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Donpachi and Fever SOS Get!

Posted in About Matskat, Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by Mat$kat

Just a little bragging here…

I’ve been a slacker on updating this page for a while, aside form the posts of the last few days.

Sorry.

I’ve been so caught up in actually PLAYING games though, AND FOR GOOD REASON….

Fever SOS PCB by CAVE (aka Dangun Feveron) running on my Sega Aero City cabinet:

And of course, Donpachi by Cave…again on the Aero Cabinet:

What with the recent XBLA release of Guwange, plus my two newest PCBs there has been a lot of CAVE love going on lately!

Now to get my hands on Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu…..

The History of Shooting Games

Posted in Game News, Random Shit with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Mat$kat

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be devoting a series of posts to some of the biggest, most influential names in shooting games. From the commerical studios like Cave, Raizing, and Toaplan to the underground “doujun” developers like Siter Skain, Kenta Cho, Shanghai Alice (aka ZUN), and Platine Dispositif – we’ll try and cover both ends of the spectrum.

To whet your appetites, and to give a little history lesson, I’ve included below a wonderfully made series of videos I found on YouTube. This three part series covers the history of the shooting genre – there is a TON of good information included here and it gives everyone from hardcore players to casual readers of my blog an educated perspective on THIS author’s favorite gaming niche.

So without further ado – I’d like to present the three part documentary “The History of Shooting” masterfully created by GameOne Documentaire.

Enjoy!

Sky Force and Sky Force Reloaded for Android

Posted in Game News, Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Mat$kat

Readers of my blog certainly are aware of my nearly unhealthy love of shoot-em-ups or SHMUPS, right?

One would surmise that if a good shmup was available on a mobile platform, I’d probably be in love with it and play it while on the toilet at work – muttering, in hushed tones, about high scores and score multipliers, right?

Well, now you too can play a killer shmup – while on the toilet at work, or anywhere else for that matter, if you have a cell phone running Google’s Android operating system.

I’m a big fan of Android, and personally believe that Android is poised to kill the iPhone – but enough of that.

This is about games.

This is about mobile ship-flying, shoot-em-up action.

The games, graphically, look similar to the Donpachi series by shmup gods, CAVE. The similarity ends there as these have much lover bullet counts, but are just as challenging – incorporating touch controls and an auto-fire mechanic.

Both of these games ran fine on my Samsung Moment, running a modified Android v2.1 AND even better on my HTC EVO.

Both games are avaibable for free (in demo form) in the Android Market. The full versions run 1.99 Pound, roughly $3.50 USD.

Check out some pics.

Sky Force:

Sky Force QR Code

Sky Force Reloaded:

Sky Force Relaoded Sky Force Reloaded QR Code

*** Just a note: The Funny looking squares of black and white pixels there, yeah those are called QR Codes. If you have an Android device, you can scan them with any of the Barcode Reader apps on the market. Scanning the QR code will take you directly to the download link for each game. Cool huh? ***

Deathsmiles (360) US Release Looms – Preorder NOW!

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by Mat$kat

Cave’s killer horizontal shmup, Deathsmiles, is finally getting released stateside.

It’s up for preorder on Amazon, and Gamestop’s sites. I advise purchasing two copies…one for a friend – our dollars are our votes for Cave to localize their games and send their awesome shmups to the US.

Deathsmiles has been localized by Aksys games, who you all may be familiar with for their involvement in the US release of BlazBlue : Calamity Trigger, and the famous Guilty Gear series.

Check out Aksys’ website HERE.

Everybody get out there and buy the damn game.

Pic below of the super-cool Limited Edition….

I’ll be REALLY busy…..

Posted in About Matskat with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by Mat$kat

Since my wife and I are trying to regulate our budget to accomodate saving for a new house , and funding the startup of Matskat’s Customs, I got the opportunity to stock up on games today…as I won’t be able to buy games like I used to (on a whim, every Tuesday when new releases come out).

So, in order to maximize my play, and purchase economically , I picked up some games that traditionally have lots of playtime, or high levels of replayability.

I’m gonna be busy with these for a bit.

Mass Effect 2 – BioWare’s space opera odyssey, gorgeous and grand in scale, this one’s gonna be a while.

Final Fantasy XIII – I haven’t been interested in FF since VII, what with all the androgynous  male characters, and bubble-gum pop style…but this one looks beautiful, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Yakuza 3 – Sega’s brawling drama continues the story of Kazuma Kiryu – The Dragon of Dojima. Between kicking Yakuza ass and playing pachi-slots, there’s a lot to do in Tokyo when you’re a white suit wearing gangster.

Espgaluda II – Cave’s latest region-free shooter. Continues the story of a pair of hermaphroditic heroes, blasting enemies amidst a curtain of gunfire. This is Cave’s last region-free offering. Hopefully the western success of this and Mushihimesama convinced Cave to localize future games (I’m looking at YOU, Ketsui!)

These should keep me busy…now to convince the wife to let me splurge next Tuesday for God of War III….

Deathsmiles II (XBox 360)

Posted in Game News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by Mat$kat

Cave announced today their newest Xbox 360 arcade port.

Deathsmiles II , the sequel to their gothic lolita smash hit.

Horizontal shooting at it’s best! Let’s hope this get’s localized for the West – as the original Deathsmiles was popular enough to warrant a full translation and impending US release.

If this looks good to you, show the love by buying the US version of Deathsmiles (release date pending)

The trailer for Deathsmiles:

Mushihimesama Futari v1.5 Review Posted!

Posted in Game Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mat$kat

Mushihimesama!

Bug Princess!

Shooting legend CAVE releases their first region-free game for the Xbox 360!

Bullet hell at it’s finest, now available for all of us outside Japan.

Witness the splendor and read my rambling review here.