Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shooter

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


3DS, Contests

Insomniac adds three new challenges to Sunset Overdrive

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) New Challenge Announcement - Screenshot 1

Insomniac Games has added new challenges to their open-world action-platformer shooter Sunset Overdrive. The three new Buck National challenges involve clearing 600,000 in Buck’s National vs The Apocalypse, 564,500 in Buck’s Strikes Back, and 703,700 in Buck’s Stops Here. Each challenge also has an accompanying new Achievement. For those looking to pick it up, Microsoft announced that they are currently running a promo for Sunset Overdrive, knocking the price down 40% on the Xbox Game Store.


Xbox One News

Sunset Overdrive gets new missions, skills in Mystery of Mooil Rig

Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One) The Mystery of the Mooil Rig Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new expansion pack has launched for Sunset Overdrive. The $9.99 add-on, The Mystery of the Mooil Rig, features a host of new content: story missions, side quests, challenges, Chaos Squad missions, two amps, two vanity items, and two weapons. Plus, there is also a new trap, boss, and Night Defense base mission. But the most significant addition is the expansion of the player’s water-based move list, which now includes diving and jumping, as several of the latest missions take place not just above but also below water.


DLC, Xbox One News

Secret Ponchos launching Dec. 2 for PS4, first month free for PS Plus

Secret Ponchoes (PC, PS4) PS4 Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Switchblade Monkeys’ Wild West-themed top-down shooter Secret Ponchos will be hitting PSN on December 2 for PS4. PlayStation Plus members will be able to access the game for free during launch month. The versus-focused title will feature support for two to eight players, two-player splitscreen play, and several game modes. Players will be able to choose from one of five outlaws and square off in Deathmatch, Domination, Free-for-All, and Team modes. Each outlaw will have their own style, using everything from whips to shotguns, and be able to lay ambushes using a cover mechanic.


PlayStation 4 News