Shoot 'em ups

Fast Striker Review

Fast Striker Review (PlayStation 4)

A Dreamcast shmup straight from the bargain bin

October 16, 2018 - Many indie developers try to capture the magic of early 2000s shoot 'em ups and Fast Striker is a decent attempt so get ready to shoot.
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Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter Review

Earth Defense Force 4.1: Wing Diver The Shooter Review (PlayStation 4)

An EDF shmup spin-off?!

September 23, 2018 - The B movie game series with giant enemy insects finally has a shoot 'em up. So, get ready to squash bugs as only a Wingdiver can!
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Sega Ages: Lightening Force Review

Sega Ages: Lightening Force Review (Switch)

A must-have Genesis shmup returns

September 23, 2018 - Technosoft's classic shoot 'em up series Thunder Force is one of the most underrated franchises in the genre. Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar is possibly the best entry in the series and it's finally available for a modern console.
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Shikhondo: Soul Eater Review

Shikhondo: Soul Eater Review (PlayStation 4)

Send demons back to hell

August 30, 2018 - Shoot 'em ups are usually a fantastic way to test your classic gaming skills. Shikhondo: Soul Eater has you control one of two ladies in order to fight demonic forces but does it provide a worthy challenge?
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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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