Thursday
Aug222013

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 83 - Bullet Soul

 s there live beyond Cave for region-free import shooting games on home consoles? The answer: A resounding YES! Boundless Shooting continues with Bullet Soul, an Xbox 360 original title by 5bp. But how does it compare to the Cave Cavalcade!?

 

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Wednesday
Aug142013

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 82 - DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou

oundless shooting continues! In this episode of Bullet Heaven HD, we're taking a look at one of the very newest shmups released! Hot off the heels of DoDonPachi Resurrection, 2013's DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou is next to bast off! But how does Cave's latest compare...?

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Tuesday
Aug062013

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 81 - DoDonPachi Resurrection

ave is where its at for modern shooting games, with very little in the way of competition when it comes down to the intense brand of Bullet Hell that they deal. Mushihimesama Futari and Espgaluda II showed us that Bullet Hell doesn't have to be so mean... but DoDonPachi Dai Fukkatsu, released in the UK as DoDonPachi Resurrection, is out to remind us just what this subgenre is all about. If this game were in a back alley, it'd be cracking its knuckles and leering menacingly. How does this iconic Bullet Hell series treat us? Watch to find out in the third installment of the Boundless shooting block!

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Friday
Aug022013

QCF: Time & Eternity

odern Anime culture is synonymous with several tropes that identify conventions and conduct that most fans come to expect from it. From the hormonally fueled propulsion nose bleeds at the sight of panties or cleavage to the violent response that follows, the Shōnen Hāremumono Anime is one of the more iconic genres to represent the media, and there are dozens of these productions that continue to this day. Being a fan myself, I’ve always enjoyed the occasional Harem, considering the premise of characterization. However, I could never understand the decisions that most Japanese developers voluntarily restrict themselves with when adapting these genres for video games.

For every Persona 4 or Katawa Shoujo, some uninspired tripe pops up and simply panders character roles to the unwritten rules and clichés of the genre with insipid and predictable gameplay, and without breaking any new territory in the slightest.

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Wednesday
Jul312013

Bullet Heaven EX - Quickshot Review: Gaurodan

ree to play? Here's our say! Bullet Heaven EX Quickshot takes a look at free shmups from around the net in a quick, concise format. On a scale of one to five stars, you'll get the skinny on what free shmups are worth your time, and which ones should be ignored Gaurodan was released on July 31st 2013 by the Locomolito, one of the most talented indies around. How awesome? Well, sit back and let me tall ya...

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Tuesday
Jul302013

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 80 - Espgaluda II Black Label

oundless Shooting continues with Cave's Espgaluda II Black Label! Originally released to arcades a year befor Mushihimesama Futari, Espgaluda II Black Label saw release on Xbox 360 a year later, and has also since become a very popular international import. But how does it compare? Let's take a closer look!

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Saturday
Jul272013

QCF: My Ex-Boyfriend The Space Tyrant

nfortunately there's little for LGBT folk when it comes to the mainstream culture of video games. There are very few games themselves that deal with the kind of issues relatable with the gay community, and often when homosexuality is bought up it's as a childish punchline ala Blood Dragon. Despite this, though, there are a few indie games that do appeal to this less-than-marketed-to demographic, and thankfully these games fill a void that other games are just afraid to even acknowledge.

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Thursday
Jul252013

QCF: Project X Zone

he video Game Crossover is definitely nothing new. Much like many comic and cartoon series have in the past, quite a number crossovers have been mashed together over the last three decades or so in North America, including notable entries such as Battletoads & Double Dragon, Aliens Vs. Predator, Capcom Vs. SNK, and of course, Super Smash Bros. But in Japan, the sheer amount of crossovers is kind of mind-numbing. Perhaps the greatest crossover series ever is Bandai and Banpresto's Super Robot Wars (oddly titled in its original Japanese name for releases in North America, despite Japanese stickers on merchandise reading “SRW”). Super Robot Wars collects a simply ridiculous amount of giant robot anime series together and crossses them over in a hugely deep strategy RPG setting. So it's no surprise that Banpresto was the one to collect over 50 different characters together in Namco Bandai's Project X Zone (pronounced Cross Zone) on Nintendo's 3DS.

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