Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo

A compilation of classic shoot ’em ups from Psikyo, including Samurai Aces, Samurai Aces Episode II: TENGAI, Samurai Aces Episode III: SENGOKU CANNON, Gunbird, Gunbird 2 and Gunbarich.


Developer: Psikyo
Publisher: NIS America, City Connection
Available on: Switch


Articles about Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo

Gunbarich: It’s Flippin’ Psikyonoid - 2001’s Gunbarich was one of Psikyo’s last games before they merged with X-Nauts in 2002 — and the last title in the Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo collection for Nintendo Switch. It wasn’t one of their last shoot ’em ups, however, because despite technically being part of the Gunbird series in the loosest possible sense (it has the word … Continue reading Gunbarich: It’s Flippin’ Psikyonoid
Gunbird 2: Peak Psikyo - Speak to anyone familiar with Psikyo’s work, and doubtless Gunbird 2 will come up sooner rather than later. It’s probably one of the most fondly regarded entries in the company’s back catalogue, and for various reasons. Not only is it a solid shoot ’em up in its own right, but it also had an excellent … Continue reading Gunbird 2: Peak Psikyo
Gunbird: The ’90s Anime Shoot ‘Em Up - In conversation with casual shoot ’em up fans I’m acquainted with, I’ve come to learn that Gunbird is one of Psikyo’s most fondly regarded series. It’s not hard to see why, either. Although the first Gunbird game predates many of Psikyo’s other works, it features a lot of their most appealing elements. We have the multiple endings … Continue reading Gunbird: The ’90s Anime Shoot ‘Em Up
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 36 – Psikyo’s Shooting Stars - Pete and Chris explore the two Psikyo Shooting Stars collections for Nintendo Switch. Plus all the usual news and "what we've been playing" discussion.
Samurai Aces Episode III: Sengoku Cannon – Blasting Goodbye - Samurai Aces Episode III: Sengoku Cannon (“Sengoku Cannon” hereafter) is a game of farewells. It bids a fond farewell to the Samurai Aces series, which is how Psikyo began as a developer. It waves goodbye to Psikyo’s run of arcade-centric shoot ’em ups, being designed specifically for the PSP platform. And, in some ways, as a title … Continue reading Samurai Aces Episode III: Sengoku Cannon – Blasting Goodbye
Tengai: The Return of the Samurai Aces - If there’s one thing that becomes clear from looking at Psikyo’s shoot ’em up output over the years, it’s that they love a sequel. The Strikers 1945 series saw two sequels, for example: one which built on the original formula, and another which transplanted the action into the modern day. They all played fairly similarly to one … Continue reading Tengai: The Return of the Samurai Aces
Samurai Aces: A Strong Debut - It’s always fascinating to see a developer’s first game, because it often represents a combination of the new company’s staff bringing their past experience to the table and an attempt for that new company to truly define themselves as something unique. Psikyo kicked off a prolific few years of shoot ’em ups with Samurai Aces (also … Continue reading Samurai Aces: A Strong Debut

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