Shred Nebula sounds quite an odd name for a space shooter, is the game just as weird?
Shred Nebula combines the best elements of arcade space-shooter action with free-roaming exploration and multiplayer excitement. Pilot the experimental R.I.P. Rocket through the galaxy in search of the Lost Expeditions … no ship has ever returned from the vastness of interstellar space!
This top-down, fast-paced ship-combat game features three loaded modes of play—Adventure, Score Attack, and Multiplayer. Play co-op with your friends, or go head-to-head in a deathmatch dogfight. No one knows what lies in the center of the galaxy. Will you be the first to discover the secrets of the gravitational region known as The Shred and make it home alive?
Instead of just pushing forward with the analog stick, you need to hold down the trigger to accelerate and the bumper to reverse, shoot with X instead of using the right analog stick to blast anywhere you like…there are some odd controls here, but it mostly works. It can be frustrating to die because you put too much boost in and end up in the nebula and explode, but it can be controlled with some dedication and patience.
There are a few secret levels and plenty of things to hunt down, but once you do you won’t have much to do besides frag people in multiplayer. Multiplayer is a blast and probably where you’ll find the most fun for your money. Sure, single player is good but its limited and that’s where the package takes a nosedive, albeit a very small one.
The presentation in Shred Nebula is very good, load times are short and the framerate never seems to dip. It would be nice if the team added downloadable content to the game, say a few extra multiplayer stages or maybe another single player level? I know I’d pick that up, so it’s possible..
Although the single player is rather brief, apart from if you are a hardcore collector…Shred Nebula is a fun and enjoyable shooter. Multiplayer is where it’s really at and is a worthy addition to your XBLA collection.