Xenoraid (10tons Ltd)

Xenoraid (10tons Ltd)

Usually all it takes to get our attention are the words “shoot ‘em up,” but Xenoraid from 10tons Ltd looks like it will be of special interest. The game is a vertically scrolling shooter with a small dash of bullet hell, but don’t expect to memorize your way out of harm’s way with this one. 10tons has revealed that missions will be procedurally driven based on set parameters, which means enemy formations and attack directions will be different each time

Blue Rider

Blue Rider

Blue Rider is a game that will make you remember the days of encountering bosses that actually served as a challenge and not just a minor speed bump on your road to finishing the game. And while the game is far from easy it is addictive enough to keep you coming back for more. Thanks to the vibrant visuals and excellent enemy designs, especially the bosses, it is also a very good looking game. If you are not scared to be challenged and in the mood for a very polished shooter then get yourself a copy of Blue Rider.

Gameplay: Tough and uncompromising, but still very entertaining and addictive.

Graphics: Vibrant and varied.

Sound: Nice music and booming explosions

Nanostray

Nanostray

It is not without its faults but Nanostray is a pretty impressive debut shooter for the Nintendo DS. Longevity is definitely an issue but the game is fun while it lasts. The 3D backgrounds also show what the handheld is capable of so hopefully this will not be the last time we see a game of this type on the system.

Gameplay: A blast for shooter fans but a bit short.

Graphics: Pretty spectacular by DS standards.

Sound: Very fitting for the game

AIPD – Artificial Intelligence Police Department

AIPD – Artificial Intelligence Police Department

For an action packed, neon fueled arcade shooter look no further than AIPD. Despite the intriguing title the game does not have a story driven campaign mode, but it does have tons of action. The amount of enemy and arena permutations on offer also gives it a bit more replay value than typical arcade shooters. Best of all it features a four player local coop mode, which is as fun as it is chaotic.

Gameplay: Plenty of old school shooting action.

Graphics: The 80s style neon glow art style have been done before, but still looks great.

Sound: Features a nice electronic soundtrack and solid sound effects

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Geometry Wars is a throwback to the days of arcade games that gobbled up your coins as you desperately tried to beat the high-scores. It can be very frustrating and might feel like you have wasted your money initially, but the more you play it the more addictive it becomes.

Gameplay: Initially frustrating, but always addictive.

Graphics: Has a certain retro charm.

Sound: Could have done with some more variety

Shooting Stars!

Shooting Stars!

Save the world from evil aliens disguised as celebrities in this classic arcade style shooter. It is perhaps a little too fond of memes for its own good, but the gameplay is addictive and the large assortment of bosses will keep you coming back for more. Since you face a random assortment of bosses during each run the game also stays fresh, unlike its memes.

Gameplay: Classic arcade style shooting with waves of enemies and wacky bosses.

Graphics: Nice retro style visuals and the pixel art celebrities are actually very good likenesses.

Sound: Features a very catchy and upbeat soundtrack

Incoming DLC for DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours

Incoming DLC for DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours

We have some good news for fans of DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours as its publisher, Degica, announced some brand new DLC for the game. First up is the Darius Odyssey art book, which was previously available exclusively on the PS4. PC owners will soon be able to grab it for $14.99 USD or along with the base game for $59.99 USD

Deadpool

Deadpool

Fans of Deadpool will have a blast with this game but the humour should appeal to newcomers as well. High Moon Studios have captured the character perfectly although the gameplay can feel a bit clunky at times. While not without its flaws I had a blast playing this game and can recommend it to all fans of the merc with a mouth.

Gameplay: Packed with action and humour.

Graphics: Not the best I’ve seen but it does the license justice.

Sound: Superb voice acting by Nolan North coupled with a rocking soundtrack

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

While Uncharted 3 is a great game, it falls somewhat short of the jaw dropping thrills delivered in the last game. The story is little less inspiring and the whole game has a bit of a rushed feel to it. There are some great set pieces and the usual assortment of exotic locations but nothing that tops Uncharted 2.

Gameplay: Epic but somehow not quite as epic as the last installment.

Graphics: Still some of the best on the system.

Sound: Up to the usual high standards

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2 improves on just about every aspect of the original game to deliver one of the best action experiences on the PS3. The locations are exotic and varied, the enemies cunning and the dialogue great. Virtually every single chapter has a stand out moment that will leave you slack jawed with amazement. Definitely one of the finest games on the system.

Gameplay: The perfect mix of action and adventure.

Graphics: A showcase of what the PS3 can deliver.

Sound: Great voice acting and excellent music