Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shooter

Sierra returns with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and King’s Quest

Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Veteran developer and publisher Sierra has returned, as part of Activision Publishing. The new subsidiary is an indie-focused venture and has already signed two titles, with the first slated to launch this holiday season. The revamped studio’s debut title will be Geometry Wars3: Dimensions from Lucid Games. Dimensions will go “full 3D” and add support for both co-op and versus multiplayer as well as include a single-player campaign comprised of 50 challenges, 10-plus battle modes (five of which are new), and persistent progression. The other release, scheduled to launch in 2015, is a reimagining of the original King’s Quest by The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom developer The Odd Gentlemen. In the new King’s Quest, King Graham regales his granddaughter Gwendolyn with tales from his youth, each filled with the series’ hallmark puzzles and humor.

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Cyber Rhino launches campaign for PC shooter Gryphon Knight Epic

Gryphon Knight Epic (PC) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new Kickstarter has launched for a new side-scrolling shooter with a medieval theme, Gryphon Knight Epic. Developed by Cyber Rhino Studios, the Brazilian developer is looking for $18,000 to fund the title for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. In addition to traditional shooter elements, the game is said to also include exploration and duel-like boss battles, as Sir Oliver and his faithful gryphon Aquila battle through six levels that feature branching paths and two bosses. The buy-in price to gain a download voucher is $10, and the rewards go up from there to the single-slot Ultimate Cyber Rhino Gryphon!!! package for $1,500, which will allow the flush backer to assist with designing a stage, a plushy of the duo, and more.

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R-Type Dimensions adds shooters R-Type and R-Type II to PSN

R-Type Dimensions (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

R-Type Dimensions, a double pack that includes both R-Type and R-Type II, has hit PSN. Previously published by Irem Software, the new version from Tozai Games features a classic mode based on the original release, a new enhanced mode with updated high-resolution 2D/3D graphics and remixed music that can be switched to on the fly, a two-player co-op mode, Infinite and Level Select modes, worldwide leaderboards, tracked player stats, and a new slow-motion function.

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PlayStation 3 News

(PlayStation 3 Review) R-Type Dimensions

(PlayStation 3 Review) R-Type Dimensions

“… includes two tough-as-nails side-scrolling shooters that are equal parts exciting, perplexing, and frustrating.”

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PlayStation 3 Reviews

R-Type Dimensions to bring R-Type I and II to PSN this month

A new R-Type set has been announced for PS3. R-Type Dimensions, which includes R-Type and R-Type II, will be hitting PSN on May 20. Previously published by Irem Software, the new version will be released by Tozai Games and feature a classic mode, a new enhanced mode with updated high-resolution 2D/3D graphics and remixed music, a two-player co-op mode, Infinite Mode, a Level Select mode, worldwide leaderboards, tracked player stats, and a slow-motion function.

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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: Zomboss Down free DLC out

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warefare (360, One) Zomboss DLC Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is sending players back onto the battlefield today with the release of the free download pack Zomboss Down. The new pack adds eight playable characters, including Wrestling Star Zombie and Sun Pharaoh, an increased level cap from 20 to 30, 200-plus items, two new levels (Cactus Canyon Gardens and Graveyards Map), and new challenges.

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(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

(Xbox 360 Review) Halo: Spartan Assault

“… a solid if short top-down shooter that serves both solo- and co-op-minded players, but the influence of microtransactions makes for an overly limited experience.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Red alert! The Bureau: XCOM Declassified launches for Mac

The Bureau XCOM Declassified (360, PC, PS3) Mac Announcement - Screenshot 1

Mac gamers, it’s time to suit up and double check your gear: the aliens are here. TransGaming has ported 2K games’ The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for Mac OS X. The third-person shooter puts players on the frontline of an alien invasion as an agent for XCOM. Unlike its strategy counterparts, The Bureau is set in the past, at the beginning of the organization’s war against the aliens. As special agent William Carter, players will command a squad of agents in skirmishes around the country against the invaders.

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Hexodius pewpews its way onto Xbox Live Arcade for 360

Hexodius (360, PC) XBLA Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Brain Slap Studios’ top-down shooter Hexodius has launched on Xbox Live Arcade, according to publisher Namco Bandai. Already available for PC via Steam, Hexodius features a story mode, six worlds, boss battles, multiple difficulty levels, and leaderboard support.

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Xbox 360 News

New corporate offices and more added in Dust 514: Uprising 1.5

Dust 514 (PS3) Uprising 1.5 Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Massively multiplayer first-person shooter Dust 514 received a new update today, Uprising 1.5. CCP’s latest patch features revised tutorials, which are now designed around a reward- and task-given structure; a new Squad Finder that lists all available squads awaiting players, a brief description, and a latency indicator; new War Points; and new Corporation Roles, allowing CEOs and directors to assign additional offices to other corporation members (Accountant, Personnel Director, Terrestrial Combat Officer, and Terrestrial Logistics Officer). For more information on all of the tweaks, as well as what each new corporate position entails, check out the official blog and patch notes.

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