Ignored

Well-produced, polished games from Japan requiring good reflexes and/or brains, and - more often than not - a controller. Games with subpar PC ports do not make the list.

Recommended April 23, 2017
"The spiritual successor to the «Devil May Cry»-series receives a very good PC port. Not only is the game a classic, but it's optimized really well and thus can be run even on quite old machines."
Recommended April 23, 2017
"Not as impressive as «Dark Souls», but it is still one of last year’s best games. The PC version also works great, with no mods needed this time."
Recommended October 12, 2014
"A reboot that distills the hectic awesomeness of the original, whilst eliminating the problem of infinite pattern-play by good use of time constraints."
Recommended September 30, 2014
"Overlooked «Gears of War» clone where you take down mecha by destroying individual body parts. Plays better with mouse and keyboard than controller."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"«Ikaruga» is one of the best, but also hardest arcade bullet-hell SHMUPS of the late Dreamcast era. An oldie, but still playable and good-looking."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"«Strider» is a fine example of how to update a classic to make it feel both nostalgic and freshly invigorating at the same time."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"The rebooted «Final Fantasy XIV» plays surprisingly well and now feels like a real «Final Fantasy» game as opposed to just another generic MMORPG."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"Excellent action adventure with a chain-swinging Gabriel Belmont versus tons of monsters. Sometimes a bit linear, but the scenery is nice along the way."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"«Astebreed» is an indie release with economic yet polished assets. It presents an excellent learning curve for those wanting an introduction to SHMUPS."
Recommended September 27, 2014
"This is probably the most awesome game about ninjas with high heels in the history of man. Sword-cutting physics are phenomenally entertaining."
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