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Gaming Age (Dec 26, 2012)
Under Defeat HD has that special charm that is either loved or hated by shmup fans. Its different controls and high difficulty may be too heavy for those new to the genre, but veterans will feel right at home here. If you enjoy these type of games or you’ve played the original import, you will like what Rising Star has done. However is you’ve never experienced a top of the line shmup and you are looking to start getting into them, be aware that this is not going to be an easy ride and you may want to start with something easier. A professional shooter for professional players indeed.
Once you’ve found a favorite helicopter and figured out the pros and cons of the others, it’s time to turn the landscape into a cratered wasteland of smoldering scrap metal. Under Defeat HD gives you a relatively simple set of tools and a large number of targets to use them on, and it always feels great when you mange to leave nothing standing in your wake. There’s a ton of excellent shooting arcade action in Under Defeat HD, and it’s absolutely worth seeing what Dreamcast importers got to play 6 years ago.
Game Revolution (Dec 18, 2012)
Still, UNDER DEFEAT HD joins AKAI KATANA (also from Rising Star Games) as a modern-day schmup with nuance and charm. Longtime genre fanatics will enjoy the history behind the game and the way it skews what's considered "normal" shooting controls. If you've got an appetite for the genre, UNDER DEFEAT HD will suffice. If you're new to schmups, be aware that this is the deep-end of a very large pool.
Destructoid (Nov 28, 2012)
Warts and all, Under Defeat is a capable, unique shoot-em-up given new life in this HD update. Its ridiculous controls will divide players, forming a hate-love relationship with the game. Under Defeat feels like trying to rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time. It’s a fun, awkward exercise that some may grow tired of all too soon.
Darkstation (Dec 20, 2012)
Technically sound, Under Defeat HD has a number of technical hiccups that keep it from fully joining this generation. As a time machine back to the days when games were still being made for the Dreamcast, it stands as a stark reminder that nostalgia doesn't always shine the clearest light on old games. Unless you are a die hard fan, consider other cheaper, and most of all, better alternatives.