Gaming Age writes: "I never played the original Thexder that NEO is based on but I can't imagine it being much better (or worse). Typical of the mid-80s arcade shooter, Thexder NEO is very difficult. So much so that it teeters on boring. I made up a joke to give you an idea; "Thexder walks into a bar, the bartender looks at him and sa--BOOM! Thexder explodes." It's not so much annoying or frustrating, as much as it's an expectation, and when you realize you've got nothing to live for the game becomes fairly dull."