Galaga Legions For The Xbox Live Arcade

Galaga, the game I have probably spent the most money on in the arcades, is getting another makeover. The original Galaga was released in 1981. Not many people know this, but it was actually the sequel to the 1979 game Galaxian. Prior to Galaga Legions, there have been 2 other sequels: Galaga 3 (1984) and Galaga ’88 (1987). While all of the earlier Galaga sequels did add some awesome new features, Galaga Legions, which was released on August 20th, 2008, exclusively for the Xbox Live Arcade, is definitely an extreme makeover of sorts.

While the core gameplay is the same, shoot hordes of alien ships, I have to say that I was blown away by the new gameplay features. Galaga Legions gives you the ability to enable autofire, which I would recommend. I initially thought that this would make the game too easy or just no fun. Quite the contrary, you have plenty of other strategies to deal with; you don’t need to worry about shooting on top of it all.

In Galaga Legions, you control a primary ship that also has to small satellite ship that are initially in close proximity to your ship. Massive waves of aliens will attack you, but you are given a warning of the course they will be taking via onscreen cues. What is so revolutionary about this game is the usage of the satellite ships. You use the right analog stick (the joystick on the right side of the controller) to place the satellite ships. With a simply press in any of four directions, up, down, left, or right, you will have placed one of the satellite ships as a kind of stationary gun turret that will fire at the onslaught of ships. The great thing is, not only can you place both satellite ships anywhere facing any direction, you can do it as often as you want. This is why autofire is excellent, you are spending most of your time focusing on aiming at the proper targets as well as setting up your satellite ships to fire at the appropriate places as well.

The music is somewhat nostalgic, carrying an underlying theme reminiscent of the original 1981 Galaga, but new enough for people who have never played the original to enjoy. The sound effects are also done well, keeping you highly involved in the game. Graphically, this game feels like Galaga meets Geometry Wars, which turned out quite well. This style of graphics is starting to get old, since so many games are using it now, but graphically, Galaga Legions is quite pleasing.

Overall, the new gamplay features and feel of the game are excellent. I have to admit that I was hesitant to like a Galaga sequel that is graphically so different from its predecessors, it is excellent. I find very few drawbacks, if any. It is easy to pick up and play, and I can’t imagine anyone hating it. At 800 Microsoft Points (around 10 bucks) on the Xbox Live Marketplace, it’s a steal.

Achievement Review

Since Galaga Legions is an Xbox Live Arcade Game, there are only 200 gamer points. These are fairly evenly spread, with a majority of them being for completing each stage on each of the game modes. There are 2 additional achievements; one for not deploying any satellite ships in any one area, and the other is for completing an area without losing a single life. Pretty typical achievements, but the game is highly challenging, so they should take awhile. The reviews of the Pokemon go accounts will be uploaded at the online sites of the account. The purchasing should be done after checking the reviews of the previous customers.