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  • Summary: Relive the excitement of the ultimate action videogame with the all-new next-generation remake of Defender. Developed by 7 Studios, this all-new 3D Defender -- based on the timeless arcade classic -- offers players space-combat action as they fight to defend their solar system and save the human race from alien invasion. In addition to fast and furious space-combat action, Defender will showcase elements of strategy, multiple types of humans to protect and use, ground units for players to defend and strategically position, and bases to build and expand. Players will also be able to take flight in new Defender ships with the ability to upgrade with special weapons, shields and other technologies as they take on the aliens who've invaded their universe. [Midway] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The revamped gameplay manages to stay fresh, but is still able to keep that special something that made the original game so engrossing.
  2. The game controls nice and tight—a necessary element for successful fast action. Every button on the Dual Shock 2 is used, but it’s an extremely comfortable and intuitive layout.
  3. While not very deep, Defender is an action packed game that any shooter fan should enjoy.
  4. A decently solid shooter that's good for a few hours fun. Shame they couldn't include the original as a bonus, though. [GamesMaster]
  5. It doesn't really share too much with the original arcade title.
  6. It doesn't really go too far out of its way to distinguish itself.
  7. The action is always set on high and the immediacy of the appeal lends itself to strong replay. [Dec 2002, p.86]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. LuisA.
    Oct 28, 2002
    I think that this game should be in the top ten in the US because it's the best space game aside from Staarlancer (created by dreamcast).
  2. LarryK.
    Dec 31, 2002
    Actually kind of hard...I'm still stuck on the first levels!
  3. MitchellC.
    Dec 7, 2002
    Luis is an idiot. This game is most definately not a 10 out of 10. Jedi Starfighter is better in playability and the controls for rolling and maneuvering are better. Does he work for Midway or something? Collapse