follow us:

Latest News

Join the Thieves Guild in upcoming Elder Scrolls Online DLC
A new DLC pack for Elder Scrolls Online lets players join the iconic Thieves Guild. It's time to make the pockets across Tamriel a little lighter. ... [read more]
New trailer gives you a behind the scenes look at Unravel
With the release of Unravel, the indie 2D platformer with the adorable character made of yarn, in just a few weeks, EA unveiled a new trailer with more info about the gameplay. ... [read more]
Far Cry Primal story revealed in new trailer
A new video for FarCry Primal is available and shows what lies ahead for our hero, Takkar. Massive hunting grounds showcase the new wildlife and enemies that inhabit the ecosystem of Oros. It is up to you to defend your people from the enemy tribes and find your place in thi... [read more]

Latest Articles

Your safe space doesn't belong in my competitive game
Whether it’s trash talking or teabagging, some people are looking for a nicer online experience. Guess what? We’re not in elementary school anymore. This is digital dodgeball and players like me are aiming for your head. ... [read more]
Smite Preview: Hey look at me, I'm playing a MOBA on my console
There's no doubt that the top two MOBA games are DotA 2 and League of Legends, and with the control layout for those games, it's unlikely we'll see those games make the jump to the consoles. However, Smite, the third-person perspective MOBA game and arguably the third most p... [read more]
It doesn't matter how you get your Gjallarhorn
Destiny has seen its share of ups and downs. From the amazingly unbalanced Vex Mythoclast Fusion Rifle to its poor story, players have had plenty of reasons to trash the game. And now, the ultimate storm of garbage has landed. The Destiny community lost its mind when the Gja... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Undertale Review: An 8-bit RPG with a twist
Toby Fox first made himself known to the public with his ROM hack, “Press the B Button, Stupid!” for an Earthbound Halloween Pack back in 2008. With the help of artist Temmie Chang, he created a game that will take you back in time with its 8-bit look, music and turn-bas... [read more]
Batman: Arkham Knight Review: A fitting end for the Dark Knight
Rocksteady Studios did the unthinkable in 2009 by making a game based on a comic an actual GOTY contender. The follow-up, Arkham City, continued the pattern of quality and faithfulness to the comic making for another great game. To finish off the series, Rocksteady is back w... [read more]
Heroes of the Storm Review: The WoW of MOBAs is here
MOBAs are becoming more and more common as the competitive arena of choice. League of Legends and DotA changed the face of eSports by putting the new genre in the spotlight. Blizzard has entered the fray with their answer in the form of Heroes of the Storm.... [read more]

Latest Videos

Top 10 Hardest NES Games of All-Time
The NES was a console that had a huge library that had some of the most notoriously difficult games of all time. 8-Bit Eric counts down the Top 10 Hardest NES Games of All-Time. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric Review: Yoshi's Woolly World
8-Bit Eric reviews the woolly adventure of Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World. ... [read more]
8-Bit Eric Review: Citizens of Earth Review (Wii U)
Remember Earthbound? Well, Citizens of Earth is like Earthbound, but not really. 8-Bit Eric explains why. ... [read more]
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury Review
Posted on May 10, 2011 by

Sometimes it proves difficult to adequately describe a game’s concepts in words. Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury, recently released for the XBOX Live Arcade can be best described, as its title suggests, a missile shoot’em up. Published by Treasure, Bangai-O was first released for the both the Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 consoles. With its release on Xbox Live Arcade, the game has received a high definition graphical overhaul as well as new features such as the inclusion of multiplayer. However, not even a graphical update and new features are able to save its gameplay problems.

NEW COAT OF PAINT

High Definition - To be perfectly honest, Bangai-O is simply one of those games that are nice to look at due to the updated graphics. The game looks as good as ever on Xbox Live Arcade. The hectic action that takes place on screen, with many, many missiles flying about, never hints a snag visually. The game manages to maintain a high graphical standard despite all the different obstacles that are present at any one given time.

New Features - With its release on Xbox Live Arcade, Treasure decided to include two different modes which add a certain fun factor. There is a multiplayer mode that allows for the hectic missile shooting action to be played with friends. An otherwise stale game becomes relatively enjoyable when played with others. Furthermore, there is also the presence of an edit mode which allows players to create stages (think Halo). I found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time in this stage creation mode alone and found it be the best mode available.
 

SHOOTING FORMULA GROWS OLD QUICK

Stale Gameplay - Bangai-O tries to create a fun atmosphere by tossing many different elements onto the screen at once. You are constantly trying to avoid certain death by omitting as many missiles and bullets as possible. However, not only does this become old quickly, there is a high difficulty spike as it becomes increasingly difficult to stay alive with so many missiles out to kill you. For a developer trying to introduce an older game to a new audience, Treasure does not help its case with the difficulty level.

Lack of Story and Music - All in all, story and music are just as important. The story is almost non-existent as it takes the backseat to the gameplay, which is fine given that it at no point suggests a strong story. However, the music also takes a backseat to the gameplay as well. The tracks are forgettable at best and do not contribute to the pumped up action feel the game tries to convey. Furthermore, the gameplay itself is not strong enough to carry the weight of the entire package as a whole.


 

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury is a nice attempt at bringing an older game to a newer console. However, despite the new additions, the game does not hold up to other Xbox Live Arcade games, most notably in the gameplay department. Not only does it lose its appeal after a few hours, it suffers from a difficulty spike that is completely unforgiving for new players. Unless you are looking for a severe challenge, stay clear of this updated port.
 

What's your most anticipated game for February?

Project X Zone 2
Fire Emblem Fates
XCOM 2
Dying Light: The Following
Mighty No. 9
Unravel
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Megadimension Neptunia VII
Firewatch
Far Cry Primal
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


Catching up with Koretzky


Castlevania Symphony of the NIght Review

Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe Review

Joe Danger: Special Edition Review

Other Gaming News From The Web