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Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Astro Port, Nyu Media, PC games, SHMUP, Shoot'em up, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is a cheesy throwback. Setting out to parody the likes of Power Rangers, Getter Robo and Voltron, it's a loving homage to transforming robots and every localised Saturday Morning anime you've ever seen, complete with hilariously weak alien invasion premise, silly dialogue and arch characters.

I do of course mean all this as a glowing compliment. I'm delighted to report that Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser feels like a genuine example of the genre, perhaps a re-released version of a little-known anime tie-in. What matters, then, is whether it's also a good bullet hell shooter.

Things certainly start out well with four difficulty settings and native gamepad compatibility, throwing you straight into a left-to-right scrolling danmaku gauntlet. Waves of foes swoop in to destroy with your withering firepower,from small fighter craft to hulking mechs and even massive capital ships spewing out increasingly complex bullet patterns to weave through.

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

It's familiar and exhilarating bullet hell action with some fantastic bosses at the end of each stage (which are always fun to watch in the included replay functionality), but Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser doesn't do a huge amount new or exciting with its foes beyond their raw numbers.

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Croixleur Sigma £2.50 at GamersGate

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Brawler, Doujin Games, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Sigma £2.50 at GamersGate

Croixleur Sigma | GamersGate | £2.50 (RRP: £5.59)
Croixleur Sigma Review | Let's Play

If you've been sitting on the fence about picking up this expanded and localised hack & slasher, GamersGate's 50% discount might nudge you over the edge. Croixleur Sigma is much like a simplified version of Devil May Cry's Bloody Palace mode, sacrificing enemy variety for a fun storyline and leaderboard runs. It's all in the review.

Croixleur Sigma Review | Two Girls, One Tower, Take Two

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Brawler, Croixleur Sigma, Doujin Games, hack and slash, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Sigma Review | Two Girls, One Tower, Take Two

Platform: PC

Developer: Souvenir Circ.

Publisher/Localisation: Nyu Media

Publishers can get away with shovelling all manner of atrocious crap onto Steam these days, but Nyu Media are made of sterner stuff. The localisation maestros could have easily pushed doujin brawler Croixleur straight onto the store following a successful Greenlight campaign, but decided to port over a brand new edition stuffed with big improvements, more features and extra content instead. They even pulled an all-nighter fixing an oversight I tweeted about, because they're lovely like that.

Which is a good thing too, because the original Croixleur was a load of old cobblers. Cheap and cheerful fun for a few minutes, but quickly becoming crushingly tedious thanks to a tiny variety of enemies, it never matched up to the likes of Fairy Bloom Freesia, Alltynex, Gigantic Army and all the rest of Nyu's localised lineup.

Everything is noticeably tweaked up and polished now, and there's more of it too, from a whole new character with a unique storyline to crunchy new music, challenges and more. Unfortunately Souvenir Circ wasn't able add more enemies, the biggest flaw that dragged down the original in the first place. So the million Yen question is whether Croixleur Sigma can distract us from its half-dozen palette-swapped foes with all the new bells and whistles.

Well... yes, it can. At least for long enough to earn its £5.99 if you're a fan of hacking, slashing and Japanese indie gaming.

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Gigantic Army brings sidescrolling mech carnage to Steam today (watch our Let's Play!)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Astro Port, Mech games, Nyu Media, PC, PC games, SHMUP

As a fan of sidescrolling shooters and all things mech-related, Gigantic Army absolutely scratched my itch for insane destruction when it released last month. Nyu Media have localised their best doujin (Japanese indie) game to date, providing a no-holds-barred mechanical romp of suitably gigantic proportions. I'm delighted to report that, following a successful Greenlight campaign, it will be available on Steam from 18:00 this evening (costing £3.99). You'll get a Steam code free of charge if you already bought it.

You can read our 8/10 editor's choice review for more details - and watch me absolutely fail to play it and provide useful commentary in our embedded Let's Play video above.

