it's hard not to like Galaxies – especially if you're a Geometry Wars fans. Unfortunately, the Wii IR controls don't work as well as the original dual analog controls. Are the controls bad? Far from it. But they're not revolutionary, either. The bigger problem, though, is the $39.99 price of admission. If you're an absolute Geometry Wars fan – like we are – then you'll undoubtedly enjoy this Wii title. However, if you can rent the game, we recommend that over purchasing it. It's a lot of fun, but it's too expensive for us. Give it a rent and decide for yourself if you're fan enough to drop $40 on it.
Video Games Daily
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a good game - an original idea that has been added to and refined somewhat without totally destroying what made it so good in the first place. The inclusion of Retro Evolved just goes to show that the developers have respect for where the series came from, as well as a desire to add something more to an essentially brainless experience.
Overall Geometry Wars Galaxies is a tight and fast paced shooter that is guaranteed to get the pulse flowing. The difficulty builds nicely over the different planets and there are so many good ideas that it adds variety that we really didn’t expect to see. Galaxies shows that the basic idea of the game is more than strong enough to stand as a retail title and every single Wii owner owes it to themselves to give it go. It truly is a game for all occasions, whether you play it for five minutes or a few hours at a time it will always leave you wanting more.
I sort of wish they had just released the original on the Virtual Console and charged a couple of bucks instead of trotting out a retail package, but this is still a sweet way for Wii owners to experience the addictive Geometry Wars action.
Video Game Talk
At the very least, Geometry Wars Galaxies is worth at least a rental-- if not an outright purchase—provided that you have the Classic Controller at your disposal. You don’t have to have played any of the other games in the series to appreciate what Galaxies has to offer, and there’s plenty of content to unlock and experience. The price point may seem a little high ($30 sounds like more of a sweet spot), but the chances are good that Geometry Wars Galaxies will stay in your library for a long time.
Forgive them, though, because Galaxies is still very likable, with tons to do and a well-designed new control system for people who aren't busy forming high-score cults. And if you've never played Geometry Wars before anyway, the inclusion of Retro Evolved - a bit easier thanks to the Classic Controller design, but no less brilliant on account of it - is a splendid extra. With the DS game retailing for GBP 19.99 and the Wii one for a fiver more, you should certainly buy one or other. Having played them both, I'd make it this one, but only just.
On the other hand, the game is best suited for quick bursts of play, and still feels like a bulked up piece of download software, so it’s a shame that it hits the Wii at $40, rather than arriving on Wii Ware for a fraction of the cost. If the game were $20 it’d be one of the best values on the system (and in turn, scored much higher), but as it stands we can only recommend this one to gamers that know they’ll be pushing the product to the limit, as the added content – amazingly cool it may be – comes at eight times the price from the original Retro Evolved. If this sounds like your kind of game, by all means grab it on sight. For those that wait, however, keep an eye on this one, as it’ll become an increasingly strong offering as it drops in price.
At the end of the day, GBP19.99 was always going to be a lot to ask for what was essentially a cheap Xbox Live game. But surprisingly there is plenty here to justify the purchase. Provided you haven't splashed out for the Xbox Live game and you already have a Classic Controller for the Wii (guess that leaves a good five of you!) then this is well worth the mullah.
If you've already bought any version before this and really need your fix, then Galaxies is for you. On the other hand, the extras don't quite justify the full price tag unless you're already an established fan, so it's kind of a catch 22 of sorts. It's not visually too impressive, but that's hardly the point either. The value of the game is really dependent on your passion and commitment.
Minpuntje aan deze Wii versie is dat het richten met de remote niet altijd goed werkt. Het hapert soms en wees me op het gebrek van de Wii dat de remote, de bewegingen niet altijd even snel en accuraat registreert. Maar goed, als je dit door de vingers ziet (net als de veel te hoge full price!) heb je een fantastisch Wii spel, zonder HD-graphics. Is het niet fantastisch dat ík dat zeg, Jurjen? Geometry Wars: Galaxies op de Wii heeft mij weer de essentie van een videogame laten zien.
Brillamment transposé sur Wii, soutenu par un contenu consistant et renforcé par quelques nouveautés aussi diaboliques que réussies, Geometry Wars Galaxies offre une expérience d'une rare intensité. Le titre se destine néanmoins à un public averti, amateur de high-scores et prêt à souffrir copieusement. Mais une fois plongé dans ces galaxies tourbillonnantes et démesurément hostiles, plus rien ne pourra vous en faire sortir.
After all is said and done which copy you plan to pick up is a matter of personal preference since both versions are essentially the same. If you play a lot at home go with the Wii since the graphics are better than the DS, and you’ll have the option of taking a basic version on the go. If most of your gameplay is done in the streets, grab a DS copy. Either way there’s hours of old-school arcade fun to be had.
In the end, Geometry Wars: Galaxies proves its worth. This isn't just the same $5 game all over again for a higher price. The content added with the galaxies mode and the multiplayer functionality adds a lot of depth to the experience, and the control changes to both versions, while not as spot-on as a straight-up dual-analog control setup, work well enough to be not only playable, but fun as well. If you were a fan of the original game or just like intense shooters, Geometry Wars: Galaxies fits the bill.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a solid Wii game, a welcome addition to a library which has been increasingly filled out with Shovelware. The 480p widescreen visuals still don't measure XBLA's Retro Evolved and the $40 price tag is about $10 more than Galaxies for the Wii is really worth, but there's a fun game to be found here nonetheless. Unless you're already a fan and know exactly what you're getting into with Geometry Wars: Galaxies, it would be best to wait until prices fall or used copies start to appear before picking this one up.
