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Raiden IV: Overkill Giveaway

Raiden IV Overkill Screen

Ideally, output in the shoot ‘em up genre would proliferate like the projectiles discharged from some type of bullet hell boss.  But sadly, that’s not the case- with shooters only sporadically delivered to stateside fans. That deficiency makes the release of MOSS’ Raiden IV: Overkill for the PlayStation 3 a bit special. Choosing from either the Fighting Thunder ME-02 Kai, Fighting Thunder Mk-II or Fairy, players can expect a variety of upgrades and new gameplay modes, weapons, and bosses, in addition to the exclusive new “Overkill” variant.

To commemorate this event, we’ve giving away six download codes to be given away on May 6th at 7:00 PM PST. To enter simply leave a comment detailing your second favorite shmup (it’s a given that the Raiden series ranks highest). Be sure to leave an email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you, and with a bit of luck- quell that desire to weave through copious clouds of enemy fire.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Awesome contest. My pick is Gradius IV.

  2. Thanks Robert for the contest.

    My favorite shooter is R-Type!

  3. If god made a shmup, it would play a lot like Ikaruga.

  4. Einhander might be my favorite. Please let me win this!

  5. The Jogging Dead

    DoDonPachi was one of my favorites. I haven’t sat down and played a shmup in a long time. Could be time to get back on board.

  6. Mushihimesama Futari without a doubt. Great music, great art direction, and of course amazing bullet patterns. Never grow tired of it.

  7. Radiant Silvergun is my all time favorite.

  8. No love for Jamestown? It’s a weird and wonderful shump that everyone needs to play at least once.

  9. Recently I’ve been really digging retro-grade but,my fav is always Galgia

    Going old schoooolll

  10. DEATHSMILES. I love it and not just because it’s a loli shooter, although that helps a bit.

  11. My favorite shooter is Donkey Kong 3. Yes, DK was a shooter!

  12. Asteroids is the all time best shmup.

    Thanks for the contest!

  13. My pick is Scoregasm by Charlie’s Games.

    Indie game? Check!
    Awesome shooter? Check!
    One of the enemies is named after me? HELL YEAH CHECK!

  14. Robotron and Smash TV are my favorites. Not sure if they are shmups but they are shooters.

  15. Ikaruga all the way. Up, down, sideways, backwards, and inside-out.

  16. harmful park is pretty good

  17. I’m a big R-Type guy, mainly because I watched my dad play it for hours!

  18. I like the Gradius series!

  19. Gradius, baby!

    thanks for the chance to win this awesome looking game.

  20. Galaga the new remix version

  21. Thunderforce II is hands down the best shmup. There’s no room for argument. 😉

  22. My favorite is R-Type III.

  23. I can’t believe no one, yet, has said Sine Mora! The game is awesome!

  24. No Cave love? Lets change that with a vote for Deathsmiles.

    Might have to buy Raiden IV now. I can’t pass up on a $20 shmup.

  25. Radiant Silvergun is my favorite. Like most good shooters you can keep coming back to it.

  26. Strikers 1945. Oldie but one of the most enjoyable shmup ever.

  27. Espgaluda II is one of my favorites. Cave was the king of shmups at one time.

  28. The grandfather of all shmups, Space Invaders.

  29. Einhander. Loved that game. Wish it was a PSone Classic.

  30. UN Squadron is my favorite. I liked how you could buy power-ups.

  31. Not a lot of people would know this SHMUP. But my second favorite is Mars Matrix for the Dreamcast.

  32. Neat, there was a Raiden II arcade machine near the food court area in college which I used to play periodically.

  33. I’m a big Ikaruga fan.

    Thanks for the contest!!!!

  34. Ikaruga or any of the R-Types

  35. Eric Kelly (@EricRPG)

    I’d have to say I’ve been partial to Gradius myself.

  36. Operation Ragnarok!

  37. Ikaruga for me

  38. Take a look at my name and you’ll figure out my favorite shmup of all time!

  39. I’ll stick to mid-generation consoles for this, but it’s still a tough call. Aero Blasters for the TG-16 edges out R-Type for the SMS.

  40. I spent more than a few hours playing Sidewinder on the Amiga before finally defeating it, so I think I’ll have to vote for Sidewinder. 😉

  41. Bangai-o is a great shooter, maybe not a shmup but great nevertheless.

  42. Sine Mora has been my favorite so far. The music is great and the game itself is very addicting. One of my top favorite PSN purchases as of recently.

  43. A little different but Rez is pretty damn awesome.

  44. Definitely Gradius

  45. Probably Mushimesama Futari that lost boss was f’ing crazy XD

  46. Ikaruga is one of my favorites! Thanks for the chance!

  47. I blame you guys for turning me on to Locomalito.

    Hydorah is the second free shmup around:

    Tops would be winning the contest.

  48. For me it’s a tie between RType Delta and Einhander

  49. R type was good

  50. My favorite shump has to be r-type and maybe the old macross plus arcade game.

  51. LIFEFORCE! Because team attacks are where it’s at!

  52. My current favourite is Resogun!

  53. I like the touhou games

  54. Parodius!!

  55. Space Megaforce for the SNES is my all time favorite. The music and gameplay keep me coming back for more after all these years!

  56. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is a classic.

  57. Gondomania, numerous quarters spent

  58. M.U.S.H.A. is missing from this list for no good reason!

  59. I grew up with SolarStriker on Game Boy, but my favorite has to be Resogun.

  60. R-Type series for me.

  61. Centipede is the best shooter ever made.

  62. Phalanx for the super Nintendo.

  63. 2nd Favorite is R-type…In FTW

  64. Does the original Galaga count?

  65. Mushihimesama Futari for me.

  66. Galaga still dear to me. But I’ve been playing Velocity on my PSVita more recently

  67. Gigawing for Dreamcast.

  68. Akai Katana.

  69. Thanks for the giveaway.

    My favorite shooting plane is R-Type.

  70. Einhander. Oh hell yes Einhander

  71. I loved playing Time Pilot back in the day.

  72. Galaga. Oldie but goodie.

  73. Ikaruga for life.

  74. Mushihimesama Futari

  75. Axelay on SNES is a fave of mine. Great music!

  76. Damn, I never win anything.

  77. Thanks for the contest, you should hold more.

  78. Damn, I missed the contest. Maybe next time.