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Co-Optimus (Jun 16, 2008)
We were pleasantly surprised with Aces of the Galaxy. It contains gorgeous graphics, frantic pick up and play gameplay and excellent co-op play that requires team work and communication. Sure the story isn't the best (frankly, we just skipped the intermissions text), but for a $10 arcade title that really didn't matter to us. There's a few other great things I'd like to point out. First, Aces contains some truly great music throughout the whole game. The pause screen is possibly one of the most beautiful pause screens I've seen in a game in quite some time, exemplified by this music. The ending credits are also some of the best credits to come along in a game in quite some time - I don't want to ruin anything for anyone but you'll have a bit of fun with them for sure.
GamePro (US) (Jun 09, 2008)
In the old school space shooter tradition, Aces lacks save points between levels -- so once you croak, you'll have to start from the beginning. The fairly high difficulty level will also discourage those new to the genre. These issues aside, Aces of the Galaxy is great fun. Blasting alien scum, avoiding mines and meteors as you put up with the self-absorbed (yet hilarious) villains will bring out anybody's inner Alex Rogan.
XBox Front (Jun 04, 2008)
Massig Action, viel Krawumm und eine tolle Optik. Auf den ersten Blick mag man bei Aces of the Galaxy überhaupt keinen Xbox Live Arcade-Titel zum Nice Price vermuten, denn für 800 M$-Points wird eine ganze Menge geboten. Obgleich das Gameplay Oldschool-Konventionen treu bleibt, macht es einen Heidenspaß, sich durch die unzähligen Gegner-Horden zu ballern. Obendrein kann auch der kooperative Xbox Live-Modus überzeugen. Lediglich die nicht vorhandene Autofeuer-Funktion fällt dezent negativ ins Gewicht. Wen das aber nicht stört, bekommt einen guten Rail-Shooter mit hohem Spaß-Faktor und vielen Wow-Momenten geboten.
IGN (Jun 02, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy is a solid, well-balanced space shooter that delivers a fun and fast Xbox Live Arcade experience. What it sometimes lacks in pacing and excitement it mostly makes up for in character and presentation. If you're at all a fan of the genre, and if you hate the Skurgians as much as we do, give this one a try.
Console Monster (Jun, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy is certainly not for everyone. Whilst the level of quality is clear and fun is certainly to be had, the game will scare off many with its fast and confusing style of gameplay. Dips in the action can provide a slower pace of game, but when the action gets heavy many will likely turn down the difficulty. If you are looking for a challenge and particularly enjoy the genre, Aces of the Galaxy is enough diamond in the rough of Xbox Live Arcade.
83 (Jun 18, 2008)
Level-wise its also similar to the Starfox games, there are three tiers to play through, at the end of each level you are able to change tier if you wish. There are the usual fire planets, ice planets and asteroids, plus huge space battles that you zip through, a bit like Star Wars Episode 3 opening scene. At times the screen will be really full of lasers and enemy ships, thankfully rather then being cannon fodder you also have a roll button that can deflect the lasers. This is a great game, however in playing it you do feel a bit of nostalgia for the old SNES classic. This is definitely worth a go.
Game Vortex (Jun, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy isn't the best shooter available on XBLA, but it is solid enough that it should satisfy the more hardcore fans of the genre.
X-Box Gamer (Jun 18, 2008)
A la surprise générale, Aces of the Galaxy parvient à s’imposer comme un excellent shoot them up 3D. Non content de disposer d’une esthétique envoûtante et d’une bande sonore plus que convaincante, le soft de Sierra nous fait passer un excellent moment grâce à son gameplay riche et dynamique. Pour seulement 800 points, les amateurs du genre auront droit à un excellent shoot them up en « couloir », certes un peu brouillon parfois et forcément arcade, mais excessivement fun et littéralement addictif. Une occasion à ne pas rater.
Official XBox Magazine (Jun 04, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy ain’t perfect, of course. It sucks to miss a power-up or plow into an obstacle because the predetermined flight path shifted for no particular reason. The fleeting boss battles are also identically forgettable, and no quantity of glossy explosions and gee-whiz vapor trails can mask the inherently repetitive nature of interstellar buttonmashing. But Aces is so mindlessly enjoyable that you’ll soar right past those flaws.
GameZone (Jun 04, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy is a solid shooter and a great fit for Xbox LIVE Arcade. While the experience can get a bit repetitive before long, it still offers the basics for shooter fans and would be a worthy investment from those who’ve already played Ikaruga to death.
