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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Warlords is one of the classic multiplayer experiences of the coin-op era. You and three other players (A.I. controlled or Human), join together in a Breakout-style battle, each controlling a paddle protecting their own castle from rebounding fireballs. Use your skill to deflect these missiles onto other players’ castles. Once you breach each opponent's walls, it's game over for them, until the last man standing wins the day. [Atari] Expand
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  1. For fans with a taste of all things retro, picking it up for just 400 Microsoft points (or about $5) seems like a no-brainer.
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    Warlords useless original version and some odd Achievement quirks (I met the goal for 3 Achievements but never received points for them) take some shine off this updated classic, but for $5 this title is a bargain.
  3. There's really only one downside to the new version: Retro versions of Warlords were played with a paddle controller, a dial that allowed for finer, more nuanced movement. Warlords suffers slightly from the less-precise play forced by analog sticks.
  4. Unfortunately the gameplay still becomes stale after a couple rounds of play and the controls are definitely frustrating for new or old players.
  5. But unless you have fond memories of Warlords' primitive arcade past, its gameplay is just too simplistic to offer more than a weak dose of transient wistfulness. [Sept 2008, p.77]
  6. They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel now. Is it possible for a game to immediately qualify for Microsoft’s new “delisting” policy?
  7. 1/10 and only because of the tiny pinprick of nostalgia the title gave me.

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