Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    If you've never played Gunstar Heroes then this is a required download. It's one of the best side-scrolling action games ever created and remains a lot of fun today. Even if you have already played it, the easy achievements and online co-op may be good reason to take it for another spin.
  2. The hardcore will lap it up, but anyone who still remembers what it's like to grin like an idiot while blasting hundreds of enemies will more than get their money's worth as well.
  3. 80
    Fun co-op play, fun weapons, short and sweet.
  4. X-ONE Magazine UK
    80
    Astro Boy on the GBA might be better, actually. [Issue#48, p.99]
  5. 80
    Despite being a little on the short side, Gunstar Heroes is a great port of a fantastic game. At the price, it's hard not to give it another go.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine
    75
    At $5, there's no excuse not to relive the joy. [Oct 2009, p.77]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    Platforming STG. Perfect in almost every way. A fantastic weapon switching system, that offers many useful and unique combinations, expansivePlatforming STG. Perfect in almost every way. A fantastic weapon switching system, that offers many useful and unique combinations, expansive platforming levels with great diversity, colorful characters and awesome bosses. This game is just as good now as it ever was, with plenty of content to keep you playing through again, and again, and again... Even better in co-op. Full Review »
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    5
    Gunstar Heroes was undoubtedly one of the stand out titles available on the Sega Mega Drive. A side scrolling shooter players could combineGunstar Heroes was undoubtedly one of the stand out titles available on the Sega Mega Drive. A side scrolling shooter players could combine all manner of different weapons as well as performing sliding and jumping attacks in order to defeat enemies, as well as some brilliantly animated bosses, across the games multiple levels.

    This Xbox Live re-release is exactly the same game that was released way back in 1993 and, whilst it is easy to see why it was so well regarded at the time, its gameplay simply lacked the overall depth and variety to keep me interested for any significant period of time. For the low price at which it is available it is well worth a look but I personally enjoyed more modern efforts, such as Astro Boy and Gunstar Super Heroes on the Game Boy Advance a lot more.
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