• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2011
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 13, 2011
    91
    The HD remixes to controls and visuals are nice additions, but the ability to switch back to the classic look and feel is welcomed.
  2. Jan 12, 2012
    90
    A must have for all 2D side scrolling beat 'em up lovers, with a lovely graphic style and a perfect gameplay.
  3. Nov 7, 2011
    90
    If you've never had the fortune of playing Guardian Heroes before, HD is an essential purchase. Treasure has a spotless record and this long forgotten beat 'em up is easily one of their crowning achievements.
  4. Nov 2, 2011
    90
    This timeless classic is back and better than ever. The brilliant combat system fuses side scrolling action with classic fighting games, and together with a branching story system the game keeps you coming back.
  5. Oct 27, 2011
    90
    The old-school masterpiece Guardian Heroes touches the heart of every nostalgic gamer and so far. A full action rpg based game that still brings to you all the Treasure's craziness: just love it!
  6. Oct 26, 2011
    90
    Guardian Heroes is one of the best HD remake of this generation. The awesome original game is now sharper and more balanced, with tons of new options and brand new controls. At the price of 800 Microsoft Points, you MUST buy it and enjoy its greatness!
  7. Oct 20, 2011
    90
    Unavoidable rendez-vous for the old-school games amateurs, the Xbox Live Arcade offers now a much justified remix of Guardian Heroes, odd mix between 2D brawler and RPG blessed by a iconic music score. Most developers would have failed, but Treasure prooves, 15 years later, that they stroke the right balance between a demanding technical approach and the pure visceral fun of beat'em all gameplay.
  8. Oct 20, 2011
    90
    The game is just so original and fun to play that you would be hard-pressed to not enjoy it. If you even remotely like games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, then Guardian Heroes should be in your collection. Don't let this classic slip into obscurity for a second time.
  9. Oct 13, 2011
    90
    I was pleasantly surprised at just how good Guardian Heroes wound up being. The original game's gameplay has held up really well even if its graphics haven't, and the remixed version is outstanding.
  10. Oct 13, 2011
    90
    Re-releasing updated versions of classic titles has become something of a trend, but Guardian Heroes isn't just another title hopping on the bandwagon. This is a port that has been given proper care, resulting in a game that is still solid all around. Top that off with a bargain 800 MSP ($10 USD) price point, and there's little reason not to add Guardian Heroes to your collection.
  11. Oct 13, 2011
    90
    It was always the definitive scrolling beat 'em-up but this Xbox Live Arcade release goes the extra mile with a loving revamp of one of gaming's great co-op experiences.
  12. Oct 12, 2011
    90
    Guardian Heroes is one of the most comprehensive and generous ports on Xbox Live Arcade, a game that has been lovingly updated to suit the contemporary hardware.
  13. Oct 13, 2011
    87
    The animation is superb and the backdrops look exquisite.
  14. Oct 13, 2011
    85
    A fantastic addition to the XBLA catalog of remakes. While the remix graphics don't benefit the game, and the gameplay flow shows its age, Guardian Heroes remains a classic in the hack and slash genre.
  15. Oct 13, 2011
    85
    It's an old school classic, with enough forward thinking to make it feel fresh after fifteen years and enough depth to ensure it'll be relevant in another fifteen.
  16. Oct 14, 2011
    83
    Guardian Heroes isn't a long ride, but it's one worth taking. If you owned a Sega Saturn, this will bring back memories. If you're a newcomer, now you'll know what we saw in the system back in 1996.
  17. Oct 12, 2011
    83
    Even though some aspects of Guardian Heroes haven't aged well, the strength of the battle system, branching paths, and characters help this brawler retain its place near the top of the class.
  18. Oct 12, 2011
    83
    Guardian Heroes for the Xbox Live Arcade is a great addition to anyone's game library. The game still plays as well as I remember it 15 years ago and the improved visuals really bring it into the modern world. The revamped controls help to alleviate some of the aged gameplay mechanics but even those issues aside, the game still holds up surprisingly well.
  19. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Guardian Heroes is an excellent remake of a beloved beat 'em up from the SEGA Saturn era that fans of the genre should not miss.
  20. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Guardian Heroes is an idea long before its time. This high definition port embraces the past with its tweaks adding so much more enjoyment to the game, which will surely leave its loyal fan-base very happy indeed with the results. There are changes deemed only where necessary, and is made use of the 360 controller in its full. For 800 Microsoft points, this game is a bargain for fans of the late 90's classics.
  21. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    Guardian Heroes is a retro game done right.
  22. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    One of the best games in the beat 'em up genre published on XBLA in the recent times. Fan of Treasure and this kind of game? A must have, then.
  23. 80
    To level, to learn and to master a character and reach the ultimate goal in Guardian Heroes is just as fun today as it was during the Saturn era. If not better. The graphics have been polished and this is a smooth retro trip down memory lane that no true gamer ever should miss.
  24. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    A perfect example of how to make a remake. Treasure has achieved an update that faithfully respects the original game, but also adds enough improvements to become a really must-have game for the nostalgic gamers. Although its particular gameplay might turn off newcomer, they should give it a chance at least.
  25. Oct 14, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. 80
    And holy cow, if it's sheer bat-guano crazy you're after, you'll love Versus mode. Pick from 45 (!) unlockable characters and square off against 11 other nutjobs (humans or bots) in completely ridiculous battle royales over Live. We'd happily pay 10 bucks just to listen to the chaos in each wild melee.
  27. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Those without boiling Guardian Heroes nostalgia are probably going to wonder what makes it any better than Castle Crashers, another celebrated downloadable beat-'em-up that was greatly inspired by Treasure's classic brawler. They have their little similarities, but is there anything that makes one less worthy over the other? Not at all -- GH still has that extra complexity in the fighting and the RPG-like leveling system.
  28. Nov 5, 2011
    75
    Guardian Heroes has a ton of gameplay options. You can choose to fight alone, or alongside a few friends in several game modes, which is a great new feature to this remake of the 1996 beat 'em up. It's unfortunate however that Guardian Heroes is one of the most chaotic games we've ever played, since it's often difficult to find your own warrior, when he is surrounded by big groups of enemies.
  29. Oct 24, 2011
    75
    If a game's quality is based solely on its replay value, then Guardian Heroes for the Xbox 360 is as good a game as Gears of War 3 or Call of Duty: Black Ops. While Guardian Heroes has plenty, unfortunately games aren't rated entirely on replay value.
  30. Nov 1, 2011
    70
    Those who missed it the first time around or those who're looking for a strange, beautiful, and challenging throwback should certainly take a look at Guardian Heroes. It's prettier, smoother, and just as satisfying as ever
  31. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    In the end, Guardian Heroes, despite showing signs of age in the graphics department, plays just as well as it did back in 1996. More of a brawler with RPG elements than an RPG, it provides quick and fun entertainment, with plenty of features to encourage many rounds of replay. With the addition of online play for the story and versus modes, the multi-player elements of the game can finally show their worth. The remix mode provides updates to the original gameplay, meaning that those both new and old to Guardian Heroes will find plenty to love.
  32. Oct 16, 2011
    70
    Even though it is a remake of a fifteen year old game, Guardian Heroes still manages to feel fresh. Guardian Heroes suffers from some balancing and control issues, but it proves that great entertainment never grows too old.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 13, 2011
    9
    sweet game. it's kind of like golden axe meets street fighter2 with better graphics. the story is a little cheesy but the button mashing is fun. the button combination are easily remembered resulting in some pretty stunning visuals. the only thing that detracts from this game, for me, is the hopping rows gameplay and the pretty awful dailog box art. other than that, it's good. Full Review »
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    4
    Originally released on the Sega Saturn back in 1996 this Xbox Live remake is certainly a faithful update of this well regarded title and it, apparently, even adds a few new elements into the mix. Features such as a more complicated move set, a branching storyline and light RPG elements helped to make it a step up from previous side scrolling beat em ups such as Golden Axe but in 2014 these features are commonplace. As a result the games relevance to the current gen all comes down to the gameplay and it is here that I personally found it to be lacking.

