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87
1942: Joint Strike is a great pickup for any fan of the 1940 series or any fan of shooters in general. Backbone Entertainment once again proves that they can dig up an old Capcom title and improve upon it with added gameplay elements and HD graphics. The game is quite fun, no matter if you play it single player or two player, but for maximum enjoyment it is good to play it with both setups.
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1UP (Jul 24, 2008)
Joint Strike is a great way to kill a short period of time...just like an arcade game should be. It's brief (you can beat it in about 30 minutes), but that plays to its strengths, as it never feels repetitive during such a short time period. It costs little more than you would've spent in the arcades trying to beat it (roughly $10) -- but, damn, do I ever wish I could pump a few more quarters' worth of continues in.
80
Co-Optimus (Jul 31, 2008)
With three planes to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as three joint strike attacks there's plenty of replayability here in co-op. Plus there are four difficultly levels, though I'm not sure how much harder they make the gameplay - they seem to only change the amount of lives you start with. The bottom line is if you love top down scrolling shooters, and you love playing them with friends, you are going to really enjoy 1942: Joint Strike.
80
ZTGameDomain (Jan 16, 2011)
Overall Capcom has delivered yet another top-tier shooter for Xbox Live Arcade. If you loved the original 1942 then Joint Strike will likely conjure up memories of the golden days of shooters. However, even if you have never touched the series Joint Strike has enough new-car smell to attract all types of gamers. Even with its short life span and punishing difficulty there is more than enough here to warrant your 800 space bucks. The Summer of Xbox Live Arcade starts off with a bang delivering one of the best shooters of all time and easily the best among the current crop of titles already on the service.
80
TotalPlayStation (Aug 27, 2008)
Suffice it to say, 1942: Joint Strike is a fun diversion for those who aren't accustomed to the ins and outs of vertical shoot-em-ups and a great throwback for those who are. What it lacks in techno music, vector graphics, or shtick, it more than makes up for with a solid experience that can be enjoyed singly or cooperatively. And really, isn't that all we really want our of our games?
75
Gaming Nexus (Sep 22, 2008)
Full of retro goodness, Joint Strike is a flashback to the sore thumb days of old. It does feel like Capcom did miss a few opportunities to change the format a bit, especially on the multiplayer side but the game will be sure to entertain fans of the old series.
73
1942: Joint Strike is a solid, but short update to the 1942 series. The inclusion of online co-operative play is a nice addition that works well. Some people will be put off by the lack of continues, but those gamers with top down 2D shooting skills will find a nice challenging game that they can enjoy with others.
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Gamer 2.0 (Aug 30, 2008)
Despite the name, 1942: Joint Strike is more of an amalgamation of best elements of the 194x series than it is remake of Capcom's classic 1942.
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Backbone Entertainment has updated a decades old classic, bringing it into a new millennium. The core gameplay - established by the first game - is still here and shines. Joint Strike's short length is bolstered by its difficulty, but it's hard to see gamers coming back for repeated solo player; co-op is the most impressive feature of this update. At such a low price, it's a great value for those looking for an arcade fix.
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GameDaily (Jul 28, 2008)
We love hopping into the game and getting our fix, so for us, 1942: Joint Strike is an essential purchase. It doesn't have the best graphics or special effects, but for a $10 download through PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, you get a cool shooter that harks back to the franchise's glory days, so put on your goggles and take flight. Your country needs you.
70
IGN (Jul 29, 2008)
1942: Joint Strike is the kind of game that will have you very excited for about an hour. It looks great, it's accessible, and it's fun. But come back on day two or day three and you'll probably be eyeing other games on your hard drive to play. There's very little content here -- and certainly not $10 worth of content.
70
Playstation Universe (Aug 19, 2008)
If you’re one of those gamers who has a blast playing co-op, then Joint Strike is probably for you. If you're hoping to head through Joint Strike solo, however, you'll undoubtedly be disappointed.
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Defunct Games (Aug 13, 2008)
Overall, 1942: Joint Strike is a fun game for an evening, or if you're a fan of the shoot-em-up genre. While it may be lacking in content (missing even short cutscenes to set up the levels), it does have a unique scoring mechanic as well as the fun implementation of team based attacks. It might not be keep you busy for the summer, but with a buddy it can prove to provide a fun evening.
60
Giant Bomb (Aug 20, 2008)
All in all, 1942: Joint Strike is a good, solid scrolling shooter. It's tough, but not so tough that it will only appeal to genre crazies who can only feel emotion when it's filtered through a bullet hell pattern. In fact, I have a feeling that staunch advocates of the shoot-'em-up may find this game to be a little too basic for their tastes. But if you're somewhere in the middle--perhaps an old 1942 fan who wants a decent nostalgia bump, Joint Strike fits the bill quite nicely.
60
Wired (Aug 05, 2008)
It may be that I'm not particularly proficient at shooters, but I have to admit that I wasn't able to finish the final level, even while playing on the easiest mode. I did get very close a few times, and the fun I've had playing makes me want to finish it that much more.
60
GamePro (US) (Jul 25, 2008)
Shoot'em up purists won't be deterred by these issues as "Joint Strike" does have something to offer, especially when playing with a partner. But for most gamers, who after buying the game have already put their 40 quarters on the arcade cabinet glass, some continues should have been included.
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Boomtown (Sep 18, 2008)
Sure, Capcom could have slapped the originals onto the PSN and had done with it, since 1942 will appeal mainly to fans of the arcade cabinets, but it is nice to see the effort in updating the game in its entirety. Even if you’ve never played the originals, you’ll probably find some classic entertainment here, but once you’ve played through a few times there’s little that will keep you coming back for more. No trophy support means you won’t really care about the score that you’re given at the end of each stage, and with such a short product, it won’t take you long until you’ve played through it all with every combination of plane, joint strike and friend you have.