Voltron: Defender of the Universe Xbox 360

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    77
    Overall, your enjoyment of this game is likely to come down to your love of Voltron. If you're a fan of twin-stick shooters, this is worth taking out for a spin. For Lion Force fans, though, there is no reason not to jump on this.
  2. Games Master UK
    Feb 15, 2012
    75
    The game cleverly features cartoon clips, too. [March 2012, p.93]
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    72
    While there's definitely some fun to be had in the game, it's heavily tempered by frustration and boredom caused by the camera distance and the yawnfest that is the Voltron levels. Also, given how big a show Voltron was, twelve levels in three 'epsiodes' for 800 Microsoft Points ($10) seems a bit lacking.
  4. Dec 8, 2011
    66
    Personally, I'd give this game a recommendation if it goes on a half-price sale, but 800ms points ($10) is just a bit too much for this budget-quality blast from the past that is way too short and way too repetitive to be taken seriously.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    65
    Voltron: Defender of the Universe lacks anything beyond the main campaign, save an arena mode DLC available for an additional 240 MSP that really should have been included in the main game. It is also too short.
  6. Dec 5, 2011
    65
    The nostalgic scenes from the show are nice, but if the gameplay doesn't support it, only the most die-hard of fans will be able to come back for a second helping.
  7. Dec 3, 2011
    65
    Pretty tie-in of the 80 japanese animated series. Varied gameplay and multiplayer up to 5 players. However the experience is very short and easy.
  8. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, Voltron: Defender of the Universe is nothing but wasted potential.
  9. Dec 14, 2011
    60
    Voltron's Survival Mode mechanic and shoot 'em up stages help try to keep the gameplay unique, but it is bogged down by uninspired base gameplay and a bizarre boss battle system. There are better dual stick shooters out there, but the amount of nostalgia they've packed into the game may make it a worthy purchase for Voltron fans.
  10. Dec 5, 2011
    60
    Voltron is a too short experience, but fans of the anime will enjoy it nonetheless.
  11. Jan 4, 2012
    50
    It seem as if the game tries to achieve the nostalgic effect in those players who remember animated series of the eighties and seventies, but it fails when trying to adapt it to current times. Although the graphics don't shine, the main problem is its repetitive gameplay, with uninspiring combat.
  12. 50
    Where Voltron completely falls apart is in its ridiculously poor boss battles.
  13. Dec 7, 2011
    45
    What should be a joyful revival is dragged down by low-res textures, repetitive missions, punchless attacks, and an overall lack of excitement.
  14. Dec 12, 2011
    40
    If you're a fan of the series and want a game that delivers, go watch the show while you wait for a different Voltron game - one where you have more control over the super robot than simply pushing buttons on cue.
  15. Dec 12, 2011
    40
    To say that Voltron: Defender of the Universe is a disappointment is an understatement. What should be blistering action is yawn-inducing and seems more like a chore used to get to the mech sequences, which only serve to disappoint MORE by the sheer mediocrity of them. I'd rather watch the series on Netflix.
  16. Nov 30, 2011
    40
    The gameplay itself is simplistic, repetitive and fails to convey the powerful feeling of piloting a team of robot lions that transform into a towering intergalactic badass. It may be Voltron by name, but in this case the five cats have come together to form an absolute dog.
  17. Dec 6, 2011
    35
    Voltron: Defender of the Universe is a downloadable game just about everyone should skip.
  18. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Feb 1, 2012
    30
    If you're an oldie who remembers Voltron, do yourself a favor and don't soil those memories with this. [Issue #81, p.103]
  19. Dec 16, 2011
    26
    Voltron: Defender of the Universe is a poorly designed cash-in on a franchise that hasn't been relevant in years. It's particularly telling when the announcer is your absolute best feature, stating "Voltron will return after these messages" when you pause, then "And now back to Voltron" when you resume play. That's right: the best part of the game only appears when you stop playing. I rest my case.
  20. Dec 12, 2011
    25
    You'd be better off just going back and watching the animé instead.

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