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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
A perfect example of how right many classic arcade games are, Smash TV is a great accompaniment to any big budget next gen game on the 360. Its arcade roots make it a perfect addition to Xbox Live, and this flawless port only make it an easier purchase. This is a classic on nearly every console that featured a port, and this no exception.
Kortom: de hoge herspeelbaarheid en de vaak intense vuurgevechten komen Smash TV na al deze jaren nog steeds ten goede, zeker als je het paart met het goedkope aankooptarief. De graphics zijn wel reeds aardig verouderd, en hoewel de catchy soundtrack en destijds aardige soundeffects nog steeds een eigen charmerende atmosfeer dragen, was een grafische update op z’n Geometry Wars welkom geweest. Door de simpliciteit van het concept kent Smash TV een verslavend pick up ’n play-gehalte, waardoor je jezelf vaak betrapt bij het spelen van één extra sessie. Heb je tevens geen problemen met de ouderdom en de moeilijkheidsgraad van het spel, dan is Smash TV zonder twijfel een aanrader!
It's a great time to be a fan of dual-joystick, Robotron-style action games. The release of the Xbox 360, with built-in support for downloadable games via Xbox Live Arcade, has opened up a world of opportunity for all sorts of games that might not fly in a $50 retail package but are great pickups for $5 or $10. And it just so happens that there are already three games on the service that deliver that Robotron-style action. The latest, Smash TV, is a sort of spiritual successor to Robotron: 2084, which Midway originally released in arcades back in 1990. Smash TV took the "left stick moves, right stick shoots" concept to the far-flung future of 1999, where game shows have become violent competitions where the winner gets fabulous prizes...and the loser dies. So, yeah, it's Robotron meets The Running Man, and with its Xbox Live support for cooperative play and scoreboards, it has probably never been better.
The closest thing to a game adaptation of Schwarzenegger's classic The Running Man that you'll ever play. Smash TV puts you in the middle of a chaotic and violent game show that throws hundreds of enemies at you from every direction. Single-player is worth at least one playthrough, but any replay value will come from co-op.
I have played Smash TV several times before in the arcade and Midway’s compilation packs, and one thing that always had me about the title is that it is a lot like the movie The Running Man where Arnold Schwarzenegger has to run through all these obstacles and kill people for the pleasure of television viewers. This one uses the simple controls of the left stick controls your person and the right shoots. You run over upgrades and you get grenade launchers and guns that spray fire in three different directions. You also run over cash and prizes the get your score up even better. What makes this the best version of the game yet though is the fact that you can play online through co-op and see your score on Xbox Live scoreboard.
While it’s possible to enjoy Smash TV on
Xbox Live, we constantly found ourselves
being thrown back to the lobby for no
good reason whatsoever. A real shame,
as the co-op is tremendous fun when it
does decide to work and really adds to
Smash TV’s longevity. If only Midway
hadn’t made the odd decision to provide
you with infi nite continues…
Every work of genius needs an underachieving clone, and in the case of Robotron it's, Smash TV. While not really a bad game, it just doesn't manage to reach the heights of its predecessor, mostly because of one small change to the gameplay.
Video Game Talk
Smash TV is a faithful reproduction of the arcade classic that is sure to tickle the fancy of fans of the title. However, that being said chances are high that you already own this on the Collection that was put out for all consoles last generation, so unless you got rid of the game is there a reason to get it again? Well, not really unless you really want to play the game on Live and compare your scores to people around the world. Whether or not you want to spend the 400 points to upgrade to an online enabled version really should be up to you, but my recommendation is to skip it.