This week's edition of the regular Critical Reception column examines online reaction to Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, an Xbox Live Arcade shooter follow-up that critics say is a "superb sequel" that "bests the original in every respect."
Available at the Xbox 360's launch late in 2005, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved became an early hit for Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade downloadable games service, and stood as a primary source of inspiration for the many dual-stick shooters released for Live Arcade in the years since. The long-awaited sequel to Retro Evolved launched last week to a Metacritic-averaged score of 90 out of 100.
Chris Buffa at GameDaily scores Retro Evolved 2 at 10 out of 10. "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was the Xbox 360's greatest launch game, a simple and addictive shooter that did something we never thought possible: it made us care about scoring points," he begins. "Its superb sequel, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, bests the original in every respect, retaining its addictiveness while incorporating six excellent games for just 800 Microsoft points ($10). Welcome to your new obsession."