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Omega Five - Xbox Live Arcade review

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  • Excellent challenge
  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Variety of characters


  • No alternate difficulty
  • Overall length
  • No online multiplayer

Jan 10, 2008

Oldsters will immediately be reminded of the classic Capcom shooter Forgotten Worlds upon firing up Live Arcade%26rsquo;s latest offering, Omega Five. Like Forgotten Worlds, the characters in Omega Five don%26rsquo;t need any fancy space ships to perforate the hundreds of bogeys inhabiting their constantly scrolling world. These heroes simply fly- or float- through each level, shooting in 360 degrees and generally wreaking havoc.

Though Omega Five isn%26rsquo;t really all that long, the difficulty easily makes up for the brevity. There are no options to change the difficulty either, so if you%26rsquo;re easily frustrated with the type of challenge found in most old-school, arcade shooters, Omega Five probably isn%26rsquo;t for you. It%26rsquo;s worth noting, though, that after a few play sessions the game will reward you with a few more continues than the initial two that you receive. And this isn%26rsquo;t a one-hit-kill game, either. You actually have a life bar to work with, and it can be replenished with certain bonus pickups.

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DescriptionSolid control and intense action complement great graphics in this old-fashioned side-scrolling shooter.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating
Release date:9 January 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
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