1942: Joint Strike Xbox 360

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For the fans of the beloved series I would absolutely recommend playing 1942 Joint Strike.
  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. Edge Magazine
    40
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. While 1942: Joint Strike brings nothing new to its series, it’s just good nostalgic fun when you’ve got a wingman with you.
  8. Sure, it's not the deepest of shooters, but for $10, you could do a lot worse than 1942.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Games Master UK
    83
    A competent but uninspiring update of a classic arcade game. [July 2008, p.82]
  15. 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.
  16. This entertaining update to the classic arcade game is fun while it lasts, which is under an hour.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Also annoying is the frequent, noticeable slowdown when a lot of effects start flashing on-screen, particularly during online play.
  23. 1942 is a solid vertical-shooter addition to XBLA, just do not expect a killer revamp, a la Pac-Man Championship Edition.
  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. Aimed at the most nostalgic among us, it's a pity to realize that 1942: Joint Strike isn't very ambitious.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 1942: First Strike is highly entertaining… while it lasts.
  29. 60
    No continues or saves, no level selection, weapons aren't balanced.
  30. This is another must have Capcom game for your Live Arcade collection.
  31. If you liked the original coin-op game or are a fan of scrolling shooters, Joint Strike should definitely be in your collection.
  32. X-ONE Magazine UK
    80
    The game employs some brilliant animaitons for dying enemy units. [Issue#33, p.116]
  33. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    60
    Well-made with fun co-op, but not as good as it should be. [Oct 2008, p.101]
  34. 98
    If you loved the original 1942 then Joint Strike will likely conjure up memories of the golden days of shooters.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 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 »