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  • Summary: Xenoraid is an intense vertically scrolling shoot'em up with dynamic combat. Classic action gameplay with modern features like procedurally driven missions, fighter switching, and squadron management make Xenoraid a fresh and thrilling shooter!

    Xenoraid is an exciting shooter game with
    Xenoraid is an intense vertically scrolling shoot'em up with dynamic combat. Classic action gameplay with modern features like procedurally driven missions, fighter switching, and squadron management make Xenoraid a fresh and thrilling shooter!

    Xenoraid is an exciting shooter game with classic action and modern features. Intercept the alien threat in missions that play out differently every time. Pilot skillfully to line up devastating bursts of fire. Switch between four fighters during combat to bring in the best weapons for each situation. Upgrade, repair and enhance your squadron between missions. Bring down huge alien capital ships in hectic bossfights. Put your skills to the ultimate test in three endless survival missions with online leaderboards!
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 18, 2017
    80
    Xenoraid is a solid and enjoyable scrolling shooter that feels tight and responsive to play with plenty of roguelike options and content throughout. If you are looking for your next Nintendo Switch purchase, this may be it.
  2. Jan 16, 2018
    70
    Xenoraid produces a feeling of excitement and balances it out with an almost somber, hypnotic feel as you fly through the black clutches of space grinding away. Its simplistic nature probably won’t lead to many binge sessions, but for quick pick-up-and play action, it does the job well enough.
  3. Dec 1, 2017
    60
    Although Xenoraid does nothing to shake up the genre, changing spacecraft in the heat of battle and using different weapons on the fly tries to add spice to an otherwise solid but unspectacular top-down shooter experience. The characters, dialogue and locations are neither varied nor dynamic enough to be very engaging, and the gameplay, while serviceable, will satisfy but certainly not impress anyone who has already played one of its ancestors or contemporaries, either on Switch or elsewhere.
  4. Dec 13, 2017
    60
    Xenoraid follows a different path to most shoot'em ups and that is something to praise. The game features plenty of fast action that forces the players to be well prepared but its difficulty conditions, more based on restricting the player, end up harming the game, which too many times feels very constricting.
  5. 60
    I enjoyed the core concept of shooting alien ships in space with a customizable fleet of ships. That’s really fun. The problem is all the bulk surrounding it. Poor checkpointing, being unable to carry tech upgrades forward, and the persistent wish that I had more control over my own aiming all sort of dampen the experience. I like where this game’s head is at, but I’ve got a list of things they can improve if Xenoraid gets a sequel.
  6. Nov 29, 2017
    40
    Everyone's played enough of this type of game by now in order to know what to expect. You're going to be ducking and diving in amongst enemy fire as you tear down waves of enemies coming from the top of the screen. There's just not quite enough here to make Xenoraid memorable.
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  1. Nov 29, 2017
    7
    Get ready for some arcade fire!

    Xenoraid is a vertically scrolling shmup originally released in 2016 by developer 10tons. Taking place in
    Get ready for some arcade fire!

    Xenoraid is a vertically scrolling shmup originally released in 2016 by developer 10tons. Taking place in the not so distant future of 2032, framed as the first war in space. With relatively primitive artillery as far as sci fi spaceships have been portrayed in the past.

    As a vertical scroller, you play from a top down perspective and can navigate your ship through enemies and asteroids as you face the upcoming onslaught. Using the right trigger to fire your regular weapon and the left trigger for your special attack, you simply aim by the position of your ship. Setting apart from the regular 2d side scroller, your weapons overheat. So you can’t charge into a galactic battle with guns blazing. Instead you’ll dodge your way through the hazards of space combat, waiting for the right moments to engage your enemies. Causing you to play with a more cautious and precise style, rather than the typical bullet frenzy. The game’s creators had more of a focus on tight aiming rather than bullet spraying and it really shows.

    The gameplay feels great, responsive mechanics and animations that add that little bit of polish to the experience. When playing through each missions, uniquely, they are procedurally driven. So you can’t just memorize the difficult attack patterns and easily blow through each level after you figure them out. With a number of different ships, all having different weapon abilities, they have truly unique play styles attached to them. Beginning with a standard fighter jet, then taking you on quite the adventure. Using a space style flamethrower certainly does the trick, but getting into that close range can mean certain death.

    Where Xenoraid truly shines is the squadding. In gameplay you have four ships at your command and you can switch between them in battle. If running low on health on one ship, pressing the corresponding X, Y, A, or B buttons, will tag in your selected ship. These ships can be upgraded between battles and get promoted if used enough in a mission. So after three missions upgrading your fire rate and missiles, can make you quite powerful.

    But be sure to Switch those fighters when critically damaged, because just like Fire Emblem, Xenoraid employs a permadeath system. So if your upgraded Captain dies in battle, it is gone, forever. Making each battle mean more and having way more of an emotional impact when you lose a member of your team.

    Between battles you can make overall squad upgrades, lower weapons heat production, or deploy nukes when a squadmate dies. Little upgrades likes this can have a big impact on battles. Also managing your squad, you’ll have to repair your ships from battle and purchase new ships when you have an opening. With more fighter ship options becoming available later in game.

    Xenoraid isn’t a huge game with an epic story, but it’s a lovely modern spin on arcade classics. WIth solid gameplay and captivating permadeath rpg progression. Xenoraid is a welcome addition to my Switch library.

    Check out my Xenoraid Video Review on YouTube channel TheFlannelFox
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