Entries in Shmup (28)

Monday
Jul142014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 104 - Crimzon Clover: World Ignition

After years of requests for a Crimzon Clover review, it's finally time! Does Crimzon Clover deserve the "God-Tier" status it has garnered? It's time to stack up the newly steam-released Crimzon Clover: World Ignition to find out!

 

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Sunday
Jun082014

QCF: Retro Game Crunch

t's certainly no secret that in my faded, old, dying eyes, the golden years of gaming are now a bygone era with only reminders of its glory remaining in my collection of cartridges and CD ROMs that, for the most part, currently reside in the closet of my studio. Pixels and bits trump system specs and polygons. FOR LIFE!

To that end, I'm loving PC gaming more and more, especially with the increasing number of retro-inspired and old-school feeling titles on services such as Desura, Steam and the Humble Store. Sure, there are typically zero physical copies appearing for the PC platform for these games, but that doesn't make the games any less fun and often times, they are nice and affordable.

One game that is sure to strike the fancy of any retronaut like myself is Retro Game Crunch, a delightful collection of 3rd generation-inspired titles, complete with the huge pixels, lo-fi sound and often-brutal difficulty old-timers like myself crave the ever-loving bits out of. Each title is totally different from the last yet somehow manages to stay just as fun and fresh between games. But for $15, is it worth your time? Get ready for a Ser Flash Seven-Part Machine-Gun review for Retro Game Crunch!

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Wednesday
May282014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 101 - R-Type Dimensions

-Type has been around for ages and has several sequels and spinoffs under its belt as a series. Originally seeing release in 1987, R-Type and its 1989 sequel R-Type II would see release in HD as R-Type Dimensions in 2009 on the Xbox 360. On May 20, 2014 it finally made its way to the PS3... but how does it stack up? 

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Wednesday
May282014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 100 - Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire

pisode 100 has finally happened, and we're taking a look at the legendary Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire for the PC Engine. With the awesome Arcade Card backing it up, how does Sapphire stack up??

 

 

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Sunday
Apr062014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 96 - RefleX

yu-Media is back with one of the finest Doujin shooting titles Steam has ever seen! RefleX is the second part of the Tale of Alltynex Series from renowned Doujin group Siter Skain and offers slick shooting goodness with simple gameplay and scoring mechanics. But how does it stack up?

GET REFLEX!

Steam 
Desura
Gamers Gate 
Rice Digital 

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Wednesday
Mar192014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 94 - Luftrausers

ou know Ser has been longing for this day. Several articles on PPR, constant training in the original Flash game online, tearful nights wondering when it was finally going to happen... Well, Luftrausers is finally coming home, but was it worth the wait? Watch to find out!

NEW MUSIC BY SER FLASH! The 4th Album, Meteoric, is on sale now for just $7! Support Bullet Heaven HD!

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Wednesday
Mar192014

Bullet Heaven HD, Episode 93 - Daisenpu Custom

aisenpu Custom is an enhanced version of the original Daisenpu, also known as Twin Hawk. Making its way to the PC Engine CD ROM 2 though, is it really the most definitive version? Watch to find out how it stacks up.

  

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Saturday
Feb152014

QCF: Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge

ould you remember a time when games were hard? Sure, the 8-bit era or even the onset of the 16-bit generation would fit the bill, but I’m talking difficult here, like “Hey mom can you give me another dollar’s worth of quarters” hard; aren’t too many you may who care to remember those moments now is there.

Sure, titles like Super Meat Boy have written the love letter to the demanding skill and frustration of video games, but generally most of these messages romanticize all of the aspects of pleasure that deride from the teeth grinding challenge of video games, and never any of the horse shit that comes along with it. The question is how could both sides of this coin be faithfully represented for both the purist, and masochist?

Last Dimension steps in with Ultionus: A Tale of Petty Revenge as their answer and while it may not appeal to everyone in both of those groups, it’s the best one I’ve seen yet to come close to being that answer.

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