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Choplifter HD is worth your $15 or 1200 Microsoft Points, if only because it shows how developers can have their feet firmly planted in both nostalgia and progress.
If you are no stranger to the type of punishment you remember from playing arcade games in the '80s, Choplifter HD is definitely worth checking out. This is game that doesn't mess around, and doesn't allow you to mess around either. I only wish it would have allowed you to mess around just a little bit more without mutilating your psyche in the process.
It's hardly an arcade classic, in other words, but if you're after nothing more than a friendly and frantic fifteen minutes of action every now and then, Choplifter HD just came to the rescue.
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Choplifter HD for the XBLA does a lot of things right. It pays homage to the original game, adds some new (albeit minor) elements and it is delightfully cheesy. Unfortunately, one key factor that brings Choplifter HD back down to earth with a thud is the price. Not to mention, the game does become incredibly repetitive at times. If Choplifter HD was a $5 dollar game on my iPad, I would feel like I am getting full value for my dollar. But for $15 dollars, I am left wanting something a little more.
Somehow the simple mission style, sharp cheddar-y dialog and voice work, upgrade-unlock-chase (that is in every game these days), and straight-forward controls do add up to having some real charm. While it isn't going to set your world on fire, it is a good solid “ten minutes to burn” title. I don't know that the full price of 1200 Spacebucks is the right price for this one, but 400 seems too low (what ever happened to most XBLA titles being 800 points?). So if you fondly remember playing Choplifter from Apple II, Gameboy, or the arcade, give this a look. Otherwise, the heavy retro stylings might leave you feeling flat
A considerable portion of Choplifter HD's content is diminished by a series of unfair moments that crop up too often to be tolerable. The decent length of its mission catalog is hamstrung by its misunderstanding of uneven difficulty versus genuine challenge, and when it's too easy, it's too dull. Choplifter HD does occasionally get your rotors spinning, especially for fans of the original, but balancing issues and uninspired missions conspire to make it a mediocre experience overall.
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