Gigantic Army Review | Forget Titanfall, Here's The Real Mech Action

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Astro Port, Nyu Media, PC, PC games

Gigantic Army Review | Forget Titanfall, Here's The Real Mech Action

Platform: PC (£3.99 | Demo)

Developer: Astro Port

Publisher/Localisation: Nyu Media

There's nothing so satisfying as stomping across the battlefield in an enormous walking tank, gears grinding and servos screeching, shredding through unending robot legions with a gun the size of a railway carriage. It's an intoxicating feeling for any mech aficionado, and Gigantic Army absolutely nails it.

I'd expect nothing less, given that Gigantic Army is heavily based on the legendary Cybernator and hails from the veteran Doujin circle behind Satazius. Snuggled within the mighty GMR-34 SALADIN, players crush, blast, smash and generally brutalise their way across an alien homeworld in a one-mech orgy of destruction, facing off against enormous bosses with truly outrageous weaponry. And just when things couldn't possibly get any better, Gigantic Army lets us punch a skyscraper-dwarfing arachobot with a massive hydraulic ram.

Oh baby. I'm tempted to end the review and hand out an Editor's Choice Award right there, frankly, but behind the massive explosions and rampant Pile Bunker shenanigans lurks an impressively versatile SHMUP that's more nuanced than it lets on.

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Doujin Build-A-Bundle (Includes Armed Seven, Kamui & eXceed 3rd) | Groupees | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Armed Seven, Doujin Games, eXceed, Indie Games, Kamui, Nyu Media, PC games

Doujin Build-A-Bundle (Includes Armed Seven, Kamui & eXceed 3rd) | Groupees | PC

Groupees new doujin build-a-bundle allows you to pick up several excellent localised Japanese shoot 'em ups courtesy of Nyu Media. The selection includes the brand new Armed Seven (review incoming!) alongside Kamui (utterly amazing) and two of the eXceed SHMUPS. The minimum buy-in is $1.50 for two games.

Japanese Import Fans Rejoice! Nyu Media Confirms Next Wave Of Localised Doujin Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Doujin Games, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games

Japanese Import Fans Rejoice! Nyu Media Confirms Next Wave Of Localised Doujin Games

Everyone shout! ‘GO! GO! VULKAISER!’

Nyu Media have announced their third wave of Japanese doujin (read: collaborative indie) games headed to American and European PCs, all of which have been localised into English. Their latest crop includes shooters, brawlers and even an improved version of Croixleur. And Supercharged Robots.

Details after the break. If you've been enjoying the likes of Fairy Bloom Freesia and The Tale Of ALLTYNEX, be sure to check out the upcoming selection.

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Doujin Build-A-Bundle | Groupees | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Brawler, Doujin Games, Groupees, Nyu Media, PC games, SHMUP

Doujin Build-A-Bundle | Groupees | PC

It's Build A Bundle time again! Groupees have gone for a doujin (collaborative Japanese indie) theme, including an excellent SHMUP, bizarre strategy game, some visual novels and fairly mediocre brawler in Croixleur. Just add the games you want to your basket and pay the tiny asking price, with savings that increase as you pick more.

Definitely a niche proposition, but I daresay there are a few takers out there. We've got reviews for Ether Vapor Remaster, War Of The Human Tanks and Croixleur on-site, because we're so kawaii, or something. UPDATE: Credit and thanks to DanielleB @ HUKD, who beat us to it!

Fairy Bloom Freesia | £2.75 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Beat 'em ups, Brawler, Edelweiss, Fairy Bloom Freesia, Nyu Media, PC games

Fairy Bloom Freesia | £2.75 | GamersGate | PC

Fairy Bloom Freesia | GamersGate | £2.75 (RRP: £5.49)
Fairy Bloom Freesia Review

Be aware that this has featured in a Groupees bundle before! Also be aware that it's a surprisingly brilliant brawler packing superbly responsive mechanics. Full review through the link.

Eryi's Action | £1.00 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games, Xtal Sword

Eryi's Action | £1.00 | GamersGate | PC

Eryi's Action | GamersGate | £1.00 (RRP: £3.99)
Eryi's Action Review

Looks cute, but is precision-designed to utterly destroy you. Definitely read the review - there's more to this than meets the eye.

