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3D Classics: Xevious (3DS eShop)

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3D Classics: Xevious Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Xevious goes 3D

When Xevious first hit arcades back in 1982, it became known for its odd visual style and unique sound effects. Now, after a number of releases on various platforms over the past 30 years, the game now makes an appearance on Nintendo's 3DS system via the eShop. While being able to take the game with you on the go for those quick pick-up-and-play moments is certainly intriguing for shooter fans, it's the amazing depth the 3D brings to the table that ends up making the game such an interesting prospect.

The gameplay in 3DS Classics: Xevious is quite simple, as you play the game in typical vertical shoot 'em up fashion. You have two weapons at your disposal, a Blaster and a Zapper with which to take out the constant barrage of metallic enemy fighters. Whereas the majority of your challenge is held in blasting the airborne enemies, you will have to bomb an assortment of attack installations on the ground, especially once they begin launching cannon fire your way.

You'll soon find that as you progress through the title's various levels, the challenge quickly begins to ramp up. Enemy fighters not only take on more intricate attack patterns, but their cannon fire becomes far more intense as well. The same can be said of the enemy bases, which begin the game rather docile and soon begin hurling bombs your way with ever-increasing intensity.

The level progression is seamless, so the game plays out in continuous fashion. Since there is no story, your main focus will be racking up as many points as you can in order to beat previous high scores. The lack of any type of online leader boards is a bit disappointing, but the game does save local high score lists, which offers you a bit of incentive to keep going back for more.

The play controls are all very responsive while manoeuvring your ship feels intuitive. The targeting reticule makes taking enemies and bases out much easier, and the clouds off to the side of the screen do a nice job of giving you a bit of a safe haven for times when the action becomes too intense. There's not nearly as much variety within the gameplay structure as vertical shooters that followed Xevious in arcades, but it all works well enough for gamers who are looking for something they can just quickly pick up when they have a few minutes to kill.

Visually, 3D Classics: Xevious hasn't changed much from the arcade original. The 3D makes a mammoth improvement in the game's sense of depth, but other than the clouds that line the sides of each level, everything else remains fairly accurate to the arcade release. The soundtrack and sound effects are nearly spot-on with the arcade version, something long time fans of the title will certainly appreciate, and do a solid job of carrying the quirky theme that the game makes use of.


There's no denying the fact that the original Xevious arcade game is beginning to show its age with overly simplistic visual designs and repetitive gameplay, but it's impossible not to be impressed with just how much the addition of true 3D depth injects into the overall experience. When you toss in the fact that you can now take the game with you on the go, what you have is a fairly solid dose of vertical shoot ‘em up action for those times when you just want a quick fix, without a lot of bells and whistles.

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User Comments (45)



CanisWolfred said:

I always hated this game, which I can't say for many other shooters. I was hoping this would fix the problems I had with the game, but it sounds like it doesn't.



grumblegrumble said:

Good score. I don't think it's deserving of a higher score than a 7, you hit the nail on the head, Corbie - like always. I mean... I was never a huge fan of the original, but this remake makes it slightly more entertaining to play. With the 3-D effect aside, I'm not sure this game would even get a 5. Don't get me wrong, I love playing retro titles, I grew up with them, just not this one so much lol Let's hope we get a better 3-D title soon... Can they make Ice Climber in 3-D? I am missin' me some eggplant action.



NapalmHornet said:

I think this deserved a higher score personally. The 3D is actually very good and I would say its well worththe price



NintyMan said:

The 3D alone makes this game enjoyable to play. Without it, it wouldn't have been a full plate. It's good to play when you have spare time, and I actually like playing it more than 3D Excitebike.



Oregano said:

7 is a good score. The game is fun, looks pretty nice even though it's simple and the 3D not only enhances the visuals but also helps the gameplay. It's a lot of fun.



Weavius said:

Xevious has some of the best 3D I've seen on the 3DS. The 3D makes this game so much better than it normally would be.



Yasume said:

I was amazed by the 3D when I watched the trailer on the eShop. I might give this a go at some point.



Chozo85 said:

I have been really impressed with this. It gives an aging shooter a new lease of life and I think the 3D works much better than in Excitebike. I look forward to the next 3D classics game.



x10power said:

I wasn't a big fan of Xevious but I downloaded it anyway. For some reason this game is so much better with the 3D.



C-195 said:

I find that having the 3D turned right up makes me lose focus on the ship, still a great game though.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Overpriced. The game is fun but its easier to find a free flash version of this type of game. Whether tacked on 3D or not.



