Darkstar’s Xenocide Review
Mstar Games have taken what made Space Invaders great, and then went and made it even better. That is Xenocide. I say that emphatically, this game really captures the feel of its inspiration. If you want to know what they did to up the anti on the classic game read on. You know you want to.
Alright first up let us start with the first thing you’ll see when you start this up, the Menu. Unlike other games the menu is set up along the top and you must shoot the choices like you would the aliens in the game. It is a small and simple thing, but a nice unique touch.
Now lets get to the game modes. You have Arcade or Classic. Now Classic mode is pretty simple. It is the game we all know and love with multiplayer support. There isn’t anything crazy or power ups or anything like that just good old fashioned alien shooting before they reach the bottom. Arcade mode is where things are changed up. You have large aliens that when you destroy them they break into the smaller more familiar sized aliens. You have power ups that give you triple fire for a limited number of shots. You have a gravity missile power up where a section beautifully warps in on itself destroying the aliens. There are other power ups, but I’m not going to run down everyone I came across. All weapon power ups are limited shots so you have to use them carefully to make the most out of them. This element prevents the game from straying to much from its roots. At least that is how I felt. It also manages to keep the difficulty in the game without things breaking down.
This game is not a bullet hell game or anything close. Yes the aliens fire upon you but their shots are clearly seen and keep the feel of the game like that of the original Space Invaders. Honestly if I didn’t know it, this game could easily be mistaken as a sequel gameplay wise and I mean that in the best possible way. Now the game is hard, its controls are sensitive you can move very quickly across the screen if you push the left stick too far. That was how I usually ended up getting myself killed or missing the intended shot.
The game fully supports 4 player local multiplayer and its a lot of fun sitting down and getting a multiplayer game of this going. For us old school gamers the older games are like guilty pleasures that the younger generation just missed out on. It is great to see new takes on these great games to bring it to our children. This game also has a local and global leaderboard if your playing while someone else is. So download the trial I bet you’ll be buying it.
Final Score: 4/5