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  • Summary: Protect the stronghold! Defend your castle walls from the destruction of fast-flying fireballs with your mighty shield. Move the shield around the perimeter of your castle with precision and speed to deflect the fireballs or grab onto and charge fireballs to release
    even more devastating
    attacks back at your opponents. Multiple local/online game modes sweeten the quest for power and allow for cooperative and competitive battles with up to 4 players. Select the faction of your choice and engage in a number of competitive variations, including co-op siege mode, 2v2 or classic free-for-all battles. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 82
    Though the framerate can bog down the experience, Warlords offers a fun game to battle with friends and enemies alike. The controls are well designed and the shredding metal soundtrack sits well with the chaotic essence of the game.
  2. 80
    Warlords is feel-good nostalgic fun, especially played against other humans - though it's missing one key ingredient: those spinner paddle controllers that let you block with fast, pinpoint accuracy in the game's original Atari 2600 version. That rush is something an analog stick just can't replicate.
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    75
    The game won’t wow you with its innovation and the chaotic gameplay may annoy some players, but the title is well worth the time and money it takes to get the most out the title.
  4. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    The new incarnation of Warlords isn't great, but it isn't bad, either, under certain conditions.
  5. Nov 16, 2012
    70
    Warlords ends up being a bit of a mixed bag, as Atari tried to stuff the pot with too many recipes rather than simply dealing with what works (like its previous Xbox Live version of the game). However, if you're seeking a multiplayer romp or want to let off some steam with an alternative take on real-time strategy, this is worth going to battle with.
  6. Mar 3, 2014
    49
    For those not keeping track, this is the third version of Warlords on Xbox Live Arcade. This updated version fixes all of the bugs found in the 2012 remake, and also adds online play, more real-time strategy elements and faster gameplay. Sadly, that isn't enough of a reason to warrant a third version of Warlords.