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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.
Whether you think it's worth the 400 points is up to you, though, and something that the free trial will give you the answer to very quickly. For fans, the online leaderboards and so on are a godsend, while the achievements once again reinvigorate your incentive to play games that you'd otherwise focus solely on beating an the all-important high score. The reality in 2007 is that Xevious feels like a game we should pay our respects to, but one that only those that played it at the time (and loved it at the time) should worry themselves about buying and playing now. Bottom line? Xevious has been bettered hundreds of times over down the years, and only the most diehard retro fiend will want to part with their cash for this now.