Xevious - Xbox Live Arcade review

Grandaddy of the Shooter


  • Faithful port
  • Excellent challenge
  • Relatively simple achievements


  • Game play is ancient
  • Needs more tunes
  • No weapon power ups

At 25, Xevious is probably older than a number of the people reading this review. For those of you who don’t know, this 1982 Namco coin-muncher was one of the first vertical scrolling arcade shooters, helping establish the standard for everything that came in its wake. And while the shooter genre has largely come and gone in the annals of gamedom, Xevious remains a very big part of interactive entertainment history.

Butthe problem withporting and releasing downright ancient games like this on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is that no matter how classic or significant they are, they generally just don’t stand the test of time. Xevious is a perfect example of this pitfall.

More Info

DescriptionXevious is an old-school shooter brought back to life on Xbox Live Arcade.
PlatformXbox 360
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date23 May 2007 (US), 23 May 2007 (UK)