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Addictive shoot 'em up Steam games worth playing
By Sam Jones - 1st Jan 2020Games
From modern day to classic PC gaming!
Frantic, explosive action - these are just a couple of words that spring to mind when you think of shoot 'em up games.
From their humble beginnings in your local arcade to modern day online compatible gaming, shoot 'em ups have evolved from a technological perspective, but many have stayed true to their 2D side-scrolling roots. As long as they include a mixture of furious fighting sequences with bullets, lasers, fire and other deadly projectiles - we'll keep playing them!
Here, we've selected our favorite shoot 'em ups from the Fanatical Store that you should check out.
Supercharged Robot VULKAISER
Supercharged Robot VULKAISER is a side-scrolling shooter that takes inspiration from the 70s anime robot cartoons, as you (ace pilot Takuya Akatsuki) and your VulFighter teammates embark on dangerous missions to defend the Earth from the invading Gogoh Army.
Take on six stages of giant robot metal fusion shooting action with four difficulty levels available, as well as an online leaderboard to compare your performance with friends and fellow gamers.
METAL SLUG 3
If you're looking for a classic shoot 'em up experience, you can't pass up the chance of playing 90s arcade classic METAL SLUG 3. Lead your soldier through five challenging stages of the main campaign featuring multiple branching paths to explore exciting new areas, and take on gigantic bosses and avoid an onslaught of fire and bullets!
Long gone are the days of just local play with a friend, players can head online and team up with fellow soldiers from around the world, as well as visiting favorite levels through Mission Mode.
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
With this Steam key, you’ll get to play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!
Jets'n'Guns is a heavy piece of ground shaking rock blasting action with graphics and special effects that will blow you eyes out!
Enjoy yourself in almost-insane action adventure of saving the universe from the deadly threat of more than 270 unique monsters in the campaign of 43 levels. Stand as one-against-many armed with tons of different weapons of a devastating armament fitted into one of the awesome spaceships.
Sine Mora is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with a contemporary presentation, the game offers both a story mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an arcade mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre.
With many ways to manipulate time, Sine Mora features over 50 weapon combinations to complete each beautiful stage that fits to the player's skills with scaling difficulty.
Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun arcade-style shoot 'em up!
The vast continent-spanning city of Collosatropolis has finally reached the limits of its expansion. Tall buildings cover every available space. The air is thick with smoke and poisonous chemicals. Parking is a nightmare.
The Collosotropolan leaders have decided to invade the neighboring country of Mungola, and they don't anticipate much of a struggle from the simple Mungolans.
But what they're not expecting is a single squadron of fighter planes standing in their way... the venerable F-27 Platypus!
Guns, Gore & Cannoli
A non-stop, action-packed, completely over-the-top, platform game (quite the mouthful) but it's the best way to describe Guns, Gore & Cannoli.
In this single-player and co-op shoot 'em up, you have to fight, shoot, blast and kick your way through a deeply engrossing story. Not only will you have to take on the undead, but also rivalling gangsters and the army trying to cover things up.
Follow the story of Vinnie Cannoli and his mob family, set in the fictional Thugtown circa 1925, the height of prohibition. Beneath the city overrun by zombies, there's a dark story of conspiracy and betrayal.
Unravel the sneaky mafia ways and government conspiracy while you try to look for your lost pal and for answers about the zombie outbreak!
In Team17's 'Very Positive' rated shoot 'em up Neon Abyss, you'll be joining the Grim Squad - a task force set up by Hades himself to infiltrate the Abyss and defeat the New Gods. Death is not the end in this roguelite action-platformer as every time you die, you’ll find yourself more empowered than before.
As you progress through each dungeon, random item drops will be key in helping you infiltrate the Abyss and these passive effects can stack between every item. With no limit to how many can apply; a wide variety of combinations will make each run unique.
There's a chance to unlock new rooms, items, bosses, special rules and even new endings with each run, which means each dungeon is unique and expandable, being tailored to your own specific playstyle.
You'll also be able to add some extra firepower, or assistance. Eggs can be found which turn into a random pet that has a special ability, and will evolve the longer you survive.
Aside from the main story, Neon Abyss also features mini games to enjoy including Piano Performances, Meditation Challenge, Dance Competitions, and more