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The Sega Saturn’s Explosive Shmups Library

Two-dimensional shooters are some of the most intense old-school games out there due to the precision, reflexes, and memorization needed to survive these adrenaline rushes.  For fans of the shmup genre, the Sega Saturn is a must-own console due to its excellent exclusives, a healthy dose of high-quality cross-platform ports, and plenty of 2D processing power. […]

Review: Space Invaders Extreme – Nintendo DS

If you’re ever wondered what Rez would be like in 2D, Space Invaders Extreme is one of the closest examples you will find.   That’s right, this is not another one of those vanilla Space Invaders remakes.  The masterminds at Taito and Square/Enix have put a fresh spin on the pioneering game to bring it more […]

Behind The Scenes With DUX: The Upcoming Dreamcast Shooter

The Sega Dreamcast has one of the most loyal followings of hardcore gamers and more than seven years after Sega announced the end of its hardware run, the Dreamcast is still slowly being supported by a handful of devoted developers. The latest game be announced is DUX, a new 2D shooter from the team at […]

Together Retro Game Club: Defender

Presented by: Fastbilly1, Marurun, & Racketboy New To Together Retro? Check out the introduction to the club We have a special treat for you this opening week. We’re going to be looking at the arcade classic Defender and the home port for the Atari 2600. Read on to find out more about Defender and what […]

Featured Free Game: Echoes – Asteroids Meets Geometry Wars

Platform: PC Genre: 2D Shooter Summary: Geometry Wars clones are all the rage right now as the trippy shooter calls back to simpler shooting days while bringing modern eye-candy. Echoes from Binary Zoo Studio takes a very similar approach with its glowing vector graphics, but has more of an Asteroids gameplay mechanic as opposed to […]

Meta-Review: Cannon Spike – Dreamcast

Racketboy Reaction The Dreamcast game library is filled with tons of 2D shooters, but if you enjoy blowing stuff up, but would like a bit of variety from the standard vertical or horizontal scrolling shmup, with a bit of Street Fighter (and other Capcom) fan-service thrown in, you definately need to look into Cannon Spike. […]

Meta-Review: The Red Star – PS2

As a victim of Acclaim’s financial problems, The Red Star was delayed many times and been cancelled at least once. However, XS Games took over the project as it’s publisher and released this shmups/beatemup hybrid game as a budget title for the PS2. Ever since I first laid eyes on The Red Star back when […]

Senko no Ronde May Be Coming To The US (Finally)

I like like shooting games. I love fighting games. And I adore hybrid games. I’m thinking I will enjoy Senko no Ronde. Senko no Ronde is a hybrid 2D shmup fighting game from G.Rev (of Border Down and Under Defeat fame) that originated on the NAOMI arcade hardware, but for some incredibly strange reason, never […]

Review: Warning Forever – Windows (Freeware)

Note from racketboy: Ivo is back again with a remarkable review of an interesting Freeware PC shooter by the name of Warning Forever. I hope you find it enjoyable! There are a number of excellent freeware games available for the PC, and Warning Forever is certainly one of those. You can download it from the […]

Alien Hominid HD Is A Crowd Pleaser

I have been a huge fan of the indie masterpiece, Alien Hominid, for quite some time, so I’ve glad to see the attention the game is receiving for its appearance on the XBox Live Arcade. The enhanced version seems to fit in on the XBLA and the critics are eating it up… “Commercial-grade digital distribution […]

Review: Forgotten Worlds – Sega Genesis / Megadrive

With so many unique and interesting games from the past out there, I obviously don’t have time to review them all myself. This time around we have contributer, Mega-Dan reviewing one of his favorite under-appreciated gems, Forgotten Worlds for the Sega Genesis/MegaDrive. Introduction Forgotten Worlds is similar to a horizontal scrolling shootem’up style (shmup) […]

Review: Trigger Heart Exelica – Dreamcast

One of the most interesting things about the Sega Dreamcast is that commercial games are still slowly being released in Japan more than 5 years after it was taken off the retail scene in the US. As one of the three (so far) 2D shooters to be released in 2007, Trigger Heart Exelica is gathering […]

New 2D Shooters at AOU 2007: Otomedius, Exzeal, and Muchi Muchi Pork

There was a lot of shmup action being shown off at Japan’s AOU 2007 (Japanese Amusement Machines Operators Union)… Otomedius One of the biggest stories of the show is Konami’s apparent successor to the Parodius franchise. it has the same quirky and sexy feel, but also will include networking and touchscreen capabilities (supposedly for locking […]

Ikaruga May Be Coming To XBox Live Arcade

This is basically a rumor, but there is some solid evidence that one of the games from my XBox Live Wishlist might become a reality. According to Eurogamer, Ikaruga, the cult classic 2D shooter from Treasure apparently has shown up on the XBox 360’s top-secret (only for developers and journalists) area, Partnernet. Eurogamer stated, “There […]

Wii Virtual Console Updates: R-Type III, Xevious, & Moto Roader

Released Today: R-Type III – 2D Shooter – Super Nintendo | Wikipedia Entry | Review | Screenshots | Xevious – 2D Shooter – NES | Wikipedia Entry| Review | Screenshots | Moto Roader – Racing – TG16 | Review | Screenshots | Newly Announced Future Releases… Metroid – NES Super Mario World – SNES Kirby’s […]

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