User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 80
  2. Negative: 4 out of 80

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  1. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    One of the most original, groundbreaking, and entertaining arcade games to be released in a good decade or two, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is powerful and like none other. The high octane, frantic gameplay, the most colorful HD arcade game to ever be released, the incredible soundtrack it brings to the table, there is nothing Geometry Wars does not have and offer. I find myself so addicted to this game as to where I can't physically put the controller down and walk away. This game has it all with little to build on. New modes, HD, new soundtrack, this is all coming from an already successful game on the arcade marketplace. There are few games with the kind of energy Geometry Wars brings and I can't think of one other arcade game that comes close to this one. I will never be able to get enough of Geometry Wars, if your into video games at all this is a game that is a no brainer must have. Expand
  2. May 27, 2012
    7
    This game is very addictive and fun. I wish it had online multiplayer though.
  3. Mar 10, 2013
    10
    Years on and I still come back to this compelling and highly addictive game. The improvements form the original are vast with multiple modes offering differing challenges. Easy to pick up and impossible to put down sums this game up as you lose hours in a blink of an eye either chasing your friends high scores or your own. This very much is a skill game and once you pick up your tactics your going to go far! Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    10
    Cannot hope much anymore of a game: Addictive, fun, creative and entertaining.One point down of the game: no online play with friends. This is one of the best title that one can find on XBLA. Go get it, just worth time and money
  5. Feb 8, 2013
    9
    This is a fantastically fun game. If they add Xbox Live coop, then it would be an absolute masterpiece. Why don't they do that immediately? It would be immensely popular.
  6. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    Single Player/Multi Player (2/2) (If the single player is better than the multiplayer, review this section as if it had no multplayer) (If the multiplayer is better than the multiplayer, review this section as if it had no single player) Gameplay (2/2) Visuals/Story (2/2) (If the visuals are better than the story, review this section as if it had no story) (If the story is better than the visuals, review this section as if the visuals didn’t matter)

    Accessibility/Longevity (2/2)

    (Review this section only on Accessibility if the game has no longevity) (Review this section only on longevity if the game isn’t accessible)

    Pricing (2/2)

    Wildcard (0)

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Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 52 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 52
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 52
  3. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. I am sure you will fall in love.
  2. Another exceptional addition in a long line of shooters. While it does put a new spin on certain elements the basic principle of play is the same as its predecessors, proving that massive change doesn't always trump simple refinement.
  3. The omission of online play aside, Geometry Wars 2 is everything you hoped it would be. It deftly builds on a simple framework without overloading it, and even finds room to make the core experience more varied and accessible to everyone.