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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Small Arms is the frantic multiplayer brawling game with the action and precision of an arcade shooter. Up to 4 players can join in the battles across many dynamic and richly detailed levels. Choose from a cast of awesome fighters like cyborg tabby cats, assassin truffle pigs and mutant chimney sweeps. Jump from platform to platform shooting each other to pieces with 360° aim. The side-scrolling action is easy for anyone to pickup, and hard to put down. [Gastronaut Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    A fun pick and play action game. Insane enough for the most hardcore of fighting fans and friendly enough for anyone in the family to enjoy. Costing only 800 points, it's a safe bet some good times will be had by all.
  2. 82
    The action is hectic, the online play is a blast, and the visuals are good enough that you won't forget you're playing on a powerful console.
  3. 80
    With its frenetic, action-packed gameplay that’s easy to pick up and play but hard to put down, and addictive online play, Small Arms is representative of the type of independent development and new properties we need to see more of on Xbox Live Arcade.
  4. This isn’t Smash Bros., it’s not taking XBLA’s top spot from Geometry Wars any time soon, and it often gets frustrating thanks to various design flaws. However, it does at least offer a nice distraction with some unique gameplay.
  5. It's the ghetto version, which is the polite way of saying it's not quite as good. [Issue 15, p.116]
  6. Singleplayer is pretty weak yet enjoyable, but the real fun to be had here is with the insane multiplayer action.
  7. 60
    As a full-priced retail game, it would have been a dismal failure, but it’s a fun, cheap download that offers plenty of on and offline opportunities to kill some time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Scorpion
    Nov 28, 2006
    10
    This is the best xbox arcade game out there. It is just like super smash bros! Its controls are the only thing that is bad about the game. If you like samsh bros get this game! Expand
  2. MikeQ.
    Apr 17, 2007
    10
    A surprisingly fun and addictive game with a fun range of characters and maps to choose from.
  3. ErichS.
    Apr 17, 2007
    10
    Would be better if there was more content to unlock, but overall an addicting game with a cool ranges of fighters.
  4. EmanuelF.
    Dec 14, 2006
    8
    addictive gameplay and decent replay value,Great Visuals, Good Pysics, Great Animations, Pritty kool sfx and music oh and how can i forget the great array of weapons..if only i had enough cash id get it, just have to wait tell pay day! until then its the trial version for now, but from what ive played a good first impression of a solid 8 Expand
  5. Andyman
    Nov 25, 2006
    6
    More like Small Value. Maybe if the control was tighter, the gameplay more varied, and the levels more creative, it might be worth the 800 points. It's far closer to a 400-point game as it is now. Expand
  6. DavidP.
    Nov 23, 2006
    3
    Seriously, what type of fighting game does not have a block button. Infact I dont think this game has any defensive moves. Just a mindless button mash. This game is utter crap. Its nothing more than a piss poor smash brothers ripoff sans any of the elements that made smash bros fun. The characters are stupid. The weapons are extremely unbalanced, which in turn makes the characters unbalanced since each one starts with its own unique gun, and much too difficult to pick up. The controls feel sluggish or just completely unresponsive (you will suicide so often it will make you want actually kill yourself). The camera is terrible, get used to not being able to see your character onscreen. The levels are bland. The AI in singleplayer is ridiculously cheap. This is just an all around bad game. Expand
  7. johnb
    Jul 12, 2009
    0
    This is by far the worst xbox game i have played 0 out of ten is generous controls rubbish graphics rubbish gameplay is a joke. It makes me want to vommit everytime i think about it let a lone play it. Comparing it to smash bros quality wise is like comparing gta to jumper the game highly insulting to smash bros those that like it dont know what your playing but it not this.DONT BUY Expand

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