Mutant Storm Empire Review

Mutant Storm Empire is an arcade shooter reminiscent of games such as Robotron and Smash TV. Your ship or critter (I'm not sure exactly what you're supposed to be in this game) is controlled with the two sticks. The left stick controls movement and the right the direction in which you fire, so you can move in any direction while firing independently in any direction. Each level is broken into a series of segments of rooms in which you will be attacked by a variety of beasties (that's what the game calls them). Destroy all the beasties and the room's exit is opened allowing you to move on to the next room.

There are plenty of arcade shooters available on Xbox Live Arcade, but Mutant Storm Empire is a bit different for a few reasons. First of all there is a large variety of enemies in the game, each with their own weapons, attack patterns, and tendencies. The second is that the game rewards you for taking a more tactical approach than simply blasting everything in sight. You are rewarded with score multipliers for shooting the same type of beastie multiple times in a row. If you really want to crank up your scores you'll need to carefully avoid shooting a different type of beastie until you've managed to clear out the first kind. Lastly, the game has some very nice visuals. The graphics are bright, colorful, and imaginative, and each level has its own visual style.

Multiplayer support includes leaderboards and co-op play. For the latter your scores are combined, but the game tracks each player's contribution to the total. Now you have that proof that you carried most of the weight on your team.

If you're not into arcade shooters, then Mutant Storm Empire just simply isn't for you. It's fun to play and looks great, but it's still a shooter. If you enjoy the occasional all-out shooting match, though, Mutant Storm Empire is definitely worth a look.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 82%. A beastie-blasting good time.


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