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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. Apr 7, 2014
    9
    Whilst many developers think that shmups have no place in modern gaming, that there is no demand for full release games with graphics made from the ground up rather that just polishing some old sprites and slapping HD on the box, Under Defeat really sets the standard for Shmup releases in the future, and not only that shows that the genre when done right has a demand in today's video gameWhilst many developers think that shmups have no place in modern gaming, that there is no demand for full release games with graphics made from the ground up rather that just polishing some old sprites and slapping HD on the box, Under Defeat really sets the standard for Shmup releases in the future, and not only that shows that the genre when done right has a demand in today's video game market.

    Under Defeat looks amazing, a lot of effort has been put into the visuals to make it feel in place in 2012. This isn't a downloadable version of a 20 year old game, some real love has gone into it. Gameplay wise you couldn't ask for anything better than Under Defeat for today's modern shmup fan. Intense and challenging sum up a session of this polished shooter, and it is rewarding to keep coming back for more. Other than being another bullet hell shooter lost in the shuffle, Under Defeat really offers some layers to how to keep your helicopter alive in a relentless assault that doesn't back away easily.

    It may break some controllers, but in a good way, if that is a thing. The standard bearer for a shmup release in this decade.
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73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    This game really should have been a digital only release for $10-$15 dollars at the most. If you played Under Defeat back on the Dreamcast or even in arcades and want to play it again in its full HD glory then go right ahead but personally for anyone else I would suggest waiting till the price comes down because its pretty expensive for what you are actually getting.
  2. Dec 27, 2012
    100
    Under Defeat HD has that special charm that is either loved or hated by shmup fans. Its different controls and high difficulty may be too heavy for those new to the genre, but veterans will feel right at home here.
  3. Dec 20, 2012
    65
    Unless you are a die hard fan, consider other cheaper, and most of all, better alternatives.