Excerpt: Everything changes. In the late 80s and early 90s, it seemed like you couldn't walk into a video store without finding a bunch of shooters available for rental or purchase. The genre was white hot and crammed full of recognizable names from Gradius to R-Type , Thunder Force to Darius . Many great titles never even saw release in North America, but it didn't matter because there was almost always a brand new one to play and another two or three just around the corner.
Excerpt: You might think a ceaseless torrent of advertisements and shameless self-promotion is what powers Xbox LIVE, but it's actually the base thrill of competition holding the service together. Deathsmiles understands such sentiment: it thrives on egging people into toppling the best efforts of others, but there's very little chance a side-scrolling 2D shooter, and one that doesn't even run in widescreen let alone high definition, will capture the affections of a sizeable...
Summary: : Deathsmiles is yet another wonderful shooter for the Xbox 360 that’s packed to the brim with awesome, and it’s sure to please genre fans, though anyone who doesn’t have much interest in the genre isn’t going to find themselves swayed by this. The story is cute, inoffensive and generally carries the game well, and there are multiple modes available to play with enough differences to make them all worth playing a lot.
Excerpt: The Japanese are great (if that’s the correct term) at creating two things. The first is anime characters who are young girls, aged 11-14 with huge breasts, dressed up as maids flashing a bit of cleavage and panty. The second is incredibly difficult, mind-bending shmup’s that boggle and inspire the mind. For all its sins, Deathsmiles features both. Four girls are at your full command – all varying in age, measurements and talents.