Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. I won't pretend that Joint Strike is the most thrilling shoot-'em-up to be revived and relaunched as a digital download, but it's a damn solid effort and if all classic arcade titles received this sort of careful updating before being shunted into our cyber-pipes the world would be a better place.
  2. Sure, it's not the deepest of shooters, but for $10, you could do a lot worse than 1942.
  3. 98
    If you loved the original 1942 then Joint Strike will likely conjure up memories of the golden days of shooters.
  4. 90
    Drenched in 1940's art, stellar presentation and some tough boss battles; 1942 Joint Strike is one of the best shooters on XBLA.
  5. This is another must have Capcom game for your Live Arcade collection.
  6. A classic arcade game is brought to XBLA the way old titles should be. With a fresh coat of paint but still keeping the same feel and magic that made it great and popular in the first place.
  7. This most certainly isn’t a game that you’ll be able to relax and play with a smile on your face. That’s not to say it’s bad, but just that it’s going to cater to a smaller segment of the Xbox 360 population looking for maximum challenge.
  8. Joint Strike's short length is bolstered by its difficulty, but it's hard to see gamers coming back for repeated solo player; co-op is the most impressive feature of this update.
  9. 70
    The kind of game that will have you very excited for about an hour. It looks great, it's accessible, and it's fun. But come back on day two or day three and you'll probably be eyeing other games on your hard drive to play.
  10. This entertaining update to the classic arcade game is fun while it lasts, which is under an hour.
  11. Also annoying is the frequent, noticeable slowdown when a lot of effects start flashing on-screen, particularly during online play.
  12. A good, solid scrolling shooter. It's tough, but not so tough that it will only appeal to genre crazies who can only feel emotion when it's filtered through a bullet hell pattern.
  13. 83
    Joint Strike is a great way to kill a short period of time...just like an arcade game should be. It's brief (you can beat it in about 30 minutes), but that plays to its strengths, as it never feels repetitive during such a short time period.
  14. 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.
  15. The game employs some brilliant animaitons for dying enemy units. [Issue#33, p.116]
  16. This is one of those games where it can be a lot of fun to play with your friends and relive the experience that you had in arcades years ago.
  17. 60
    No continues or saves, no level selection, weapons aren't balanced.
  18. A remake that's peculiarly of its time: a western-style, casual gaming aping of the Japanese shoot 'em up that's less homage than banal dilution, and the game sucks the life and vibrancy from its rich lineage. [July 2008, p.99]
  19. A competent but uninspiring update of a classic arcade game. [July 2008, p.82]
  20. For the fans of the beloved series I would absolutely recommend playing 1942 Joint Strike.
  21. If you liked the original coin-op game or are a fan of scrolling shooters, Joint Strike should definitely be in your collection.
  22. It's short length, combined with a very forgiving Easy (AKA "Penguin") difficulty level, means that most experienced 1942 fans will blow through the whole game in an afternoon. But if you are a fan, this reimagining is very rewarding indeed.
  23. If it weren't for the highly enjoyable multiplayer, we would have to rate this with a "Skip It." But it really isn't all that bad. Check out the demo of the game beforehand.
  24. 71
    Ultimately, only true hardcore arcade fans prepared to look beyond the relative gameplay brevity and sporadic online hiccups are likely to revel in the revamped iteration of 1942: Joint Strike.
  25. 1942 is a solid vertical-shooter addition to XBLA, just do not expect a killer revamp, a la Pac-Man Championship Edition.
  26. 1942: Joint Strike is a sweet, albeit short gaming experience for fans of classic top-down shooters. Those who have friends to play with will obviously have the most fun with the game, but even solo pilots will find plenty to enjoy here.
  27. 70
    Although the gameplay is limited and only takes around 30 minutes to clock (per plane), 1942: Joint Strike is still a satisfying gaming experience.
  28. Aimed at the most nostalgic among us, it's a pity to realize that 1942: Joint Strike isn't very ambitious.
  29. Well-made with fun co-op, but not as good as it should be. [Oct 2008, p.101]
  30. 1942: Joint Strike wasn't only a disappointment because the game just isn't very interesting or fun, it also served to remind me that I've still got another couple of months until Capcom's remake of Bionic Commando hits the PS3 and 360 for download.
  31. 1942: First Strike is highly entertaining… while it lasts.
  32. While 1942: Joint Strike brings nothing new to its series, it’s just good nostalgic fun when you’ve got a wingman with you.
  33. As a title that doesn't stand out in any particular category other than nostalgia, 1942 still holds up well as the shooter it is.
  34. Unreliability truly is the recurring hallmark of 1942: Joint Strike. Like a used-car dealership, it seems to have a vehicle for every budget and lifestyle, and each one is covered with a thick sheen of low-grade wax. Yeah, they look tasty, but you have to wonder if even a single one can make it off the lot.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    1
    This game is supposed to be an "enhanced" remake of 1942. But there's absolutely nothing enhanced. Some levels are taken away. You can't saveThis game is supposed to be an "enhanced" remake of 1942. But there's absolutely nothing enhanced. Some levels are taken away. You can't save mid-mission, so once you play the game once, you basically are stuck playing the same short game over and over. If you want real sky shooting, try Aegis Wing. At least that's free. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. NateB
    Aug 17, 2008
    8
    A visually engaging and accessible shooter that will please 1942 fans and casual shooter aficionados alike. 1942 does not have the depth or A visually engaging and accessible shooter that will please 1942 fans and casual shooter aficionados alike. 1942 does not have the depth or variety of Ikaruga, but 1942 also is not as punishingly difficult. While the in-game replay value is limited (like all shooters, really), the co-op mode is lots of fun, there are 4 difficulty levels to challenge your ability and 3 different planes to complete the game as. In all, worth the 800 points if you're at all a fan of top-down shooters. Full Review »