XBLA/PSN Review: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

Video game or dance party lights?

Video game or dance party lights?

By: Matthew Striplen

Didja like Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the latest installment of the Geometry Wars franchise? Didja want more? Tada! There’s more pew-pewing to be had!

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is a free expansion of the 2014 title. And while the game remains spiritually unchanged, a handful of new content has been added.

The two largest additions are the Ultimate and Hardcore single-player modes. Each packs a bunch of new levels, complete with new arena shapes, enemies and even a drone. The drone was my favorite new aspect of the original Geometry Wars 3, so this is definitely a welcome addition.

Ultimate mode follows roughly the same formula as original Adventure mode, but it features the new content mentioned above. Hardcore is just as difficult as one would expect, plus you don’t get your drone buddy to accompany you.

My only disappointment with these two inclusions is the boss fights. Bosses in the original release tended to get a little repetitive, since they were all crystalline shapes that spawned enemies. Most new bosses follow this same formula, which serves only to exacerbate the existing repetition issues.

The last major addition is the Retro Evolved Classic mode, which harkens back to the original Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved game. For those who haven’t played the original, Retro Evolved Classic changes the weapon to a double shot repeater and removes the point crystals. Players still have three lives to score as many points as possible.

OVERALL

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is undoubtedly a good expansion, but the best part is that it’s free. A growing trend in the gaming industry is to release a game before completion, and then sell the complete version in the form of DLC. Although having the complete game at launch would’ve been much preferable to a late release, I respect Lucid Games and Sierra for providing this update for free.

If you already own Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, there is literally no reason not to download the update. The game now feels like a much more complete product. If you don’t and want to know more about the original release, check out my previous review here.

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