I noticed three reviews and I thought about skipping this one. But honestly they are all pretty short (which is kind of deserved), so I felt I'd give it a shot.
Aegis Wing is free in North America. I highlight that first. At least it was free last time I checked, I don't want to be that guy that dissapoints you. But anyway, should still be free. What does this mean to you? It means you expect this game to suck. Why would they give something away for free if it doesn't suck right? I'd disagree, let me explain.
Well the game is a side scrolling shooter, plain and simple. You're a ship. You have a laser. You shoot the bad guys coming at you. You beat the bosses at end of levels. You have lives. There are some power ups. yada yada.
The multiplayer is interesting. As in you can't beat the game by yourself really, unless you've been practicing religiously. I lost in the first half of the first level when I played by myself the first time I played. I convinced my g/f to play and we beat the game without a game over. Let me repeat that. I got my G/F to play - a girl that's last game that she played was Super Mario Kart on the SNES. Yea.
With the multiplayer no more enemies are added, so it basically just makes it easier. Plus you can revive your teammate if he runs out of lives. Plus you can combine ships so that one person steers while the other person is able to shoot like a turret in any direction. You can combine up to four people. Of course you sacrifice speed/manueverability for power.
You know how you used to play the Simpsons game in the arcade with three other guys you didn't know but you had that one goal of "finally seeing the ending of this stupid game"? Same thing. You'll religiously play this with your friends until you all beat it on the hardest level and then drop it like a bad 90s boy band. Sure, you might become vigilant about the "Ace" achievement (getting a lot of points), but more than likely you'll go "that was fun", give a sigh of relief, and move onto your next game.
Is it fun while you're playing? Yes, in the same way that any arcade game is fun while you're playing. You know how exciting it is when you beat Time Crisis in an arcade for the first time and see the final cutscene where "Maddog" dies or whatever. If you stick in your next quarter to restart the game you'll lose that "drive" to beat the game again.
Good quality about this game - number one good quality - Really easy to pick up. I got my girlfriend playing, like I said. I got her roommate playing who had played about 1 hour of video games in his life up to that point, and I do not exaggerate. Really good for novice gamers who you want to pull into video games.
Something else that is nice? The xbox live multiplayer is pretty good. As of last time I played I could still find people pretty fast to play with me. I once left my xbox on all night while I was hosting a party and woke up to 14 messages of people yelling "start the game".
The achievements are interesting and fun if you're interested in that. you'll see ones like "beat a level without firing a shot" and "beat a level while destroying every enemy" that will keep you interested a little longer.
Overall, I remind you, it's free, in NA, and to that extent I definitely encourage you to pick it up and at least give it a try. If you honestly don't like it you only wasted about 10 minutes of your time since the learning curve is so low.
3/5. It gets an extra half a point because it's free basically.