|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Natsume||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 9, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As with any good scrolling shooter, we know nothing about our characters other than their names and weapons. The plot is to beat the game. Scrolling shooters never really made a name for themselves by delving into the past of their heroes and telling us what exactly it is they're doing flying in a mass of chaos causing huge amounts of destruction.
One thing Omega Five did not leave out is graphics. Omega Five has the most impressive scrolling shooter graphics yet. The graphics really allows Omega Five to make a name as not only as the best graphics for a scrolling shooter but the best graphics on Xbox Live Arcade to date. Though there's nothing new the game has to show, it certainly has solid visuals. A 3D scrolling environment with bright lasers and beautiful explosions will have you watching it every time you blink or close your eyes. The background is thankfully not as bright as it would cause mass confusion, but it looks fantastic none the less.
Local co-op play is available, but adds little to the game. With so much going on in the game visually, a second player can often cause too much mayhem, making it hard to see what's going on. The game is not offered with online co-op, but again, the gameplay value would not be increased if it were.
Omega Five is slower paced than most scrolling shooters, but with limited levels it fits the game. There are only a few levels in Omega Five so the slow pace is necessary. At the end of each level, you are faced with a boss, so try not to die, as it's likely you will. If you make it through with an upgraded weapon, the boss should not be too difficult, though since you rarely do, expect a difficult fight.
Omega Five is exactly what Xbox Live Arcade needed. Though it is nothing new in terms of gameplay, this game proves that XBLA games are worth the purchase. The visuals are stunning for a game of this nature, and will often attract others into watching or playing with you. Expect Xbox to notice that when they create a game specifically for XBLA instead of remaking games or re-releasing games, it can be worth the extra effort. This game is one you're going to want to keep on your Xbox
CCC Freelance Writer