Excerpt: In the world of fighting games, BlazBlue sits firmly between the insanity of the Versus series and the strict strategy of Street Fighter, just like its spiritual predecessor, Guilty Gear . It allows for crazy, multi-hit combos, but still allows a deeper level of strategy where spacing, player position, and setups can be used. It’s a series that is still young, but has already carved its place in the genre.
Excerpt: Assault Heroes 2 (AH2) is another top-down shooter on a service filled with top-down shooters. However it does what it does quite well and manages to stand out from similar Xbox Live Arcade games. If you are not a fan of scrolling shooters it won't change your mind about the genre, but if you're looking for some mindless and frantic shooting action it certainly delivers that.
Excerpt: XBox Live Arcade is a sea of arcade ports and other unique, sometimes quirky games. A sequel being released for an arcade game is something of a rarity. However when the predecessor was a successful title, it really shouldn't such a surprise when a new title is released.
Conclusion: AH2 is still one of the best stick-shooters currently available on the Xbox Live Arcade. It takes everything that worked in the first game and makes numerous improvements that help to advance the series. There are some minor problems that keep this game from perfection, but all in all it succeeds at being an excellent follow up to an already great title.
Excerpt: Assault Heroes 2 is a top down scrolling shooter available now on XBL for the modest sum of 800 points. In the award winning first installment, your heroic assaulting defeated a ground based enemy.
Conclusion: There are already too many dual analog shooters out for XBLA and PSN, and this one sits near the bottom if the pile. It takes a lot for me to admit that, mostly because I have purchased and played them all (yes, even the sequel to Mutant Storm ). Assault Heroes 2 took what was good and buried it under needless additions, losing the simplicity that worked in the first game. Remember Smash TV ? You moved, you shot things. How do you screw that up?
Summary: Assault Heroes 2 follows the stereotypical path of the sequel to a tee. The additions read like a veritable checklist of expected upgrades--bigger levels, new vehicles, and different weapons--without implementing any drastic changes that would mess with the tried-and-true game design of the first. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.
Pros: Surprisingly long, Ice gun is a blast to use, Almost perfect controls, More maneuverability leads to less frustrating deaths, Smooth online play
Cons: The behind-the-ship levels are poorly implemented, New vehicles are far too limited, Lack of different play modes