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  • Summary: Drake is a star fighter pilot escorting an execution craft that holds the evil witch Aguira. On route, an asteroid filled with Xyanide (a substance that materializes thoughts) hits the prisoner's ship. Now, as Drake, you must battle through a series of surreal nightmares. While piloting skills and kill efficiency are important to survive, you must also learn how to adapt to your different environments. Morph into different types of fighters, master new weapons, and acquire power-ups to defeat your enemies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The game itself does a good job of masking the appearance of the field, maintaining an illusion of 3D, and keeping the graphics consistent.
  2. As an arcade space shooter, Xyanide doesn't break any new ground, but it is a solid entry that is fun. The flaws aren't enough to diminish an otherwise fun time with the original Xbox.
  3. Xyanide's unique take on the shmup genre and the fact that it's not only fun, but the only one of its kind make it very approachable.
  4. For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  5. Seriously, with more varied and visually stunning backgrounds, more detailed ship models, more interesting bosses, a better soundtrack, and better power-ups, Xyanide could have been a great shooter. While the negatives outweigh the positives, it is only $19.99, controls very well, and has an interesting story.
  6. If you're looking for a more classical style of game where you can turn off your brain and annihilate wave after wave of enemies as you dodge obscene amounts of enemy fire, Xyanide is for you.
  7. 40
    It borrows or attempt to borrow conventions from several popular shoot-'em-'ups, but in the end it's just a confused mess that's not very fun and not very impressive.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2006
    Someone is definately going to have a seisure on this one. The movement sucks. hard to see anything especially with 2-players.
  2. SimonC.
    Aug 30, 2006
    Has some nice ideas, but shooters need to feel precise, and this one lacks precision, which, combine with the whirling distracting playfield, makes it more frustrating yet somehow bland rather than fun. When you die, you don't scream in frsutration, nor do you say "Ah, that was my fault." Instead, you tend to find yourself saying, "Oh, did something hit me? I didn't realise. Expand
  3. Andyman
    Aug 16, 2006
    Oh Xyanide, you could have really been something extraordinary. Your blend of Starfox-like track shooting and Geometry Wars-style dual-analog gameplay is truly inspired. Too bad your levels all look the same. And too bad your weapons are very basic, with power-ups that are a joke. Yep, Xyanide, you really could have been genre-redefining, but instead you're just another example of "great idea, poor implementation." Too bad. Expand