Ex-SNK Devs Seek Crowd Funding To Finish Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crowd Funding, Fighting Games, Nyu Media, PC games, SNK, Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

Ex-SNK Devs Seek Crowd Funding To Finish Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

Three influential King Of Fighters developers have been slaving away at a new project for the best part of six years, but they'll need your help to finish it. Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm takes inspiration from Street Fighter III and BlazBlue, promising depth, balance and accessibility in equal measure.

Pitch, trailer and details below.

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The Tale of ALLTYNEX Review | Christmas Comes Early For Shoot 'Em Up Fans

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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ALLTYNEX Second, Kamui, Nyu Media, RefleX, SHMUP, Shoot 'Em Up games, Siter Skain, The Tale Of ALLTYNEX

The Tale of ALLTYNEX Review | Christmas Comes Early For Shoot 'Em Up Fans

Platform: PC

Developer: Siter Skain Circle

Localisation: Nyu Media

If you're a fan of scrolling arcade shoot 'em ups (which we'll now correctly refer to as SHMUPs), then Nyu Media are about to make you very happy indeed. Following years of fan demand and a successful Kickstarter campaign, a triumvirate of legendary Japanese doujin titles have now been localised for Western audiences.

Collaborative indie studio Siter Skain laboured over a trilogy of exceptional shooters over the course of eleven years: Kamui, RefleX and ALLTYNEX Second. Taking their inspiration from Raystorm and other arcade classics, they created a balanced, gorgeous and responsive trilogy that quickly earned themselves a strong following and unassailable reputation. Nyu Media have now put in a shift to localise the dialogue, add native controller support and finally let us get our hands on these intense little gems.

If gameplay is king, Siter Skain are the power behind the throne.

The Tale of ALLTYNEX Review | Christmas Comes Early For Shoot 'Em Up Fans

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Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Brawler, Croixleur, Doujin Games, hack and slash, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

Platform: PC

Developer: Souvenir Circ.

Publisher/Localisation: Nyu Media

Now that more Japanese games are being localised for Western audiences than ever before, we're getting to play some of the biggest hits from the Land Of The Rising Sun without having to import them. However, we're also able to enjoy some of the smallest indie productions courtesy of localisation specialists like Nyu Media. Their strong first wave of oft-overlooked Doujin titles (indie games created by a team or 'circle' of developers on a shoestring budget) brought us the likes of Eryi's Action and Fairy Bloom Freesia, both of which catered to their niche audiences brilliantly.

Croixleur is their first effort of 2013, a time-attack brawler from the Souvenir Circle starring... you guessed it... a cute anime girl of indeterminate age. As always.

Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

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Fairy Bloom Freesia Review | Fey Fists Of Fury

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Beat 'em ups, Brawler, Edelweiss, Fairy Bloom Freesia, Nyu Media, PC games

Fairy Bloom Freesia Review | Fey Fists Of Fury

Platform: PC

Developer: Edelweiss

Publisher: Nyu Media

Big things can come in small packages. The inexorable rise of the indie scene proves that dedicated designers can overcome tiny budgets and miniscule resources with big ideas, innovative art direction and enormous amounts of hard graft to deliver absolutely sensational games. In Japan, many developers share ideas and skills to form Doujin circles, and many of these collaborations have reached the west courtesy of localisation publishers like Nyu Media.

Fairy Bloom Freesia is their latest localised offering, developed by the esteemed Edelweiss doujin circle responsible for the likes of Ether Vapor. Playing as the forest guardian Freesia (who is, somewhat predictably, an adorable anime girl of indeterminate age), you'll engage in some frantic 2D arena beat 'em up action against armies of ravening golems, with gameplay resembling a singleplayer Super Smash Bros in parts. Visual novel-style cutscenes introduce some zany supporting characters, many of whom become bosses or powerful allies and all of whom come out with some suitably offbeat translated dialogue. Some may buy into it for the sheer Japanese quirkiness of it all, but the colourful 'moe' stylings mask a fundamental truth.

