Posted on November 27, 2007,

Gaming Today Reviews ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (XBLA)

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I finally had the chance to play Battlestar Galactica in-depth on the Xbox Live Arcade. The game is loosely based on episodes and stories from the new television show. Although I am not really a fan of the current television show, I loved the old show when I was a kid. This download costs 800 MP which isn’t a terrible deal for what you are getting.

Campaign mode includes 10 levels that can be beat in about 60-90 minutes depending on how good you are. The mission objectives aren’t as in-depth as I would have liked, but they aren’t the worst either. You aren’t going to need any kind of strategy to get through these levels. The levels are 3-D-like and look really good for a XBLA title.

Multiplayer seems interesting, but it took me a long time to find another gamer who was actually playing BG. You can fly different ships in multiplayer which adds a little value to gameplay. Again, there’s nothing complicated about this game whatsoever. You basically fly your ship around firing missiles or your guns at enemies.

For me, the best part of this game is that it still holds a little nostalgic value for fans of the original series and film like myself, but it really doesn’t have much of a story behind it. If you are looking for some basic casual space shooting fun, you may enjoy this. Just don’t expect anything too advanced. Prior to the release, I was hoping that Battlestar Galactica was going to be the next great XBLA title. It turned out to be an average game.

Presentation (4)
What drops my opinion of the game’s presentation is the total lack of a story. They put together a functional game that is interesting, yet lacks some of the fundamental elements that gamers look for these days.

Graphics (7)
The graphics simply look nice in this title. There’s nothing real special here, but it looks fine for the kind of game it is.

Sound (6)
Sound is average with this title. There’s nothing wrong with the sound, but there’s nothing that’s really above average either.

Gameplay (4)
Gameplay suffers only because it’s just too easy and too simple to play.

Replayability (3)
Once you beat the game in a little over an hour, there’s really no point to replay the missions. Multiplayer will give you some reasons to keep playing, but good luck finding people actually playing it at the same time.

Overall (5/10)
This is basically right around average for an XBLA title. I was hoping for much more, but it’s not a terrible price for what you get. I’d suggest playing the demo before purchasing this title. As far as space shooters go on the arcade, I still believe that Aegis Wing is the best available.

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6 Comments on Gaming Today Reviews ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (XBLA)

Norbit

On November 27, 2007 at 1:40 pm

I think the TV series is one of the best things on TV but the PC version of this game is honestly one of the worst I have ever played.

William

On November 27, 2007 at 6:15 pm

I never played the PC game, but I heard many complaints about it.

Steve

On November 28, 2007 at 1:59 pm

I got more entertainment from the 2 hour Razer movie airing this past weekend than last season in its enirety. BSG the TV show is hit or miss.

Which is why I really have a hard time recommending BSG to others simply because it has equally awful episodes to its awesome ones.

It’s like the writers fall asleep when writing and then someone slams a book down on the table to wake them up every once in a while.

Norbit

On November 28, 2007 at 2:20 pm

“I got more entertainment from the 2 hour Razor movie airing this past weekend than last season in its entirety”

Really? I didn’t think much of Razor at all but then I cant stand the character of Cain. Do you really think it was better than the whole of season 3? Exodus pt 1 & 2 were far better than Razor imo. Season 3 wasn’t as good as the first 2 but there isn’t a single episode thats ‘awful’ imo.

Rusklander

On March 1, 2008 at 6:49 am

There are other places to debate the TV show – but les talk game!

I just played it to the end and have to say it’s the cheapest nastiest licence I’ve played in years. There are about 7 people on the dev team and they can’t have had more than a couple of months to knock this out.
With such a well of reference material and the power of the 360 it’s a bloody crime! Gameplay is locked on a flat plane so it feels like you’re driving a crap car. No voices or even references to show’s characters, repetitive and dull gameplay that feels more like a fan ‘tribute’ than a real game. The mod’s for Homeworld are way better.
I’d give it 2/10. I only hope there’s a ‘proper’ game in development with a decent budget and design. Shame on you Universal for being so cheap and dirtying the waters of such a strong licence.

chris

On April 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

i had to do that im the one who put all those silly faces. i just wanted to sat that battlestar galctica ROCKS!!!!