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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Two of the all-time classic arcade games come to Xbox LIVE Arcade in Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, a combo of intense action where players must save earth from a deadly bombardment of asteroids. The full historic game is available in its original form, along with a[Xbox Live Arcade] Two of the all-time classic arcade games come to Xbox LIVE Arcade in Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, a combo of intense action where players must save earth from a deadly bombardment of asteroids. The full historic game is available in its original form, along with a completely re-stylized version featuring evolved graphics. Released in 1979 by Atari, the simple black and white game was a masterpiece of vector graphics game design, and had millions of arcadegoers entranced by its simple mechanic of controlling a spaceship firing at and destroying asteroids. The sequel to the original, released in 1980, Asteroids Deluxe featured the same classic gameplay but added a new shield feature and dangerous satellite enemies. Play both the original and its sequel in all of its classic old-school style. But now, both games have evolved. Support is provided for both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, including HDTV. Full-screen anti-aliasing and Dolby Digital surround sound complete the gaming experience. Throttle Monkey mode: Both game versions come with a high-speed version known as Throttle Monkey. Can you survive? [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. The graphics in the updated versions do look rather good, but the game is just too frustrating to play for long periods of time.
  2. A product of their dated environment for sure, but still two fine examples of video gaming when considered within context.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    You can also play with the old graphics and relive that '80s charm. [Oct 2007, p.74]
  4. 50
    The Asteroids Deluxe package is another classic game that feels like its achievement points are worth more than the purchase itself.
  5. It's simple, accessible and briefly entertaining.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    40
    Old, tired and uninspired. [Jan 2008, p.99]
  7. There are two huge flaws in the release of Asteroids for Xbox Live arcade; the fun factor and the price.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Dec 11, 2016
    3
    I don't normally get so pissed at a product that I have to vent, but how do you screw up "Asteroids" so badly? "Asteroids Deluxe" is screwedI don't normally get so pissed at a product that I have to vent, but how do you screw up "Asteroids" so badly? "Asteroids Deluxe" is screwed up as well — missing the background image that the graphics were layered over to distract you from the fact it's basically the same game — but few really played/remember that game. That's like screwing up "Joust 2" or "Mappyland."

    "Asteroids," though, is iconic, and part of that iconography is the "Duh....DUH...duh...DUH..." music/heartbeat. To release what is supposedly an accurate port of that game without that music is unforgivable.

    (Sorry for reviewing a 9-year-old port of two 35+-year-old games, but I just bought this on a whim last night.)
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