Excerpt: One of two things is going to happen when you pick up a popular old school game. Your either going to, one, think to yourself "wow I can't believe how much time this fossil of a game previously stole from my life" or, two, you're going to get that ole' warm giddy feeling you used to get when you picked up the game back in the day and be flooded with a bunch of old school memories.
Conclusion: Space Invaders Extreme 2 keeps the same addictive elements that made the first game so good and adds a few new features, but it's more of an incremental improvement. The gameplay is still great but very similar to last year's game, which makes Extreme 2 feel like a huge expansion pack. It's still a standout DS game though and a bargain at only $20.
Excerpt: Space Invaders, the game that swallowed countless quarters, consumed the spare change and cost the lunch money of many arcade fans in the early 1980s. Originally sold by Taito, the arcade game featured a laser ship defending itself against waves of invading aliens. After its recent re-release on the DS, PSP and Xbox Live Arcade, Square Enix and Taito have returned with the expected sequel, Space Invaders Extreme 2 exclusively on the DS.
Conclusion: Concept: Take the winning formula from the first Extreme and dust lightly with new content
Graphics: Same simple pixel vibe with slightly improved production values
Sound: The catchy techno tunes had me bobbing my head
Playability: The new bingo feature adds yet another layer of depth to scoring
Entertainment: Fans will feel right at home and newbs should start here
Summary: Space Invaders gets another techno-psychedelic makeover, and it's at least as much fun as the first time around. Some players may have overdosed already, but if not, Extreme 2 adds more ways of scoring massive bonus points and a time-attack mode that strips the game down into something a bit more focused. The graphics and sound, of course, are a riot, an interactive rave lightshow with echoes of Sega's classic Rez.
Pros: Stylish graphics and addictive music, Lots of clever variations on a simple gameplay concept
Cons: Multiplayer isn't as exciting as the solo mode in some ways, Not too many new features compared to the original Extreme