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version: ntsc/us - year: 2006 - developer: playlogic - publisher: playlogic - format: xbox, dvd - condition: near mint - rarity: uncommon

An exclusive euro shooter for the X-Box with a moody and unique soundtrack


The long intro is really nicely done and worth watching


Gameplay is initially very confusing


Levels look interesting...


...although they tend to become repetitive after a while

Review - Xyanide is a weird 2D/3D hybrid shooter which only ever saw the light on the North American X-Box, but it was curiously developed in Europe.

Merging 2D gameplay with 3D graphics, and streamed full-motion video backgrounds, it's a game which looks interesting and which also takes some time getting used to because of the initially confusing gameplay.

The twin-stick control set-up, the target system and the constant alternating between two main types of weapons each more effective against smaller or bigger enemies will require some time getting used to.

For the first time in years, I actually had to read the manual of a shooter just the figure out how things work.

Once you get this part, Xyanide actually flows well as you'll dig into the addictive rhythm of the action.

Unfortunately, the graphics tend to look repetitive will little variation in the backgrounds or in the enemy types, while the occasional path-branching in the levels won't do much to interest you, as everything will still look and feel more or less the same, regardless of the path you take.

Luckily, the dark and moody techno soundtrack and the lengthy and beautiful cut-scenes , coupled with the impressive and huge end-of-level bosses will definitely make things more interesting.

Bottom line: In the end, Xyanide is a mixed bag, a weird and eerie shooter with obscure play mechanics which requires some time getting into. May be worth checking out if you want to try something different. 6/10










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