Excerpt: The key to understanding what Undertow is all about is in the title - an undertow is a strong subsurface flow of water returning seaward from the shore resulting usually from wave action. And that's what it is - some serious underwater wave action. It rekindles memories of rival XBLA title Geometry Wars: Retro Revolved, and could almost be the same game with a different skin.
Excerpt: Product Description Single Player, Xbox LIVE Multiplayer 2-16, Local Multiplayer 1-2, System Link 2-16, 5.1 Surround Sound, HD (High Definition). Buy the full version of Undertow and join up to 16 players in underwater battles for the survival of humanity! Non-stop action ensues through four multiplayer modes and robust 15-level single-player and co-op campaigns, featuring stunning graphics and special effects.
Summary: Ringo Starr clearly isn't on the same page as Chair Entertainment. Whereas The Beatles' drummer famously fantasized about withdrawing from the world for a quiet existence with friendly crustaceans and octopi, the developer's Undertow depicts an H2O that's anything but peaceful. But though this frantic multiplayer-oriented Xbox Live Arcade shooter offers a lot of excitement, a number of design quirks and a short, frustrating single-player story mode dampen the experience.
Pros: Solid multiplayer action, Unique underwater look and sound
Cons: Skimpy single-player campaign, Brutal bot AI, A few design quirks
Excerpt: So this may be coming a little late, but I find that now that the massive holiday games rush is just about over, now's the time to look back and some of the games that fell through the cracks for whatever reason. In this case, Undertow for Xbox Live Arcade.
Excerpt: Undertow is what Xbox Live Arcade needs more of: a simple premise with perfect execution and excellent multiplayer through Live. Play with up to 16 players through Live or split-screen locally or System Link. Or just add bots. Capture the spawn-points to reduce the enemy's "tickets" or lives to zero. An absolutely simple, stunning game with deep combat and strategy, Undertow is a testament to the greatness developers can achieve in such a small package.
Pros: ups: Graphics, controls, upgrade system, deep strategy, 16 player through Live, split screen, Sys-link, Sound effects are great,
Cons: downs: Sometimes the blue team can blend into the background, upgrading in the thick of things is tough, voice acting could be better
Excerpt: Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft is truly committed to making Live Arcade a place where great independent games can prosper. They have the service and they have the audience, but what they don’t have is a grasp on timing. One of the best Live Arcade titles has been released, and no one has been playing it. The game I am referring to is the new multiplayer-centric, team-based, underwater game called Undertow that is developed by newcomer Chair Entertainment.
Summary: E3, Wimbledon and the World Cup are all huge events that have just been around this past month so Codemasters thought it would be a good idea to release a cricket game slap bang in the middle just for good measure. So what else to do but grab my bat, put on my knee pads, insert my ever important cup for protection and head out onto the crease to see what this was all about?
Pros: A cricket game for cricket fans, Third person 'Be a Pro' like camera angle, --
Cons: Not nearly enough players playing LIVE, Visuals could do with a polish, The game will go unnoticed by almost all gamers