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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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Sometimes blending in is a good thing
May 27, 2015 - Stealth games come in all shapes and sizes. Spy Chameleon opts for the overhead 2D approach which provides a simple and fresh take on the genre, but is it as fun as its 3D counterparts? Activate your cloaking device, we're about to find out.
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Shooting for mediocrity
May 20, 2015 - With every installment of the Arcade Archives series comes yet another obscure arcade game port. Here we have Terra Cresta which is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Is it on the same level as classics such as Xevious and 1942? It'd be best not to get your hopes up.
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Get ready for some mad hydraulics
May 6, 2015 - Sometimes an unknown game is ported for some puzzling reason. I remember playing City Connection for NES back in the day and I haven't seen much of it since. It's now available for PlayStation 4 in all of its arcade glory, but after playing it... you'll wonder why.
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The shovel is mightier than the sword
April 24, 2015 - In an age where countless indie developers strive to create the ultimate retro experience, Shovel Knight clearly stands out of the crowd. With everything fine-tuned and era-appropriate, you'll feel like you're playing a long-lost NES game, but is that really what you want to spend your time doing? Of course it is, so grab a shovel and let's dig in to this modern-day retro masterpiece.
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A puzzler for those who solve Rubik's Cubes in their sleep
April 17, 2015 - The 3D puzzle genre needs to be revived and Bloxiq may have what it takes to resuscitate it. Although recent puzzlers are targeted towards casual gamers, the incredible challenge to be found here means that only brainiacs need apply. Are you smart enough to take on this game of multi-dimensional strategy or are you satisfied to just crush candy for the rest of your life?
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Life after death sure feels a lot like an old-school Metroid game
April 11, 2015 - Step aside Samus; it's Trace's turn to explore an alien world. Axiom Verge is an exploration-based platform shooter that has captured the attention of retro gamers everywhere. However, is it worth leaving Zebes and exploring yet another unfamiliar planet?
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Destroying the planet sure isn't going to be easy
April 3, 2015 - Gamers tend to ignore games that require patience before they start to shine. The same could be said about modern classics such as Demon's Souls which took a great deal of time before it become popular. As far as I can tell, this tendency is due to the inability to give unfamiliar experiences a chance. Such is the case with Rack N Ruin. On the surface, it appears as if it's yet another throwaway indie title, but at its core, it's one of the most rewarding and challenging old-school adventures that I have ever had the privilege to go on.
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In space, no one can hear you drift
March 28, 2015 - Space can be a lonely place, especially when your ship gets damaged by an asteroid. Xeodrifter tries to emulate Metroid mechanics in almost every way, but does it live up to the classics or is it simply not enough to satisfy your retro cravings?
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Colonising Mars isn't going to be easy
March 18, 2015 - After decades of shoot 'em ups, it's difficult to create one that stands out in the modern age. Although Jamestown+ is a worthy contender, does it top the true classics from the '80s and '90s or are you better off living in the past?
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