Soukyugurentai

Soukyugurentai

I consider myself somewhat of a lapsed shooter fan.  In the 8 & 16-bit era when you couldn’t sneeze without running into a shmup.  But as the PlayStation and Saturn came along the genre all but disappeared from America.  The...
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Lords of Thunder

Lords of Thunder

As much as I like shooters during the 16-bit era they did become a bit stale.  The vast majority fell into the space shooter category and while I like sci-fi you can only shoot down so many aliens and capital...
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Crisis Force

Crisis Force

The end of a given console’s life is usually the most interesting period in terms of releases.  With years of experience behind them developers tend to craft truly amazing games not thought possible on old hardware.  One need only look...
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Raiden

Raiden

To the casual gaming public the name Raiden probably conjures up a certain thunder god in Mortal Kombat.  Or the nancy boy in Metal Gear Solid.  But for old school shooting fans they’ll remember one of the most well-known shooters...
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Gokujou Parodius

Gokujou Parodius

As much as I love Street Fighter I do hate what it inadvertently caused.  In the 80s and early 90s arcades were home to a large variety of games in every genre.  That variety dried up as fighting games took...
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Undead Line

Undead Line

I really liked Twinkle Tale, a little known Genesis import that suffered from a low print run.  This brilliant game housed excellent art direction and gameplay but somehow never left Japan.  So when I learned of Undead Line I couldn’t...
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Gley Lancer

Gley Lancer

I don’t envy the developers of the legions of shooters in the 90s.  After Gradius and R-Type revolutionized the genre everyone else was left picking up the scraps.  The rare title would come along and innovate but by and large...
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Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Growing up there were certain games that had attained mythical status due to their rarity.  Most of these games such as Radiant Silvergun, Psychic Killer Taromaru, and Harmful Park are imports but the occasional domestic release would enter those ranks.&n...
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Isolated Warrior

Isolated Warrior

If the Isolated Warrior in the title refers to hero Max Maverick and his solo journey, than buddy get in line.  This shit has been going on for forty years.  Isometric action games were never that big in America but...
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James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire

Electronic Arts first forays into the Bond license were not all that well received.  Tomorrow Never Dies and the PS One version of the World is Not Enough were simply not good games.  So you can imagine expectations were not...
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