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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Take the wheel as fully-loaded auto combat revs into high gear with Vigilante 8: Arcade. It's a down and dirty war on wheels where everyone's riding shotgun. This brand new remake of the classic Vigilante 8 game lets you choose from among eight tricked-out retro-fine 70s vehicles with some serious firepower. Multiple special weapons let you wreak havoc on five newly-designed and destructible arenas. Complete the single player Quest story mode or test your car-crushing skills in local and Xbox LIVE multiplayer versus or co-op modes. Rebuilt from the ground up, V8: Arcade is modern vehicular warfare at its finest! [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Vigilante 8: Arcade is a glorious throwback to a simpler age in gaming, one that older gamers can appreciate and younger gamers can discover. It will only be as fun for as long as the Live community is there to support it but it's damn fun, so jump on while it lasts.
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    Vigilante 8: Arcade is one of those titles that simply isn’t as fun as you remember it being. It’s not a bad game and it’s great as a novel piece of nostalgia, but the gameplay itself doesn’t hold up all that well.
  3. Although Vigilante 8 Arcade for XBLA maintains the spirit of chaos and destruction of it's 1998 namesake, it lacks the polish one would expect from a game released for a 7th generation platform. However, if you and your friends have an insatiable urge to blow each other up in glorious vehicular combat but you don't want to throw down $60 each for GTA IV, this is certainly a viable alternative that could easily fill a few hours.
  4. Vigilante 8 may have been good for its time, but sadly not for 2008. There are much better racing games available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade though if you liked the original or enjoyed the trial, it may be worth the 800 Microsoft Points price tag.
  5. Nostalgia-stricken fans of the original might be able to look past Vigilante 8's deficiencies and find some fun to be had, but those unfamiliar with the aged gameplay won't be won over by the slicker presentation.
  6. It's never going to be a game I'd recommend though, purely because fundamental elements like control and camera are so frustratingly unpolished.
  7. One of the best car combat games of the 1990s has been reduced to an arcade game with awful control and terrible glitches.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    I would have given an 8 if it wasn't for the limited game play and "tricky" controls. I myself enjoyed Vigilante 8 second offense, and would wish that it returned on XBOX 360. This game is good, but the old school is better. One flaw i want to comment: it used to be easy to flip back on your wheels if you happened to land up-side down, but now I end up as a lost cause as the other players kept beating me up until it was too late-another reason for the 7. Fish tacos anyone? Expand
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    Vigilante 8: Arcade is a pretty good example of why some things are best left in the past. Back in the PSone days it was a multiplayer favourite but this remake is hardly ever played in my house. Perhaps it was just easier to overlook many of the flaws fifteen years ago but imprecise controls, a camera that never seems to point in the right direction and dated graphics all made it difficult to have much fun this time around.

    This XBLA release shows that there is potential in the driving shoot em up genre but a great deal more time and attention needs to be spent on the game than this if it is to offer any long term appeal.

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