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Resogun

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3


It's like Defender except I don't hate myself afterwards
Dec 03
Housemarque's arcade shooter Resogun was the first PlayStation 4 game I played and, a year later, I still think that was the right choice; someone had to save those humans and it might as well have been me. Did they all survi... read
PlayStation Plus

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut free with PS Plus in December


Injustice on PS4 and Hitman HD Trilogy on PS3, too
Nov 26
A whole new audience is about to experience the delightful oddities of Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PS3) once it joins PlayStation Plus. They don't know what they're in for, Zach. Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3), which inc... read
The Blue Flamingo

The Blue Flamingo is a ridiculously adorable shmup


Might and Delight exemplify handcrafted Indie games
Nov 18
Swedish game studio Might and Delight really knows how to make games that stand out visually. Its attractive-looking paper art style on the Shelter series is, in my mind, unmistakable. I can recognize the stud... read
Bullet Hell iOS

Bullet Hell Infinite looks like a neat indie iOS shooter


Coming to Android as well
Nov 03
Nicolas Bevillard has spent quite a bit of time crafting his own take on the bullet hell genre, and the fruits of his labor is Bullet Hell Infinite -- which is out now on iOS, and in development for Android. It's basically a... read
Resogun PS Vita

Resogun coming to PlayStation Vita (Update)


Off-the-cuff announcement
Oct 30
Today over at the PlayStation Blog, Sony Xdev Studio Europe detailed some new additions to Housemarque's PlayStation 4 shoot-'em-up, Resogun. (Photo mode incoming!) Funnily enough, though, the article's most enticing piece of... read
Flat note
[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] It's a weird time to be Harmonix. It i... read feature

A City Sleeps

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam


A challenging bullet-hell shooter for the rhythmically inclined
Oct 17
Harmonix's chaotic-looking but nonetheless stylish music-driven shoot-'em-up A City Sleeps is now available on Steam and there's currently a 10% discount bringing the price to $13.49. While I typically shy away from bullet-h... read
Castle Of Shikigami

Castle Of Shikigami is on iOS today in Japan


For 600 yen
Oct 03
One of my favorite shoot 'em up series comes to iOS today. If you happen to have a Japanese account handy you can pick up Castle of Shikigami for 600 yen. Like most shmups on iOS it has auto-fire controls to facilitate t... read
Söldner-X Vita

Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype is coming to the Vita with 'next to no load times'


Beyond that it's basically a port
Oct 02
I don't know why but the PlayStation 3 version of Söldner-X has always had a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because it's one of my most-played games on the PS3 back in an era when it didn't have as many choi... read
Raiden V

Raiden V coming to Xbox One next year


Trailer coming soon, we'd bet
Sep 18
If things work out as we expect them to, you'll soon see a trailer for Raiden V popping up on YouTube and our front page. The next in the line of shmups will come to the Xbox One next year in Japan, and most likely beyond.  There's a trailer running at Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show booth today. Stay tuned -- I'm sure we'll have it soon.  read
Japanese indie games!

Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR shoots up PC tomorrow


Doujin shooter set to arrive on Playism's English storefront
Sep 11
Revolver 360 RE:ACTOR launches its attack on PC tomorrow for $9.99, Playism announced today. The shoot-'em-up comes by way of doujin studio Cross Eaglet, and is most notable for its eponymous swivel mechanic. The t... read
Hands-on with A City Sleeps
Music has always been at the heart of what Harmonix does. From Rock Band to Dance Central to the extremely experimental Chroma, the studio's made sure that whatever the player's doing, they'll nod their head and tap... read feature

Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical shoot 'em up


For $13
Aug 29
Harmonix announces A City Sleeps, a musical twin-stick shoot 'em up a heaping helping of anime and bullets. It's like a musical Geometry Wars. Harmonix says that soundtrack synchronization drives projectiles, movement, bulle... read
Touhou

Touhou 14 now available via Playism Japan


But is an official localization on the horizon?
Aug 16
Touhou Kishinjou: Double Dealing Character is now available for Windows PC via Playism Japan. Initially released last summer at Comiket 84, Double Dealing Character is the fourteenth official entry in the Touhou Project,... read
Ubusana

Ikaruga director developing new PS4 shooter


M2 announces Ubusana
Aug 14
Ikaruga director Hiroshi Iuchi is working a new shoot-'em-up for PlayStation 4 called Ubusana. The project comes from M2, the studio behind the Xbox 360 version of Cave's Bug Princess and Sega's remastered classics ... read
A pricey classic
Steel Empire is a game that not many people were able to experience, sadly. As a child, you likely only had access to either a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, which cut out a ton of potential classics for you to play and cher... read feature

Mighty Tactical Shooter

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup


On Kickstarter with a week left in the campaign
Jul 24
Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,... read
Steel Empire

Steel Empire will hit the 3DS next week for $30


That's a pricey pricepoint
Jul 24
Publisher Teyon has just confirmed to Destructoid that Steel Empire, the Sega Genesis and Game Boy Advance shoot-'em-up, will arrive on the 3DS eShop next Thursday. It's a classic steampunk-themed shooter that will feature f... read
Cuphead!

