Titan Attacks Review: Space invading over three decades later
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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.
- Involving combo system
- Space tank upgrades worth pursuing
- Diverse enemy roster and patterns
- Short-lived campaign
- Gameplay formula is archaic
- Minor sound bugs
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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