Excerpt: As one of the D+PAD team elegantly put it this month, “XBLA has scrolling shooters up the f’ing ying-yang”. So what makes Omega Five worth your time and, perhaps more importantly, 800 of your MS Points?
Excerpt: It’s warming to see huge developers of the 8-bit to 16-bit era going back to their old ways thanks to XBOX Live Arcade. Hudson Soft created some legendary titles in the past including that cheeky chappie Bomberman and this game is equally retro.
Excerpt: Xbox Live Arcade is fast becoming a veritable nest for a new generation of shooters, with games such as Geometry Wars and Mutant Storm long established and old favourites Rez and Ikaruga soon to join the party.
Conclusion: This review may seem a little bit long-winded, especially for an Arcade title, but it’s just something I have to stress. Omega Five is only the second arcade game I’ve played that I would give an A (TMNT gets an A for humor alone, despite what Mr. Letourneau says).
Summary: If you’re an oldschool gamer and you can handle a challenge, this game is definitely worth buying. Anyone who can’t handle the challenge, for whatever reason you may have, skip this game until Natsume releases a difficulty option patch, if that ever happens.
Pros: -Nostalgic, nostalgic, nostalgic., -True arcade-like design all around., -Cool sound track, even if a bit cliche., -Awesome tribute to a dying genre., -Good amount of well-designed characters to play as., -Fitting achievements., -Unlockable challenge modes add some replay value., -Incredible grap...
Cons: -Might not be worth the money, considering the length., -No online multiplayer., -No way to change difficulty., -4 stages seems a little short, even for the genre.