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3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

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  1. MikeTolento
    May 7, 2009
    7
    I want to like Arkanoid Live. I really do. I played Arkanoid on the NES like a fiend as a little boy. This Live Arcade version suffers big time from the lack of a wheel controller like the one that was packaged with the NES version. The 360's analog stick is just not designed for moving your paddle with any speed and accuracy. It becomes a major hindrance to this otherwiseI want to like Arkanoid Live. I really do. I played Arkanoid on the NES like a fiend as a little boy. This Live Arcade version suffers big time from the lack of a wheel controller like the one that was packaged with the NES version. The 360's analog stick is just not designed for moving your paddle with any speed and accuracy. It becomes a major hindrance to this otherwise faithful translation of Taito's classic. Expand
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58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. Arkanoid is Breakout without the boredom. Well, without as much. [May 2009, p.83]
  2. In addition to the welcome multiplayer action featured in Arkanoid Live!, Taito also included a rule set different than original coin-op version.
  3. 50
    Arkanoid Live is good for some occasional casual fun -- as it's always been and always will be -- but with an iffy aesthetic and not much more variety outside of a standard two-player versus mode, it's probably not something you'll want to boot up often.