Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shooter

OPQAM’s top-down shooter Project Root blasts onto Live, PSN

Project Root (PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new shooter has launched for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One, courtesy of OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP. Project Root, “a modern remake of the shoot ‘em up action genre,” follows rebel ace Lance Rockport in his eight-stage battle against the Prometheus Corporation. Along the way, players will also be able to upgrade their craft, the F-72 Zonda fighter.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News, Xbox One News

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on sale, updated for Steam extras

Warhammer 40K Space Marine (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) PC Steam Update - Screenshot 1

Relic has updated Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine with support for a host of Steam perks: badges, profile backgrounds, trading cards, and more. The update coincides with a special that knocks 75% off the regular price for both Space Marine and Space Marine Collection, from April 27 to May 4. The latter is packed with all downloadable content, which includes the Chaos Unleashed map pack that unlocks the Chaos Space Marines for a four-player co-op mode, new modes and skins, and Dreadnought, which adds the 12-foot-tall Dreadnought in multiplayer.

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DLC, PC News

Vic Viper flies again! Gradius V launches on PSN for PS3

Gradius V (PSN) PSN Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The gallant Vic Viper is back to battling the Bacterians with the release of Gradius V on PSN. The 2004 shooter, originally available for PS2, can be downloaded for $9.99. Following series tradition, players are able to augment their fighter with power-ups that scroll through a set list of weapons and abilities that is chosen before deployment. Local co-op play is also support for up to two players.

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PlayStation 3 News

Opa-Opa returns! 3D Fantasy Zone II W blasts its way onto eShop

3D Fantasy Zone II W (3DS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

As mentioned earlier this week, Sega has expanded their 3D Classics Series 2 today with 3D Fantasy Zone II W. The remastered version of the 1987 shooter gives Opa-Opa and company a bump up from 8-bit to 16-bit-style graphics as well as adds stereoscopic 3D effects. New features were also added, including a Stage Select option to save and resume games in progress, the ability to adjust the difficulty, and the new Endless Game Mode, a condensed version of the game set in Link Loop Land.

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3DS

Halo: Spartan Strike brings back twin-stick action, out for mobile, PC

Halo Spartan-Strike (iOS, PC, Windows 8) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new Halo twin-stick shooter has gone live for mobile devices and PC, Halo: Spartan Strike. The $5.99 download-only release is set in New Mombasa during the events of Halo 2. Players take on the role of a Spartan in an ONI simulation, guiding UNSC troops through 30 missions set throughout cities and jungles. Throughout the missions, soldiers gain access to new abilities, weapons, and vehicles. Windows 8 versions also include support for weekly challenges, leaderboards, and Achievements with accompanying emblems, avatars, and nameplates.

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Apple Handheld, PC News

Sunset Overdrive gets price drop, April Fools’ Day Achievement, DLC

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sunset Overdrive received a new downloadable expansion today, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machine. The $9.99 expansion adds a new side story that sees Sam setting out to save his mentor from the Fizzco Robotics Factory. His mission will see him battling new enemies but also gaining access to new amps, outfits, traps, and a massive controllable Energy Ball. A series of videos has been uploaded to the game’s official Youtube channel covering most of the additions: enemies, traps and amps, and weapons. An extra 200-point Achievement was also added for April Fools’ Day, and for those who haven’t picked the game up yet, Microsoft has permanently lowered the price to $39.99.

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DLC, Xbox One News

Shooter roguelike Sublevel Zero announced for PC

Mastertronic has sent word that they will be publishing Sigtrap’s shooter Sublevel Zero this summer for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The first-person, six-degrees-of-freedom shooter will feature procedurally generated levels, crafting, and permadeath. There are also plans to support the Oculus Rift. Ammo will be scarce, necessitating item crafting, and players will have to navigate levels filled with enemies and puzzles. The description of a roguelike Descent seems pretty apt. A trailer and screenshots have also been released.

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PC News

Spring Fever PlayStation Store Event offers discounts, new games

Helldivers (PS4) PSN Spring Fever Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sony has announced their plans for this year’s Spring Fever PlayStation Store event. The eight-week-long promo will feature additional discounts for PS Plus members and general discounts for everyone. While some of the bigger franchises will be included in the sale, such as Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and God of War, the new titles, set to launch one per week, are especially interesting. Some of the highlights are the PS4 version of Jamestown+, with four-player support, and several cross-buy titles, including Helldivers, Metal Slug 3, and Shovel Knight. The full list of titles and release dates is available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Sunset Overdrive gets scavenger hunt for Valentine’s Day

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) Valentines Day Achievement Announcement - Screenshot 1

A special Valentine’s Day-themed Achievement and costume has been added to Sunset Overdrive. The set is inspired by game director Drew Murray’s daughter, Ainsley, whose drawings are scattered throughout the game world. By finding and interacting with all 12 pieces of art, players will earn the 175-point ‘D’awwwwww’ Achievement along with a custom outfit. Insomniac has created a series of videos to help players track them all down.

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Xbox One News

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. now on eShop for 3DS

3D Fantasy Zone (3DS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 3

Sega has released another re-mastered update from their 3D classics line for 3DS, 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Bros. The latest version of the side-scrolling shooter features stereoscopic 3D graphics, an unlockable mode with Upa-Upa as a playable character, and a coin stock feature that allows players to store coins across several sessions to unlock new abilities. Sega has also launched a new contest to coincide with the game’s release, offering contestants the chance to win a limited edition Sega hoodie. Check out their blog for more info.

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3DS, Contests