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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Protect the humans on the planet surface by destroying the invading alien abductors. In the future, the galaxy is invaded by hostile alien forces. Attacking in countless swarms, the aliens decimate any planet they encounter. Those who survive the initial invasions are[Xbox Live Arcade] Protect the humans on the planet surface by destroying the invading alien abductors. In the future, the galaxy is invaded by hostile alien forces. Attacking in countless swarms, the aliens decimate any planet they encounter. Those who survive the initial invasions are harvested and forced serve the alien invaders. Mankind's only hope lies in you, the Defender. Classic and enhanced modes: Play this arcade classic the way it was back in the day, or play it with sound and visual enhancements for next-gen. Full Xbox Live support: Access leaderboards for single player, versus, co-op, and weekly stats, and earn 12 achievements for a total of 200 gamerpoints. Multiplayer mania: Test your skills against rivals or team up with your friends. Play on or offline in co-op or versus mode, combining your scores or matching them against each other for the win. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. This is a quality version of Defender that will definitely please fans of the original, but the game doesn't hold up especially well today.
  2. Still, hardcore nostalgia buffs will re-discover a deceptively simple addiction that's worth a five-spot. [Jan. 2007, p.75]
  3. We think it's too unforgiving, but try telling that to the people who've maxed out the scoreboard! [Jan 2007, p.97]
  4. If you're a long-term fan and haven't already bought it on one of innumerable compilations out there, then 400 points is just about tolerable for a game of this importance and stature.
  5. Unless you just have to have every gamer score point available or need to dominate all the Xbox Live leaderboards, I’d probably pass on Defender.
  6. 55
    Hardcore Defender fans will love it just to be able to compete for the highest leaderboard score, but everyone else probably won't need to give this a look.
  7. An average port of a dated and infuriatingly tough arcade game. [Issue 21, p.59]

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