TeamXbox (Jun 05, 2008)
The game has a great co-op mode, available for gamers on the same screen as well as over Xbox Live. The white-knuckle moments that fill the experience are a blast to share with another person. But it still doesn’t make the game any easier. The mad difficulty of the game is not only what will attract gamers of a certain ilk to its crazy action, it’s also what will turn some people off. But hey, it’s an XBLA title and one of the most impressive looking ones we’ve seen yet. Just be sure to stock up on the Red Bull before you jump in. You’ve been warned.
GameSpot (Jun 12, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy is a game aimed squarely at those who enjoy the age-old tradition of whaling on the fire button and seeing countless waves of enemies explode. The fast-paced gameplay captures the spirit of classic space shooters, and the gorgeous visuals and terrific soundtrack help make the whole experience feel fresh and new again. For 800 points ($10), Aces of the Galaxy offers a thrilling experience that should satisfy longtime fans of the genre and newcomers alike.
MS Xbox World (Jun 17, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy shines in the graphics and sound departments with solid game play that infuses the essence of classic space shooters. The game lacks any memorable moments, but is a fun game to pick up and play at any time. Some minor tweaks would have made this game a must have for anyone with the ability to download over the Xbox live marketplace and even with the way it was presented makes this a quality arcade purchase.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 28, 2008)
Despite the disappointment of the online mode, Aces of the Galaxy is a brilliantly crafted montage of many of gaming histories most successful titles. Paying homage to those who paved the way, it’s surprising that this feels so fresh and acceptable on today’s market. If anything, this game is proof that a beautiful exterior and simply updated formula can provide such a thrilling experience from an unoriginal concept. The battle to eliminate the Skurgians is certainly worth taking, just don’t expect to complete it with a friend. It seems single seated spaceships are the in thing once again, years after its dominance with older gamers was at its astronomical height.
TalkXbox (Jul 15, 2008)
Along with these jarring issues, the gameplay eventually becomes exceedingly tiresome, and the lack of variety in enemies and environments doesn’t help its case. Even the “bosses” of the game are identical to any other foe you face, the only difference being a shift in background music to tell the player “Hey, this is a boss” without that shift though, you would’ve never known you had just fought a boss. On top of all that it only takes thirty minutes to an hour to beat the game. Unless you’re a huge fan of on-rail space shooters, and also enjoy being a completionist then you’ll be disappointed with the lack of content in Aces of the Galaxy. I would like the mention that the game has the most spectacular end credits in a game, but that doesn’t warrant a purchase.
Cheat Code Central (Jun, 2008)
When all is said and done, this is an XBLA title that is worth its weight in Gold Memberships. The frantic pace and satisfying gameplay will appeal to fans of space shooters. However, if you're not a particularly skilled gamer, or you've got carpal tunnel issues, I would suggest sticking to the surfeit of quality puzzlers on XBLA. If you think you're part of the gaming hardcore, give Aces of the Galaxy a spin. You won't regret the purchase.
Aces of the Galaxy can generate so much frantic, brightly-colored action that it's hard not to work up a sweat while playing. And by all means it should be a difficult game, but on the contrary it's rather easy. I'm not sure why you can survive as long as you do in the game when by all rights you should be destroyed every few seconds. Perhaps it's that your enemies are really bad shots. While I'm not a fan of overly difficult games, the relatively light challenge presented by Aces may be its undoing. Hardcore shooter fans will find it all too easy and too random to really spark their imaginations. For others the game can be thrilling, but the lack of challenge will probably make them tire of the game before too long.
Worth Playing (Jun 28, 2008)
I'm caught in two minds when it comes to rating Aces of the Galaxy. On the one hand, you have a short game that's not as deep as Ikaruga (more akin to Starfox in some ways) that still sets you back a fairly hefty 800 points on which your longevity may be limited, while on the other, it's a roller coaster experience while it lasts, with endearingly hammy aliens ("Foolish Human, You Will Be Crushed!" — amusingly, they encourage you to shoot the names in the credits with similar dialogue), impressive graphics and that "one more go" appeal that ensures you might miss any TV shows you'd planned on watching. I enjoyed it, and you might too, but your mileage may vary, depending on your tolerance for repetitiveness and a steep difficulty curve.
