Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Game Review (2011)

Thanks to our friends over at THQ for sending me a review copy of their newest release, Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

THQ has given fans of Voltron a twin stick shooter, in the vein of the classic arcade game, Jackal. You get to pick any of the five Lions at the beginning of the stage and with a sweet intro to the mission thanks to THQ using actual clips from the original Voltron animated series you are ready to bring a whole bunch of pain to the forces of King Zarkon.

Each of the Lions have different stats, some have better Melee abilities and Armor, swiftness and elemental attacks, etc. but each one really gives you the joy of controlling a couple hundred tons of awesomeness in Lion form.

They’ve done a great job in the feel in those controls during combat too. You’ve got your ranged attacks, your melee attack, special weapon attack, and my favorite…a pounce attack. You can use that particular attack to leap over and land in the middle of the foot soldiers of King Zarkon and do some nice area damage or better yet you can snatch an aerial enemy flying overhead and and smash them to the ground. You can stop in your destruction and aim where you will pounce too by the way. But your Lion can be knocked out of commission of course and then you will have to go on foot for 10 seconds, trying to survive long enough for your Lion to be recharged. Not as easy as it sounds, trust me.

The vehicles, like Doom Tanks and foot soldiers from the early episodes of the Voltron series are all here for you to go against and like I mentioned up top, the game has original animation in between levels, but it also has taken the original music from the series and revamped it a bit. It sounds really good and it is just my inner geek but I had a big smile on my face when Lance popped up on the side of the screen praising me when I racked up a number of chain hits on the enemy. I kind of felt like I should have saluted him or something.

When you reach the end of a ‘level’ it’s time to face one of King Zarkon’s suped up Robeasts, thanks to Witch Haggar’s evil spell. You’ll have to wear down the Robeast in Lion form, and I bet in Multiplayer this is incredibly awesome. Then when it is on the ropes you will form Voltron by way of context button presses during the original animated clip.

After forming the legendary Voltron you will get your chance to attack, picking from the four options of special weapons, you will have to press the button at the right moment to unleash devastation on the Robeast. The Robeast will get a chance to retaliate and you need to press the correct button to avoid it’s attack.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is available right now on the PSN for $9.99 and X-Box Live Arcade for 800 points. It’s a fun title and if you want to join me in the game for some multiplayer, just send a friend request to Unicron2005 on Xbox Live. Speaking of Xbox Live, if you want to dress up your Avatar in some Voltron related goodness they are available in the marketplace!

Watch THQ and Twitch.TV Tonight To Help Form Voltron Fan Event!

Thanks to our friends over at THQ and Twitch.TV for having the Green Lion drop this press release off to share with you.

Watch live video from THQtv on www.twitch.tv

In celebration of THQ’s release of VOLTRON: Defender of the Universe (NOW available on XBox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network), Twitch.TV will be live streaming the Launch Party!

HOST: Ultimate Fangirl Clare Grant (‘The Guild,’ ‘Team Unicorn,’ ‘Robot Chicken’)

WHO: Geek-aratti Celebs
Team Unicorn (Michele Boyd, Milynn Sarley & Rileah Vanderbilt)
Seth Green (‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘Family Guy’)
Alex Albrecht (‘Diggnation,’ ‘Legend of Neil’)
Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen, Chillerama)

Voice Talent from the 80’s Original Animated Classic TV Series
Commander Keith & Pidge (Neil Ross)
Lance & Sven (Michael Bell)
Princess Allura & Haggar (B.J. Ward)


WHERE: http://www.twitch.tv/thqtv

All fans of Space Explorers & the Blazing Sword are invited to tune-in, chat with talent, and enter to win awesome prizes including game download codes, VOLTRON apparel, DVDs and more!

Stay tuned to the site, I’ll have the review for Voltron: Defender of the Universe up a bit later.

Are You Ready To Pilot Voltron?

Our friends over at THQ were kind enough to send us this press announcement this morning!

“Infracells are up, mega thrusters are go and the legendary robot hero is ready to make his resurgence in Voltron: Defender of the Universe, scheduled for release in October on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation®Network.

In this brand-new take on the classic Voltron animated adventure, players will find themselves teaming up to battle the evil forces of King Zarkon across the varied landscapes of Planet Arus. Interwoven with clips from the original animated television series, the new game from THQ (NASDAQ:THQI) promises a re-mastered adventure in stunning high-definition.

Voltron fans can finally relive some of the most defining moments from the classic series, or even introduce a new generation of young Space Explorers, as they command any of the individual Lions or even team up to form Voltron and wield his epic blazing sword.

Galactic peacekeepers may choose to play either online in seamless 1- to 5-player co-op or offline in 1- or 2-player co-op. Players will select a Lion based on a number of strengths, resistances and elemental attacks that they use to battle fierce Robeasts and a number of other familiar adversaries.

“We really wanted to create a game that’s exciting, true to the original series and challenging to play,” said Peter Armstrong, executive producer. “All of us here are big fans of classic Voltron, and we’re really proud of what we have created.”

Voltron: Defender of the Universe will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade (800 Microsoft Points) and PlayStation Network ($9.99).”