Summary: Xbox Live Arcade was probably the correct place to release this, but it’s a shame that a game so steeped in history had to have its name dredged up again just so Atari could name this something. I’m dying for new games in this genre, but if this is the best they can do, perhaps the genre should stay dead.
Conclusion: Achievements Not too bad to get the full 200 on. Can be done in one playthrough (around 10 hours of effort) but watch out for a couple of missable achievements (Modal and Arms Dealer). Check the achievements on TA for my tips or this thread for my guide. http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=31...
Conclusion: With insipid art, painfully boring gameplay and a lack of any sense of professionalism or class, Star Raiders just can’t come recommended to anyone, even to those with more time and money than they know what to do with. There is just no sense of charm, no appeal and nothing worth spending more than a few irritated seconds on, serving only to reveal how a game – no matter its price or distribution method – should never be done.
Excerpt: You don’t have to be a sci-fi fanatic to dream about escaping this crowded rock, but it took considerable imagination to appreciate the spare visuals of early space-jockey simulators. The new reimagining of 1979’s Star Raiders doesn’t demand quite the same dedication to fashioning your own headspace, but it does manage to make interstellar warfare seem pretty mundane. That’s not to say some interesting ideas aren’t on display.
Pros: + Three-formed ship; a few quirky retrieval and spelunking missions; large ships blow up nice.
Cons: - Only the final minutes offer any challenge; unexciting and inessential upgrades., - Bare-bones interface is filled with small, unreadable text., ? Why do recharge stations refill weapons before shields?
Excerpt: Star Raiders is Published by Atari Europe and Developed by Incinerator Studios. As most of us know, Star Raiders is an old title from the late 1970’s. This game started the inspiration for future space combat titles and could be considered an archetype. Having Atari bring back a name like this will definitely cause some curiosity, especially those gamers who have played the original.
Excerpt: Well, it doesn’t matter because what we have here is a very bog-standard into-the-screen-shooter-aiming-at-anything-that’s-red-in-your-scanner after flying towards it, often with it zooming past and you have to turn round for another go. Doesn’t take too long to bat them out of existence, however. Once they’re dead, a non-descript ball will fly towards you.