    When the screen gets busy with enemies for example it often becomes very difficult to see what is going on, an issue that is only amplified by the relatively sluggish controls. Anyone used to playing modern beat em ups such as DMC or Bayonetta, or even 2D efforts like Viewtiful Joe, is likely to become frustrated by this. The gameplay also changes very little from mission to mission. All these issues meant I gave up the game before seeing it to completion.

    Very few games that are almost two decades old still hold up today and unfortunately Guardian Heroes is not one of them. If you were a fan back in 1996 you’ll more than likely enjoy reliving what was considered a classic at the time, for anyone else I’d say to give it a miss.
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  3. Jul 18, 2013
    10
    10 is not an enough score to honor this game. And I don't even know where to start when the subject is this game, what aspect of this marvelous gem of gaming I should focus...
    Well let's get started:
    - This game is one of the best(if not the best) STORY MODE COUCH CO-OP. No game nowadays seems to focus this anymore, all you got is multiplayer through online features, and this lack of diversity is really sad.
    - This game is from a time when there was NO DLC CRAP. This game is absolutely complete, offering many possibilites of doing Story Mode, 5 characters for it, and more than 40 characters(!!!) for Battle Mode, a mode for 8 players where you could go 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 1x3, 4x1(god the options are limitless), and the game even accepts 6 players playing simultaneously!!! (That was a lot for Sega Saturn), This game shines on battle mode. Why? It has level options, meaning you can put any character from lvl 1 to 100, and based on their level, game gives you option to edit their stats( Strenght, Agility, Stamina, Luck, Vitality, Intelligence, those kind of things), giving you lots of char. build possibilites.

    The story was awesome too, and may I say the Guardian Heroes Opening Theme still brings tears to my eye. Nostalgia of a childhood? Maybe? The joy of remembering one of the best games a hardcore gamer like me has played? DEFINITELY.
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