Total of 19 user reviews spread across 19 releases
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
Jamestown delivers a classic bullet-hell expierience while also bringing a range of original mechanics to the table.
The bullet-hell genre has always been dominated by Japanese developers. It is a rare sight to see bullet-hell game from a Western studio, and even rarer to see one that proves to be successful. But Ja...
Air Combat is a relatively solid game, marred by a small number of problems.
Released in 1995, Air Combat was one of the PsOne's first arcade flight sims. While Air Combat does suffer from a few issues here and there, it certainly delivers a solid arcade flight experience and ...
eXceed 3rd - Jade Penetrate Black Package
eXceed 3rd may not be as impressive as its predecessor was, but that dosen't stop it from being thoroughly enjoyable.
From Tennen-Sozai comes eXceed 3rd Jade Penetrate Black Package, an updated version of what was originally the third and final game in Japanese doujin studio FLAT's three-game long series. Although Ja...
Super Crate Box
Fun and simple, Super Crate Box captures the essence of old-school gaming in a single package.
With a name like Super Crate Box, it can only be expected that the average player is going to start asking questions like 'What is this game about?' 'What do you do in this game?' 'And what exactly is...
Triggerheart Exelica's unique mechanics add an original and refreshing twist to the classic Bullet-hell stereotype.
Triggerheart Exelica originally witnessed a release in Japanese arcades in 2006, followed by a Dreamcast launch the following year. Despite its short length; even for a Bullet-Hell game; the title's m...
Apache: Air Assault
Apache successfully brings the full, PC flight sim expierience to consoles without compromise.
Console flight sims are a rarity. At the first sight of Apache: Air Assault, one can't help but ask questions like 'Will this actually be any good?' 'How will this compare to all those similar games o...
Breathtaking visuals, a beautiful soundtrack and original gameplay mechanics make Ikaruga a must-play for Shmup fans.
Originally released as an arcade game in 2001, Ikaruga garnered high praise from critics as the spiritual successor to Treasure's much-loved Radiant Silvergun and quickly became one of the most popula...
Enclave is a one-of-a-kind game that lacks in polish what it makes up for with its replayability and well-written story.
First released in 2002 on Microsoft's Xbox, Enclave later witnessed a PC release in 2003. Though Enclave is without a doubt not without its flaws, it's still a very enjoyable game that offers a consid...
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
VP2's deep battle system and enthralling plotline make it a truly unmissable expierience for the JRPG enthusiast.
Initially released in 1991 in Japan and later in 2000 in North America, Valkyrie Profile received high praise from critics and enjoyed great success in both territories. In 2007 Square-Enix released t...
Those able to overcome GunValkyrie's steep learning curve will find an immensely satisfying game waiting to be enjoyed.
Initially scheduled for a Dreamcast release, GunValkyrie dropped off the radar for a few months before eventually reappearing on Microsoft's Xbox. While GunValkyrie delivers what feels like a rushed e...
Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5
A Bullet-Hell fan's dream come true, MF Ver.1.5 is one of the finest examples of Cave's mastery over the genre.
In 2005, famed Japanese developer Cave released one of its most successful titles – Mushihimesama. Presenting even the most experienced Bullet-Hell players will an uphill battle to fight, the game bec...
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
SI:IG returns the Shmup genre to its roots and offers a satisfying expierience, hindered by a number bad design choices.
Space Invaders. Anyone who is even remotely familiar with videogames should recognise the name. So what happens when one of the best-known and most popular titles in videogame history embarks upon a j...
Virtual-On: Oratorio Tangram Ver.5.66
In spite of poor controls and a brief tutorial, Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram remains a very saisfying title to play.
Another XBLA re-release of a game that should be familiar to those who frequented the arcades, Virtual On: Oratio Tangram is the second instalment in Sega's Virtual On series of arena-based, one on on...
Raystorm HD brings the magic of Taito's 1996 classic to modern consoles with crisp visuals and a handful of new content.
Raystorm's original arcade release took place in 1996. One year later the game was released as a PSX title, before being released yet again the following year in Japan on the Sega Saturn. Back then, t...
The combination of a bad camera and an overuse of OTE's cripples what could have been a fairly enjoyable action game.
Ninja often find themselves at the center of the stage when it comes down to action-adventure games, and quite rightly so. Characters like Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa and Shinobi's Hotsuma have made a...
GundeadliGne may not be the next Ikaruga, but it's still a solid title that can hold its own against the competition.
Upon hearing something about a videogame revolving around little girls flying through the air shooting lots of baddies, most people familiar with the Orient's top titles will immediately begin to conj...
Gundam Musou 3
Significantly better than its predecessor, DW:G3 is a much-needed breath of fresh air for Tecmo Koei's spin-off series.
Dynasty Warriors and Gundam. The genius who conceptualized the merging of two of Japan's two most popular franchises must have known exactly who he was aiming the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam games at. Ch...
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
The saving grace of GW:RE lies in its aesthetic appeal that tries to hide what is otherwise a fairly unremarkable title.
Project Gotham Racing 2. Most Xbox owners will remember this game. Those same owners are likely to also remember that PGR2 featured a simple mini-game. And this is where Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved's...
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
A vast improvement over its predecessor, 'Retro Evolved 2 is everything the original game should have been.
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved was presented on the XBLA as a standalone game. A bold move indeed, given that the title was originally a mini-game featured in Project Gotham Racing 2. Bizarre Creations ...