Space Raiders, also known as Simple 2000 Series Vol. 52: The Chikyuu Shinryokugun: Space Raiders (SIMPLE 2000 シリーズ Vol. 52 THE 地球侵略群 〜スペースレイダース〜) in Japan and Space Invaders: Invasion Day in Europe, is an update of the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, developed by its original creator Taito Corporation and published by Mastiff, Tommo Inc., and D3 Publisher. It was released for GameCube and PlayStation 2 (the latter only available in Japan and Europe) in 2002 in Japan, 2003 in Europe, and 2004 in North America.
Aliens invade the Earth, and the only ones who stand in their way are Justin, a teenager, Ashley, a fashion photographer, and Naji, a police officer.
Why It Sucks
- Unwelcome shift to a dark, gritty, urban-street setting.
- Inane storyline.
- Absolutely zero replayability value, for reasons that will be elaborated below.
- Though the three characters you can choose have slightly different weapons and plots, the levels you play are exactly the same.
- The gameplay is simply a rehash of the original Space Invaders, with only minor changes and none of the challenge that made the original addictive.
- False advertising; Taito claimed this was the first true 3D sequel to Space Invaders, yet the gameplay is exactly the same as the original, except you're viewing it from a 3D environment, though you can still only move left or right.
- Everything that made Space Invaders enjoyable has been removed. While the aliens can still get to you, they no longer kill you when you're hit; they only do a small amount of damage. And if use you're dodge roll in their direction, it'll damage them and send them backwards.
- The story mode can be beaten in less than two hours.
- No need to worry about dying; you have unlimited continues, with the only penalty being your high score is reset. In challenging games such as Ikaruga, your score means something. Here, it doesn't.
- Ugly visuals.
- Poor sound effects.
- Music is barely noticeable.
- Atrocious voice acting, complete with ridiculously cheesy lines.
- Co-op mode is the same as single-player, with the only difference being you have someone to share the pain with.
Space Raiders received negative reviews, and has a Metacritic score of 40 based on eight critic reviews.
Alex Navarro of GameSpot gave the game a 2.9 out of 10, concluding that "Fans of modern shooters will have absolutely no use for this trite, monotonous junk, and fans of the original Space Invaders will simply be appalled at how Taito has butchered its classic gameplay into this one-dimensional mess. Regardless of what category you fall into, you don't want to play Space Raiders."
The game was named the worst reboot/remake in gaming by ScrewAttack.