Conclusion: Most of the achievements are easily obtained although completing it on the hardest mode and geting 10,000 kills is a bit of a r8 grind. It takes quite a while and gets boring. Graphics 4.5/5 one of the best looking arcades sound 4/5 solid voice acting gameplay 4.5/5 easy learning curve lasting appeal 2/5 most of the multiplayer has now died but their were some good times overall: 4/5 Great game!
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.
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