Put simply, Fairy Bloom Freesia is one of the most technically accomplished, responsive and satisfying beat 'em ups I've played in ages.

Fairy Bloom Freesia Review | Fey Fists Of Fury

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Eryi's Action Review | So You Think You're Hardcore?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games, Xtal Sword

Eryi's Action Review | So You Think You're Hardcore?

Platform: PC

Developer: Xtal Sword

Publisher: Nyu Media

Eryi's Action may look like a cutesy anime 2D platformer, but it's going to kill you.

You'll die in the intro screen, lulled into a false sense of security by an adorable fairy hanging out in her ostensibly safe house. Discovering that a baddie has abducted her favourite fruit (that's pretty much the entire story right there), you'll saunter over to the right hand side of the screen, only for an enormous pot to fall on your head - killing you instantly. Eventually you'll find your way to the level select screen, which has its own creative ways of ending your life, at which point you'll begin a 12-stage journey through what could potentially be the most frustrating experience of your gaming career. Everything that could possibly hurt you will likely send you back to the nearest checkpoint, while everything else definitely will due to a comprehensive selection of outrageous traps and pitfalls.

For some, playing Eryi's Action will be akin to psychological torture. But dig a little deeper and you'll discover that this localised indie Japanese 'trapformer' is much more than just the sum of its parts.

Eryi's Action Review | So You Think You're Hardcore?

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eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Bullet Hell, Capcom, Danmaku, Doujin Games, FLAT Software, Indie Games, Nyu Media, SHMUP, shoot 'em up, Tennen-Sozai

eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

Platform: PC

Developer: FLAT Software | Tennen-Sozai

Publisher: Nyu Media | Capcom

As a fan of Danmaku/Barrage/Bullet Hell shooters, I've been vaguely aware of the eXceed series for a while, seeing the three doujin (read: collaborative indie) SHMUPs floating around downloadable marketplaces for several months now. I love the focus on pure gameplay, the way the genre places players into an intricate clockwork mechanism powered by reflexes, memory and raw skill. Brilliantly, I now have an opportunity to write about them, seeing as a trilogy collection has finally found its way to Steam.

At this point, I should probably mention that the eXceed Collection has a somewhat controversial story, insofar as it hinges on the idea of the Catholic church brainwashing young girls into being magical vampire hunters. And then, before you either start sharpening your pitchfork or get too excited, I should also point out that it hasn't been translated into English, neither does it factor into gameplay in any significant way. If you're interested, do your homework.

eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

What's fascinating about the eXceed Collection is that you can chart the evolution of a series from godawful to sensational, experiencing how each mistake was corrected and feature was iterated on through gameplay. It's an intriguing look into the modern Danmaku genre, and how Japanese doujin circles experiment with new ideas. With that in mind, we're going to cover each game in turn.

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Ether Vapor Remaster Review | A Change Of Perspective

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Edelweiss, Nyu Media, PC games, SHMUP

Ether Vapor Remaster Review | A Change Of Perspective

Platform: PC

Developer: Edelweiss

Publisher: Nyu Media

You might expect a game with a name like "Ether Vapor" to be a psychotropic voyage of whacked-out insanity or an instant anaesthetic. Or, correctly, inexplicably Japanese. Edelweiss' scrolling shooter has been prettied up, sharpened up and localised for Europe and the US, headed to a number of digital distribution platforms.

Ether Vapor takes a classic attitude to shooting them all up. Players control a fragile yet unbelievably powerful 'glass cannon' of a space fighter, shredding entire fleets of enemy war machines while desperately evading their incoming fire on a 2.5D plane. A few lines of hilariously overblown and irrelevant text in a bundled PDF file and some abrupt mid-mission banter provide what little story there is, which is absolutely fine by us. As far as we're concerned, most SHMUPs can be summed up by: 'you have a space ship, shoot things with the space ship and don't break the space ship.'

Excitingly, though, Ether Vapor Remaster does some surprising and sexy things to both weapon selection and the concept of scrolling itself, while ensuring that the experience is incredibly solid in terms of mechanics.

Ether Vapor Remaster Review | A Change Of Perspective

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