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|1942: Joint Strike takes inspiration and influence from the '80s 194X's series of Capcom vertical arcade shooters. The art, sound and gameplay give the player hints of the 194X series, but will standout as it's own unique entry. Gameplay will essentially be 2D, but the game will utilize a fully 3D engine.
The game takes place during a seemingly WWII like era. Locales, vehicles and weapons have the look and feel of WWII with some stylistic differences. The world in which 1942: Joint Strike takes place is not our own and the events that transpire are not historically accurate nor are they intended to be. This is a world alternate to ours where history and technology developed along its own path.
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|Reviews: 1942: Joint Strike
A remade classic shooter that's perfect for the 360 arcade.
By Anthony Gallegos 07/24/2008
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If aerial battles like the ones in 1942: Joint Strike had actually occurred, history would likely classify them as "massacres." You never know why you fight -- you simply man your plane and destroy anyone or anything stupid enough to get in your way. And, unlike other games that may pose moral questions about your motivations or attempt to explain how your actions are justified, Joint Strike doesn't even bother. This classic arcade revamp focuses squarely on the action, throwing the player into the thick of battle from the first seconds of the game. The only things that the designers seem to think the player needs to know are how to shoot and kill...and it's glorious. Joint Strike is a top-down, vertical-scrolling shooter; despite the visual overhaul, it still plays like the 1942 many of us grew up with. You play as one of three ships with varying stats in speed, power, and health, and shoot your way through hordes of nameless foes in an effort to battle each of the five levels' bosses. It's a helluva lot of fun if you love scrolling shooters that challenge your ability to dodge seemingly impossible waves of bullets -- though you should prepare for some frustration, as you won't unlock a level-select (or the option to continue after losing all of your lives) until beating the game in its entirety once (not an easy feat, trust me).
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Though the game gets frustratingly difficult, that doesn't mean you have to go it alone: Online and local co-op truly bring the arcade feel home. Playing with a friend adds an entirely different dynamic to the game -- not only do you share power-ups and health items, but you also have the ability to execute the titular Joint Strikes, special attacks that make the players work together to achieve maximum damage. Flying solo is fun, but this game really feels like it was meant for co-op play. Joint Strike is a great way to kill a short period of time...just like an arcade game should be. It's brief (you can beat it in about 30 minutes), but that plays to its strengths, as it never feels repetitive during such a short time period. It costs little more than you would've spent in the arcades trying to beat it (roughly $10) -- but, damn, do I ever wish I could pump a few more quarters' worth of continues in.