Sunday, June 14, 2009

Xbox Live Arcade: Aegis Wing review

Since doing two other Xbox Live Arcade reviews, I figured I should do more. This review is for the game known as Aegis Wing. It is also a 2D sidescroller type game. This game was actually free, and you can download it to your xbox 360 for free if you have a silver or gold xbox live account by going here. Once there click the link that says "Full game." From there you will log into your xbox live associated email and you will be able to send the game to your xbox 360. The game itself is simple. You are controlling a space ship that must avoid getting shot to death while fighting your way through the levels. There are a total of 4 power ups that you can use. One shoots a laser beam that destroys anything in its path. Another creates what seems to be an EMP field where the ships stop functioning and you can shoot them down. The next is a multiple-shot weapon that shoots enemy seeking missles. The last of the power ups is just a shield. With the shield you can deflect enemy fire back to them. I have not beaten this game yet, but it is loads of fun. You get 5 lives per level. If you use them up then you must start over. So far I have only managed to get 2 achievements. I can expect to get the rest later. My final score for this game is:


It would be nice to have better graphics and a few more options, but the game is definitely good for the price range (again, it's free!). You have nothing to lose, but you have achievement points to gain. Download it now if you get the chance.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Xbox Live Arcade: Mega Man 9 review

The same person who recommended Braid to me, also recommended Mega Man 9. I must say upfront, Mega Man 9 was not as exciting. It's a 2D sidescroller (this is arcade, people). That's about all I can say at this point. I didn't have the dedication to complete the 1st demo level. I guess it could just be me... From what I attempted, the controls were very simple. There is quite a bit to think about when playing this game. You have to pace yourself. If I wanted to try to run through the game there would be something popping up to kill me. When I died, the level started over completely. That's something I really don't like in games. Other than all of that the game was good for thinking on demand about what to do in a situation. If you don't think of how to get through the situation quick enough you'll be dead. My score for this game will be:


For a game that I wouldn't even finish that's more than enough. Don't trust me on this issue though. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you have to say about it.

Xbox Live Arcade: Braid review

Someone suggested the game to me, so I downloaded the demo. My review of this game is based only the demo. Braid is a very interesting game. It's a puzzle game, but the factor of being able to manipulate time makes it more interesting. You play in a 2D sidescroller style game. I believe the objective of the game is to obtain map pieces from different areas -- in the demo anyway. I believe the true goal of the plot is to rescue some princess (remember Zelda?). On the demo you had to think about the timing of when to jump on something or the sequence of how you would go about solving the puzzle. I found it pleasantly entertaining. I'm pretty cheap, so I doubt I'd buy the full version of the game myself. If I was given money to buy it I definitely would. I would recommend it to you as well if you haven't tried it out already. The score I give this game would have to be:


There's always room for improvement in games, so I doubt I will ever give a 10/10 score. Other than that, puzzle games just aren't really my genre.