Galaga: Destination Earth
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Buy this game if you like flying spaceships through obstacles and shooting enemies. Don't buy it if you expect to play the arcade version on your Playstation. It ain't gonna happen.
Hasbro appear to have been very careful in preserving those elements which made Galaga a great shooter. In my mind those were: precision shooting, predictable aliens, captured ship - and the double ship action that inevitably followed - and a persisitent wave of around 40 opponents to shoot at.
This game introduces: multiple camera angles (more later), upto four captured aliens (excellent for blasting), 15? new enemies, more weapons - via the captured aliens, a standard 'save the world' storyline backed by some nice FMV, 9 levels and a bonus techno style level for practising.
Galaga introduces regular camera changes keyed to the background. There are 3 standard views (3D - like StarFox, top down and side on and 1 special view - a tip of the hat to Tempest I guess). You can also control some of the background surface guns to shoot up at the aliens for a few seconds before flipping back to your safely parked ship - this is actually pretty cool but could have been executed better.
Throughout all the views the aliens stream in like trains executing their own complex patterns before joining a large central wave of aliens somewhere in the middle of the screen and then coming back at you in small groups of spiralling baddies. There's not many games on the PS where there are always 20 to 30 opponents on screen to shoot at and a fairly detailed background moving along at around 30 frames per second.Read more ›
This version of Galaga provides a feeling of the original (spiralling aliens, precise shooting of streams and the usual Galaga 2-shot action and double ship capturing). It goes further by providing additional camera angles, aliens, weapons, missions and environments loosely tied together with the standard 'Save the World' storyline. Side, top and 3D behind view are all present, and even an tip of the hat to Tempest in some sequences.
The difficulty is that the transition has clearly not been easy. In the 3D view it's quite diffuclt to aim. If you remember the original all you had to do was line up. However in 3D is more difficult to stay on target. A bit like Starfox without the draw distance of the N64. I guess keeping the background and lots of aliens on screen at the same time must be quite difficult for an aging Playstation.
Graphics and SFX are good quality and frame rate seems standard at 30FPS. Options are limited but then so is my time.
For the price it's a good bit of fun.
It does have great graphics and seems like it could have the potential to be a great game but my expectations were shattered when I discovered it wasn't "the galaga" I was looking for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a fast paced game a little on the difficult side. It's retro fun. :-)Published on February 27, 2009 by Cynthia W. Ponce
I bought this game as a gift for my spouse. WE used to play it for hours in the 70's when we were dating. Of course, then it was a true arcade game. Read morePublished on January 4, 2007 by luv2read
...I immediately started playing but then realized this is a joke of a video game. I was looking for a replica of the arcade version from the 1980s but this game had nothing of... Read morePublished on June 3, 2003
I like others was hoping for the original arcade game simply available on the PS2.
Alas this was not to be. Read more