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GameSpot (Nov 20, 2006)
Like most of the other arcade classics hitting Xbox Live Arcade, this one is viewed best with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Defender is certainly a classic, but it doesn't hold up so well that you'd love it to death if you just started playing it today. But if you spent any serious time in arcades during the early- to mid-'80s, chances are there's a soft spot in your heart for Defender, and it's worth playing again.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 25, 2006)
If you're a long-term fan and haven't already bought it on one of innumerable compilations out there, then 400 points is just about tolerable for a game of this importance and stature - just be aware that unless you have some sort of emotional attachment to it that it'll feel like you've just bought some kind of gaming endurance test, rather than a piece of actual entertainment. After that, you can get back to chainsawing people in half and do the whole time travel thing in reverse.
GamesRadar (Dec 21, 2006)
Then again, as noted, we suck. If you don't (and really, we're betting you do), this lovingly preserved Defender's well worth the 400 Microsoft points. But there's more pure fun to be had for $5 in the Arcade - and what's the profit margin on 5% of Xbox 360 owners again?
Game Chronicles (Dec 18, 2006)
Unless you just have to have every gamer score point available or need to dominate all the Xbox Live leaderboards, I’d probably pass on Defender. Then again, I suck at this game so it could be just sour grapes….nahhh…
IGN (Nov 16, 2006)
Defender is a game that needed much more than what was put into it to make it worthy of a download. Like other classics on the Live Arcade, you can find it on compilations along with many other games for a cheaper average price. With the poor multiplayer options and lag-filled Live experience, there isn't anything other than leaderboards that sets this apart from other Defender releases. Hardcore Defender fans will love it just to be able to compete for the highest leaderboard score, but everyone else probably won't need to give this a look.
UOL Jogos (Nov 24, 2009)
Sem grandes atrativos multiplayer, faltou munição para "Defender" conquistar a Xbox Live Arcade. Em testes online, não era raro receber a mensagem que não havia jogador disponível. Quando isso acontece, o jogo oferece a opção para criar sua própria sala, mas pode demorar minutos até que um adversário apareça. O visual renovado não proporciona uma nova experiência em jogo, mas a dificuldade elevada deve agradar admiradores do clássico que têm um bom desafio para subir no ranking da Xbox Live Arcade. Para o público geral, os 400 Microsoft Points (US$ 5) é um investimento sem retorno.