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Habroxia review

Consistently, new shoot ‘em ups arrive with marketing conspicuously mentioning inspiration drawn from yesteryear’s classic shooters. While titles like R-Type, Gradius, Axelay are frequently cited, the results are often far removed from these retro gems. ...

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Azure Reflections (PC) review

With ports of Deathsmiles, DoDonPachi Resurrection, and Mushihimesama, PC owners are privy to a number of excellent danmaku (often referred to a ‘bullet hell’ games). With the recent release of Azure Reflections on Steam, there might be reason to rejoice. Bombarding ...

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Raiden V: Director’s Cut (Switch) review

In the shoot-‘em-up pantheon, every prodigious title has a distinguishing play mechanic. R-Type is built around a fascinating risk/reward where players can augment their offensive output by abstaining from fire, accumulating energy in their wave cannon. Players ...

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Pawarumi review

Any respectable shoot ‘em up needs at least one distinctive characteristic to succeed. Gratifyingly, the release of Manufacture 43’s Pawarumi has several. The first is the inclusion of a mechanic called Trinity. Recalling Ikaruga, the ...

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Rolling Gunner review

Let’s face it, we’re probably not going to see a new shoot ‘em up from CAVE Interactive. During the early 2000s the studio hit a stride, with titles like DoDonPachi, Mushihimesama, and Deathsmiles not only ...

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Horgihugh review

The shoot ‘em up is one of the foundation genres of gaming, pitting a solitary ship against a legion of enemies. Bolstered by classic titles such as Space Invaders, Galaga, Gradius, 1942, and R-Type, early ...

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Neptunia Shooter review

Occasionally, April Fool’s gags become reality. Famously, that was the case with Street Fighter II’s Sheng Long. Originally a mistranslation of in-game text, Electronic Gaming Monthly tricked readers into thinking it was an actual, unlockable ...

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Neko Navy: Daydream Edition review

An Adorable Shoot ‘Em Up In a perfect world, cute ‘em-ups would be released with regular frequency. But save for two Deathsmiles titles, the disappointing Otomedius, and QP Shooting – Dangerous!!, the last decade has ...

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Blue Rider (Switch) review

Old School Shooting from an Emerging Team Previously, Córdoba, Argentine-based Ravegan has played an assistive role. They’ve created assets for Larian Studios’ Divinity II: Ego Draconis and produced 3D models for Disney Interactive’s Star Wars ...

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Steel Vampire review

The release of Maidens of a Hollow Dream demonstrated that doujin circle Akiragoya understands the fundamental elements of a STG. Built around an innovative mechanic where success required players to swap between the two lead ...

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