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Worth Playing (Oct 29, 2010)
As it stands, the price is worth it for what you get, if just barely — and if you somehow can get it for lower, definitely snag it. These games have it where it counts, especially if you're an on-rails shooter enthusiast, and this is the first time they've ever had a home release. They're also great entries into a genre that has been both overlooked and saturated with the wrong type of material as of late. Besides, the President needs saving. You don't want to let down the President, do you?
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Gaming Age (2010)
That said, while you might not get as much life out of this as you would your typical Call of Duty or Halo title, I think it's a unique game that really should be experienced by anyone with a passing interest in the Light Gun genre, and I definitely feel like it's worth checking out.
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ZTGameDomain (Sep 14, 2010)
Arcade junkies will appreciate these two niche titles finally being available outside of tracking down the cabinets, and the Wii is the perfect platform to release them on. If you spent hours at the local arcade pumping quarters into games like Terminator and Sniper Scope, than you will likely enjoy what Sega has packaged here. For $30 it is hard to argue the value as long as you know what you are getting into. Sure the graphics are hideous, the games are extremely short, but the fun still shines through.
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Nintendo Life (Sep 06, 2010)
At the asking price, Gunblade NY/LA Machineguns is a steal. While Gunblade is showing its age a little now, LA Machineguns is still an excellent shooter with an interesting combo system that should bring players back to hone their skills. The widescreen isn't perfect but the extra modes, online rankings and progression system certainly boost the package. It's as near as you'll get to replicating the arcade feeling without shelling out a few thousand notes.
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1UP (Aug 25, 2010)
The fact that the Gunblade pack has no extras aside from a score attack mode and online leaderboards is also disappointing. Instead of figuratively tossing these in a box, so to speak, why not curate a little more? I'd settle for scans of the arcade fliers, even. I wouldn't doubt a very small percentage of people played these games in arcades, much less heard of them, so how about a little more contextualizing? It's a duty that, while enjoyable for a classic gaming know-it-all like me, shouldn't be left up to reviewers. It's almost nonexistent to see a little TLC toward a publisher's legacy these days. But I'll cut the soapboxing here. For barebones-but-respectably-polished arcade fun (and all those terrible voice clips), the Gunblade and L.A. Machineguns pack isn't a bad pick-up.
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411mania.com (Sep 22, 2010)
Gunblade NY and LA Machine Guns Arcade Hits Pack is exactly what you'd expect. It is two quick ports of two arcade light gun games. While each of these games is still a lot of fun, particularly LA Machine Guns, nothing is added to this package. Your initial playthrough shouldn't last more than an hour. While light gun games tend to have great replay value, this is a slim package. I would have felt very comfortable recommending this game at a $20 dollar price tag, or if Sega had thrown another game into the package, but $30 dollars for an hour of gameplay is a tough sell, especially on a system with no shortage of light gun games.
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Metro.co.uk (Aug 31, 2010)
Given the price it might not count as a bare bones effort, but it's certainly dangerous anorexic. You'd probably be able to beat the original games for less than the £10 each demanded here, and in both cases you're unlikely to be drawn back too many times after. Like all good arcade games the initial adrenaline rush is great but you and your wallet are going to feel more than a little empty afterwards.
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N-Europe (Sep 11, 2010)
Overall this game is typical of arcade shooters - fun yet short lived. The missions are a good stress relief because who doesn't revel at the sight of Terminator terrorists writhing around while being battered with bullets? However, don't expect to take a long time completing this game but expect to play each mission several times to get the full enjoyment from them. The budget price of Gunblade NY and L.A. Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack is perhaps its most appealing aspect and if you've gotten bored of House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return, Ghost Squad or House of the Dead: OVERKILL then you may want to check this one out.
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Cubed3 (Sep 26, 2010)
It is LA Machineguns that makes Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hit Pack worthy of a look. The game has far more depth than Gunblade NY and is the one that you keep coming back to, though the two complement each other well as a spiritual franchise. The fact that the games remain true to the arcade originals and are unaltered outside of the addition of online leaderboards and Wii Remote speaker usage is something that is going to either put people off, or have their hands diving for their wallets, though.
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NintendoWorldReport (Sep 15, 2010)
Despite the fun you might have with this game, it's not worth more than a rental, as you can beat it in no time at all (especially with a friend). Fun but criminally short, Gunblade NY: Special Air Assault Force & LA Machineguns: Rage of the Machines Arcade Hits Pack is probably not for most of us.
