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Atari 7800Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
Overall, this is a good, faithful version of the arcade classic, with all of the appeal and challenge Xevious fans fondly remember. It's also proof that, had the Atari 7800 only been given some decent software support during those few critical years, it would have easily been a match for both the Nintendo and Sega systems.
NESGame Informer Magazine (May, 2003)
Xevious definitely lacks the flash and frenzied pace of shooters released both before and after it, but it's worthy of its place in the genre.
ArcadeThe Atari Times (Jun 24, 2005)
In closing, the controls respond well, the sounds are good, although the annoying "music" that's constantly running can grate on the nerves, but the graphics were great then, with a lot of details on all the ships and buildings, and they all looked different, and the graphics hold up fairly well today. There were also a couple of 3-D updates to the game as well (Xevious 3D/G and Solvalou, the latter of which looks killer!!), but I've never played them.
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Feb, 1987)
Xevious is fast, vicious and enthralling. If you can forgive graphics that never really rise above the mundane, you should get a lot out of it.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
With its elegant graphics, pleasant audio and regally portrayed alien vessels, this is one of the more "polite" shooters on the market, highlighted by rotating, mirror-like obstacles and wind chime-like sound effects. Gameplay is challenging, but rarely frustrating, with a certain rhythm and charm shooter fans should enjoy.
Nintendo 3DSNintendoWorldReport (Aug 22, 2011)
The 3DS Classics version of the game stays true to the original, but adds a superb 3D affect. The game’s 3D does a great job of allowing the player to distinguish between the air and ground enemies, as both the Solvalou and the air enemies are separate from the ground by a layer of clouds that serve as a middle layer. One of the first things that I noticed while playing the game with the 3D turned on is the way that bullets raise from the towers and tanks on the ground. Instead of just appearing on the same plane as your ship, they actually look as though they are coming from the ground. And just like the other 3D Classics, the game has the option to quick save, as well as the ability to map your controls as you please, though I’ve found the default controls to be the perfect match for this game. My only gripe with this game applies to all of the 3D Classics titles, and that’s the lack of an online leaderboard.
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
Like most games, this one is far from perfect. The Solvalou ship you command is a tad slow, and the music is extremely repetitive. The graphics are fine for the most part, but certain long stretches of the terrain you fly over are incredibly sparse. These sections of the game look a lot like an Atari 2600 game such as River Raid, a title released seven years prior to the NES version of Xevious. Though not as good as Galaga (which is also a nice arcade translation), Xevious is a good way to waste time while you should be outside getting some sunshine.
Xbox 360Trigames.net (May 15, 2009)
With a host of already competent shooters on the 360 Live Arcade, some gamers may feel a little reluctant to give Xevious a chance. Regardless of its nostalgic roots, it's an easy game to pass up as well, considering a recently released game like Ikaruga, which is both tougher and much better looking. Nevertheless, Xevious is a classic old-school shooter that is a must-own for anyone looking for a challenge. Any serious collector should also consider the download, as it is the deepest and most gratifying port of the game ever released.
NESQuesticle.net (Feb, 2014)
Yes, Xevious looks hideous, and the gameplay is as rudimentary as it gets. If you’re interested in the roots of the shoot-em-up genre, though, you’ll appreciate what the game has to offer. It’s no bullet hell, but it’s devious enough for most.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Aug 11, 2004)
Xevious was also one of the first games to incorporate large "bosses", and thankfully they're not very hard to destroy. One thing I don't like about Xevious is those black missiles that seem to materialize out of nowhere. The game includes a two-player mode, but it's alternating turns only. Xevious hardly seems like the groundbreaking game it once was, but this well-designed shooter is still a good time.
ArcadeEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
While the positive aspects of Xevious might sound superficial and lots to the annals of history, this attention to detail and developer confidence in the end product was infectious, and the arcade was a richer place for machines like Xevious.
