Konami shoot 'em ups

Arcade Archives: Life Force Review

Arcade Archives: Life Force Review (PlayStation 4)

Vic Viper takes a break from Gradius

March 30, 2016 - Konami has a long history of developing great shoot 'em ups. As a spin-off of one of their most famous series (Gradius), Life Force carves its own path with many unique qualities, but does it hold up well in their lineage of classic shmups?
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Arcade Archives: TwinBee Review

Arcade Archives: TwinBee Review (PlayStation 4)

Konami's original cute 'em up returns

March 1, 2016 - Retro vertical shmups don't get much more colourful than TwinBee. Although it's an undeniable classic, does it still hold up in this day and age? Let's take to the skies, shoot at some clouds, and hope a few bells come out.
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Stinger Review

Stinger Review (NES)

Introducing TwinBee's modest console sequel

November 6, 2015 - Konami's TwinBee is a timeless classic arcade shmup. More than a year after its debut, a console-exclusive sequel was released and later ported to the west under the title Stinger. Does this iteration live up to its predecessor? Dr. Cinnamon might know, but let me tell you.
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Arcade Archives: Gradius Review

Arcade Archives: Gradius Review (PlayStation 4)

Revisiting Vic Viper's origins

June 17, 2015 - As Gradius just turned 30 years old, a well-timed port recently arrived for PlayStation 4. Shoot 'em ups have grown a lot over the years, but does one of their most notable ancestors still hold up? Hang on to your quarters for now and read on.
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Gradius V Review

Gradius V Review (PlayStation 2)

Classic shooting straight to the core

April 14, 2015 - The Vic Viper's latest shoot 'em up thrill-ride has finally arrived on PlayStation 3. While creating it back in the day, Konami opted to hand it over to Treasure instead of developing it in-house, but was that a good idea? Who am I kidding, of course it was!
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Axelay Review

Axelay Review (Super Nintendo)

These space invaders sure mean business

February 20, 2015 - There's nothing more satisfying for a retro gamer than discovering an underrated gem. You may not have heard of Axelay, but its perfect combination of tight shoot 'em up gameplay, exemplary presentation, fresh level design, and thrilling boss battles will have you hooked from start to finish. Now that it's available for multiple consoles, being able to experience this old school alien invasion is easier than ever.
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