|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Namco Bandai||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Namco Bandai||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 20, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The inclusion of these satellites adds a huge amount of strategy to the gameplay. Deciding whether to place your satellites in positions to fire at incoming enemies or to keep them attached to your ship for the firepower bonus can be tough. These types of situations constantly arise and you must make your choices very rapidly, especially in the game's later stages. Since your satellites are also indestructible, they can be strategically placed within enemy formations to help you deliver a quick deathblow to an entire formation by dispatching its leader.
Unfortunately, Galaga Legions does have some issues that keep it from being a perfect sequel. Players will notice an occasional dip in framerate when the screen fills with action. These don't happen that often and they rarely affect the gameplay, but they are still noticeable. Legions is also fairly short, being made up of five areas, with five levels each. If one was skilled enough, they could blow through this game in only a few short hours. Players are supplied with an adventure mode, which consist of playing straight through these five areas, and a championship mode that is nothing more than a fancy name for area select. There is no multiplayer to fall back on once you've completed these modes either. Mind you, the game can be ridiculously challenging at times, but many will likely complete it and then be left with nothing else to do.
While I do think that this is a great follow up to a classic arcade game, it would have been nice to have just a few more modes to keep you coming back. Still, the visuals are great, the gameplay is amazing, and the strategy that has been added to the tried and true formula of the original Galaga makes this one arcade follow up that does its predecessor justice. Fans of the classic will definitely want to check this one out and I would also encourage anyone who likes shooters to give it a go as well. You may not be getting a ten hour game, but it will definitely be a blast while it lasts.
CCC Staff Contributor