Nintendo 3DSPocket Gamer UK (Jul 25, 2011)
Xevious is a true arcade classic, offering a delicate slice of shooting action that will seriously test your gaming skills. The asking price, however, is far too high to fully recommend.
Nintendo 3DSNintendo Life (Jul 25, 2011)
There's no denying the fact that the original Xevious arcade game is beginning to show its age with overly simplistic visual designs and repetitive gameplay, but it's impossible not to be impressed with just how much the addition of true 3D depth injects into the overall experience. When you toss in the fact that you can now take the game with you on the go, what you have is a fairly solid dose of vertical shoot ‘em up action for those times when you just want a quick fix, without a lot of bells and whistles.
Game Boy AdvanceKombo.com (Jun 06, 2004)
This shooter I feel never got the respect that it deserved, more people remember Galaga, or Gradius than Xevious, and that is a shame. Now that it has been released for the Gameboy Advance as part of the Classic NES series, I hope it gains more popularity. Even today I can play Xevious and still be entertained, and that is something considering the game just hit its twenty-year age mark.
NESASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Mar, 1989)
Die Umsetzung von XEVIOUS ist wirklich brillant gelöst worden. Nicht nur, daß man sich wirklich unglaublich dicht an die Vorlage gehalten hat - es flackert so gut wie nichts, und das ist wirklich eine Leistung. Ballerspielern kann ich das Same ohne Einschränkungen empfehlen.
Nintendo 3DSDestructoid (Jul 31, 2011)
3D Classics: Xevious might have met most gamers' standards ten years ago, but in the age of such incredible classic remakes as Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Galaga Legions DX, and Space Invaders Infinity Gene, it's hard to be confident that fans wont be disappointed with this minimally enhanced port. Then again, I'm definitely not like "most gamers." I went into this game expecting some untouched, 30-year-old gameplay presented to me in 3D, and that's exactly what I got. If you go in expecting the same thing, or if you're a big fan of the "completely faithful recreations of 30-year-old shmups" genre, you're not likely to be disappointed. If you're looking for something more than that, you'll have to take your money elsewhere.
Xbox 360GameSpot (May 23, 2007)
There have been other versions of Xevious released over the years, and other emulations of the arcade version have been just fine. The most recent one is thrown in for free as the loading-screen minigame for Ridge Racer 7 on the PlayStation 3. But if you don't have any other version of the game, this one's most definitely worthwhile, as it's still very playable, as well as a solid exhibition of the way things used to be.
Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Aug, 2004)
Leider kann man sich hier den Spielspaß selbst ein wenig ruinieren, indem man den B-Kopf gedrückt hält, wodurch kontinuierlich endlos viele Bomben geschmissen werden. Zudem sind die Angriffsschüsse der Gegner teilweise ziemlich unfair. Heutzutage würde man solche Spiele nicht mal mehr mit der Kneifzange anfassen, aber vor zwei Jahrzehnten galten sie als echter Motivationsgarant. Na ja, so war das damals...
Despite the basic nature and grating sound effects, the title is definitely enjoyable for fans of early arcade shooters but tighter, better-designed titles evolved from this template shortly after.
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Aug, 1987)
Although fun to play for a while, Xevious is an altogether in an altogether rather flat experience, lacking the punch and addictive qualities of the original game.
Commodore 64Commodore User (Jan, 1987)
In fairness the graphics do quickly improve. The Xevious Attack Ships are nicely drawn and the spinning mirrors are excellent. [...] Xevious has plenty to recommend it. With one or two reservations I would say the programmers have achieved a reasonably accurate conversion. The real point about the game is that it has been superceded by a new generation of coin-op shoot 'em ups.
NESVideo Game Den (2009)
Nonetheless, Xevious fans out there will definitively appreciate this port whereas others might find the game a bit slow and simple compared to shooters released later on the Famicom system.
