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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Omega Five is a true next-gen, high-definition shooter, with the most awe-inspiring graphics around. Fly through dangerous 3-D environments in this side-scroller as enemies come at you from all sides, even the background. Grab an extra controller, choose your merc, and engage in two-player local co-op play for more action. If you're a hardcore player, try your hand at the ultra-challenging ++ Mode, where you're only allowed one hit! Local co-op: Grab an extra controller and demolish enemies with a friend by your side. Dangerous environments: Enemies come at you from all sides, even from the background. Merc variety: Fight as Ruby, Tempest, or other characters, each of whom has three unique main weapons and special attacks. Unlockable extras: Discover new characters, game modes, and options. Intuitive controls: The modern control scheme uses the right analog stick to aim and fire. [Hudson] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. If this review was written in 1995 then we’d probably have filled six pages with screenshots to point out every touch of genius that makes this one of the best shooters we’ve ever played. We don’t have that luxury, but the sentiment remains the same. [Mar 2008, p.134]
  2. Whatever your experience with the genre, you’re likely to be hooked on the addictive gameplay and dazzled by all the shiny HD sweetness.
  3. Omega Five is the kind of game that if you stick with, will reward you with some sense of accomplishment when you take down a boss or just get better as you replay levels.
  4. The game is pretty and nice to look at, but ultimately shallow (I added that part) and while a distraction for a week or so, the game is too short and not deep enough to qualify for obsessiveness to get on the Live leaderboard.
  5. A very nice shoot 'em up with gorgeous graphics. It's a shame that de difficulty level is a quite unbalanced and that the multiplayer is absent.
  6. Omega Five is a fun diversion game that is over as quickly as it begins. It’s too bad Omega Five is a short game with only four levels because the graphics and game design is impressive.
  7. 40
    Omega Five isn't anything special -- a blessing in some respects, but ultimately its curse. It's a side-scrolling shooter, highly reminiscent of the 16-bit era (even the music is in line with the best shooters of the late '90s), and while it's a short game on the whole, its challenge is nearly insurmountable and definitely not for the mass market.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 22, 2012
    One of the better games on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), is addictive, funny, hard, is an interesting mode to do an amazing game. With great graphics, good controls, interesting story, and more, Omega Five is a clasic. Expand
  2. StianL.
    Jan 15, 2008
    I dont get why this fantastic game dont get higher scores. Its better than Mutant Storm Empire and Metal Slug 3 in my opinion even though i love those too. Collapse
  3. PaulH.
    Jan 10, 2008
    A fun game for just $10 (800 MSpoints). Great graphics and controls.
  4. JackD.
    Jan 9, 2008
    I had never been a fan of the extreme shooter, but after giving the Metal Slug series a try, I decided to give this a go as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find the gameplay so inviting and addictive, considering my lack of skill in such games. There's a bit of variety in that you can play as multiple characters, each having separate weapons and special attacks. After you've played a while and begun to lose momentum, the game rewards you for playing for 60 minutes by giving you two extra credits to use in Arcade mode. This was much-needed, at least for me. I was able to make it to the end of the third level (of four), and I was not at all annoyed by the level repetition given that you must start from stage one if you run out of credits (continues). It is unfortunate that there is no online multiplayer, but if you have a friend, you'll have even more fun with this title. If you're looking for an interesting, unique addition to XBLA, with heavy Japanese tones and an announcer that struggles with the English language, give it a try! Expand
  5. AnonymousMC
    Mar 6, 2008
    Omega Five. What a great game. I wasn't expecting much when I dropped the $10 for this to be honest. Maybe a fun little diversion, but nothing special. What I got was an honest to god BLAST of a game. It's finely crafted, engaging, and FUN. Hats off to Hudson for giving fans of hardcore shooters this love letter. Expand
  6. BillyB.
    Jan 21, 2008
    Fantastic shmup...very well balanced it can be cleared on a credit but never feels too easy Like a cross between forgotten worlds and r-type ..and it's a horizontal shooter which means it'll fit your widescreen TV well unlike vertical shooters which use about 1/4 of the screen space Unlocks more credits the more you play which is a nice touch, all in all essential for any Shmup fan. To be brutally honest, it's better than DC era games of this ilk with rather nice graphics can be sure Ikaruga will score higher as it has a nice color switching dynamic, but the challenge here is better balanced for most players, and the graphics are much more colorful...essential. Expand
  7. Andyman
    Jan 12, 2008
    Maybe, just maybe, someday a scrolling shooter developer will wake up and realize that by including only one ridiculously high level of difficulty they're effectively excluding anyone and everyone who doesn't possess the twitch reflexes of an 11-year-old. When that day comes, the other 99.99% of the population might actually enjoy a game like this. Amusingly, the developer of Omega Five predicted my score - it's a 5 all the way - as in, 5 minutes of utter frustration followed by the 5 seconds it took to delete this massive disappointment from my 360's hard drive. Good riddance. Expand

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