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With a host of already competent shooters on the 360 Live Arcade, some gamers may feel a little reluctant to give Xevious a chance. Regardless of its nostalgic roots, it's an easy game to pass up as well, considering a recently released game like Ikaruga, which is both tougher and much better looking. Nevertheless, Xevious is a classic old-school shooter that is a must-own for anyone looking for a challenge. Any serious collector should also consider the download, as it is the deepest and most gratifying port of the game ever released.
There have been other versions of Xevious released over the years, and other emulations of the arcade version have been just fine. The most recent one is thrown in for free as the loading-screen minigame for Ridge Racer 7 on the PlayStation 3. But if you don't have any other version of the game, this one's most definitely worthwhile, as it's still very playable, as well as a solid exhibition of the way things used to be.