GALAGA LEGIONS DX
Xbox 360/XBLA (also on
We really don’t
like Mondays. For some reason they make us wanna shoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oooot.
The. Whole. Day. Down.
Righty-o, now that we’ve established our sociopathic credentials,
It’s 30 years since the original Galaga first filled arcades
with ‘pew!’, so Namco have given their neontastic update of a few
years back a DX makeover, much like they did brilliantly with our
favourite pill-popping, wukka-wukkaing cheese wheel,
Other than being a pretty cool 2D shooter, GLDX doesn’t share
much with the originator. You can now move all over the screen,
there are several ‘skins’ for different looks (one of which is
reminiscent of those gloriously pixelated days), there are key foes
to zot that make all the minions go ‘futz!’ now and the focus is on
speed, rather than patience.
So, levels have time limits; your ability to ‘pew!’ invading waves speedily being
the key to scoringness. Of course, score’s what it’s all about – as
with any classic arcade shmup. First you get the score, then you get
the power. Then you get the women! But they’ll likely be plushies,
or have seven toes on all three feet or summat. Erm, not that
there’s anything wrong with that...
So, other than desire to score more – and that’ll depend on how
deeply GLDX plunges its tendrils into you - there’s not much
draw after playing through once. Old school farts that we are we’d
have loved the original to have been included somewhere, along with
Galaga ’88 just for the fuck of it, but they’re not. Suf-fer!
It may not be particularly Galagatastic, but at least you can liven up
your day shooting shit like cr-a-zee without Bob ‘fooking’ Geldof
writing a song about it...