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1942: Joint Strike for XBLA, PSN

Now with online co-op.

Not content with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Talisman and Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (and to be fair we weren't content with the last one either), Capcom is lining up yet another Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network title in the shape of 1942: Joint Strike, a remake of classic arcade blaster 1942.

Joint Strike is a top-down vertical shooter like the original 1942, but now has 3D graphics to go with the 2D gameplay, as well as widescreen visuals to help support the new co-operative online multiplayer. According to IGN, there's a fancy new music score from Metal Gear composer Norihiko Hibinio, too.

As with the first one (I assume anyway - I was probably an embryo when it actually came out, and have no idea), you start with a plane and some rubbish weapon and then as with much in life you gather new ones and upgrades as you defeat enemies. There are big bosses to tackle and new co-op "joint strike attacks" to deploy when you're playing with a friend, one of which creates a line of lightning energy between you so you that vapes anything it touches.

The full game is due out this summer on both online services this summer and will cost USD 9.99 on PSN and 800 Microsoft Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60) on XBLA.

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1942: Joint Strike

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