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  • Summary: A remake of the classic Atari 2600 game makes its way to the Xbox 360.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. May 26, 2011
    55
    Star Raiders gets boring way too quickly and fails to motivate you to play on. A little more variety in the levels and more realism in space travel would have been nice.
  2. May 22, 2011
    50
    There's no denying it. Star Raiders is bad. It's repetitive, embarrassing, rushed and tedious.
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    40
    This 3D shoot'em up has relative freedom of action and good graphics, but lacks in gameplay mechanics.
  4. May 13, 2011
    30
    The results feel neutered and unfinished.
  5. 30
    Five hours of playing this game will kill the entire genre for you, too. [Aug 2011, p.99]
  6. May 18, 2011
    30
    Star Raiders achieves the incredible, somehow taking all the fun out of being a hotshot space pilot.
  7. May 22, 2011
    20
    With insipid art, painfully boring gameplay and a lack of any sense of professionalism or class, Star Raiders just can't come recommended to anyone, even to those with more time and money than they know what to do with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 14, 2011
    7
    A great looking game that falls short with repetitive game play. For those nostalgic of Wing Commander, FreeSpace, and HomeWorld will findA great looking game that falls short with repetitive game play. For those nostalgic of Wing Commander, FreeSpace, and HomeWorld will find parts of this game enjoyable. The most outstanding part of this game is its gorgeous graphics. The storyline is forgettable, and the game play is fly to a sector, kill all bad guys, resource collect, fly back to base ship, upgrade weapons, then repeat. The story line is written word, and the words are so small on HD you need a magnifying glass to read them.

    The shallowness of this game and repetitive game play will keep most from liking this game for very long. If your a Wing Commander, FreeSpace or HomeWorld Fan, and have 800 extra MS points, then you may want to pick this game up.
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  2. Apr 23, 2014
    7
    Well this Star Raiders is not a good remake but IS NOT a bad game.
    THE BAD :
    [Ergonomics]. It's not easy to end a mission. (1)you must push
    Well this Star Raiders is not a good remake but IS NOT a bad game.
    THE BAD :
    [Ergonomics]. It's not easy to end a mission. (1)you must push select, (2)find the galactic map with R1/L1, and (3)find the new option which appears at the bottom of the screen. Wouah, not very intuitive isn't it ? But when you know it...
    [Selection Screens (Map, equipment, statistics...)]. Not easy (again) to use a double navigation. R1/L1 for principal menu and "arrows" for secondary menu. But you just need a little practice...
    [Videos scenes between primary missions]. It's only drawings that move...and some drawings are very, VERY Ugly... But, euh, well it's not the core of the game...
    [Others]. Nobody says that only primary missions are important for the score (1A, 2A, 3A,...) all the other are useful only to have credits. Sometime, you really don't known where are these bloody containers or exit and you are forced to search every inch of this huuuuuge cavern. Only ten primary mission, and thirty in whole... and when you finish game, you can't start again a chosen mission argh, for me this is the only very bad aspect (Boooh) You are not launch by an capital starship and you don't have to landing (it's a good or a bad thing finally ?)
    THE GOOD :
    Well, fortunately fights and graphics in mission are good.
    Manoeuvrability is good and you have a great precision. It's the only game on ps3 where you can be an pilot in space as in StarWars, Galactica or Macross(Robotech). I don't find an other game, tell me if you have some name !
    I found the excitment i had when i played (long years ago) at Elite on C64 or Tie Fighter on PC.
    You have three SpaceShip's forms to dogfight, and you can switch (in the same mission) with a GerWalk form (or Guardian in Robotech) or a Turret form (a static postion). You can upgrade your ship (but i never find how to change my starship's coque), for munitions you have a satellite to refit, and if you explode you'll be resurrected in 5-10 seconds.
    And if you waste too much time in an mission you can redo it immediatly.
    DIFFICULTIES :
    [Commands]. You don't have the SAME commands when you switch forms. This need some training. Sometimes it's VERY hard to switch because you don't activate the good form and you scratch on an rock. Find the good weapons, can became a real difficulty. For instance To neutralize a capitalShip you need the heavy weapon of the turret but to clean the space around the capitalShip you need to fight with the light weapon of the spaceship form....
    [Scores in hall of fame]. Some missions are done by Flash itself And i don't understand HOW it can be possible !
    Missions are repetitive There are lot of mission with only Dogfight and some to destroy capitalship, go inside asteroids, find weapons in an artificial satellite, erase a starbase... Well, you are a pilot, you want -above all- have dogfights, no ?
    For a PSN game, i think it's a good game.
    In resume 6/10 because Cheap, pleasure to pilot, but with a weird ergonomic, some difficulties and no possibilities to redo missions done.
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  3. Oct 6, 2011
    4
    I've been looking for a space combat shooter, so I tried the demo for this game, especially when I saw it was on sale. Now I know why it wasI've been looking for a space combat shooter, so I tried the demo for this game, especially when I saw it was on sale. Now I know why it was on sale, it sucked! The graphics were horrid and the gameplay was boring. I know a demo doesn't represent an entire game, but it shouldn't represent the worst of a game either. From what I experienced, avoid this game. Expand

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