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GameFocus (Sep 15, 2010)
Not that this compilation is terribly bad but it won’t keep you glued to your precious WiiMote either, that is unless you have the desire to reign over the lonely online leaderboards. Arcade maniacs may be the only ones getting a kick out of this compilation but I still have a hard time recommending it. Perhaps these two titles would have been a bit more interesting as $5 WiiWare releases. Instead, they had to go retail. Ah SEGA, you used to be cool.
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Mygamer.com (Sep 03, 2010)
Still, even at thirty dollars, the price of the game is a bit steep for the hour of gaming you get, especially considering that similarly priced and cheaper arcade anthologies offer much more gameplay and variety. Since the games are fun to play and well preserved, Gunblade NY & L.A. Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack is well-worth a one-night rental, but only devoted fans of the originals or arcade enthusiasts should consider a full-price purchase.
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The Video Game Critic (Nov 16, 2010)
This is probably the weirdest arcade compilation I've ever seen, but for a select group of trigger-happy gamers, this may just be a little slice of heaven.
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Nintendojo (Sep 16, 2010)
As a bit of nostalgia this game is not bad… assuming, of course, that players actually experienced these titles way back when. As modern games go, this one looks pretty bad, is short, and has very little beyond the core game. It is perhaps a sign of its brevity that the credits themselves are quite short — in other words, SEGA invested very few people (and, by extension, very little money) in putting this one together. Even so, there is a strangely compelling quality about the game that separates it from even modern shooter fare. It’s so fast and over-the-top that it’s a far more natural choice for a pick-up-and-play shooter than a lot of the stilted fare that passes for on-rails on Wii. For that reason, it at least deserves attention in the rental category.
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Gamekult (Sep 03, 2010)
Reste que les deux jeux de cette compilation ont sacrément vieilli. Même convertis en 16/9 (une optimisation appréciable, tout comme le classement en ligne), les gros polygones générés à l'époque par les systèmes Model 2 et Model 3 équipant les bornes Sega ne font évidemment plus rêver personne. Plus problématique, ces deux titres pêchus, mais logiquement vieillots dans leurs mécaniques, s'essoufflent très vite si on ne cherche pas à faire le score parfait. NY and L.A. n'a donc pas plus à proposer qu'un trip rétro pour quelques nostalgiques sensibles à son charme désuet. Et encore, les vibrations de la Wiimote n'ont rien à voir avec les secousses de marteau-piqueur des gros M237 20mm Chain guns en plastique de la borne Gunblade. Du rétro pour le rétro, en définitive.
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Gameblog.fr (Sep 07, 2010)
Si Gunblade NY et LA Machineguns restent tout à fait estimables dans leur genre, il est néanmoins difficile de faire abstraction du prix scandaleux auquel ils nous sont proposés dans le choix de la note fatidique, leur véritable valeur se situant bien plus au niveau du cœur que dans le portefeuille...
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4Players.de (Aug 31, 2010)
Eigentlich bin ich ein Fan von Lightgun-Shootern. Eine Runde House of the Dead? Ich bin dabei! Aber das, was Sega hier als Arcade Hits Pack in den Laden stellt, weckt in mir weder eine Railshooter- noch Retro-Begeisterung. Dafür sind mir beide Titel nicht nur technisch zu verstaubt, sondern bieten mir auch inhaltlich zu wenig. Nostalgie hin oder her: Sowohl Gunblade N.Y. als auch L.A. Machinsguns sind nur zwei oberflächliche Ballereien, die ich heute in dieser Form nicht mehr unbedingt sehen muss, sondern lieber in der Vergangenheit lasse. Hinzu kommt der Verkaufspreises: Knapp 30 Euro mögen für zwei Spiele recht günstig erscheinen, doch gemessen am knappen Umfang und der gebotenen Qualität wirkt selbst das noch unverschämt teuer. Ich freue mich immer über die Rückkehr von Klassikern, sofern sie diese Bezeichnung verdienen. In diesem Fall hätte ich aber darauf verzichten können...
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Defunct Games (Oct 21, 2010)
If you're looking for two super short light gun games that require no skill, then boy do I have the Wii compilation for you. Gunblade NY & L.A. Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack manages to package these two games together, but it doesn't do much more than that. Even at $30, that's still too much to pay for two forgettable arcade shooters!
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Gaming Nexus (Sep 14, 2010)
If you're looking for two super short light gun games that require no skill, then boy do I have the Wii compilation for you. Gunblade NY & L.A. Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack manages to package these two games together, but it doesn't do much more than that. Even at $30, that's still too much to pay for two forgettable arcade shooters!


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