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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? ***

Espgaluda II Black Label Region Free (X360) Finally Arrives!

Posted in About Matskat, Game News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Mat$kat

I have been waiting since Feb. 25th for Cave’s newest and last region free shooting game, Espgaluda II. Finally today it arrived. I was beginning to get nervous. I ordered it from Play-Asia, and past experiences have been positive. Last order tool 10 days from Hong Kong to Saint Louis, Missouri.

Suffice it to say, I’m super excited to play, I’m gonna be up all damn night.

I’ll post a review as soon as I get through a few of the modes.

CAVE SHOOTING!