Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - Xbox One

Release Date:

November 26, 2014

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Also on UK.
8.1

Summary:

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for the Xbox One was developed by the team at Lucid Games, Dimensions seeks to further throw gamers into the galactic battle against shapes, colors, and aliens that has become such a staple release. Addictive and action packed as always, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions brought the heat in a few new ways. We picked up a copy for our Xbox One and got right down to business. What we found was possibly the most polished Geometry Wars release yet. Keep reading to see if you’ll be buying any time soon!

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Lucid Games
  • Publisher(s):
    • Sierra Games
  • Distributor(s):
    • Xbox One Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 26, 2014
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 1-4 (Local)
  • Online Player(s):
    • N/A
  • Series:
    • Geometry Wars
  • Add-Ons:
    • Available

Technical Information

  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
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Posted:
2015-07-18

Jamie_Hall

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Xbox One

8.0

The Geometry Wars franchise has come a long way since its inception almost a decade ago. Now we are staring down Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for the Xbox One. Developed by the team at Lucid Games, Dimensions seeks to further throw gamers into the galactic battle against shapes, colors, and aliens that has become such a staple release. Addictive and action packed as always, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions brought the heat in a few new ways. We picked up a copy for our Xbox One and got right down to business. What we found was possibly the most polished Geometry Wars release yet. Keep reading to see if you’ll be buying any time soon!

Back when Arcade Games were first getting really big and still in, you know, actual arcades, the only thing that mattered was racking up the highest score possible so you could throw your three letter initials onto the gamer charts. Score hunting is a passion, hobby, and pastime and we are glad to see that its spirit still lives on in titles like the Geometry Wars franchise. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a twin stick shooter that literally brings you onto a whole new dimension of score hunting gaming.

The heart of the game is the same as it has been since 2007. Your goal is to kill as many alien enemies as you can until you lose all of your lives. You have an infinite amount of bombs and firepower in order to clear the screen of your enemies when things get crazy. The trick here is that your score multiplier doesn’t climb with enemy kills and instead relies on you collect geoms, which are little green shards. The higher your score is the more you collect and the more you get from each enemy death. There is no sky on how many geoms you can collect which is a nic change of pace compared to prior titles. There are a plethora of game modes laid out in Dimensions so let’s take a moment to look at them all

Evolved is the core game mode. You start off in a square arena and you have three bombs and lives on your side. You earn more lives every time that you cross a certain point threshold. Wrinkling off of Evolved is the Waves Mode. In Waves you only have one single life and you don’t have the ability to earn anymore. Think of a hardcore horde mode, or something like that.

You can also play Deadline which allows you unlimited lives but sets a time limit so you have to strategize how exactly you are going to rack up all of your points, taking care not to waste any precious moments. Pacificism mode turns your guns off but allows you to kill enemies by flying through certain spinning gates that explode. Finally we have King Mode. King mode is a twist off of the Evolved formula. Sort of like 'Territories', King mode prevents you from firing your weapons unless you are in the correctly marked territory. Domes come and go so you are always on the move.

Despite the fact that we haven’t had a Geometry Wars in awhile, the game still came back to us with alacrity. The game modes are a ton of fun and they still rely on skill to a heavy degree. You can follow certain patterns that start to present themselves if you are quick enough to spot them despite the fact that enemies are randomly spawned. The game pushes you to definitely fill the screen with bullets so it is easy to become 'button mashing' twin stick shooter, but there is still an emphasis on skill with twitch based awareness and reaction timing.

Perhaps the real reason that Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is so addictive is the presence of the online leaderboard. With every game mode you will find a new leader board attached to it. As you play you can see the closest score of a real life competitor as it compares to what you are doing. So the urge to be the best actually can lead to driving you to playing even more than you planned. I mean, how can you stop when some random dude from Texas just bested your score at the last second? Nobody said addiction wasn’t fun.

If you want to play with friends but want to play locally you can do a cooperative run through. You can play with up to three buddies through 10 different levels until you come across the big boss. The game mode itself is sadly short and the action on screen is almost unintelligible when you have a full complement of players. Still, the chaos can be a ton of fun.

Online you can play a few different modes with up to eight total players split between two rosters. You can play Summoner which focuses teams on taking over certain territories. You can also play Stock, which has teams opposing one another as they compete for ammo to kill the big boss. We were surprised to find that online matchmaking wasn’t functioning due to the lack of players interested in online co-op. So if you want to play with people online it might be a good idea to have friends ready to play before hand. Offline mode definitely seems to be where people stay focused.

The single player Adventure mode is definitely where gamers are going to be spending the majority of their time. Across 50 different levels you will run across challenges upon challenges and the odd boss every once in awhile. As you play some of the levels will rotate out game modes so you are getting a fresh experience as you progress, keeping the game interesting.

At the end of the day Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions on the Xbox One is a perfect continuation of a lovely franchise. The game plays well, looks great, and is absolutely entertaining.

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