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Geometry Wars – Attack of the Shapes!

“Want to play Geometry Wars?”geometry-wars-02

“A learning game? No thanks.”

The response I receive from many non-gamers. Though despite the name, this is one of my favorite titles of all time.

Geometry Wars (360) is a 2D, dual stick shooter that seems to have started the craze. One stick controls moves your “ship” while the other is held in any direction to constantly pour out projectiles. Either triggers use a bomb which destroy every enemy on screen with a huge, rippling explosion. The action is fast paced and challenging for everyone.

Gameplay goes like this: you are an octagon-like unit that flies around an enclosed area that contains geometry shapes which are constantly reappearing. Each different shape has a distinct color and attack pattern. Learning each shape’s personality and killing strategy and quite fun so I won’t give any hints. Each enemy also gives off a distinct noise when it spawns. This helps prepare you for any shape that spawns off screen.

At first gameplay starts slow, with a few slow moving enemies on screen then gradually increases in pace as 20+ enemies spawn at once. Eventually, there is a constant flow of baddies that keep you on your toes and your fingers twitching on the bomb triggers. There is an added game mode that contains the entire area on the screen and feels much simpler.  Although simpler, this mode is just as difficult.

The visuals in this game are unbelievable. The background ripples from explosions and bullets, the enemies are vivid and explode in a wonderful rainbow of sparks. When the screen gets overrun with baddies, the visual also presents a challenge. Trying to focus on the more threatening enemies while the screen is a seizure of colors can be a real challenge as everything chases you from every-which-way.

The reason I love this game so much is the leaderboard feature. Yes, that’s it. The gameplay is so challenging that you’ll constantly want to best your score, your friends score, or the entire2aj9nbngeometry wars’ population score. Another very key point that I enjoy about Geometry Wars is the startup time. After you select the game, you can spam the A button to get into the main game within seconds. Because of this, I love to play a quick round or two before I begin a session of Call of Duty or Street Fighter 4. Of course how skilled you are will depend on game length. A polished, short game never outstays its welcome and keeps you coming back for more.

This is my favorite game on XBLA. It’s quick to start, play a round, and be satisfied to matter how well I do. For just 400 MS Points ($5) you get a beautiful arcade game that will keep you hooked for years. I’m still playing a round or two a day, trying to best my score and obtain the insane achievements after two-ish years of owning it.

-Rob

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March 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment