Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

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VideoEGTV Asks: What happened after Bizarre Creations?

Searching Liverpool for the ghosts of Gotham's past.

VideoBizarre Creations' farewell

PGR, Geometry Wars, Blur dev closes.

Digital FoundryGeometry Wars: Xbox 360 vs. iPad

The new Touch edition up against the 360 original.

Geometry Wars: Retro Explained

Bizarre's Stephen Cakebread does the maths.

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Bizarre staff recall Activision closure

"Everybody was absolutely gutted."

In a brand new episode of Eurogamer Asks, the three studios formed from Bizarre Creations' ashes have talked to Eurogamer TV about their experience of Activision's controversial cull.

"No plans" for Geometry Wars 3

Cakebread on "all sorts of other projects".

Bizarre Creations' Gareth Wilson has revealed that the studio doesn't plan to continue its classic Xbox Live Arcade series, Geometry Wars.

Geometry Wars: Retro Explained

Bizarre's Stephen Cakebread does the maths.

It's not just the look and gameplay of Geometry Wars, Bizarre Creations' series of Live Arcade shooters, that hark back to gaming's earliest days. Its creator Stephen Cakebread is a games programmer from the old school, making games the old-fashioned way.

Geometry Wars is "not going to stop"

They have enough ideas for 10 games.

Those of you enjoying Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 will be pleased to hear that Bizarre Creations has no intention of giving up on its popular two-stick arcade shooter.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

You'd better shape up.

The success of Geometry Wars has been something of a happy accident. Originally a fun little extra tucked away inside Project Gotham Racing 2, it was the perfect bite-sized burst of fun to showcase Xbox Live Arcade when 360 hit the shelves. After it was reworked as a standalone release, the mixture of dazzling visuals and moreish gameplay swiftly established it as the standard bearer for downloadable console gaming.

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that most people will know what Geometry Wars entails, but for the sake of the unfortunate few here's the nutshell version. You are a little crab-shaped spaceship in an oblong black playfield. Enemies, represented by coloured geometric shapes, spawn and exhibit different behaviour depending on their form. You must blast them all, and you do this by moving with the left stick, and guiding your fire with the right.

Every movement, every explosion sends ripples of colour and light echoing across the playfield. As more and more enemies spawn in ever-increasing numbers, the pace of play is matched only by the dazzling visual overdose swamping your eyeballs. In both gameplay and design, it's a template that has been copied far too many times by lesser Live Arcade games - all of which seem to favour of mayhem and noise, missing the subtleties that make Geometry Wars so great.

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PSN is in Bizarre's plans "going forward"

Although Retro Evolved 2 is 360-exclusive.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is due out exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow, but developer Bizarre Creations is also open to developing games for PlayStation Network.

Geometry Wars 2 gets date, details

Geometry Wars 2 gets date, details

Co-op and co-pilots in August.

Bizarre Creations has said Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 will be out on 6th August.

The Live Arcade sequel was whipped out during the Microsoft E3 media briefing last night.

Geometry Wars 2 will have five new game modes, such as Waves, King, Deadline and Sequence. Also, Pacifism has been bumped up from an Achievement - for staying alive for 60 seconds without shooting - to an entire mode. Details on the others are expected soon.

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Microsoft unveils Live Arcade trump cards

Microsoft unveils Live Arcade trump cards

South Park, GeoWars 2, Galaga, more.

Xbox Live executive John Schappert lifted the lid on Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Galaga Legions, UNO Rush and South Park for Xbox Live Arcade during Microsoft's E3 press conference.

There's also an Xbox Live Arcade-exclusive Portal release featuring new challenges, as well as the original single-player campaign from The Orange Box, to look forward to.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is due out next month and promises a "remixed version" of the original Xbox Live Arcade game along with five new gameplay modes.

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