godzilla_sushi's Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

Avatar image for godzilla_sushi


As far as downloadable content goes, Geometry Wars 2 is about as good as anyone can get. I remember getting the first Geometry Wars based on my time with the original in Project Gotham Racing 2 and it was a really great game. The price was right, particularly versus the other games that were available during the 360’s launch. It was a nice simple way to show off a new high definition TV. This is the perfect sequel for that.

I won’t summarize every mode. But I think they did the right thing by evolving the series to take advantage of the variety that can be available in the vector-graphics style. Pacifism is a really great way to benefit from the Geometry Wars essence. And the Deadline mode was interesting since you don’t run out of those rare lives that feel so hard to get. The game just doesn’t feel as simple as it looks. The explosions of color visually stimulate like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Players might be simply pointing and shooting, but there is never a point where it feels like an empty shape shooting at little empty shapes.

The introduction of leaderboards into every mode and every screen are the replay value for the game. I was always looking to beat the best, just to make them beat me. My pleasure came from that unspoken competition. Whoever is on top knows they’re on top. Even minor changes like multipliers and increasing the score that can be acquired has really made it enjoyable. Geometry Wars felt like a miserable struggle just to reach a million. Making scores higher made me feel better. The whole thing is like a video game equivalent of those little moments throughout the day where you feel good about it all. And so, for the first time in a while, I actually remembered that there is an Xbox Live Arcade and that it can be capable of retail quality games.

Other reviews for Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Xbox 360 Games Store)

    Unprecedented level of awesomeness 0

    Back in 2005, Geometry Wars was one of the leading Xbox Live Arcade titles, and it went a long way to justify that Digitally Distributed games could work in a console environment. Since then there have been numerous imitating Dual-Joystick shooters available on XBLA, so it speaks volumes to say that the release of Geometry Wars : Retro Evolved 2 completely surpasses all the other downloadable shooters that have come out previously.   What makes Retro Evolved 2 so outstanding is its ability to de...

    7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

    The best $10 you'll ever spend on your Xbox 360. 0

    During the initial months of the release of the Xbox 360, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was considered to be the best launch Arcade title. It's addictive gameplay along with colorful, stunning High-Definition visuals made it a most-own. To this day, many still consider it to be one of the best Live Arcade titles, and one of the best $5 you'll ever spend on the system. So if the following is true and the first Geometry Wars is the best $5 you'll ever spend, then Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is t...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.