Cuphead is 40% done, going to be a trilogy


Glass half full
Jul 07
I can't believe Cuphead has only been in my life for less than a month after its quick E3 showing. I'm so attached to it already. It's the game I didn't know I needed. Forget these tired, 20-year old nostalgia trips. Ev... read
Resogun

Resogun's new massive update gets a stylish trailer


Also, a sale
Jun 25
Recently a free update dropped for Resgoun that added new features to the game, like a ship creator and full-on local co-op. Now we're getting a DLC in the form of Resogun Heroes, which adds two new modes and a new game worl... read
Resogun

Free Resogun update adds ship editor, co-op


Also, more trophies
Jun 23
Resogun is still one of the best games on the PlayStation 4, and over the weekend, it got a free update that added quite a bit of content. In addition to a pretty badass ship editor (which people have already gone to town wit... read
Rhythm Destruction

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now


Alternate title: Spacedock Band?
Jun 16
We never covered the Rhythm Destruction Kickstarter, but it did fine without us, making more than 120% (wow!) of its $2000 (oh) goal. Mashing up a shmup with a rhythm game seems a little weird to think about, but after watch... read
Astebreed

Astebreed is coming to the PlayStation 4


Along with TorgueL and Revolver360
Jun 11
Astebreed is coming to the PS4! Sony has announced that it will be coming to their newest console, along with Revolver 360 and TorqueL. In case you aren't aware, the former two are shoot 'em ups, and the latter is a 2D platfo... read
A slice of bullet heaven
The rising prominence of independent games has been oft described as meteoric. The center of gravity has shifted over the course of a single generation. As hardware becomes exponentially more powerful and development costs sp... read feature

Shooters

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July


Here's a fresh trailer
May 30
Arcade shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe looked like a good time last we saw it and here's another, better trailer to go with news of its impending Cross-Buy release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Developer MixedBag has announced ... read
Japanese indie games!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser jets to Steam in June


Go, go, Vulkaiser! Bring peace to the Earth!
May 29
Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is pretty much love at first sight. A shoot-'em-up inspired by the cheesy animes of yesteryear, Vulkaiser takes place in an alternate 1977, where a bunch of kids in bizarre outfits and a giant ro... read
Wii U

Wii U scores great-looking The Next Penelope


Port of top-down racing/action game confirmed
May 28
Former Arkedo co-founder Aurelien Regard's The Next Penelope is looking hot, a sort of top-down F-Zero-like racer that's also sometimes a boss-fighting shoot-'em-up. If you haven't yet seen the first footage, you'll want to g... read
Resogun DLC

Resogun DLC confirmed for a June release


Are you still playing it?
May 26
Back in January, I was floored to hear that my favorite PS4 launch game Resogun had DLC in the works. But it's been almost five months since then with no word on when said DLC would actually drop -- until now, that ... read
ASTEBREED!

Japanese indie shooter Astebreed out now on PC


And our review is coming soon!
May 24
Astebreed, a resplendent shoot-'em-up from doujin circle Edelweiss, is now available via Playism. A throwback to the arcade classics with a modern twist, Astebreed features a dynamic camera that swings between vantage po... read
Prepare to die… in space
I’ve always been drawn to games that make me mad. It started with Punch-Out!! and evolved through the years into games like God Hand and Dark Souls. The feeling of achieving victory after countl... read feature

Japanese indie games!

Seraphic doujin shmup Astebreed launches next week


GET HYPE!
May 15
Amazing news, STG fans! Astebreed, one of the slickest and most stylish shoot-'em-ups around, is targeting a western launch next week, Active Gaming Media announced today. Though the premise, which sees a talented young pilo... read
Japanese indie games!

Mecha shooter Gunhound now available on Steam


Blow up all the robots!
May 10
Side-scrolling mecha shooter Gunhound EX is out now on Steam for $14.99. Developed by doujin studio Dracue Software and localized by the folks at Playism, Gunhound EX is a throwback to the shooters of the 16-b... read






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