WiiIGN (Jan 23, 2007)
Xevious came to the Game Boy Advance a few years ago as part of the Classic NES Series, and gamers who were skilled enough to score silver medals in every mission found that it was also an unlockable extra in the Namco-developed GameCube game Star Fox Assault. Here on the Wii it's priced at the standard 500 points, and it clocks it at a general rating of "fair" on the scale of worthiness of purchase. Fans of Namco specifically may want to support this download, though, for another reason – it's the first game to hit the VC from the company, and good sales numbers on Xevious may mean more goods from the House of Pac in the future.
Commodore 64Happy Computer (Mar, 1987)
Die von uns geteteste C64-Version ist eine recht saubere Umsetzung des Automaten. Allerdings hätte man sich bei der Grafik etwas mehr Mühe geben können. Eine etwas unglückliche Farbwahl hat zur Folge, daß man gegnerische Schüsse nur schwer sehen kann. Auch musikalisch ist das Ganze recht langweilig. Absolut unverzeihlich ist bei Xevious das Fehlen einer High-Score-Liste. Warum die Programmierer nicht daran gedacht haben, wissen nur die xevianischen Götter. Ansonsten ist Xevious technisch bei weitem nicht so gut wie Terra Creasta, dafür aber einfacher. Auch Anfänger können sich bis zum ersten Mutterschiff durchschießen. Xevious ist kein Meisterwek, aber für Fans des Automaten interessant.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Jun 07, 2004)
All in all, this Classic NES Series game does a great job of playing the NES version of Xevious. Unfortunately, the NES version of Xevious was never really all that great of a game, and its "classic" status on the NES is questionable, at best. Charging $20 for one 20-year-old game of middling quality certainly doesn't help matters either. Fans of Xevious would be better served by finding a copy of Namco Museum Volume 2 for the PlayStation, which contains the arcade version of Xevious and can probably be bought for less money than this cart.
NESTotal!! UK Magazine (Oct, 1993)
Good in its time, i'm sure, but things have moved on an aeon or two since 1986 - even on the NES. Still, the simple gameplay is solid enough and might appeal to the simpletons amongst you.
NES1UP! (Apr 12, 2019)
Xevious est un titre modeste mais qui n'a pas si mal vieilli, lui qui approche de ses 40 ans. Il ne réussira sans doute pas à vous convertir si vous êtes allergique aux très vieux jeux, mais ses chances sont quand même meilleures que ses contemporains. Essayez-le !
NESPower Play (May, 1989)
Die Nintendo-Umsetzung unterscheidet sich kaum vom Original. Nur bei der Grafik sind Abstriche zumachen. Warum aber setzt man solche alten Kamellen um? Vorn spielerischen Standpunkt her ist Xevious leider zu alt. Die einzelnen Levels sind zu lang, es gibt keinerlei Extrawaffen und die gegnerischen Formationen verlocken höchstens zu einem Gähnen. Unverständlich auch, daß nach den relativ leichten ersten Levels ein Obergegner auftaucht, der nur mit viel Glück zu besiegen ist Wer für sein NES ein zünftiges Ballerspiel sucht, sollte sich lieber eines von den neueren Modulen wie Gradius zulegen. Knapp 100 Mark sind für Xevious entschieden zuviel.
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Jul 06, 2007)
There are a few subtle differences between this and the arcade game. The graphics aren't very sharp and the colors look washed out. Are those tanks really supposed to be in the water? Your bomb target is a bit too close to your ship, making it harder to horn in on bosses. White explosions tend to obfuscate incoming missiles, so you'll need keep an eye out. This version is a bit on the slow side, so you'll want to crank the difficulty up to "expert" if you want the same degree of challenge. The game's audio emulates the distinct arcade sound effects to near perfection. There are better versions of Xevious out there, but if you can find a good joystick, it's still a wild ride.
