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
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. So if you want an intense shooter with solid ground on every aspect, but nothing special in content or in extras, then pick up Xyanide, and bring yourself back to those local pizza place days, playing the arcade games we all love so much.
  3. It's a shame that the controls weren't tighter and the level design weren't more varied, because this one could have been a classic. As it stands now, it's a title easily worth picking up for shooter fans tired of being stuck with R-Type.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The game itself does a good job of masking the appearance of the field, maintaining an illusion of 3D, and keeping the graphics consistent.
  7. 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.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  9. 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.
  10. Xyanide will have trouble holding your interest and you may have trouble holding your lunch.
  11. While the gameplay isn't really anything new, it's all backed by a terrific story, a mounting challenge, and some impressive graphics.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Play Magazine
    90
    Not only is Xyanide a 3D space shooter but it is like no other you have ever seen or played. It's actually a benchmark title. [Dec. 2006, p.60]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
#7 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 26, 2016
    10
    Amazing game, far ahead of its time. Definitely the best of its genera. Underappreciated during its time like so many other hidden gems. A fewAmazing game, far ahead of its time. Definitely the best of its genera. Underappreciated during its time like so many other hidden gems. A few people complain about the controls, it was typical in those days for some people to go completely nuts of such trivial imperfections. If you enjoy playing shoot-em-up games, this will definitely the best you'll experience. The graphics are stunning, featuring endless hand crafted 3D levels coupled with amazing special effects. Once again, this was far ahead of it's time when originally released, and has held up extremely well with age. If you can find a used copy of this game anywhere online, definitely buy it, and cherish it forever! Full Review »
  2. [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.
  3. 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 »