Mutant Storm Empire - Xbox Live Arcade review

  • Simple, addictive gameplay
  • Pretty graphics
  • Intense action
  • Overwhelming odds
  • Forgettable music
  • Easy to lose sight of your ship

Nov 5, 2007

Mutant Storm Reloaded was one of the launch games for Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service on the 360 back in 2005. But most people probably don’t even remember that, as the overhead shooter was sort of lost in the shadow of the ridiculously popular - and quite similar - Geometry Wars. Now just a couple of years later, Mutant Storm Empire hits Xbox Live Arcade with no major competition. This semi-redesigned overhead shooter finally has a chance to shine, and is a game every Live user should at least check out.

Controls are what everyone expects from a shooter in the current generation of downloadable games - dual stick action reminiscent of games like Robotron or Smash TV. But rather than complete each full-screen room only to transition to another room full of enemies, in Mutant Storm Empire you actually have to navigate your ship from room to room, fighting for every square inch of ground gained. The tweaked gameplay doesn’t make for an amazingly unique experience or anything, but it is enough to make Empire feel unlike the rest of the clones in this rapidly-growing genre.

Visually, Empire has been kicked up a notch from its prequel, but still retains the same look. While the gameplay is definitely 2D, everything in the game is rendered in 3D. This means a lot of creative camera movements as the play field scrolls around, but non-complicated gameplay to go with it.

Empire features two different play modes: a standard level-by-level story mode, and a score attack. And of course, both of these support multiplayer for online and single system. But whether you play single- or multiplayer, the action in Empire is fast and intense. It’s definitely a better game than its predecessor, which was pretty good to begin with. It might not live up to the lofty standard set by Geometry Wars, but it’s only missing that mark by a hair.

More Info

Release date: Oct 31 2007 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Pom Pom
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence


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