Yar's Revenge Xbox 360

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Apr 13, 2011
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. May 9, 2011
    85
    What kicks this game into the frustration bucket more than anything else is that control system.
  2. Game Informer
    May 26, 2011
    75
    Juggling different weapons and dodging enemy fire makes the gameplay feel frantic and exciting, but too little enemy and level design variation hold this competent shooter back from greatness. [Apr 2011, p.96]
  3. Apr 20, 2011
    60
    Yars' Revenge is a fairly competent shooter and gives new life to a gaming classic. It has a decent story, and looks great on a huge display, but the voice acting and sound really detract from the overall appeal of the product, which in turn sucks the life out of all the action on screen. With a short story, and no real multiplayer, Yars' Revenge is a hard-pressed sell to any but the most die-hard of shooter fans.
  4. Apr 15, 2011
    60
    If playing the demo intrigues you, you'll probably not have a bad time going through the rest of the game, as I did. Re-imagining something as simple as an Atari 2600 game makes it pretty easy to get creative, and the new Yar's Revenge is definitely creative, with a respectable level of quality in its art design. But while it has the looks, and is a decent clone of games like Panzer Dragoon, it needed a little more attention to be able to match them.
  5. Apr 15, 2011
    60
    Yar's Revenge is tailor-made for shooter fans who are seeking a challenge, but at $10, it's too short for me to truly recommend it.
  6. Apr 14, 2011
    60
    A poor man's Panzer Dragoon is still a relatively rich meal for anyone, even if this has little real connection to the original.
  7. 60
    Yar's Revenge isn't bad, but all its pleasures are decidedly short-lived. [May 2011, p.71]
  8. May 10, 2011
    55
    Yar's Revenge has nothing that doesn't work. It's simply a videogame that offers too little.
  9. Jun 8, 2011
    53
    Yar's Revenge is a bold, daring and ambitious reinvention of a classic franchise, but one that's ultimately difficult to recommend over the competition. It's a competent on-rails shooter - and a beautiful one at that. However, with shoddy controls, repetitive combat and no online multiplayer, Yar's Revenge isn't quite worthy of the game's 800-point asking price.
  10. May 23, 2011
    50
    Unless you are a die-hard on-rails shooter fan it's quite hard to recommend Yar's Revenge over some of the much more loved classics on Xbox Live, like the brilliant REZ. Yar's Revenge is the exact opposite of Mizugichi's masterpiece as it lacks the memorable moments and set pieces. This re-imagining of a classic isn't what it could have been.
  11. May 16, 2011
    50
    This high definition resurrection of the Atari 2600 classic doesn't meet expectations.
  12. May 10, 2011
    50
    The attempt to reinvigorate the thirty year old Yar's Revenge is only partially successful. The stylish animé-sauce and gorgeous environments that go past you can't hide the average execution of the game behind it. The largest challenge it offers comes from your impending struggles with the controls. Other than missing any sense of reward whatsoever, it just hasn't been worked out well.
  13. May 7, 2011
    50
    A rather short shoot em up on trails. Great visuals, but clunky controls ruin the experience. Also, there's not much in common with original Atari 2600 game.
  14. Apr 29, 2011
    50
    Not everything used to be better in the past, but Yar's Revenge sure was. This game should have stayed in the past because the boring storyline and the repetitive gameplay just aren't up to date.
  15. Apr 26, 2011
    50
    A too heavy name for a brand new game with poor story, fragile gameplay mechanics (except for a local multiplayer) and a light appeal. The shoot 'em up market has definitely much more to offer.
  16. Apr 23, 2011
    50
    It doesn't help that you're saddled with an inelegant control set-up that demands constant use of all four shoulder buttons at once.
  17. Apr 22, 2011
    50
    Yar's Revenge's great art design is squandered on dull, painful-to-control rail shooter gameplay.
  18. Apr 20, 2011
    50
    Frankly, though, it's unlikely that the gameplay will hold your attention long enough that you'll want to sample these extras.
  19. Jul 10, 2011
    45
    Holding back choices from the player does nothing but destroy a game's accessibility, and this is a token case. In the end, what we have with Yars' Revenge is a game with a genuinely novel and interesting aesthetic, but the lack of control concessions makes it something that's not worth picking up - that is, without trying the demo and making sure they're absolutely comfortable with how the game controls. Odds are that they won't be.
  20. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    Both a poor update and an unwieldy, near-cheating videogame overall. [Issue#73, p.101]
  21. Jun 1, 2011
    40
    Yar's Revenge is an awful rail shooter experience with so many shortcomings that there is hardly anything redeeming about it.
  22. Apr 24, 2011
    30
    With nothing in common with the original, Yars' Revenge is a terrible bad incarnation of the original classic. Hopefully Atari will learn from this mistake and do something better the next time they decide to to a HD remake of one of their classics.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 5, 2011
    8
    Fun game but no Panzer Dragoon Orta. I am glad to see on-rail shooters make a comeback though, and it's been a long time since I actuallyFun game but no Panzer Dragoon Orta. I am glad to see on-rail shooters make a comeback though, and it's been a long time since I actually played one personally, so it was nice to have this style of game make a return. Hopefully with they can add some Kinect support down the line as this would be a lovely game to use your hands with. Overall, I say buy if you're looking to get back into on-rail shooters and want a new game in the genre. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2011
    4
    Just a quick rundown on the PC version of the game. Being a console port, Yars Revenge only supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, has a menuJust a quick rundown on the PC version of the game. Being a console port, Yars Revenge only supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, has a menu system not designed for a point and click interface making it awkward to navigate and has no way to reconfigure keys. The biggest problem however is the horrendous, poorly-responsive in game mouse control with always on aim assist, making it impossible to play with any skill or accuracy. I would not recommend this to anyone. Full Review »