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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Procedurally Generated Environments - Never experience the same game twice as all of the enemy types and locations are procedurally generated. Innovative Growth Mechanic - Adds a unique twist to the shooter genre and offers fun, exciting gameplay. Power Up your weapons - Power up cool new weapons, such as lasers, shields and bombs, that boost your arsenal as you evolve. High Definition Graphics - True next-gen graphical effects and an exciting abstract art-style provide eye-popping visuals. Multiple modes of play. Survival Mode - Survive relentless waves of non-stop enemies. Guardian Rush Mode - Defeat a series of guardians in the shortest length of time. Defender - How long can you survive only using a shield? Overkill Mode - Unlimited weapons! [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. It might not pick up an award for its revolutionary graphics or voice acting, but it should put a smile on your face at times and give you a teeth-gritting grimace at others.
  2. PowerUp Forever manages to catch our attention by giving you the opportunity to, power up forever. [Feb 2009, p.85]
  3. 71
    There are a lot of things to love about PowerUp Forever: the trippy visuals, addictive old-school style of gameplay, but there are also some things that tend to weight it down. Lack of multi-player, repetitive gameplay and generic sound effects keep this one from being a classic in its genre. However, if you are a fan of games like Mutant Storm and Geometry Wars then PowerUp Forever is likely to satisfy your need for twin-stick shooters
  4. PowerUp Forever is a pretty good dual-joystick shooter that stands out, even though there are now around a billion of these games available on various digital download services. If you felt that Flow was too soft, or that you wanted more guns in the first stage of Spore, you'll certainly dig it.
  5. PowerUp Forever has a gorgeous look, and if it copies too heavily from other games, it combines the borrowed bits in a truly unique way. It’s more artistic than most games, but it’s also strictly a solo experience. There are a ton of other twin-stick shooters that are just a little deeper and better balanced, and many of them offer multiplayer support.
  6. It lacks the tight, focused gameplay of something like "Geometry Wars," but it's entertaining enough. [Issue#42, p.112]
  7. Occasionally innovative, but not nearly hard or fast enough for the game's dedicated fanbase. [Mar 2009, p.95]

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  1. MikeRodgers
    Dec 15, 2008
    The visuals alone make this game worth the purchase! All of the top down shooters on XBLA have been so generic lately and sadly I bought them all :( It's great to finally get a game with some character - which PowerUp Forever has in bucket loads. It plays like a dream, it has so much depth you just constantly keep finding new enemies and getting better weapons... but I guess that's why they call it forever :D Admittedly it's better played on a high def TV - so you can see the awesome colidascope effect when the ships grows, I don't think any game has ever done this or the crazy smoke stuff that bends to your bullets. Expand