Yars’ Revenge, which launched in May 1981 for the Atari 2600, ended up being Atari’s best-selling original title on the seminal console. Twenty-nine years later, the publisher is releasing a reboot of sorts that re-imagines the game as a third-person on-rails shooter in the vein of Rez or Sin & Punishment.
Yar’s Revenge (Xbox Live Arcade [previewed], PlayStation Network, PC)
In the new Yar’s Revenge, Yars are basically humans in mech suits. The “on-rails” nature of the game pertains to movement through the world, which the game handles for you. In your mech suit, you have full control of your unnamed Yar -- you’re able to fly around the screen on a two-dimensional plane, which is how you avoid obstacles such as physical objects in the world and enemy fire. (You can check out a snippet of gameplay footage here.)
Like other rail shooters, the objective in Yar’s Revenge is to build up your point total. As you take out enemies while soaring through the game world, you’ll pick up score multipliers that will be very helpful if you can maintain them. Unfortunately, I was unable to do so, even with the help of a partner. Yes, Yar’s Revenge includes drop-in/drop-out co-op support; a second Yar can join the fight on the same screen, and it appeared that they share one health bar (so if either player dies, you have to start the level over again).
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