Chris720 said:

Not worth the £5+ asking price really, it maybe fun but you can find the same game for free online. With or without the 3D effect, it's still Xevious, nothing else has really changed.

If it was free, then yeah, but asking £5 for a game this old and where you can find anywhere online for free? What a waste of my money.



Supremeist said:

I downloaded this and it was well worth the cash. I love it but I'm really bad at it. I'm gonna try to get better.

Also, the 3D looks really good but makes it harder to focus, so I keep it on about half way.



BulbasaurusRex said:

I watched the trailer on the e-Shop, and while the 3D looks amazing, the gameplay doesn't look good enough to warrant a purchase from me.

I do wish this had been the free one instead of Excitebike, though.



Hokori said:

hmm was going to skip this, but if we dont get anything on Thursday ill get this instead



Link79 said:

So this get's a whole 3 extra points compared to the Nes version just for being 3D?
How does it go from a 4/10 to 7/10 so easily?
I skipped the Wii VC version but this one has me tempted.



Teh-Ray said:

I wonder if this would have gotten a higher score if it was less than six dollars. Then again, I wonder if it got a 7/10 even after the fact that it's six dollars.

Making this tempting, reviewer, and so has the 3D trailer. If nothing comes out in a week or two worth buying, this may very well be my next purchase after Game and Watch Gallery.



Corbs said:

@Link79 - For starters, this is the arcade version of the game. The 3D also makes a huge difference in the look and feel of the game. It's much better as a portable game since you can use it as a game you just pick up and play in quick spurts. That was enough for the bump in score, at least to me.



TalesOfFan said:

I've already sunk around five hours into this game. I love it! My highest score so far is 112,450.



Link79 said:

@ Corbs
Well In that case you've convinced me.
I never expected I'd be buying this but you changed my mind.



suburban_sensei said:

Good review, I want to play this since everyone is talking up the 3D effects...but $6 seems to be too much.



WaveGhoul said:

If this never made use of the brilliant 3D, I'd pass on this faster than a rotten hotdog.

But since it does, knowing me I'll get it eventually, probably after I blast through A Boy & his Blob for the Wii.



Doobah said:

I've put about 4 hours into it so far. The 3D depth is really impressive. I set the 3D to the fifth level in the options and then pushed the slider all the way up. This was the only game that bugged my eyes out. When I play Xevious I keep the in-game 3D at default with the slider on full. Great game.



EarthboundBenjy said:

I don't play many shmup games, and I've never played Xevious in the arcade or on the NES or anywhere else. And I think this game is really cool.



JebbyDeringer said:

Wow haha. Everyone is all over this because the 3D effect is cool. While considered a classic the game is dull and uninspiring. There are far better shooters including Space Invaders (preferably the '88 remake).



Freeon-Leon said:

I was waiting for this freaking review! I've never played Xevious before, but when I saw it on the eShop I thought "well, this sure looks better that Excitbike" and then you give me this. I'll buy it next week for give it a try. Good review btw



luminalace said:

I really not sure if I should get this or not! 7 out of 10 is more than I expected. I like shmups too!



komicturtle said:

There's really a sales tax??

See- this is what happens when people complain about the Nintendo points system. Thanks a lot, complainers



grumblebuzzz said:

Because of the bad review of the NES version, I was gonna skip this one; glad I didn't. It's a very impressive display of what the 3DS' screen is capable of doing and it's an addictive little burst of retro coolness to boot. I'd probably have given it an 8 myself, but the review is pretty accurate.



Traxx said:

Outch! There are actually guys out there that manage to use max 3D in this game? If I do, I get cross eyes and cant keep focus on the fore- or background. Dissapointing.



TeeJay said:

After downloading Donkey Kong and Cave Story, I had exactly $6.03 left. I've been wondering for a while now what to use the rest of my money on; I'd completely forgotten about this game. I'm going to download this tomorrow. I hope the 3D in this game is as impressive as Excitebike's was.



MechaKingMinos said:

3D Classics: Xevious is up on Club Nintendo now for 100 coins, available until Jan 10. I'm gettin' it!



Moonhillwat said:

I don't understand how this scored lower than Kirby's Adventure 3D Classics even though most of that review was spent complaining?



Transdude1996 said:

Hated this game so f***ing much because of it being so hard, but it grew on me. So just after I got my 3DS, I downloaded using my Club points. This and Four Swords were my first two 3DS games.

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