|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Gulti||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Square Enix||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 23, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, the best example of your teammates' worthlessness comes in the form of a small, spherical orange foe. When these enemies find you and get close enough, they'll attach themselves to your ship, making it impossible for you to fire or break free by yourself. As your life continues to dwindle due to this enemy, you are completely reliant on the rest of your squad to save you. All I can say is don't hold your breath. Your A.I. teammates are more than happy to just let you die, not even attempting to take a stray shot at this parasitic enemy. This is truly frustrating when you are on your last life and your final target has only a few shots worth of health left in them (and at any other point in the game, honestly).
Things work slightly better when playing with friends online. At least you can call out for help when paralyzed by the spherical orange enemies and actually expect to get some aid. Of course, good luck convincing your friends to pay fifteen dollars (1200 Microsoft Points) for a severely flawed game that only lasts about four hours (if you're lucky). After all, this game's infuriating to play by oneself, and it doesn't have an extremely strong online component.
Besides the online co-op, your only other options are for eight player competitive matches of capture the flag and control the points. There are already plenty better shooters available on XBLA, most of which are cheaper than this one, that are way more deserving of your time and money.
Unless you like constantly fighting with a sluggish camera, brain dead A.I. that refuses to do anything but fly straight to their deaths, or are just really into realistic looking aerial photographs of cities (which is about the one thing this game got completely right), then I'd suggest saving your fifteen dollars for a better title.
CCC Staff Contributor