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Review: Raiden IV: OverKill photo
Review: Raiden IV: OverKill
by Chris Carter

Back when the Xbox 360 was getting shoot-'em-up releases left and right, hardcore fans of the genre sprung at the chance to pick up Raiden IV for a whopping $40 price tag. The expensive nature of the game ensured that only the most dedicated of fans would pick it up, and as a result a lot of people missed out.

But that all changed this year when UFO Interactive decided to publish Raiden IV: OverKill -- an enhanced version of the game that comes in at a much easier to swallow price: $20. Like I always say -- shmups will never die.

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9:00 PM on 04.30.2014

Indie shmup Jamestown Plus targets summer launch on PS4

Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is aiming to launch on PlayStation 4 this summer, Final Form Games co-founder Mike Primo revealed over at the PlayStation Blog.  The stellar indie shoot-'em-up initially launched on ...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 04.24.2014

The Wii U is getting one shmup richer soon with Gaiabreaker

According to a listing from the Australian Classification board, shoot 'em up Gaiabreaker will be heading to the west soon. This Wii U shmup looks pretty solid overall, and it'll feature vertical gameplay. It dropped la...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 04.22.2014

Design your own ship in Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations DLC

Out of all the places I could play Beat Hazard, I usually play on my phone. Beat Hazard on Steam, however, is packing brand new DLC. The Shadow Operations pack may just change my mind about which platform I choose to play on....

Brittany Vincent



Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor photo
Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor
by Brett Makedonski

There's no shortage of weird and unique game concepts at PAX East's Indie Megabooth. That's par for the course, though; show after show it goes that exact same way. Whereas some titles rely solely on their strangeness to make a name for themselves, others pair it with solid gameplay to strengthen their hand. Edelweiss' Astebreed falls into this latter category.

First and foremost, Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter, and it doesn't skimp on this aspect. At all times, the screen is full of imminent threats while you reciprocate. The arsenal at your disposal consists of two sets of ranged attacks each with a focused subset such as a conical strike, as well as a melee ability. Enemies constantly keep coming as the scene presented kind of twists and winds along in a "2.5D" way.

The most important aspect that Astebreed gets right is that while everything on-screen is completely hectic, the reference point always stays fixed enough so that you're in control of the character. Often times games like this will move in unpredictable directions, causing a frustrating sensation like it's resisting you. That's not the case here, as it all controls well.

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5:30 PM on 04.09.2014

PS4, PS Vita space shooter Futuridium looks like pure arcade fun

MixedBag's space shooter Futuridium looked rad on PS Vita, but when it comes to PlayStation games, one version doesn't cut it any more. Not when there's the possibility of Cross-Buy. Thankfully, the expanded Futuridium EP De...

Jordan Devore



Review: Neo XYX photo
Review: Neo XYX
by Chris Carter

The shoot-'em-up genre will never perish, and neither will the Dreamcast. No matter how niche it can get at times, shooters old and new come out of the woodwork in the most unexpected of places, from Steam to legacy consoles.

One such release is Neo XYX, a new (yes, in 2014) game for the Sega's last console, making this the second Dreamcast release this year. It's also the best.

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2:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Impressions: Luftrausers makes too much sense on the Vita

Luftrausers is perfect on the Vita in the same way Vlambeer's Super Crate Box was perfect on the Vita. It's "perfect for the Vita" because it's a great game. While either title, with their minimal arcade sensibilities "make s...

Steven Hansen

7:00 AM on 03.28.2014

Doujin shmup RefleX reverberates on Steam

RefleX is the latest doujin shmup from the localization-smiths at Nyu Media to arrive on Steam, and it won't be the last. It's the second title in the Tale of Alltynex trilogy, which raised over $14,000 on Kickstarter last s...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Steel Empire on 3DS is like Castle in the Sky, the shmup

That Steel Empire remake is still on course, and it's going to drop in North America this summer. As a blend of steampunk and shoot 'em up, Steel Empire is a new take on the original Genesis game, remade from the g...

Chris Carter



Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville photo
Review: The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville
by Darren Nakamura

Fifteen years ago, The Powerpuff Girls was my jam. I used to watch it (along with Dexter's Laboratory) just about every day after coming home from school, but before firing up a videogame. A couple weeks ago, when The Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville was announced, I approached it with a level of caution appropriate for a beloved childhood franchise resurrected with a new look. That is to say, I was prepared for the worst.

Previously, developer Radiangames was mostly known for a handful of decent, but perhaps uninspired Xbox Live Indie Games. Licensed titles are often sub-par, and especially those that are timed to release in the same window as the source material. Despite all of that, Defenders of Townsville ends up as a unique, genuinely entertaining metroidvania.

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12:30 PM on 03.07.2014

Space shooter Galak-Z also coming to PS Vita

If memory serves, 17-Bit was toying around with bringing its cool-looking anime-inspired shooter Galak-Z to PS Vita, in addition to confirmed platforms like PS4 and PC this year. Well, it's now official. Since I last saw the ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 03.06.2014

Mech shooter Gigantic Army now available on Steam

Doujin shooter Gigantic Army is out now on Steam for a measly $5.99. You should check out our review and buy it maybe. That is, if you like fun things. You do like fun things, don't you? I mean, seriously, what els...

Kyle MacGregor

12:00 PM on 03.05.2014

PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate updates both games for PS4, PS Vita

Double Eleven will continue working on Q-Games' PixelJunk franchise with PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate, announced today for PS Vita and PlayStation 4. If everything goes according to plan, the revamped game -- which is really tw...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Raiden IV: Overkill is heading overseas on the PS3

The enhanced version of Raiden IV, titled "Overkill" is coming to the PSN on April 29th. UFO Interactive will be handling the localization much like they handled Raiden IV on the Xbox 360, but this version of the game won't ...

Chris Carter



Review: Redux: Dark Matters photo
Review: Redux: Dark Matters
by Wesley Ruscher

If you told me I’d be playing a brand new Dreamcast game in 2014, back when the system saw its demise in 2002, I’d probably have said you were crazy.

It was at that point that Sega moved on to become a software-only developer in most of the world. But as it turns out, they actually continued to support the system in their home country for an additional five years, primarily with quick and easy ports from arcade games built on the NAOMI board (the Dreamcast’s arcade counterpart). Titles such as Puyo Puyo Fever and Trigger Heart Exelica kept the system relevant, for the arcade aficionado at least. But even Sega eventually left their fabled console past behind.

In Sega’s absence, an indie scene has embraced the all but forgotten console and churned out more than a dozen titles since 2007. The latest, Redux: Dark Matters, is a blast from the past that harkens back to the console’s glory days.

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