Geometry Wars: RE 2
Bizarre Creations has finally brought us the true sequel to XBLA’s first great shooter Geometry Wars. Geometry Wars 2 is the sequel that all Geo Wars fans have been waiting for. With 6 games modes and up to 4-player co-op this game is definitely worthy of being called a “sequel.”
GW2’s new modes are great. They all bring something very interesting to the plate. The first of the modes is Deadline, Deadline is similar to what you are used to playing in the first GW but this mode is timed. You have 3 minutes to score as many points as possible. You also have unlimited lives. I really enjoyed this mode and it is really fun to play. The next mode you will unlock is King. King is one of my favorite modes. In King you are given safe zones, basically all they are is circles that you can enter but enemies can’t. You can only shoot when you are in these circles and the circles will disappear after a certain amount of time. I relate this mode to holding your breath. You get in a circle, start shooting enemies to clear your path and then “hold your breath” until you get to the next safe circle. I enjoyed this mode a lot because I found it was very clever. It was also one of the most intense modes for me. The next mode you will unlock is Evolved. Evolved is your basic GW right down to the core. Just survive as long as you can. After that you will unlock Pacifism. Pacifism is one of the hardest modes. You can’t shoot in this mode and you must make your way through the “gates.” These gates will explode and kill any enemies around them. You must survive as long as possible while going through gates to kill enemies. I did not have an easy time with this and my top score shows it.
The next mode is Waves. Waves is probably my favorite mode right up there with King. Waves is just like the names sounds, waves of a rockets will glide across the screen. Once that wave gets across the screen a new wave will appear. Some waves span the whole length of the “arena” and some only span half. The key is to destroy the wave before the next one comes or they just keep stacking up and then it gets hectic. Waves is a really fun mode and my wife also really enjoys it. The last of the game modes is Sequence. Sequence gives you 30 seconds to destroy all the enemies on the screen. If you do this then you are moved to the next sequence where you must destroy all of those enemies within 30 seconds. This continues for 20 levels. If you lose a life you are automatically moved to the next level. This mode is fun but is one of the harder ones. I don’t usually get very far as it gets difficult very fast. You can play all of these modes cooperatively or competitively. A new addition to GW2 other than the modes is the presence of “Geoms.” Geoms are dropped by enemies which you then collect to increase your score multiplier.
Lastly I must say Geometry Wars 2 is a work of art. Watching this game is just as fun as playing it. With all of the colors and shapes combining and moving across the screen you will never find a dull moment. It is absolutely beautiful. GW2 is a great game, it has all of the things the hardcore love about it while still catering to the newer and less hardcore crowd. With 6 new modes this game has a high replayability and will bring you back time and time again for that quick adrenaline rush. Geometry Wars 2 is truly worthy of being called a sequel.