Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Brp brp brp brp. Brp-brp brp-brp. Brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp-brp. BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BR-BRP. The dauntless descent of these extraterrestrial hordes was impressive in 1978. And it’s still a good timewaster today. As for its alien foes, they probably deserve to conquer the planet. It’s not like we’ve done anything particularly good since the late seventies. Maybe the creation of the internet? No, absolutely nothing worthwhile. Luckily for the Invadophile, an updated version, Space Invaders Extreme, is out today on Steam. Would you like to see what Space Invaders is like today? I lied! That’s not what it looks like today at all. That’s what it looks like 10 years ago on handheld consoles – the PSP and Nintendo DS – which is where this cacophonous imposter first appeared. But this is Space Invaders. It’s hard to keep … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Space Invaders?
Space Invaders Extreme
Start with classic Space Invaders gameplay, add in the visual stylings of Rez, cook it up with the hot soundtrack of Lumines, and add some Galaga-like flourishes for spice, and you've got a recipe for the upcoming Space Invaders Extreme. We had a chance to check out this beautiful reboot of the all-time arcade classic at the Nintendo Media Summit here in San Francisco this week, and it's looking like a must-buy for shooting fans. The first thing you'll notice about Extreme is its look. Sure, you've still got the slightly blocky-looking aliens winding their way toward your cannon, but in the background there is so much more going on, as a constantly shifting background of trippy visuals adds a lot of graphical interest to the shooting that comprises most of Extreme's gameplay. Pile on a propelling soundtrack and it makes for a Space Invaders experience unlike any other. And that's just the presentation. When it comes to the gameplay, Extreme has plenty of tricks to pull, too. Take … [Read more...] about Space Invaders Extreme Hands-On
While Taito was busy showcasing plenty of new titles at its TGS booth this year, a couple of classics being reborn on the Nintendo DS almost stole the limelight. Space Invaders Extreme takes the best of the iconic arcade top-down shooter and reworks it with a few modern tweaks. New weapon upgrades, such as multishot ammunition, flame balls, and lasers, are available. They also randomly float down when killing enemies. Lasers in particular act like the power-up in Arkanoid--another title to get the 2007 Taito treatment--and can rip through entire columns of enemies in a single fell swoop. During the first mission that comprises various types of alien invasion patterns, we entered a bonus stage, which became more of a 1942-style shooter with wave-after-wave of enemies launching themselves at our ship. They attacked in packs, with a special unit in the middle of each small group exploding and taking with it nearby units when destroyed. Bonus levels required you to shoot a … [Read more...] about TGS ’07: Space Invaders Extreme Hands-On
Space Invaders Extreme for Xbox 360 likes to mess with your eyes. It's full of dirty visual tricks that keep your eyes darting across the screen at a frenzied pace. It's also great fun. The game, which came out on the Nintendo DS and PSP last year is being revamped for Xbox Live and I got a chance to check it out during a visit by producers. I was reasonably familiar with the handheld versions of the game--including playing it on the DS as nature intended it: with the DS paddle controller--but seeing the game's stylized visuals on the big screen brings a whole new level of challenge to the game.Taken piece by piece, SIE isn't all that impressive visually. The enemies are still the basic building-block sprites you'd expect from a proper Space Invaders game. However, toss those enemies together into a slew of different formations, mix them up by color, give them unique behaviors, then toss in a bunch of neon-colored madness occurring everywhere on the screen as you transition from one … [Read more...] about We Just Played Space Invaders Extreme