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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...
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...
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...
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. 
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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 ...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
R-Type Dimensions released several years ago on Xbox Live Arcade and hey, it's back in the news with a PlayStation Network version coming to PS3 later this month. Cool. This is a package combining R-Type and R-Type II with bo...
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 th...
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 ...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 Po...
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 ...
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...