Shoot 'em ups

I Hate Running Backwards Review

I Hate Running Backwards Review (PlayStation 4)

Serious Sam returns

May 29, 2018 - The concept of a cooperative shoot 'em up roguelike is definitely a promising one. Throw in a bunch of familiar indie characters and you definitely have my attention. So, let's see if you should love or hate running backwards.
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Ikaruga Review

Ikaruga Review (Switch)

Black and white isn't so simple after all

May 26, 2018 - Treasure's most popular shoot 'em up has seen a console release for every one of the past three generations. Now that it's available for Nintendo Switch, let's see if it holds up more than 15 years after its debut.
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Azure Reflections Review

Azure Reflections Review (PlayStation 4)

Finally, a Touhou shmup

May 23, 2018 - This niche Japanese game series has seen a handful of western releases over the past couple of years and now we finally have a shoot 'em up. Azure Reflections is a hardcore shmup complete with intricate mechanics so when you're ready, let's start shooting!
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Dragon Blaze Review

Dragon Blaze Review (Switch)

One of Psikyo's best shmups

April 13, 2018 - We've been everywhere from ancient Japan to an alternate post World War II setting. Now, Psikyo's latest classic shmup to hit the Switch will have you mounting a dragon in order to deal with mythical monsters.
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Tengai Review

Tengai Review (Switch)

Samurai Aces returns in a new shmup

April 1, 2018 - The Psikyo classics keep coming and we can finally enjoy the successor to Samurai Aces. Instead of being a vertical shmup, Tengai offers some fun horizontal gameplay so get your trigger finger ready.
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Sol Divide: Sword of Darkness Review

Sol Divide: Sword of Darkness Review (Switch)

Not every Psikyo shmup is a classic

March 24, 2018 - There's something about rediscovering classic shoot 'em ups that always makes for an interesting time. However, was Sol Divide worth digging up from the past? Study up on your magic and let's find out.
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Danmaku Unlimited 3 Review

Danmaku Unlimited 3 Review (Switch)

A solid yet generic shmup

March 19, 2018 - Classic arcade shmups don't seem to be going anywhere with plenty of ports and modern indie interpretations constantly popping up. So, does Danmaku Unlimited 3 have what it takes to stand out in such a crowded genre?
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Overdriven Reloaded: Special Edition Review

Overdriven Reloaded: Special Edition Review (Xbox One)

An indie shmup done right

February 22, 2018 - It takes a lot of hard work to craft a worthwhile shoot 'em up with so many classics and modern takes on the genre already available. So, will this third iteration of Overdriven make shmup veterans' trigger fingers itchy?
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Samurai Aces Review

Samurai Aces Review (Switch)

Psikyo's debut shoot 'em up returns

February 21, 2018 - Switch owners sure have been treated to a lot of arcade buried treasures over the past months. Samurai Aces (AKA Sengoku Ace) is Psikyo's first game ever so how does it compare to their more contemporary shmups?
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Zero Gunner 2 Review

Zero Gunner 2 Review (Switch)

Get to the chopper!

January 27, 2018 - The Switch is certainly seeing its fair share of Psikyo shoot 'em ups lately. Zero Gunner 2 is the most modern one yet complete with 3D graphics and novel gameplay but does it hold up to the classics?
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