Summary: Vanguard Entertainment Group was recently formed from Karami, founded by two ex-Guerrilla Games guys, and W!Games, the developers behind Greed Corp . Now their new game Gatling Gears has been released on Xbox Live Arcade, with a PlayStation Network release coming "soon.
Summary: Gatling Gears isn't a terrible shooter, but it also lacks any ambition. As dual-stick shooters go, this is another lazy attempt at the genre. The boring weapons and mediocre level designs won't win this game any awards, but they also won't ruin an otherwise unspectacular action game!
Conclusion: Max lives with his niece in peace. However, peace doesn't last and Max has to use his mech once again, but this time to fight back against the Empire. The story is told through dialogue, all text, between Max and his niece Zoe and all during conversations that take place during gameplay.
Summary: I'm told that Gatling Gears is a sequel, but you wouldn't know it by looking. It took me several hours to catch on that this dual-stick shooter is the follow-up to Greed Corp, a game I own and put a lot of time into.
Summary: First released as an Xbox Live Arcade game earlier this year, Gatling Gears is a charming twin-stick, top-down shooter. The game stars Max Brawley, an ace pilot who deserts a corrupt, war-hungry Empire with his high-powered battle mech in tow.
Pros: Easy-to-learn controls, Satisfying destruction, Cleverly designed boss encounters
Cons: Too much happening onscreen sometimes leads to cheap hits, Stages lack variety
Excerpt: Top-down shooters are known for their mayhem. There are bullets flying everywhere. There are canisters or tanks or some other objects that meekly surrender to your constant stream of bullets and offer some sort of health or power-up.
Excerpt: Though our memories of Robotron confirm that dual-stick shooters have been gobbling quarters in arcades since time immemorial, the niche genre has seen a revival of sorts these past few years.