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Asteroids collide with XBLA


Don't let the exciting headline above fool you, because there's not much to get excited about on XBLA this week. Barring a brief trip down nostalgia lane, this week's release of Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe -- even in one convenient package -- is hardly worth a second (or possibly first) glance. Frankly, the game hasn't stood the test of time, though old school fans may find something to like here. Also, the revamped Evolved version is nothing more than the same game with a new coat of pixels. There are no new powerups, no smart bombs, just some flashy new explosions. The explosions, by the way, obscure your vision, which actually makes the game harder. Don't let the allure of two games for the price of one fool you, because that's not what's on offer here.

As a commenter points out, we forgot to mention the price. It's 400 MS Points.

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xenocidic1

11-28-2007 @ 10:21AM

xenocidic said...

how about putting the price in the article instead of just slamming the game?

coincidentally, it's 400 msp.

time pilot didn't get anything more than graphical upgrades either , and I enjoyed that.

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xenocidic2

11-28-2007 @ 10:24AM

xenocidic said...

Also, there is one change to Deluxe,
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The release of Asteroids Deluxe: The sequel to the original, released in 1980, Asteroids Deluxe featured the same classic gameplay but added a new shield feature and dangerous satellite enemies. Play both the original and its sequel in all of its classic old-school style.

cf. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/a/asteroidsxboxlivearcade/default.htm

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xenocidic3

11-28-2007 @ 10:32AM

xenocidic said...

Thanks for the update.

I guess if you meant that Asteroids Deluxe hasn't changed from Asteroids Deluxe circa 1980 save for new graphics, then the article would be accurate but that wasn't entirely clear.

I will stop talking to myself now.

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Richard Mitchell4

11-28-2007 @ 10:36AM

Richard Mitchell said...

Actually, I meant to say Evolved, not Deluxe. Fixed.

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xenocidic5

11-28-2007 @ 11:17AM

xenocidic said...

Thanks again for the clarification.

Hey what of the fact that the first poster can really monopolize the first page of comments by continually replying to his own post???

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Big Filth6

11-28-2007 @ 10:31AM

Big Filth said...

L A M E

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Cerixus7

11-28-2007 @ 11:13AM

Cerixus said...

I am a retro-whore so this article will not dissuade me!

Also... Time Pilot = one of the greatest arcade games ever. I still play it all the time. We have it at a local retro-arcade and I'm so close to beating the high-score I can smell it!

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xenocidic8

11-28-2007 @ 11:18AM

xenocidic said...

lol, yea I really enjoyed it even tho I almost broke my controller going for "Perfection" achievement

whats the High score you're shooting for?

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Cerixus9

11-28-2007 @ 11:21AM

Cerixus said...

I don't remember off the top of my head, but last time I was at the arcade (http://www.1984arcade.com/) I only missed it by like 10k.

I should also point out that the arcade actually only has a full cabinet for Time Pilot '84, which isn't as good as the original. But sometimes they swap the board out in one of the generic cabinets and put in the classic TP.

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Cerixus10

11-28-2007 @ 11:22AM

Cerixus said...

On a side note, when I get an e-mail notification for a response to one of my comments, the link does not work correctly. Anyone else have this problem? It loads the page, but there is no content (only title, banners on the right, and some nav. No comments/replies).

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RW11

11-29-2007 @ 6:00AM

RW said...

The controls are bloody awful!

ADD A CONTROL CONFIG OPTION!!!!

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