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5:30 PM on 04.12.2014

Astebreed is a bullet hell shooter where you fight aliens as a janitor

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...

Brett Makedonski


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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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8:30 PM on 02.18.2014

Ikaruga now available on Steam

One of the most acclaimed shmups ever is making its debut on PC today. Yes, Ikaruga, Treasure's renowned polarity-shifting shooter, is out now via Steam for $9.99. Ikaruga initially released in Japanese arcades at the tu...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 02.13.2014

Ikaruga is hitting Steam next week with Double Play mode

Treasure didn't need much time to get the shoot 'em up classic Ikaruga greenlit on Steam, and now it's officially making its way to the platform on February 18th. 360 controllers are supported out of the gate, as is the ...

Chris Carter



Review: Gigantic Army photo
Review: Gigantic Army
by Kyle MacGregor

It's the early 21st century and humanity is embroiled in a bitter war with an alien race hellbent on stemming mankind's advance into outer space. You are a mech pilot. You pilot a war machine that's enormous and powerful. Aliens shoot at you, and you are probably going to need to dodge some bullets and shoot back.

It's an age-old story, one that's probably not going to win many accolades, and that's okay. Sometimes it's just fun to bomb around a distant planet and blow up everything in sight.

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6:15 PM on 02.10.2014

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

One more week until Tomba! 2 releases on PlayStation Network. Until then, we're getting the fifth title in MonkeyPaw Games' Retro Rush event, Wolf Fang, a sidescrolling shooter sequel to the 1989 shoot-'em-up Vapor Trail: Hyp...

Jordan Devore