Titan Attacks Review: Space invading over three decades later

  • Posted May 11th, 2014 at 20:47 EDT by Alex Machado

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Titan Attacks!

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Summary

Titan Attacks is a fan service to space-invading brethren of old, but strip away the charm and flattery and you are left with an antiquated, short-lived experience that facilitates just a tinge of classic fun.

We like

  • Involving combo system
  • Space tank upgrades worth pursuing
  • Diverse enemy roster and patterns

We dislike

  • Short-lived campaign
  • Gameplay formula is archaic
  • Minor sound bugs

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The game’s aesthetic is coated with pixel-layered visuals and 8-bit sound effects. Its retro-contemporary appeal gives it a comfortable sense of age that performs well on all three PlayStation devices, although the game does not push the hardware by any means. I was surprised, however, to bump into a minor sound bug that occurred twice in my overall playthrough with the game. After picking up a shield power-up, its obnoxious sound effect kept roaring through my speakers through an evident succession of enemy waves. While this annoyance was negligible, it did disturb the rhythm of the experience. 

With a few simple additions, this neo-arcade shooter calls for age-old skills that would make any arcade disciple smile, if not outright grin. While it fails to innovate the formula on all fronts, there’s no denying that it’s a formula that still works, even after decades of carbon copies and imitators. Titan Attacks is a fan service to space-invading brethren of old, but strip away the charm and flattery and you are left with an antiquated, short-lived experience that facilitates just a tinge of classic fun.

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Alex is a Staff Writer for PSU and a performance major at Florida International University. Perhaps one day he'll find a cure for his uncanny obsession with making Kerotan frog noises. Not that he cares though. But if you do, feel free to advise him on Twitter.
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    Release date (US):
    05-06-2014
    Developer:
    Curve Studios
    Genre:
    Misc - Arcade
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