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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Experience the adrenaline rush from playing the latest version of the frenetic retro shooter Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. New features include six action-packed gameplay modes, new enemies, new scoring strategies, and a diverse list of exciting achievements. If that's not crazy enough for you, try multiplayer mayhem for up to four players. Use power-ups in versus mode to boost your stats or handicap your opponent, or team up with others in co-op mode. Play it all in razor-sharp 1080p to new pulse-pounding music. Unlock all six of these innovative and challenging modes -- Deadline, Evolved, King, Pacifism, Waves, and Sequence. Achievements: Go for 12 entertaining and inventive ways to boost your gamerscore. Geoms: Collect Geoms to increase your multiplier -- but act fast, they won't last forever! New enemies: Shoot down all the usual suspects, then say "Hello" to new enemies that have found additional ways to hunt you down. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 52
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  1. 100
    Evidently, there's potential left to wring out of the old twin-stick shooter yet.
  2. There's truthfully nothing wrong with this package. If you have any interest in dual stick shooters, Geometry Wars 2 is definitely the cream of the crop.
  3. Feels like Geometry Wars but with more great game modes, multiplayer and improved visuals.
  4. If you loved the first Geometry Wars, you're going to adore Geometry Wars 2.
  5. There are a ton of new additions in this sequel making it more than worth the 800 MS Points, but somehow the game still felt like an add-on, and not a new game.
  6. 90
    Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 reminds us why the service is called Xbox Live Arcade, offering up an old school high score chasing extravaganza that's more addictive, varied and even better looking than its predecessor.
  7. In the end, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 isn't looking to win you over if you weren't a fan of the previous games. Those who played the original to death will find a lot to like in its sequel, as it provides more of the same fast-paced shooting action that has become a staple of the series.

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  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. Mar 10, 2013
    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
  2. Aug 11, 2010
    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. Collapse
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    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 Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    Single Player/Multi Player (2/2)

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    Gameplay (2/2)

    Visuals/Story (2/2)

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    Accessibility/Longevity (2/2)

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    Pricing (2/2)

    Wildcard (0)

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  5. Feb 8, 2013
    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. Expand
  6. May 27, 2012
    This game is very addictive and fun. I wish it had online multiplayer though.

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