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In closing, the controls respond well, the sounds are good, although the annoying "music" that's constantly running can grate on the nerves, but the graphics were great then, with a lot of details on all the ships and buildings, and they all looked different, and the graphics hold up fairly well today. There were also a couple of 3-D updates to the game as well (Xevious 3D/G and Solvalou, the latter of which looks killer!!), but I've never played them.
With its elegant graphics, pleasant audio and regally portrayed alien vessels, this is one of the more "polite" shooters on the market, highlighted by rotating, mirror-like obstacles and wind chime-like sound effects. Gameplay is challenging, but rarely frustrating, with a certain rhythm and charm shooter fans should enjoy.
While the positive aspects of Xevious might sound superficial and lots to the annals of history, this attention to detail and developer confidence in the end product was infectious, and the arcade was a richer place for machines like Xevious.