Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    With a lot of affection for their own past, Lucid Games have given a well-loved classic a new kind of drive.
  2. Nov 29, 2014
    It all just works, and we absolutely cannot recommend Geometry Wars 3 highly enough.
  3. Nov 25, 2014
    It's certainly the most ambitious and fully realized title in the series to date, and it's difficult to imagine a different take that would improve it. In many ways, it is the perfect game.
  4. Jan 13, 2015
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions takes everything that worked about its already-great predecessors, and brings them together into a new dimension of awesomeness.
  5. Jan 26, 2015
    The perfect arcade game, an adrenalinic and brutally challenging experience that will keep you glued to your joypad. For the more determined and capable players.
  6. Dec 14, 2014
    This is a definite buy for your Xbox One as it will bring back memories for veterans of the series while introducing the franchise to those who’ve never played it.
  7. Dec 10, 2014
    For arcade style shooting fans, it feels almost mandatory to have this in your gaming library.
  8. Nov 29, 2014
    Lucid has succeeded in bringing Geometry Wars back with an almighty bang.
  9. Nov 28, 2014
    This really is "more Geometry Wars", but it's been quite some time since we've had a new game. The campaign level design offers something new, but the classic mode is where it's really at.
  10. Nov 27, 2014
    Dimensions arrives with perfect timing. It rescues the best of the series, the drones and the geoms from Galaxies and the HD glory of Retro Evolved, adding new 3D areas that give a twist to all what you thought you learned from the previous ones.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jan 24, 2015
    Feature bloat strips this of its purity, and in parts it's unwieldy and unsatisfying. But find a challenge that sparks your imagination, and you'll become surgically attached to the controller. [Feb 2015, p.75]
  12. Jan 8, 2015
    Compulsive. [Issue#156, p.114]
  13. 80
    A great way to bring the franchise to the new generation of consoles. It made a few missteps with some of its levels, and the imaginary stopgaps that slow you down in the adventure mode really shouldn’t have been there, but overall, I definitely enjoyed my time with the game.
  14. Dec 18, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is yet another great addition to the series. Lucid Games has added innovative features that makes the series feel like a step forward but also manages to give fans a game that stays true to its roots.
  15. Dec 17, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3 is a great product, especially if we take into account all the new features which, although without revolutionizing the genre, manage to carry new life to it. If you love twin stick shooters, buy this.
  16. Dec 9, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster.
  17. Dec 6, 2014
    Developer Lucid Games has a firm handle on Geometry Wars' twin stick action, but sometimes struggles to put it to good use. The star-based progression system is a head-scratcher of a decision, as it likely blocks the majority of players, and is strictly there to give skilled players a real run for their money.
  18. Dec 5, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions delivers a lot of what made the original so addictive, while introducing some new modes that are sure to ruffle some feathers.
  19. Dec 2, 2014
    It's not the perfect Geometry Wars sequel after all this time, but it's still pretty damn fun in its own right.
  20. Dec 1, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3 brings the tight twin-stick feel of the series to the modern gaming era while also paying homage to the series’ roots. Just steer clear of its online multiplayer game modes.
  21. Dec 1, 2014
    An amazing twin stick shooter, bestowed by great design and graphics. It's a shame that competition on the adventure's mode leaderboards is pretty worthless, since you'll never know with what kind of upgrades your high score has been beaten, and it lacks an online cooperative, but it still shines as a great example of bringing back sagas of old, with a twist.
  22. Nov 28, 2014
    The more progress-focused Adventure definitely loses some of that competitive edge in translation, and that's certainly a shame, but it still has that instant, stimulating, rip-roaring flavor that puts the shots into shoot-em-up.
  23. Nov 27, 2014
    My thumb, however, stands testament to the game's greatness, throbbing in pain as I enter the seventh consecutive hour of geometric action.
  24. Nov 25, 2014
    Tallying its original content on its own, Dimensions offers a very replayable, highly varied take on a too-long dormant modern classic.
  25. Dec 2, 2014
    New 3D maps add depth and ideas to a tried-and-true formula, but they aren’t taken far enough to make this feel like a real sequel.
  26. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Feb 15, 2015
    A respectable attempt at adding variety to a modern classic, but one that fails to meet the lofty standards of its ancestors, though there's still fun to be had. [Issue#119, p.79]
  27. Dec 1, 2014
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a solid reboot of a series that’s been gone far too long, and even if all of its experiments on the old formula don’t work, enough of them do to make it a game worth chasing as many high scores as you can manage.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 6 out of 40
  1. Nov 30, 2014
    Geomatry Wars classic remains the true stand out home Arcade experience of the past 10 years however the introduction of spherical maps canGeomatry Wars classic remains the true stand out home Arcade experience of the past 10 years however the introduction of spherical maps can lead to some outright frustrating moments in Adventure mode where your deaths never feel like they're entirely your own fault and may seem a bit cheap. Full Review »
  2. Nov 27, 2014
    Geo Wars returns with a new, mind-bending, strategy-robbing twist: three-dimensional playing fields. While all the classic modes return fromGeo Wars returns with a new, mind-bending, strategy-robbing twist: three-dimensional playing fields. While all the classic modes return from the previous entry, the titular "Dimensions" can be found in Adventure Mode. All 50 levels each have their own gimmick, and the novelty quickly wears off as you barely scrape by level after level, only to run up to a brick wall of a star prerequisite for a boss, forcing you to backtrack and grind geoms to upgrade your drone and super abilities, then constantly swap them out as you try and find the right combination for the level you're trying to just barely get two stars on, let alone three. Nine times out of ten, the three dimensional fields take away the strategy of hugging a wall, and turning your ship at the wrong time can lead to a horrendous camera angle that leads to enemies coming out of nowhere, or just plain spawning on top of you with absolutely no time to react, potentially leading you to a string of cheap deaths, undoubtedly within a hairbreadth of the 2-3 star score requirement. More than once I swore I hit the bomb button an instant before an enemy slammed into me; leading me to wonder why at this point, it doesn't automatically detonate upon enemy impact, if it's available, thus avoiding thrown controllers and expletives.

    I'll be throwing this into the same group as the Trials franchise; a game easy to pick up to kill 15-30 minutes, before it becomes frustrating to the point where you wondered why you booted it up in the first place.
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  3. Nov 27, 2014
    Fun, frustrating and a perfect geometry wars experience. Very smooth and runs great treating gamers to an experience that is both glitch freeFun, frustrating and a perfect geometry wars experience. Very smooth and runs great treating gamers to an experience that is both glitch free and thoughtful. Three stars is not easy but I appreciate the challenge that lies ahead. Full Review »