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Konami's Gyruss is now available on Xbox Live Arcade, and it has the same bells and whistles that you've come to expect from Digital Eclipse's emulation work. It's a reasonably faithful version of the arcade game, with a weird side-by-side online mode where you play at the same time as another player but never actually interact, and it has updated graphics and sound that you can disable if you prefer the original arcade experience. Gyruss isn't exactly the most famous shooter in the world, but if you remember it--and remember liking it--you'll get enough out of it to justify the $5 purchase price.
Gyruss is a mere 400 points and it’s a bit refreshing as far as old school shooters go. The gameplay is a bit different and the music is a notch above most arcade shooters you’ll find on LIVE or on the Virtual Console. If you expect a deep game you’ll be disappointed, but if you just want some shooter style fun for minutes at a time, Gyruss is your game.
If you played and loved Gyruss back in the day, you'll find that the gameplay here is mostly intact and the trip down memory lane may be worth your 400 Microsoft points ($5 USD). If you aren't a Gyruss fan, there are plenty of better shooters on the Xbox Live Arcade to spend your points on. Even the 200 Achievement Points shouldn't be a good excuse to buy the game as they are far from easy to snag. With gameplay that has just grown more stale over the past 20 years, this one can be given a pass.
Gyruss is a complete waste of 400 marketplace points. Any feeling of nostalgia is lost in the sluggish shooting control, poor visual design, and average online gameplay. The achievements offer a bit of replay value, but only if you can stand memorizing enemy positions. Gamers are left with a poor excuse of a classic shooter and 5 bucks missing from their wallet. If you want to play an enjoyable arcade shooter on the Xbox 360, stick to Geometry Wars for another few months.
New fans to the game may appreciate the difficulty if the first release is unfamiliar. Those looking for a nostalgic trip will be treated harshly and quickly grow frustrated with this $5 edition. The changes make this a disappointing effort when emulation demands accuracy.
This game had its day in the sun, in the mid-80s. It's one of those games that should have been left there. Gyruss' tube control and display mechanics do not translate over well to an analog stick and a distant TV display. I just can't recommend picking this title up to anyone, even if they DO love shooters as much as I do.
So that's Gyruss. A popular shooter of its time, but not one that warrants a place among the classics, and certainly doesn't justify the 400 points required to purchase it. The best thing you can say about it is that it's a pixel perfect conversion, and one that will sate the needs of those that pumped their loose change into it back in the day. Anyone else who's merely curious to find out what Yoshiki Okamoto's early work was like should check out the free trial and swiftly move on.
Alleen leuk voor diegenen die heel graag Uranus willen bezoeken (want daar is een achievement voor, genaamd Exploring Uranus)!