Excerpt: December 2005 was the time that Microsoft was struggling with the simultaneous launch of the Xbox 360 in all the major territories; it was also when Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved proved to be one of the early talking points of the console’s Xbox Live Arcade service. The genesis of the game may have been a mere mini game in Project Gotham Racing 2, although Geometry War’s impact on Xbox Live Arcade proved to be a major success story.
Summary: When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, one game was king. Even though there were good games like Kameo and Project Gotham Racing 3 , a little $5 Xbox Live Arcade game proved to be one of the most played. Now, almost 3 years later, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is back on XBLA and better than ever.
Excerpt: Xbox LIVE Arcade is home to plenty of good games but few that could be labelled as modern classics. One such game that can proudly wear such a badge is Bizarre Creations' Geometry Wars Retro Evolved. For 400 Microsoft Points Geometry Wars offered more depth and value than any other game released on the console and has been the cause of more cuss-filled explosions of rage than anyone would care to admit.
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Excerpt: Say goodbye to your irises: the original Xbox Live Arcade dual-stick shoot-‘em-up/acid-freak-out has returned. Geometry Wars was a hidden Easter Egg in the original Xbox’s Project Gotham Racing 2 , before the updated Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved inspired the plague of mediocre ‘one stick to move, one stick to shoot’ imitators which haunt Xbox Live Arcade today.
Conclusion: If you’ve played the previous titles then you’ve probably already purchased Retro Evolved 2. It doesn’t offer anything new, but a fresh variation on what’s already been seen. It’s as old school as games come and that’s meant as a compliment. The achievements (which are actually achievable) round off a superb package. It’s simplistic gaming with an addictive edge. A game for everyone, which is well worth your precious Microsoft Points.