Summary: Do you remember where "your" Galaga machine was in your town back in the day? If you can answer this question, buying the XBLA version of Galaga should be a no-brainer. It isn't a perfect port and the kiddies might not "get it", but for us 80's (or earlier) children Galaga is worth checking out.
Pros: Classic gameplay, Nostalgia factor is through the roof, Addictive, Easy Achievements
Cons: Small gameplay board, Continue system ruins replayability, Slight control lag
Excerpt: Describing Pure as a realistic racing sim as the same as saying the Pope is stoned as hell each Christmas evening and plays strip darts with gay members of Al Quaida. In other words: you couldn’t be further away from the truth.
Summary: took some harsh criticism a few months ago when their title was released on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace. Since then, the company has worked to fix some of the bugs and problems that it had with the initial release.
Excerpt: Hydrophobia has had a bit of a rough time in regards to the amount of criticism that it has received, although developer Dark Energy Digital certainly didn’t take this criticism lightly and have taken a long, hard look at the game to see what could be fixed.
Summary: Pure puts quite an interesting twist on the arcade off-road style racing genre, something that was needed if this game was to stand out amongst the pack. Pure does a lot of things right, and will definitely make your jaw drop the first time you go airborne near 100 feet in the air.
Conclusion: Despite the game being associated with the SSX
titles, we can’t deny the fact that Pure is an
incredible reproduction of extreme sport. The
game provides high adrenaline entertainment with
its raucous music and impressive trick system.
Excerpt: Pure is the latest ATV entry on the 360, and it comes from Black Rock Studio and Disney Interactive. The game revolves around stringing together long sequences of tricks and catching a massive amount of completely over-the-top air in some seriously gorgeous environments.
Pros: Trick system is fun and fluid., Graphics are gorgeaous., Online play is smooth and enjoyable.
Cons: Has the depth of a kiddie pool., Fun factor wears off rather quickly., Bike construction interface is a bit clumsy.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: At worst, this is one of the best rental options this year. It doesn't have the depth or longevity of the big simulation racers but for sheer hair-raising off road action, a new franchise is born.