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PALGN: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 Review

PALGN writes: "Sequels are uneasy, troubled creatures. On one hand, if successors to a well received line of games, they hold firmly in their grasp a dedicated fanbase ready to sample their fruits with vigor. However, on the flipside of the same coin, the pressure to perform coupled with their audience's expectations can drive many to ruin. These pressures to succeed are amplified exponentially when your parent game is one that helped define a platform. That game is Geometry Wars Retro Evolved, and, being the title that almost single-handedly propelled Xbox Live Arcade to success, expectations for its heir were destined to be sky high. It's a lucky thing for fans of the title that Bizarre Creations, the studio behind the series, have once again crafted a great arcade experience worthy of the hype that surrounds it.

As your eyes sweep across the screen taking in the angular geometric enemies floating around the play area, the first thought is just how similar this game looks to the original. This is a mistaken first impression however, as when the two are placed side by side it's plainly clear just how lengthy the visual's journey has been from previous incarnation to this iteration, and rather than being same-same they are simply stunning. Particle effects scatter in high definition glory as your fire cuts through enemies, crisp neon foes rush towards you and Geometry War's distinct, vector graphics inspired visual style is even brighter, bolder and stands out even more than it ever did."

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