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Every Extend Extra Extreme aka E4 (XBLA)

David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce) David Yun (Xbox Live Gamertag - Vawce): (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-05-18 11:39:14

Every Extend Extra Extreme aka E4 (XBLA) - Rank B

Developer: Q Entertainment
Publisher: Q Entertainment
Date: 10/17/07

Every Extend Extra Extreme is an extremely simple game. The mechanics are so unsophisticated that I initially wondered what all the fuss was about. Taken purely as a videogame, I had fully intended to give it a D. Then it dawned on me that E4 isn't a game so much as it is the world's greatest music visualizer.

It initially appears to be a simple shooter, like Geometry Wars. You control an abstract ship, but instead of shooting the objects floating around the screen, you explode. All the enemies within the blast radius also explode, hopefully causing a mesmerizing chain reaction that continues to firecrack around the screen. The pressure is applied by a timer which counts down to the end of the game. Exploding enemies release power-ups, including time extenders which allow you to keep the intensely psychotropic visuals rolling. The only other button "unexplodes" your ship, ending any chains and causing your ship to reappear so that you can snag the power-ups.

It's the music that makes E4. Once you have a bit of time saved up with a large amount of objects floating around the screen, time your explosion to the beat and let go of the controller. Your eyes will be inundated by a hypnotic series of pulsing neon, with each explosion of the chain detonating to the beat of the music. A good chain can last a minute or longer. It's like crack for the eyes and ears. You know those videogame warnings about photosensitivity and epileptic seizures? They were talking about Every Extend Extra Extreme.

Don't approach E4 as a game. It's an interactive lightshow, and not at all challenging once you figure out what to do. Your score can explode into the trillions, and your true enemy is eye strain and mental fatigue. E4's saving grace is that it allows you to incorporate your own music (from the hard drive or streamed off your network). You need to teach E4 where the beats fall, but once this chore is accomplished, this is an extraordinary means of engaging your music. Any song with a strong, fast beat will suffice.

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