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1UP (Aug 28, 2008)
With extremely high-quality games like Legions and Pac-Man: CE -- heck, I'd buy 'em even if they were retail products -- it's a wonder Namco Bandai hasn't just flat-out established a retro-gaming imprint. Here's hoping Dig Dug gets the star treatment next.
Good Game (Sep 08, 2008)
As with Ikaruga, surviving is NOT the same as winning. You can get to the end of the level if you’re good, but if you want that all-important high score, you’re gunna have to figure out how to work the enemies for the best multiplier before you wipe them all out. I’m giving it 9/10
89 (Sep 02, 2008)
Another solid reimage of a classic game. The simplest of ideas but with perfect execution. Will not disappoint new and old fans alike.
TeamXbox (Aug 21, 2008)
But I still can’t deny the awesome-ness of the game. It’s another one of those high-score hypodermic needles – you get addicted on getting a higher score so you keep repeating it over and over, working out new ideas for drone placement each time. It’s like a chess game at 100 mph, challenging and twitchy, all at the same time. On that point, Galaga Legions ranks up there with the best of them. We were just looking for a more complete package.
GameDaily (Aug 20, 2008)
Multiplayer would've been cool, along with the ability to play the original for no extra charge. Aside from those complaints, Galaga Legions is another successful XBLA game. We hope publisher Namco Bandai continues reviving its classics, namely Dig-Dug and Pole Position. But for now, we're more than happy blasting aliens.
GameDaily (Aug 20, 2008)
Multiplayer would've been cool, along with the ability to play the original for no extra charge. Aside from those complaints, Galaga Legions is another successful XBLA game. We hope publisher Namco Bandai continues reviving its classics, namely Dig-Dug and Pole Position. But for now, we're more than happy blasting aliens.
80 (UK) (Aug 20, 2008)
Toppling Geometry Wars 2 from its throne is now the goal for any stripped-down Live Arcade shooter, and Namco Bandai deserves praise for delivering a game that comes within grasping distance of this lofty aim. That Galaga Legions arrives only a few weeks after Geometry Wars 2 hopefully won't count against it, with players left destitute by the buffet of quality titles over the last month. The two games actually go very well together, similar in focus and approach but varied enough to scratch distinctly different shoot-'em-up itches. It's really only the comparative lack of variety that keeps Galaga Legions from bettering its rival, and even that won't be a hindrance to dedicated shmup addicts. If you've still got MS Points to spare, it's yet another compelling purchase.
GameSpot (Aug 21, 2008)
At 800 Microsoft points, the game makes a strong case for new shooters, but one can't help but feel there are still superior games in the same genre for the same price. If you have somehow exhausted Ikaruga, are tired of Geometry Wars 2, or are looking for another great game to offer a serious challenge, Galaga Legions is well worth the investment of time and money.
NZGamer (Sep 02, 2008)
In the end Galaga Legions provides the fast, intense and unforgiving gameplay modern shooters tend to go easy on.
Good Game (Sep 08, 2008)
Legions does for Galaga what Championship Edition did for Pac-Man, it’s another classic improved, and another home run for Namco-Bandai. 8/10 from me.
You can’t really compare Legions to the original, because Legions changes quit a few aspects of the game. And none of it is bad, but completely necessary. This game gets difficult. And the turrets and Galagas are imperative in order for you to move on to the next stage. Other than the difficulty, the only other negative is the lack of multiplayer. This game screams multiplayer. But, if you are a shooter fan, single-player will be enough to satisfy your thirst. Galaga fans, this game is for you. It builds off of what made Galaga so good in the first place; an amazing shooter that will keep you on your toes from beginning to end.
Worth Playing (Sep 10, 2008)
Would the inclusion of multiplayer have been a sin? I think not, given that it's appeared in the franchise before, and there's no doubt the developers have the know-how to properly integrate it without butchering the core gameplay. Galaga Legions aspires to be a Galaga for a modern age, and in some ways, it is. But by excluding so many surrounding enhancements, such as more single- or multiplayer modes, arcade shoppers of today might be a little miffed at getting what would have been a complete package back in the quarter-pumping days. Legions still manages to create a Galaga title that respectfully amplifies the nature of the series, and fans who want things kept that way will love it, but those who want more bang for their buck may be left unfulfilled.
IGN (Aug 20, 2008)
At the end of the day there really isn't a whole lot you can say negatively about Galaga Legions. The biggest detractor from the package is that there just isn't enough of it. With just five stages, two similar modes and no sign of multiplayer, players might shelve this one a bit earlier than they expected.
Destructoid (Aug 23, 2008)
Yet once you've finished all five levels, there's just not much else to do outside of trying to max out your score, or masochistically trying to get through the Adventure Mode. Galaga Legions is a fun, imaginative XBLA game that I'd recommend in a heartbeat during almost any other time of the year -- but given its lack of content and the other, much more impressive games from the Summer of Arcade, Galaga Legions might not be for everyone. Not until everyone's tired of Castle Crashers, anyway.
The A.V. Club (Sep 02, 2008)
More stand-up fight than bug hunt.
Planet Xbox 360 (Sep 23, 2008)
Given how well they did with Pac-Man, it is hard not be disappointed with the lackluster Galaga Legions. You cannot help but feel like they could have done much better. Legions is a solid offering, but lacks the depth to justify the 800 MS Points price, and is certainly not the next great XBLA title.
