Namco's Xevious was one of the best shooters of the '80s. The original can be found on Namco Museum Vol. 2, but for those looking for the same Xevious-type gameplay with upgraded graphics, Xevious 3D just might be what you're looking for. The original game set a standard for overhead shooters in the arcade, copied many times but never duplicated. Using polygons instead of sprite-based graphics, Xevious 3D updates the game for the '90s, with huge full-screen Bosses, levels that look strangely familiar and hordes of enemy ships.
This isn't the first time that Namco has updated a classic title. Galaxian 3 came out in a few arcades in the U.S., a huge theater-type shooter very similar to Starblade. That game has also made its way to the PlayStation in Japan, but never got much attention in the U.S.
Fans of Xevious and shooters who have been needing a fix for years will enjoy the updated style of Xevious 3D.
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This one has sure come a long way. We all remember when Xevious was still a regular, old shooter. Now it's all fancy and 3-D. If other old shooters would get this treatment, we might see a resurgence of the genre. The control is very straightforward which makes it easy to play. It's as easy as the old one was to control, but now in 3-D of course. This enhanced version gives you multiple bombs which is kind of a drag considering that's why the old bombing method was cool--it required more skill. As mentioned before, the graphics are superb, and it's nice to see the slowdown is virtually eliminated (unlike the Japanese version that had considerable slowdown). More variety of weapons wouldn't have hurt, but the ones they give are nice-looking as well as effective. The laser "feeler" weapon is a personal favorite of mine, especially when it gets powered up. The Bosses are huge (which is always a good thing), and the levels have plenty of different enemies to blow up. Namco didn't go overboard though-there are just enough enemies on the screen at once to make the game hectic, but few enough where it doesn't get annoying. On top of this goodness, the disc has the original Xevious (along with an arranged version) complete with a new soundtrack.
Think of the old Xevious games that are included in this compilation as a Cracker Jack toy. It's nice to have in there, but you're not really going to play with it. The real game in here is the 3-D game, which is pretty good in its own right. The graphics and gameplay are above-average, but the game is nothing to write home about. More power-ups would've been nice.
You'll twitch in your seat, grunt words you'd never say in front of your mommy, and tear muscles in your thumb when you play Xevious 3D. So, yes. the game does meet most of the qualifications of a good shooter. Trouble is, it just isn't all that spectacular, both in graphics and execution. I would like more ways to power up my bombs, for instance.
Here's a title that could have easily shown up on a Namco Classics CD. The old games are purely for nostalgia's sake, but are translated perfectly. One note about the 3-D game that upset me a little bit: It's not really 3-D. Sure the graphics look great, and the perspective seems 3-D. but it plays like a 2-D game. I was hoping to have vertical control.
The recent demand for retro titles has been great for companies who made the originals so long ago. Now something else is going on that relates directly to the oldies coming back-retro titles being reworked to become par with today's technology dike Robotron X and Pitfall 3D).
Namco may not have known, back in the day, that they were making a spaceship shooter that would become the standard for others of the same genre.
Xevious 3D takes the best qualities of Xevious-those being the arcade feel of the game, the simple but effective graphics and the great game-play-and brings them over to a next-generation system.
So then, how come this version of Xevious has 3D after it? By "upgrading" Xevious, it's only natural to take advantage of what the PlayStation can do well: 3-D. realtime graphics.
With that, even though the graphics are in hi-res 3-D which give a great feeling of depth, they are still flat (much like Tobal No. 1). In this early version, this style works very well with the game. Hopefully things will look even better with the final version.
Xevious still has the same feel as old versions of the game. Players can either fire from the air or shoot targets on the ground.
There are dozens of enemies coming toward the gamer at once from both the air and the ground. Various types of crafts inhabit the skies of the game, while tanks, boats and ground cannons populate the ground, among other types.
With all of these enemies, new weapons have been added that can also be powered up. There are three weapons to obtain from power-ups scattered in the levels.
The first weapon gamers start with is a standard double-shot pea-shooter type. This can be upgraded to a three-way.
The second weapon gamers can find is the heat-seeking laser. This one can be upgraded to gain even more power. The beams of light find the enemy and take them down.
The third weapon is a powerful light beam. It's the strongest weapon, but also the most concentrated. The upgrade for this one makes it even more powerful.
The Bosses in the game are huge. Some look like giant spider robots while others are huge spinning power generators. The game features plenty of Bosses to defeat.
Xevious 3D also has rendered cutscenes, something that the original only dreamed of.
Xevious 3D isn’t the only game players will find on to ns disc. Since the new 3-D version of the classic arcade shooter could never have been made without the original(s), Namco thought it'd be nice to throw them on the disc;. What's cool about having more than one version of Xevious on one CD is that now gamers can do an easy comparison on how far Xevious has come. Here are the versions included on the disc.
- MANUFACTURER - Namco
- THEME - Shooter
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2