STAFF REVIEW of Anomaly Warzone Earth (Xbox 360 Arcade)

Thursday, April 19, 2012.
by Brent Roberts

Anomaly Warzone Earth Box art Over a year ago, 11 Bit studios braved the digital world of videogames with their release of Anomaly Warzone Earth on platforms such as the PC and iOS. The game was a massive success and public eyes shifted towards this talented group with one question in mind: "What's next?" Now 11 Bit Studios has answered the question and in a big way by taking the next big step in bringing this amazing game to the Xbox Live Arcade. Now let?s find out if Anomaly Warzone Earth is worth the 800 MS price point!

One of the big changes that 11 Bit Studios overcame was the adaptation for controller usage instead of touch screens. This originally bode well for the company as the PC and Mac versions were compatible with controllers so when bringing this game to the Xbox Live Arcade, a perfect roadmap was already in place. Controlling your Commander is a breeze with the analog sticks and allows pinpoint precision of ability placements such as: smoke screen, air strike, healing, and decoy. Bringing up the abilities menu instantly pauses the game, as well; pushing the Y button brings up the map and allows you to adjust the route you want your squad to take. Along with this solid gameplay, you have the ability to purchase various units, upgrade them, and decide their placement within your squad. Without question this new tower offense style game allows seamless coordination between your Commander and your squad at all times.

Originally at launch, Anomaly Warzone Earth provided multiple stages set in the city of Baghdad. An alien force has invaded earth and you are humanity's last hope for survival. It is up to you to take control of the Commander and build and direct your squad how you see fit to accomplish the missions at hand. In the Xbox Live Arcade version you are treated to a whole new city, Tokyo. One would think that the gifts would stop there, but there are also three bonus squad assault levels, which require you to dispatch unholy justice on waves of enemies in a required amount of time, and six new Tactical Trials that demand a well thought out plan from the start and put you against increasingly hard challenges. The game is an improvement over the other platforms but when the action heats up it's hard to focus on your squad and your Commander. As you progress through the beautiful alien towers, blowing them all to hell, you will be treated to a lot of audio vulgarity in the forms of your troop?s celebration of survival and domination. This tends though to become a bit overdone and after a while can become slightly annoying, but most of the time you have so much action going on that your eyes are glued to the screen and you're not paying attention to your squad saying "F**k yeah!"

Ultimately without question 11 Bit Studios has done an amazing job releasing Anomaly Warzone Earth on other platforms, but their expansion into the Xbox Live Arcade with more content just goes to show what a company can do when they care about quality. Is this worth the 800 MS points? If you enjoy tower offense style games, or want to experience the new city, the harder challenges, and other content, then the answer is unquestionably yes.

Overall: 8.8 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.8 / 10
Sound: 8.3 / 10


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