Xevious
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8  |  Wreck The Real Estate! (Xevious review, 7800)
Darryl B. , 6/9/2006 11:23:02 PM
Wreck The Real Estate!Even though it probably seems fairly common now, with it being a scrolling shooter, Xevious was a bit of a different arcade game back in it's day, and not just because scrolling shooters were still fairly new back then, either.

For one thing, the graphics kicked ass. Also, the storyline involved the usual futuristic Earth (common in a sci-fi theme); however, as it turned out, we actually weren't here first. So we must drive the aliens out who screwed around and waited for a loooong time before trying to (re) claim Earth for themselves.

So that's why you must bomb everything you come across!! Make the Earth unwanted! Pretend you're a descendant of Osama Bin Ladin, but this time you must attack everything! Yeehaw!

But of course, rather than just dropping bombs, you must also shoot things in the air as well. There's stuff coming at you in all directions, with all kinds of different, unique attack patterns as well, from eight-ball kinds of enemies (literally, they're black balls) that disappear as soon as they shoot (kind of like how terrorists are considered to be cowards, I guess), ships that swoop in and shoot from the sides of the screen, ones that fire up at you from the ground, tumbling shields that can't be destroyed, etc.

Yep, Xevious (whatever a "xevious" is) had it all, from a huge mother ship to moving ground targets that would come close together in a group to expanding back out again to underground buildings to destroy to hidden flags that would grant you extra lives to tanks that would speed up when you shot at them, then slowed down again (heh, I can just imagine the scene inside of that tank: "speed up, Earl, there's a target lock on us! Now slow down again! Haw!") to the non-stop in-game "music", which I use that term loosely, as it was high-pitched, fast, mechanical and annoying. (Ugh, I can hear it right now; GET OUT OF MY HEAD!) However, the rest of the games' sounds were pretty good, like I said earlier, the graphics were great (and still hold up fairly well today), and you couldn't go wrong with the controls of just an eight-way joystick and two fire buttons.

And like I've said with most of the rest of my 7800 arcade-to-home reviews, this game is a pretty good port of the original, although a little easier, and blah blah. It's also cheap and common too.

So, destroy as much as possible, people are depending on you (don't know WHO exactly; maybe some worldwide real estate organization?). Make the Earth as undesirable as possible. (That'll teach those stupid aliens to screw around.) 8/10

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