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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] When Zeus, the legendary Greek God, brings you back to life, set forth on a mission to rescue Zeus' daughter Athena from the underworld in Altered Beast. Along the way, collect the Spirit Balls dropped by enemies to increase your strength and transform into a variety of mythical creatures with powerful attacks. Multiple game modes: Play all four game modes, and save your progress as you continue your quest. Multiplayer: Play co-op multiplayer over Xbox LIVE. Achievements and leaderboards: Earn new achievements and gamerscore and post your top score to the leaderboards. [Sega] Expand
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. 53
    Altered Beast is a relic of the arcade heyday that just doesn't hold up today.
  2. It's fun for the first level, and that's about it. [Oct 2009, p.77]
  3. 35
    A quick time diversion and better left for those with strong nostalgic memories only.
  4. The graphics are horrible, and made even worse by that hellish "smoothing" filter. Your powered-up hero has a bulky weightlifter's body with a tiny comedy head on top, while enemy designs are lumpy and ugly.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. ChrisT
    Sep 16, 2009
    yeah i know 10 out of 10 is a little much but i am not comparing it to new games. i remember getting this game off a friend for sega genisis. and i still have it. it is just real old fun. i really like the level when you get to turn into bears!!! Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    Best of the classic sega games. Really, best of MOST classic arcade games... don't know what these other idiot's are talking about. Other than not really recognizing a true CLASSIC anyway! Expand
  3. May 4, 2012
    This game is a classic title and was one of the best arcades in existence back in it's day. It's port was every kid's reason for buying a Sega Genesis. IGN is the **** of gaming websites and their 'journalism' is not to be trusted here. You can't review a classic title made available for cheap download by modern day standards. They should have their card pulled. 10. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2010
    it ok it one of the game you play once and never play again.
  5. rolfö
    Jan 8, 2010
    so bad its actually good! ...In a bad way..
  6. Dec 20, 2011
    It's a classic game, its not meant for everyone especially for modern gamers, the classic feel is good and the controls seemed to adapt well, it was a great game and it still is over here, unfortunately, unless you want achievements this game has absolutely no replay value, so you should think twice before buying this game. Expand
  7. HaroldS
    Sep 12, 2009
    It was just terrible. I don't even think it would have rated as "mediocre" back in its heyday. Waste of points.

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