Shoot 'em ups

Iro Hero Review

Iro Hero Review (Switch)

16-bit Ikaruga, anyone?

July 29, 2018 - Shoot 'em ups with polarity mechanics are nothing new. However, Iro Hero offers a simplistic albeit challenging take on the formula.
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1917: The Alien Invasion DX Review

1917: The Alien Invasion DX Review (Switch)

Definitely not for shmup fans

July 8, 2018 - Very few genres are as immediately gratifying as a good old shoot 'em up. Does 1917: The Alien Invasion DX have what it takes to test genre fans' skills or are you better off sticking to classic arcade shooters?
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Gunbird 2 Review

Gunbird 2 Review (Switch)

Psikyo does it again

July 1, 2018 - The arcade shoot 'em up ports keep on coming and here's a classic from the turn of the century. The original Gunbird may have been a bit too simple but does this sequel offer anything new and exciting?
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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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