Excerpt: The Dreamcast had a rabid fan base of both players as well as developers. Some dedicated developers continued to produce Dreamcast games years after the system was officially abandoned by Sega. Under Defeat is one such game. Never released outside of Japan, this highly collectable title is now available digitally from Microsoft’s Games on Demand service.
Excerpt: There’s a lot of history behind Under Defeat , and usually, this would solve the age old dilemma on how to start the introduction to a review. But I can’t help but feel it’s a complete waste of time. If you care about the genre, you already know all about G.Rev’s swansong scrolling shooter for the Sega Dreamcast. If you don’t really care for the genre, well, this isn’t the place to try and bolster an appreciation.
Excerpt: Everything changes. In the late 80s and early 90s, it seemed like you couldn't walk into a video store without finding a bunch of shooters available for rental or purchase. The genre was white hot and crammed full of recognizable names from Gradius to R-Type , Thunder Force to Darius . Many great titles never even saw release in North America, but it didn't matter because there was almost always a brand new one to play and another two or three just around the corner.
Summary: : Deathsmiles is yet another wonderful shooter for the Xbox 360 that’s packed to the brim with awesome, and it’s sure to please genre fans, though anyone who doesn’t have much interest in the genre isn’t going to find themselves swayed by this. The story is cute, inoffensive and generally carries the game well, and there are multiple modes available to play with enough differences to make them all worth playing a lot.
Excerpt: Under Defeat is a 3D vertical shooter arcade game that was released in Japan in 2005. It has since been ported to Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Deluxe HD version offers HD textures, widescreen support, practice modes, new weapons, and dual stick controls to fire them.
Pros: Fun arcade shooter with multiplayer support
Cons: Players share credits/retries; story text is small and hard to read; pricey
Excerpt: You might think a ceaseless torrent of advertisements and shameless self-promotion is what powers Xbox LIVE, but it's actually the base thrill of competition holding the service together. Deathsmiles understands such sentiment: it thrives on egging people into toppling the best efforts of others, but there's very little chance a side-scrolling 2D shooter, and one that doesn't even run in widescreen let alone high definition, will capture the affections of a sizeable...
Conclusion: The Deluxe Pal Edition contents 3 Discs: -The Game including the Black Lable expansion -A Soundtrack CD -A CD with screensavers, wallpapers, icon etc for your laptop or desktop pc. So highly recommended for fans of Ikaruga, Kof Sky Stage, Guwange, Mushihime Sama Futari, Espgaluda, Raiden and so on.
Conclusion: Final Score 10 out of 10 Pros: -Colorful, detailed sprite-based graphics in Xbox 360 mode. -A somewhat haunting yet catchy soundtrack. -Can shoot left and right which is a nice change. -Its a horizontal shooter! -Extra modes/Black Label content will keep shoot-em-fans very busy (and happy!). -Multiple difficulty selections for the novice to hardcore player, (caters to both shoot-em-up fans AND bullet hell fans.