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  • No other videogame console has ever impressed me as much as the original XBOX
  • However, there are still a few interesting underdog titles being scatterly released to this day
  • The camera moves frantically while revealing the rich details of the background - which may feel a little confusing at first, but is actually a very exciting aspect of the experience

    • by Pedro
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      No other videogame console has ever impressed me as much as the original XBOX. Thus, I find it very unfortunate that the original Microsoft system has been left behind by most developers - who now favor the newer XBOX360. However, there are still a few interesting underdog titles being scatterly released to this day. Such is the case of Xyanide, a budget priced space shooter by Amsterdam based developer Playlogic.

      The gameplay is surprisingly refreshing. Instead of the usual R-Type mechanics space shooters


      adopt since the NES era, Xyanide uses the following control scheme: while navigating through the auto-scrolling scenario with the left thumbstick, the player aims and shoots solely by pointing the right thumbstick at the target. The downside of such innovation is the necessary learning curve every player must go through while soaring through the high-tech corridors of Xyanide. But it is just like riding a bike - once you get the hang of it, it all becomes naturally automatic. There are two game modes: Arcade and Level. In order to advance from one stage to another, the player must start every time from the very beginning - just like one would if investing quarters. On the other hand, one may also select a specific stage in order to practice for the real thing. There is also support for cooperative play, although no obvious 2P selection is available in the main menu. In order to play with a friend, start the game as usual in ...

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      either mode and tell your partner to press the ‘Start’ button ingame.

      Another unexpected feature is the intriguing plot which keeps the player glued to the screen, decided to explode everything in the way to the next details of the well told story. I am not going to include more details on the subject for it might detract from the narrative.

      Graphically, Xyanide really takes advantage of the hardware it was designed for. The camera moves frantically while revealing the rich details of the

      background - which may feel a little confusing at first, but is actually a very exciting aspect of the experience.

      The sound effects are not many, but all fit perfectly the overall atmosphere - shots sound powerful, explosions sound menacing and so on and so forth. The electronic soundtrack is also adequate, even though Xyanide allows for the reproduction of mp3 albums sotred previously on the hard disk.

      Final verdict: Xyanide is an awesome and innovative game which every space shooter fan should try out!




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