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Galaga Legions - Xbox Live Arcade review

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For

  • Inventive
  • fun gameplay
  • Surprising amount of strategy
  • Beautiful shoals of enemies

Against

  • Not pure twitch shoot-em-up
  • Tenuous resemblance to Galaga
  • Only 5 stages

It%26rsquo;s genuinely new, different and fun: setting up a perfect kill zone of crossfire feels deliciously evil. You%26rsquo;re given a moment%26rsquo;s notice of the arcs the next deluge of foes will trace, so you%26rsquo;re always thinking ahead. But strangely, this is also what stops Legions from being great. It certainly adds strategy, having to interpret these scribbling lines, picture what they represent, conceive of a tactical plan and place your turrets accordingly. But it%26rsquo;s a constant interruption to the electric primal fun of dodging hazards and shooting furiously.

The joy of shoot-%26rsquo;em-ups is The Zone: that trance in which you become the ship, reacting on instinct at a pace rational thought can%26rsquo;t hope to match. In Galaga Legions, it never happens. Every five seconds you%26rsquo;ve got to snap out of it and fret about where to put your turrets. Legions only has five stages, tough enough for real rookies. Your 800 points buys you a nice new idea, some extraordinary and quite beautiful shoals of enemies, and a handful of %26ldquo;Ha!%26rdquo; moments when you set the perfect trap. For that, it%26rsquo;s worth it.

Sep 22, 2008

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GenreShooter
DescriptionYour 800 points buys you a nice new idea, some extraordinary and quite beautiful shoals of enemies, and a handful of "Ha!" moments when you set the perfect trap. For that, it's worth it, but be warned that its resemblance to Galaga is tenuous enough to warrant a paternity test.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating
Alternative namesGalaga Legions
Release date:20 August 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
Genre:Shooter
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