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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] 1942: Joint Strike takes inspiration and influence from the 194X series of World War II-themed vertical shooters. The art, sound, and gameplay of the new game takes cues from the original 194X games, but stands out as its own unique entry. Gameplay resembles the[Playstation Network] 1942: Joint Strike takes inspiration and influence from the 194X series of World War II-themed vertical shooters. The art, sound, and gameplay of the new game takes cues from the original 194X games, but stands out as its own unique entry. Gameplay resembles the classic 2D style that gamers expect, but the game utilizes a full 3D engine. Set in a World War II-themed locale, stages, vehicles, and weapons have the look and feel of WWII with some stylistic differences. The world in which 1942 takes place is not our own and the events that transpire are not historically accurate, nor are they intended to be. This is an alternate world where history and technology developed along their own paths. As a result, players jump into the cockpits of WWII-era aircraft to take on huge waves of incoming enemy fire, dodging explosions and missiles while challenging huge bosses at the end of each stage. New co-op "Joint Strike attacks" combine the powers of two aircrafts into a devastating barrage. [Capcom] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 1942: Joint Strike is a great pickup for any fan of the 1940 series or any fan of shooters in general.
  2. Suffice it to say, 1942: Joint Strike is a fun diversion for those who aren't accustomed to the ins and outs of vertical shoot-em-ups and a great throwback for those who are. What it lacks in techno music, vector graphics, or shtick, it more than makes up for with a solid experience that can be enjoyed singly or cooperatively.
  3. A game that's just as enjoyable as any other in the series but with a wow factor that far exceeds the vast majority of them. [July 2008, p.123]
  4. If you’re one of those gamers who has a blast playing co-op, then Joint Strike is probably for you. If you're hoping to head through Joint Strike solo, however, you'll undoubtedly be disappointed.
  5. Sure, it's not the deepest of shooters, but for $10, you could do a lot worse than 1942.
  6. 60
    Shoot'em up purists won't be deterred by these issues as "Joint Strike" does have something to offer, especially when playing with a partner. But for most gamers, who after buying the game have already put their 40 quarters on the arcade cabinet glass, some continues should have been included.
  7. It is this shortness of experience and relatively shallow gameplay that makes it difficult to see why it is worth the £6.99 asking price, comparing it to many of the other titles available on the PlayStation Network.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 25, 2011
    9
    This game is a must for all fans of classic top-down shooters, and fans of the series. If you like shooters, then you'd be a fool not to grabThis game is a must for all fans of classic top-down shooters, and fans of the series. If you like shooters, then you'd be a fool not to grab this one up at the $10 asking price. Expand
  2. WilliamK.
    Aug 5, 2008
    8
    This game does a good job of staying true to the original material while adding 3D an other features like co-op and new weapons to bring it This game does a good job of staying true to the original material while adding 3D an other features like co-op and new weapons to bring it up to date with the times. Expand
  3. ToddK
    Sep 2, 2008
    8
    If you were a fan of the 80s original arcade game, you will love this new upgrade. It is super fun in short bursts trying to get new high If you were a fan of the 80s original arcade game, you will love this new upgrade. It is super fun in short bursts trying to get new high scores. And for only $10 bucks you can't go wrong. Collapse
  4. MarkBennett
    Oct 15, 2008
    6
    Looks ok, plays ok but its too short for the price tag. Can't understand that for such a short game it does not loop back to the startLooks ok, plays ok but its too short for the price tag. Can't understand that for such a short game it does not loop back to the start but at a harder level. Basically the game ends when you get through the last level which only takes about 25-30 mins. Expand