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corygalliherXenosGiant robots are a friend to all mankind. It's indisputable. Giant robots have helped us with all manner of historic projects, from the construction of the Pyramids to the Allies' victory in World War II to the election of the first African-American President. It only stands to reason, then, that we glorify our titanic metal buddies in games; Xenos, a new sci-fi arcade action game from Oddity Games, is a great example of mech respect.

According to the long and safely-skippable intro, Xenos is a new form of energy discovered in the 22nd century. It's being used for evil, however, and as our giant robot hero Asterus it's your job to make things right by destroying all the Xenos generators in each area. Do that using the [WASD] or [arrow] keys, and run into enemies to attack. As you turn enemies into scrap your weapons gain energy or recover health. This makes them larger and more powerful, and the devastation you can deal with a max-level weapon is a true sight to behold. You can swap your equipped weapon with the number keys, and the [spacebar] unleashes a special attack when your weapon is charged. Each one has a different special attack, from the double saber's boomerang attack to the axe's mighty shockwave, so it's in your best interest to learn the ins and outs of them all.

Xenos is pretty simple to pick up but the process of mastering the game is a blast. Your moveset is fairly limited so you need to learn how best to use what you're given. Properly using your various special attacks, and deciding when not to use them in favor of wielding a more powerful weapon, is key. On top of your efforts to smash Xenos generators and bosses, you can also explore the levels to find pieces of new gear for Asterus, giving the stages a bit of much-needed replay value.

All the action is rendered in beautiful 2D animation reminiscient of the Treasure classic Bangai-O and accompanied by a techno soundtrack. The controls are very responsive and you won't experience any deaths due to input problems; this is a great boon for a game that doesn't feature mouse controls! It's an all-around polished and exciting experience that lasts just long enough to avoid outstaying its welcome. Our giant robot pals would expect nothing less.

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I've been having a lot of trouble lately with games not saving data for when I revisit them - played this yesterday and got to ~27 and it thinks I haven't played it at all. The same happened with Bloom Defender. Do you know of anything I could do to ensure that game data is being saved, or if there is a setting I've accidentally switched?

Using Firefox (with what I presume is the latest version) if that helps.

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This game would be a lot more enjoyable were it not for the tremendous lag. It works fine on the level select, but when I enter a stage, and worse, when there are enemies on screen, it slows to a crawl. Good effort, but wrecked by that unfortunate flaw.

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I'm also having lag problems, but no saved game problems.

Regardless, I find it an interesting choice to give the character melee only weapons (with specials that do range) but make it move like a spacecraft.

Otherwise, there's a lot to work on here. Level design and challenge is often repetitive. The gameplay is pretty much always the same - minor variation for certain advanced enemies. The story is basic and uninteresting.

So I'm not really that happy with the game. The average review of 4 mushrooms out of 5 seems overly generous to me. And I disagree about replay value: the "hidden" items hardly deserve that descriptor and don't require any unusual effort to find them the first time through the game. And since the levels are generally so boring, the gameplay options so limited, and the story skeletal and flat to boot, I frankly don't see why I would want to revisit the game. I'm having trouble figuring out why I've played through so much of it so far anyway.

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7.62x51mm NATO November 17, 2011 8:58 PM

Zone of the Enders spinoff? Meh, I still like it.

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I enjoyed it, experienced no problems. I was just wondering if anyone happened to find a way to unlock the fifth weapon in survival mode (not that I'd use it but still) also wanted to add a pointer or two- An awesome trick can be done with the scythe and axe. If you use the scythe's special ability and get into the bubble... thing you have just enough time to switch weapons and use the axe's powerful special (twice if you do it quick enough) and still have time to switch back to the trusty scythe ^.^ .... and also the usefulness of the unlockable weapon is null compared to the scythe which blocks bullets, slowly kills enemies and can do damage to large groups... to sum it all up: the scythe is awesome and the cheesily named weapon is terrible.

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one question what and how do you get hidden items?

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