Conclusion: LIVE Arcade title will be a winner,and 1942 Joint Strike is no exception. The title’s graphics are impressive,the fun factor is intact,the controls are not at all complicated and the sound of the gun fire and explosions are loud and realistic enough to immerse you right into the action.
Excerpt: The original Capcom arcade game, simply titled 1942, was a top down Galaga-style shooter that was built around the Pacific air battles in (duh) World War II that popped up in both Japanese and American arcades in the early-to-mid '80s. The game was a fairly basic one-plane-vs-everyone-else shooter, one that hasn't inspired much nostalgia even after a few appearances in Capcom's Classic Collection games.
Excerpt: One of my favourite arcade games of past is 1942. This shooter used a very a simple control scheme combined with highly addictive vertical scrolling action. 1942, and its many off shoot games, were all the rage of arcades long before Capcom’s Street Fighter series took the world by storm. Developer Backbone Entertainment has brought the grizzled game to the Xbox 360 via Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA).
Excerpt: One of my most disappointing moments in gaming was spending an entire afternoon completing 1942 on my NES only to be rewarded with a screen that said, "Good Job". Although 1942: Joint Strike didn't do much to alleviate this disappointment, it didn't take me more than an hour. Visually, 1942: Joint Strike is somewhere between "great" and "okay". The entire game has a soft, hazy look that I really liked.
Summary: Capcom's newest 2D shooter may be a lot of fun, but it's also extremely short. If you're the type of person that loves a good challenge and can't get enough of this old school type of shooter, then you should definitely check out Capcom's newest game. Everybody else should probably just pick up Bionic Commando instead! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Excerpt: Back when it was difficult to get a circuit board to do anything more interesting than throw 16 colors on a screen, home consoles were a wrecked and abortive attempt by a few dying companies, and arcades roamed the land devouring our nation’s quarters, the shoot-‘em-up (shmup) was born. You had a guy, you have [...
Conclusion: As it stands, 1942: Joint Strike is a delightfully demanding shooter that incorporates some of the traditional 194x customs into an otherwise mostly modernized formula. While it doesn’t have what it takes to differentiate itself and stand above the pack as a true classic, its core elements are fairly solid; forgiving the life meter, lack of depth, and online co-op bugs, fans of the genre might consider checking it out for a short-lived thrill.