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It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Voltron to geek and otaku culture. Created in 1983 by the late Peter Keefe (and his amazing mustache), Keefe cobbled two anime series (Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV) forming Voltron, which would fast become the first commercially successful exposure to anime for most westerners. While, certainly, anime existed in the west before Voltron, the flying lion robot introduced the mecha trope to an impressionable generation and then all but vanished into 1980s nostalgic obscurity.
Various attempts to revive the Voltron franchise have cropped up over the years (I *think* the live-action movie may actually be made one of these days...), but curiously there has never been a widely-released video game based on the early 1980s consumerist juggernaut that was Voltron. Tomorrow, that will all change- provided you have access to the PSN or X-Box Live Arcade...
Bust out the Nerds Cereal and Hi-C, it's time for some Voltron! (source)
Voltron: Defender of the Universe appeals to the inner pre-teen in all of us by allowing options for solo and cooperative online gameplay. You read that right: with (up to) five friends, you can form Voltron and wield the Voltron sword together against all sorts of psuedo-Gundam baddies. I'm not quite sure what the player who forms the leg will be doing while the lead player smack enemies around, but it still sounds like an interesting concept.
Unfortunately, critical reception to the game is tepid and cautious, owing largely to the developer (Behavior Interactive)... but who cares? It's a Voltron videogame!
So long as it doesn't feature (or allude to) Shia LaBeouf, I plan to play the hell out of this game and use it to replace the once happy childhood memories of Transforms that I had before Michael Bay murdered them with his franchise.