Expecting this to be the case, those who purchase the game are either intensely taken with the Geometry Wars series and anticipate the consequence of the double-bladed simplistic gameplay, or are looking at Geometry Wars Galaxies as a fun diversion to the rest of their Wii library. Neither of these people will be disappointed in their purchase. However, anyone expecting a mountain of innovation or progression in the franchise will be severely disappointed. Geometry Wars may have expanded into the reaches of Galaxies, but the game never meant to offer more than a little ship shooting to save its life, and if that doesn't groove with you then it's not time to join the collective just yet.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is en blijft een verduveld verslavend spelletje dat ondanks zijn adhd-karakter op een vreemde manier voor een soort Zen-ervaring zorgt. Wellicht dat het prijskaartje gamers aanvankelijk afschrikt, maar voor liefhebbers van ‘spacy’ spellen als flOw en Rez HD is dit zeker een aanrader.
Cheat Code Central
Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a game for the old school hardcore gamer that loves to push himself to the limits. It is a game that is best served in short doses, but each dosage is an incredible experience of psychedelic gameplay that is both frenetic and engaging. The concept is simple, but the developers have crammed a lot of gaming into such a straightforward idea. While the easily frustrated need not apply, anyone who enjoyed the original Geometry Wars or is looking for an old school challenge will find a little slice of heaven in the heavens of Geometry Wars: Galaxies.
The biggest problem facing Geometry Wars on the Wii is that of its chosen method of distribution. As a download it provides a brief arcade break between more substantial gaming exploits, but even with the addition of galaxies I would find it hard to justify spending £20-£25 on the game as a stand-alone title. For fans of this type of game willing to invest it provides some great gameplay and a stonking challenge, but it seems likely that the majority of gamers will favour more substantial titles at the asking price.
To sum up, Geo Wars offers you the same, basic and fun gameplay but with the added twist of a level structure. However, it really is all about shooting and avoiding getting shot. After a few hours play I found I was just stuck in the same groove and the game doesn’t offer much in the way of variety. That’s all fine when I played it on the 360 as the game cost the same as a pint and a packet of crisps but paying over £20 for it, although at a budget price, I found the new features don’t really add too much to the game. It could have saved itself a minus point if the Wii-mote implementation would have made the game more enjoyable, but as the Classic Controller offers so much more precision and therefore fun, I might as well be playing on the 360. Shame really. Still, if you haven’t played the game before, then for around twenty pounds you can’t really go too wrong.
Geometry Wars: Galaxies on Wii and Nintendo DS very much retains the pick up and play hook of the Xbox Live Arcade/PGR predecessors, which is obviously one of the key elements in the jump to the Nintendo machines. It's lost a lot in the transition (and translation) to the two platforms however, and it's difficult to see it making the same sort of cult success it's already achieved on Xbox Live Arcade.
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Galaxies is a very solid game on the Wii. The game is available at a budget price point that isn't quite as attractive as the Nintendo DS version and the controls are certainly a little harder to grasp than the Nintendo DS version, hence the lower score. The omission of online support is a huge disappointment, but overall Geometry Wars fans will be overwhelmingly happy with Galaxies. The title isn't just a minor upgrade to the previous Geometry Wars games but a complete reinvention. Any shooter fan will be smiling from ear to ear as they just try and survive one more attack before firing the bomb.
Es ist immer ein Wagnis, wenn man ein eigentlich simples Arcade-Spiel als Vollpreistitel herausbringen möchte. Sicherlich, 'Geometry Wars: Galaxies' bietet mit der umfangreichen Kampagne, dem Drohnenverhalten und den neuen Feinden einige frische Ideen. Doch ob das ausreicht, um sich das Spiel für über 40 € neu zu kaufen, wenn man es als Downloadspiel bereits für einen Zehner bekommt, muss jeder für sich entscheiden. Größter Kritikpunkt an der Neuauflage für die beiden Nintendo-Konsolen ist für mich aber die Steuerung. Diese ist nun mal auf zwei Analog-Sticks ausgerichtet, wirklich glücklich bin ich weder auf dem DS noch der Wii mit den unterschiedlichen Steuerungskonzepten.
Wii owners may want to play the once only-on-Xbox-360 franchise, but a combination of horrible controls and hard-to-follow multiplayer options manages to kill any fun that might otherwise be had.
If you can say that you're looking forward to having ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week than this might be a great title for you. Other than that very particular market, it's tough to see Galaxies being worth the recommended price. Wait until it hits twenty bucks and you've got a classic controller for something else.
Coin-op arcade lovers will probably dig Galaxies' throw-back style as well as the series' solid translation to the Wii. The fact that the game will cost them 160 precious quarters may have them looking elsewhere for their arcade thrills. For those who are bored with scores, "lives", and theoretically infinite game stages, skip this shooter and tuck the forty bucks safely away for something else.