Posted on July 30, 2008,

XBLA Wednesday 7/30: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

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More than two and a half years after Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 was released on Xbox Live Arcade, a sequel has been released. And from the time I’ve spent with the game so far, it was totally worth the wait.

Rather than just the Evolved game mode from the first game, there are now six game modes (including Waves, which was the version of Geometry Wars included with Project Gotham Racing 4): Deadline (score as much as possible in three minutes), Evolved (the classic mode; play until you run out of lives), King (you can only fire while in certain areas of the level which move around), Pacifism (you can only destroy enemies by running through gates), Waves (enemies come in waves across the level), and Sequence (a series of levels with preset enemy layouts — including a MONSTER wave of green enemies that simply blew my mind).

There’s also a new multiplayer mode for up to four players locally. Online support would have been great, but with a game of this nature it would probably have been extremely difficult to compensate for lag, so I can’t kill Bizarre over the omission.

It might be early to say this, but so far the game has met and exceeded all of my expectations. 800 Microsoft points ($10) is the price, and in my honest opinion, it’s worth every cent.

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5 Comments on XBLA Wednesday 7/30: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

odan

On July 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

Too bad 30% of the people with xbox’s right now have red rings , another 15% realize that if they get red rings that game will cost them 20 dollars , since they’ll have to buy it twice.

Chris

On July 30, 2008 at 10:23 am

30%? 15? What orifice did you pull those figures out of?

And why would anyone have to buy the game twice even if their system did Red Ring?

Bryan

On July 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

Studies show that 41% of all statistics posted on the internet are bogus.

Chris

On July 30, 2008 at 11:18 am

They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.

L

On July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm

“another 15% realize that if they get red rings that game will cost them 20 dollars , since they’ll have to buy it twice.”

Hi, Captain Ignorant.

I had bought games on my family’s XBOX 360. When I bought my own XBOX 360 last week and transferred my XBOX Live account username, I was able to redownload the games I bought without having to pay for them again.