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We have been waiting for Space Invaders Extreme to come to the Live platform for what seems like an eternity, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Polished and intelligent, this is a fiendishly addictive blaster at a bargain price point.
Overall this version of Space Invaders is a real treat with a sensibly designed combo and score system that will keep fans hooked for another 30 years.
Space Invaders Extreme is a definite must-buy. While it’s got some minor nagging issues that hurt it, especially given how the arcade-ish nature of the game lends itself towards multi-player action, the game as a whole is fantastic. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a game of Space Invaders owes it to themselves to give this a shot, and anyone who hasn’t had a chance to should at least try out the trial game…and then play the Taito Legends collections to partake of more SI games.
For 800 MS points this remake offers casual and hardcore gamers loads of good times retro-style with enough variety to keep things fresh throughout the guaranteed multiple replays.
Fans of last year's excellent PSP game will feel right at home with this port. Unfortunately that's because not much has changed since Space Invaders Extreme first hit the handhelds. Still, if you somehow missed this game last year, then there's no excuse for you to not pick up this incredible $10 shooter!
Overall this is another terrific XBLA update of a classic from yesteryear. Anyone with a fond memory of Space Invaders or a love for shooters should definitely pick this up at its 800 MSP ($10) price tag. However, if you already own a previous version of Extreme, be aware that there is little in the way of new content other than the revamped graphics.
To conclude, Space Invaders Extreme is extremely good. It’s one of the better re-makes on the Xbox Live Arcade though the lack of game modes is a slight disappointment, despite the fact that the ones evident in the game do a great job of keeping players entertained. Whilst the 800 Microsoft Point price tag may be a little too high for the content on offer, it certainly isn’t too high for the fun it provides.
Though you can't count on the online modes for additional thrills, Space Invaders Extreme is still a great update to the classic shooter.
Whether or not you grew up on, have already discovered, or are experiencing the franchise for the first time, Space Invaders Extreme is a refreshing redux of a seminal shooter that shouldn't be passed up. The challenging campaign will have you struggling to beat your buddies' leaderboard high scores by acing specific shots and triggering back-to-back fever bonuses, and settling your scuffles online could make for some long, technotronic nights in which time becomes irrelevant.
Space Invaders Extreme is entering a pretty crowded virtual shelf, with amazing retro updates and influences like Pac-Man Championship Edition and Geometry Wars, two games I personally feel are far superior throwbacks than Space Invaders Extreme is, at least on the Xbox 360. The Xbox Live Arcade version of Taito's 2008 handheld game might have all the same elements that made an incredible shooter on the PSP and Nintendo DS, but as a console experience it's dialed down to simply "good."
Space Invaders Extreme's simple arcade shooter gameplay mixed with present-day style is an easy fit for Xbox Live Arcade. Of course, if you already own the game in another form, there's little new here that will make you want it, but personally, I can see myself buying it again for XBLA, just because I enjoy the core game so much. At any rate, it's $5 cheaper than the retail handheld versions, so you're getting an extra affordable edition of a universally-praised shooter.
Like Pac-Man Championship Edition, Space Invaders Extreme has brought back an old game in a fresh way. It’s enjoyable, and brings back nostalgic memories of playing the original Space Invaders in arcades (because I was too young to know that the game was already fifteen years old). However, Space Invaders Extreme is easily overshadowed by two comparable XBLA games: Geometry Wars 2 and Pac-Man Championship Edition. Add in the fact that it’s already been out on handhelds for a year, and this coat of paint doesn’t feel as fresh as it should. If you’re a fan of Space Invaders, this is a no-brainer, but if you’re just looking for an addictive Xbox Live Arcade game, download the demo first.
We can stop and wonder how Space Invaders Extreme will shape up against heavy hitters in XBLA like Geometry Wars, but kudos has to be given to Taito for trying to spice up one of their oldest franchises. While not being the first ever re-imagining of Space Invaders, Space Invaders Extreme is certainly the most striking, both visually and mechanically. It plays mostly like past versions, and the additions made in terms of online only make this 10 dollar (800 Microsoft Points) game more enticing to buy, considering how much the DS and PSP iterations cost.
Space Invaders is supposedly most entertaining in its four-player mode, so it's a shame that the online component never worked for me. The single player is fun for a short amount of time, and the way the music integrates with the game adds to the quality of the game in a big way. I'm not quite sure that the experience provided by the game is worth the $10 it's priced at, but if you have some friends and more than a couple controllers you might get some kicks out of it. I like and respect what the developers of Extreme did with the game in this update, and it's clear that they're a talented crew. It seems, however, that what was great fun 30 years ago is just a tad bland now, regardless of how much spitshine has been put into the product.
It's simple enough for anyone to play, but with enough nuances to challenge experienced gamers. And the whole package is smoother and shinier than Nuno Bettencourt's hair. It's not a bargain, and it's not the best game you'll play this year, but it's probably the best game you'll ever play with the word "Extreme" in the title.