While I do think that this is a great follow up to a classic arcade game, it would have been nice to have just a few more modes to keep you coming back. Still, the visuals are great, the gameplay is amazing, and the strategy that has been added to the tried and true formula of the original Galaga makes this one arcade follow up that does its predecessor justice. Fans of the classic will definitely want to check this one out and I would also encourage anyone who likes shooters to give it a go as well. You may not be getting a ten hour game, but it will definitely be a blast while it lasts.
GIZORAMA (Aug 27, 2008)
All in all, Legions is a fantastic upgrade to the Galaga franchise. It’s quiet a bit harder than the original, and the graphics and additional firepower take some getting used to, but the addicting game play will keep you coming back for hours upon hours of intense insect shooting fun.
GamePro (US) (Aug 22, 2008)
On its own merits, Galaga Legions is an enjoyable but short game. But for old school gamers the original title, available on XBLA for half the price, has much more to offer.
70 (Oct 13, 2008)
La formule de base de la série trouve ici une nouvelle jeunesse grâce à quelques retouches intelligentes. Comme ses illustres prédécesseurs, Galaga Legions se présente donc comme un titre horriblement addictif, pour peu que l'on se délecte de courses effrénées vers les high-scores. Mais une fois encore, il est clair que seuls les joueurs confirmés pourront véritablement profiter de l'aventure.
MS Xbox World (Sep 08, 2008)
Galaga Legions offers an addicting style of play as well as provides a substantial challenge for any high score junkie. The lack of game modes (only two!?) and any semblance of multiplayer is a big strike against fully making this a “must purchase.” Especially since games like Geometry Wars 2 and Ikagrua offer a very similar gaming experience. The superb visuals and thorough sounds don’t disappoint when compared to some of the best games Xbox Live Arcade has to offer. Although 800 Microsoft points seems a bit high priced, Galaga Legions is a solid addition to any games library.
Console Monster (Aug 28, 2008)
Whilst there doesn't appear to be much to Galaga Legions on the surface, there is a level of tactical skill in placing craft in the right place at the right time, as well as a memory game for the swarm patterns. As a twitch shooter, there's a definite addictive quality that is perfect for the arcade high-score chase. Whilst it might not quite give Geometry Wars a hiding, it's certainly something different from the raft of twin stick shooters that grace XBLA.
Totally Gaming Network (Jun 14, 2009)
With story, challenge and pure score missions to play and plenty of other tweakable options as well as the online leaderboards, Galaga Legions is like a precocious teenager trying to convince you that its Facebook-fuelled house-trashing drug-taking party is better than your memories of 6th form Discos, sensible school jumpers and furtive nips at a two-litre bottle of Woodpecker Cider. Though it’s still got a long way to go before it’ll touch the true greatness of other Xbox Live shooters like the mighty unstoppable Ikaruga, or the sublime Rez, Galaga Legions is actually a lot better than I expected it to be and at least proves that I’ve not got too slow and too old to cope with this visual and dextral extravaganza of over-the-top pacing and sugar-fuelled frenzy. It’s certainly a good few notches above a lot of the other twin-stick-controlled cross when it comes to quality, so perhaps Namco haven’t completely lost the plot with their Xbox Live Arcade offerings just yet.
70 (Oct 08, 2008)
Still, for hardcore shooter fans, Galaga Legions is an essential purchase, and can rightly be considered the definitive Galaga game. For everyone else, we can't recommend it over Retro Evolved 2, which remains the Xbox 360's best shooter by a country mile.
UOL Jogos (Aug 27, 2008)
"Galaga Legions" é uma bela reimaginação de um clássico dos fliperamas. A mecânica ganhou novos elementos, mas continua simples e viciante, com desafio suficiente para prender a atenção dos jogadores que curtem ação simples e direta, principalmente os mais velhos. Pena que há pouco conteúdo para manter o interesse por muito tempo.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Sep 08, 2008)
Galaga Legions ist ein gutes Spiel, hat aber sehr viel von seinem Potential verspielt. Wären die Entwickler ähnlich wie die Macher von Geometry Wars 2 vorgegangen und hätten ihrem Titel möglichst viele Spielmodi spendiert, wäre das Spiel zu einem echten Highlight auf Xbox LIVE Arcade geworden. So bleibt am Ende nur ein mittelmäßiges Spiel, dass zwar durchaus gefallen kann und im Einzelspieler sogar süchtig machen kann, leider aber nicht auch nur annähernd aus den Vollen schöpft. Galaga Fans, Einzelspieler und Freunde von farbenfroher, actiongeladener Scroll-Ballerei dürfen hier bedenkenlos zu schlagen. Alle anderen Spieler, die für ihre Microsoft Points möglichst viele Spielmodi und Abwechslung geboten haben möchten, sollten lieber zu einem anderen Arcade-Shooter greifen.
Giant Bomb (Aug 25, 2008)
As a game following in the footsteps of the Galaga legacy, Legions doesn't do a very good job. Other than the ability for ships to capture other ships, nothing about this game feels much like the original game. So it might not do anything for people with an eye for nostalgia. But on its own, Galaga Legions manages to be an interesting and unique take on static-screen shooters. The demo provides a pretty complete picture of what the full game is like, so if that excites you at all, chances are you'll find the full game to be just as satisfying.
Gaming Age (Sep 04, 2008)
That is just what Galaga Legions is, it's fun, but it's far from great. I still find myself enjoying the traditional game more, but I appreciate the fact that Namco Bandai took a shot (no pun intended) on bringing an old idea back to life, they just missed out on some aspects that could have made the game great. Also, if it were only 400 points I could say "must buy", but at twice that, you may have to demo it to see if it's your cup of tea. I do like the game and will continue to play it on occasion; it just doesn't draw me in like their previous effort with Pac-Man: CE.