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Nuclear Throne is hotter than a smoking gun

For a game that has zero puzzle elements Nuclear Throne sure feels like a seeing-eye puzzle. If I keep at it long enough I will eventually see the fire truck or star or whatever image it is hiding. There’s a sense that if I stay with it one more turn I’ll land on a magic run that sends me to the eponymous Nuclear Throne where I’ll be a king of the wasteland, like Immortan Joe, or anyone more flattering. The Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) comparison goes more than skin deep. The world of Nuclear Throne is overrun with bandits and…

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Luftrausers accused of being Nazi chic. Vlambeer responds

Vlambeer’s manic new shooter Luftrausers is taking some heat not for its relentless gunning but for its provocative art direction. A blogger has claimed that the game’s edgy imagery bears resemblance to the Nazi aesthetic, a view he shares with one Game Informer reviewer who called it an “edgy, stylized faux-Nazi aesthetic,” he points out.  He goes on to blame Vlambeer for purposely amping up the controversial imagery for cool points, a trend we’ve seen before in the 70s in punk rock. It should be noted that no direct use of Nazi insignia appears in the game, and the blogger’s…

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Luftrausers chaotically redefines the shmup March 18

The shoot ‘em up has been using the same playbook for ages: fly forward, program the enemy patterns into your muscle memory, and blast away. But with Luftrausers, coming to PlayStation 3, Vita, and computers on the 18th, Vlambeer read that page and threw it away. Full of aerobatic maneuvers and enemies that will chase you down like a kicked up swarm of bees, it looks to be complete disorder and confusion in a bottle, more akin to the missile-porn lush airways of Bangai-O than Capcom’s 1942, which shares a similar WW2 theme. Besides, the game’s desaturated tone is gorgeous, and,…