Here we are with the final episode in the current run of PS2 Tuesdays. I will be taking a break from this series for a little while - probably a month or two. They will be coming back though, and in the meantime I have plenty more ideas for content on the channel.
This time I'm taking a look at a shoot em up by the name of Xyanide Resurrection. About a month ago, I traded in my copy of Skylanders along with the portal and all the figures I had collected, which was worth £33 in store credit. Instead of blowing the whole lot on one new game, I decided to buy PS2 and PSP games with it instead. While I was browsing their selection, I spotted this game. I was a bit unsure of the quality, but it was only £2, so I decided to take the risk. I'm quite satisfied with my purchase, with a few minor reservations.
The missiles can still be quite hard to avoid though, as you have to worry about enemies coming from all sides of the level, and spin around to face the threat. Weapons wise, you start of with a rather puny cannon, a lock on attack, and a small supply of bombs. By picking up "Xyanide" from downed enemies, you earn currency to spend in the shop between missions. They sell various upgrades such as a magnet that makes it easier to draw in Xyanide, a shield that recharges after a while (incredibly useful) and improved weaponry. Another cool thing is that between each level you get to choose which of two branching paths to go down, ala Outrun or Darius. Taking the upper route is easier, and the lower route harder.
|The game is quite pretty, just a little too orange.|
All things considered, if you see a copy of this game nice and cheap like I did, I would say that it is worth adding to your PS2 collection. It's not the greatest game out there, but it's decent enough. Taking a look at Amazon and eBay, it can easily be found for less than £5. It would appear that there was also a PSP version released, which is going for roughly the same price. OK then, that's it for this season, stay tuned for the new, improved season 2 in a few months time!