Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Let's Play Xevious

Xevious is another early '80s Namco masterpiece. Often overlooked in America, I think gamers have easily dismissed it as simplistic and boring. However, an in-depth study proves quite the opposite: after playing the game intensely, Xevious reveals surprising depth. Here we can see the true origins of bullet hell shooters (most specifically vertically scrolling shooters like Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga, 194X, Blazing Lazers, Viper Phase 5, etc. Xevious surpasses them all.

Although you only have a machine gun and air-to-surface missiles, the Solvalou has infinite ammo. It's weapons don't need to be stronger, one hit kills any monster, even the badass motherships. You'll have to land that bomb precisely, however, and dodge like a true ninja. If you want to improve in Xevious, don't play on the easy setting, but give yourself as many lives as possible and stay cool. Ground targets generally give more points, so spam your machine guns and drop your bombs with high precision.

I first bought Xevious as an NES cart at a flea market at age 16. I did not enjoy the game. It was difficult and seemed repetitive. The problem wasn't the game, I just sucked. Also, the music is painful, no way around it. In all of the Let's Play videos I mute the sound. I played the arcade cabinet in college and still play a different machine from time to time. In fact, the game might be in the multi-cab arcade across the street, which would be awesome.

For more tips and gameplay check out the 4 parts of the Let's Play. Part 1 is uploaded now, with the others soon to come. I've actually only recorded Part 2, and I'm looking forward to an evening of Xevious and free streaming music via Grooveshark.

Watch Part 2

Watch Part 3

Watch Part 4


Al said...

An old-time gamer here (playing since the late '70s) that's happy to see you posting again. I regularly play Xevious on my Nintendo DS, a great little portable arcade.

8bitcity said...

Thanks for posting! Do you play Xevious on the Namco Collection? I'm about to upload a review of the 50th Anniversary Collection for PS2, but I've always wanted the DS version as well.

I might go searching for it soon...

Al said...

Usually on the DS, which is my most-played system because of its convenience. Although the Namco collection on it is missing several games compared to the PS2 version.

Matt Dickinson said...

I got the Playstation 1 version recently. It has the old version(s) plus a 3D polygonal mode which is fun too.

I think the enemy flight pattern was copied for Twinbee. There's another game called Star Force, for the arcade, which has similar vertically-scrolling style, as well as Slap Fight, one of Toaplan's firsts.