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?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: At 800 Microsoft Points, Omega Five is a great shooter that's definitely worth the download if you're a fan of the genre. The game looks absolutely gorgeous with fantastic sounds, and highly addictive gameplay. It may be a tough sell to casual gamers due to its length and high degree of challenge, and to that we say try the free trial before you buy.
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 graphics for an XBLA game., -Cool weapons.
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.
Summary: Omega Five is a side-scrolling shooter in the vein of Gradius or R-Type, though if you're a fan of these types of shoot-'em-ups, it may remind you most of Capcom's Forgotten Worlds. Nevertheless, it's got a unique style that's very much its own, and while it may not initially seem like you get much for your 800 points, this Xbox Live Arcade release is surprisingly compelling and quite a looker to boot.
Pros: Challenging, exciting side-scrolling action, Lots of crazy, cool creatures to shoot at, The levels are beautifully designed and very different from one another
Cons: $10 is a tad much for only four levels, No online co-op