Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shooter

Doom gets messy with shotguns, demon guts in launch trailer

Doom hits store shelves and digital outlets next week, and to get everyone’s trigger finger itching, Bethesda has released a launch trailer. id Software’s return to the series finds the Doom Marine once again knee-deep among the dead, and the minions of Hell. The reboot will feature a single-player campaign, multiplayer, and the SnapMap game editor to create and share levels. (WADs? It’s 1993 all over again!)

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet headed stateside September 9

Cubetype’s hybrid twin-stick shooter/fighter Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet will be blasting its way onto PS4 on September 9. The game will be available digitally and physically, and as a limited edition bundled with an art book, art cards, a soundtrack, and bonus downloadable content. Players will be able to choose from 10 different characters to compete in one-on-one combat using shooter mechanics to learn about each in Story Mode. After perfecting the use of spell cards and customized projectiles, players can then try their hand at fighting others over PSN.

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PlayStation 4 News

Cave’s Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu hitting Steam later this year

Degica will once again be porting over a Cave shooter to PC, Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu. Released in Europe for Xbox 360 as Dodonpachi Resurrection, the bullet-hell-style horizontal shooter will feature three ships with their own style of play, two-player co-op, and support for Steam trading cards, cloud saves, and leaderboards. As a daring pilot, players must stop an android, known as Next EXY, and her band of Elemental Dolls from altering history.

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PC News

(PlayStation 4 Review) Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours – Sega Bundle

“… utilizes a nostalgic trio in such unpredictable, imaginative ways that it is a must-download for fans.”

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DLC, PlayStation 4 Reviews

(PlayStation 4 Review) Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours – Taito Bundle

“… offers a new, welcomed layer of offensive capabilities as well as several newly arranged stages to an already packed package.”

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DLC, PlayStation 4 Reviews

Sega 3D Classics Collection now available in stores, on eShop for 3DS

Sega! has unloaded a bundle of some of their golden oldies on 3DS today with Sega 3D Classics Collection. The nine-game compilation includes two titles that are making their North American debut, including Power Drift and Puyo Puyo 2, with the former being a Yu Suzuki-created kart racer and the latter an addictive puzzler with a versus mode. The remaining seven, all detailed below, include Altered Beast, Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa, Fantasy Zone II W – Fantasy Zone II W, Galaxy Force II, Maze Walker, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Thunder Blade. Several of these have been available on eShop for quite a while, but this is the first time all are being sold in physical form for the system. To get additional insight into the porting process, check out the latest interview conducted by Sega with developer M2.

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3DS

Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses, season pass detailed

MS has sent word that the Standard and Ultimate editions of Gears of War 4 are up for pre-order. Additionally, a special bonus was announced for those who get in early. Gamers who pre-order either version will receive the Vintage Del Gear Pack, a set that includes a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins, and a Vintage Del bounty. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Ultimate Edition runs $99.99, which includes early access and the season pass. The pass, which includes 24 DLC maps and six Gear Packs, is detailed below along with the remaining Ultimate Edition goodies.

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Xbox One News

Sci-Fi shooter RefRain -prism memories- headed to Steam in May

Degica is preparing to roll out another shooter for PC, RefRain -prism memories-. Slated to hit Steam on May 12, RefRain is cyberpunk-style bullet-hell shooter that focuses on speed and aggression. Players have access to three different ships, each with their own attack modes, a gauge that charges special attacks as enemies are damaged, and the ability to transform projectiles into prisms to replenish the gauge faster.

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PC News

Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer, PAX East events details posted

The Coalition has released a new trailer ahead of the Gears of War 4’s multiplayer beta opening to all Live Gold members. The beta will open up next Monday, so to get newer players up to speed, a highlight reel was put together showcasing some of the new weapons, abilities, and executions. The Dropshot, Buzzkill, and vault kick all pop up. PAX East attendees will get a chance to try multiplayer with a hands-on demo as well as watch the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals, catch the reveal of the new competitive mode Escalation, and sit in on a multiplayer-themed panel hosted by The Coalition. Gamers who won’t be in Boston for the show can check out the events, and take part in some giveaways, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at the official Gears Twitch channel.

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Convention, Xbox One News

Umbrella Corps – Code: Veronica map, new enemy debuted

Umbrella Corps is getting a touch of Resident Evil Code: Veronica. The Antarctic Base is a direct carryover from Code: Veronica, with the facilities still damaged after the T-virus outbreak. It’s a three-story structure with connecting ventilation ducts and ladders, and is described as “perhaps the most tactical map in the game.” A new enemy was also revealed, Mutated Zombies. These are advanced cases that are unaffected by the Zombie Jammer and can cause the device to become ineffective on other monsters that are near the player. They will be in the single-player Experiment Mode’s Antarctic Base map as well as Multi-Mission Mode’s SP DNA Hunter ruleset. Check them and the new map out below.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News