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  • Summary: The classic ARKANOID comes back to life in HD! Destroy every block on screen in ARKANOID Live! by bouncing an Energy Ball against them with your Vaus! It's the all-time classic arcade game now with achievements and multiplayer co-op play over Xbox Live. Arcade classic: ARKANOID was one of the all-time classic arcade games that sparked a huge number of imitators. Now you can play the game in glorious high-def. Tons of gameplay: The full version contains 62 rounds divided into two episodes that can be played under either Lives Rules or Barrier Rules. A boss awaits you in the last round of each episode: DOH, as well as a new boss, SKULL. Multiplayer: Defeat the game with a friend in co-op play or compete online against other players over Xbox LIVE and aim for the top. [Taito] Expand
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  1. 74
    Arkanoid's a fun game that can best be described as looking a little "frumpy" on XBLA.
  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. This XBLA update of the classic brick-breaker is let down by poor presentation and imprecise controls.
  4. Of the two Taito releases this is the weaker with little new on offer to tempt fans of the classic and new gamers to the world of Arkanoid.
  5. A solid enough conversion. [Issue#46, p.101]
  6. Space Invaders Extreme took basic game play into an enjoyable online extravaganza; Arkanoid Live hasn’t really evolved Arkanoid at all. In fact, apart from the little polish on the menu and a multiplayer option, the game is pretty much the same as I played 15 years ago!
  7. Laughably outdated and, worse, overpriced. [Aug 2009, p.103]

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  1. MikeTolento
    May 7, 2009
    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 otherwise faithful translation of Taito's classic. Expand