Activision, Epic and Bungie don't make the best shooters...
When it comes to 2D SHMUPS (Shoot 'Ep Ups) CAVE is king.
Most people who've been gaming for a while remember the original "R-Type" with fondness.
And if you're one of those people who think it would be great if they made games like that today... on our 'next gen' consoles... THEY DO!
In some ways they are like glorified Arcade Titles (though perhaps with resale value) because compared to something like "Skyrim" they are shorter and on the surface simpler.
But they sure are fun.
Despite not taking double digit hours to complete they will definately take triple digit numbers to master. It's easy enough to get to the end of the game using infinite continues but good luck trying to do so without dying at all.
"Akai Katana" is out today and has been specially made for the XBox 360. My copy should be waiting for me at home and I can't wait.
If £ 20.00 seems a little steep for hours and hours of fun you can pick up previous titles for even less if you have a look online.
"Dodonpachi: Ressurection" - Brilliant
"Deathsmiles 2" - Brilliant.
If you haven't given these a go you really should
They are a great throwback to nostalgic gaming while remaining challenging and above all... fun.
You too will rave about CAVE.