Nintendo 3DSWiiloveit (Feb 18, 2012)
If at all possible, anyone interested in this new approach to Xevious should get a glimpse of the 3D effect either through a friend or a family member. In fact, had it not been for Nintendo opening up the option to redeem Club Nintendo Coins for this game, I would have regretted paying for it. In the end, it doesn't provide players with a solid enough reason for viewing future additions to this series with a positive attitude -- the opposite of what Nintendo had in mind. 3D Classics: Xevious is a $6 novelty that effectively shows off one of the 3DS' main feature, but ultimately leaves players feeling dissatisfied on account of dull gameplay.
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK) (May 26, 2007)
Whether you think it's worth the 400 points is up to you, though, and something that the free trial will give you the answer to very quickly. For fans, the online leaderboards and so on are a godsend, while the achievements once again reinvigorate your incentive to play games that you'd otherwise focus solely on beating an the all-important high score. The reality in 2007 is that Xevious feels like a game we should pay our respects to, but one that only those that played it at the time (and loved it at the time) should worry themselves about buying and playing now. Bottom line? Xevious has been bettered hundreds of times over down the years, and only the most diehard retro fiend will want to part with their cash for this now.
WiiEurogamer.net (UK) (Jan 16, 2007)
It's a faithful enough port, mind you, but one for retro completists only.
WiiNintendo Life (Jan 13, 2007)
With shmup competition from the likes of Gradius, R-Type and Super Star Soldier already on the Virtual Console it is hard to recommend this ancient arcade classic. It’s far from being a bad game, but it has dated quite badly. We recommend you spend your points elsewhere unless you happen to be a nostalgic fan.
Nintendo 3DSOfficial Nintendo Magazine (Oct 11, 2011)
The 3D effects are really good, but more importantly the game itself is just too basic to recommend for this price. Beyond the dual-plane gimmick, it's extremely limited, with little by way of power-ups or variation in enemy or scenery. Disappointing.
WiiGameSpot (Feb 23, 2007)
Unless you're absolutely sure you like Xevious, you should pass on downloading it to your Virtual Console. The design is too simplistic and repetitive to be much fun, and the graphics and audio don't have any charm whatsoever. This is one classic that hasn't aged well.
Atari STST Action (May, 1988)
Xevious is living proof that the original arcade conversions are not always wonderful. I could best describe Xevious as dull and bland; the action is repetitive and the gameplay slow, if you want a first rate example of a much-dated shoot- 'em-up, Xevious is for you. Don't forget the generous offer of the free poster and badge, it makes the game almost worthwhile!
Nintendo 3DSEurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 29, 2011)
Unless you're some kind of creepy time-rich retro masochist who actually enjoys having to start over from scratch every single time, Xevious is likely to provoke nothing but buyer's remorse. Vote with your wallet and send Namco and Nintendo a clear signal that no-one's interested in this half-arsed shovelware - 3D or not.
Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com (Jul 15, 2004)
Xevious nous ramène au source du shoot'em up. A une époque où on pouvait se passer de power up et où notre imagination pouvait nous permettre d'associer des petits carrés à un vaisseau de guerre surarmé ! Aujourd'hui, ça passe moins bien.
Commodore 64Zzap! (Feb, 1987)
The arcade version of Xevious is graphically pretty and fun to play. The official Commodore conversion however, is graphically awful and very dull to play. The background graphics are really dire and they look muddled and unclear. Colour is used unimaginatively. The sprites are terrible, lacking colour and definition, and everything wobbles as it moves. The spaceship is very sluggish to respond to the joystick and it moves very slowly. Consequently the original game's addictive qualities are lost. Why this is so bad is a complete mystery to me - it could of been so much better, especially if you compare it with the standards set by Light Force. If you want a good shoot 'em up forget this garbage and look elsewhere.
Xbox 360Retro Gamer (Jul 19, 2007)
Xevious may play an important role in the history of shoot-'em-ups but that doesn't mean it's still fun to play now. With its painfully slow pace, annoying music and simplistic gameplay, Xevious just feels very out of place when you consider the other shooters that are currently available on Microsoft's online service. Check out the trial version by all means, but there are far better ways to spend 400 points.