Gamernode (Jun 14, 2008)
In a nutshell, Aces of the Galaxy is a well-made and enjoyable 3D space shooter. Although it lacks a few desirable components and may not have great story depth or especially unique design, it is good for its pure arcade-style gameplay and can be played over and over, in short bursts or at length. Add a friend and the game becomes that much more appealing.
Game Chronicles (Jun 19, 2008)
It would be easy to dismiss Aces of the Galaxy as more eye candy than game. It is a gorgeous game with high contrast levels, vivid colors, flashy effects, and smooth animation, but beneath the shiny exterior lies a challenging space shooter that will test your skills, reflexes, and with only one life to win it all…your patience. If you are a fan of shooters and are tired of getting your butt stomped in Ikaruga, then give Aces of the Galaxy a try. The trial version is very indicative of the final game, so if you like what you play there, spring for the full copy and once again, save the human race.
1UP (Jun 05, 2008)
Possibly due to the lack of any real danger/reward progression, or perhaps because of the inherent visual cacophony -- which hits even harder in the perfectly playable, yet crazily hectic, two-player multiplayer co-op game -- Galaxy eventually feels more than a bit repetitious. Only die-hard score-mongers -- those who live for the numb thumb and "" just to up their total -- will feel immune. Superb looks and several parsecs worth of wanton destruction will be enough for them, but newcomers to the genre may want to hitch a ride elsewhere.
65 (Jul 24, 2008)
Sans être extraordinaire, Aces of The Galaxy est un shoot’em up sympathique pour joueurs confirmés ou non. Tout de même un peu court, il brille surtout par son mode multijoueur.
Planet Xbox 360 (Jun 11, 2008)
Despite its flashy looks, Aces Of The Galaxy falls well short of the crown as XBLA's best shooter, by forgetting that shooter fans care more about a challenge than they do looks. To get fans' attention, the game needed to start the game as difficult as level ten, and ramp up from there. Instead, Aces offers a pretty, but fleeting, gaming experience.
UOL Jogos (Jun 10, 2008)
"Aces of the Galaxy" tinha tudo para ser um jogo de nave em 3D competente, mas acaba seguindo uma linha de ação frenética voltada ao arcade, extremamente repetitiva e enfadonha. Apesar de ser muito bonito e trazer músicas bacanas, carece de identidade própria. Não é um título ruim, aliás, se você não ligar para a ação repetitiva (e algumas bolhas no polegar) "Aces of the Galaxy" pode ser uma ótima escolha, mas se você procura algo mais, poderá se decepcionar.
60 (UK) (Jun 05, 2008)
There are moments where the noise and fury onscreen coheres into an honest and intuitive arcade rush, but there are also too many where you get the impression that it simply isn't playing fair. Whether or not this is actually the case, such suspicions crank up the frustration and make the full 800-Point purchase less desirable.
Gamestyle (Jun, 2008)
Aces of the Galaxy is primarily a score-based game with a star rating given at the end of each stage. Disappointingly, you can't freely pick what level to play; instead you have to go through the entire game if there’s one five star rating that you’re missing (for the achievement-chasers). It's a standard setup, but one that doesn’t fit really well with the XBLA pick-up-and-play ethos. While it may seem like we’re coming down hard on Aces of the Galaxy, we really aren’t. Fans of the genre will lap up the space age conflict, yet some people may be left wanting more.
Totally Gaming Network (Jun 11, 2008)
To summarise then, all the ingredients for a shooter are here, but they’ve been cooked at the wrong gas mark for a ludicrously short time resulting in a shoot ‘em up pie that’s only half baked and lacks the tasty moreishness that any good game in the genre should have from the word go. To those rookie mavericks out there looking to settle the galactic score for the first time against oppressive invaders, there’s far tastier fare available on the Xbox Live Arcade and elsewhere, but if you’re not short of a few bob and fancy a gaming challenge that could take you under an hour to get through (shorter in co-op and possibly even shorter on the easiest difficulty level) then you might be OK with this, but as a shoot ‘em up veteran of some 34 years standing, I’d be remiss in recommending this. (Jun 16, 2008)
This game is a great addition to the XBLA and a game that I hope picks up some popularity on the arcade so that we can expect to see some sequels. While fun to play it does grow a little monotonous but not so much that you get up and walk away never to return. You will enjoy this game. If you have a need for some hardcore gaming with a good mixture of difficulty and graphics this game is definitely for you.