Xyanide Xbox

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Though Xyanide plays similarly to various classic arcade shoot-'em-ups, it's got its own strange twists and style that are worth experiencing by fans of similar games.
  2. The visuals may not be stunning, and the audio won't put any surround sound system through its paces, but Xyanide still packs some nice punch, especially when playing with a friend.
  3. For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  4. While the gameplay isn't really anything new, it's all backed by a terrific story, a mounting challenge, and some impressive graphics.
  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. 63
    The levels look pretty at first, but quickly become nauseating and boring when the same backgrounds continuously scroll by awkwardly. The gameplay itself is solid with intense, difficult combat, intriguing weapons, and huge battles.
  7. 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.
  8. 60
    The action is great when it gets going and the bosses will bring a smile to anyone's face. Whilst disappointing in some areas, it does match its budget price point and in some respects even exceeds it.
  9. Xyanide will have trouble holding your interest and you may have trouble holding your lunch.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2006
    6
    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
    6
    Has some nice ideas, but shooters need to feel precise, and this one lacks precision, which, combine with the whirling distracting playfield, 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. Full Review »
  3. Andyman
    Aug 16, 2006
    5
    Oh Xyanide, you could have really been something extraordinary. Your blend of Starfox-like track shooting and Geometry Wars-style dual-analog 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. Full Review »