Tag Archive: shooter

Bleed 2

Official Site || Steam Page

If you want to see the right way to make a sequel, you need look no further than Bleed 2. The same fantastic time-slowing, air dashing, run and gun gameplay from the original is back, but with an expanded character roster, a slightly smaller, yet more refined arsenal of weapons, and the addition of color-based bullet deflection. A new and very noticeable layer of polish has also been applied to everything from the graphics to the menus, improving upon the first game in virtually every way. 2017 has just started, but Bleed 2 is already looking like it will be a strong contender for one of the best games of the year.
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Bleed

Official Site || Steam Page

Bleed 2 is going to be released in less than a week (February 8), so now seems like a pretty good time to look at the original game in this series. For those unfamiliar with Bleed , it is a brutally hard game focused mostly on its many boss fights which are spread out between seven short and rather varied levels. It shows its age a bit in spots, but the crisp combat and the incredibly smooth controls hold up as well as ever.
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cloudphobia

Steam Page

Long ago, I stumbled upon the demo for cloudphobia and expected to never be able to access the full game as it was only available in Japan, so seeing an official Steam release for this game was a massive, nostalgia-fueled surprise to say the least. Setting itself apart from every other shmup I can remember, cloudphobia incorporates a strict time limit into each of its levels and players must make use of a speed boost ability to complete each stage before running out of time while also watching their own health as well as the health of the unseen mothership. If you ever thought the shmup genre could benefit from some added complexity, then this is definitely a game you won’t want to pass up!
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Cylor vs The Bullets From Hell

itch.io Page || Official Site

The boss fights are often the best parts of bullet hell shmups, so Cylor vs The Bullets From Hell cuts right to the chase by focusing entirely upon a single, ever-evolving boss. Over half a dozen difficulties gives this game plenty of replayability and the fight itself has many memorable twists both aesthetically and in terms of gameplay.
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RIVE

Official Site || Steam Page

RIVE may be an unusual swan song for Two Tribes, the developers of Toki Tori and several other great puzzle games, but this explosive action platformer easily meets the high mark of quality set by its predecessors. Taking place in and around an abnormally deadly space facility, RIVE is a passionately blatant love letter to the sidescrollers and shmups of yesteryear and it is jam-packed with a menageries of over-the-top set pieces alongside a brutally high difficulty curve. With hundreds of robots to destroy and dozens of ways to be crushed, smashed, burnt to ash, and ripped apart, this is one game which does everything it can to live up to its name.
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