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The Flash Pack: Ser’s Top 10 games of 2015

The STG Flyboy takes some R&R with some pretty neat GOTY choices

Think all I do is blast waves of ships away while jockeying the future’s best space fighters? Well, you might just be surprised with my top 10 games of 2015!

10 – Yoshi’s Wolly World (WiiU)

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There’s all kinds that can be said of Yoshi’s Wolly World. It’s laid back pace, great two player dynamic, awesome aesthetic, but only one statement really stands out about this super-plush platformer: “It’s like playing a blanket.”

Ser’s review on Press Pause Radio 

09 – DARIUSBURST CS (PC, PS4, PS Vita)

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Shmups are often criticized for their relative briefness, but if there’s any one STG out there that buck this trend, it’ DARIUSBURST Chronicle Saviours. Boasting over 3000 stages, this is one game that doesn’t skimp on content, with challenging, fun game play to boot.

Our review and episode 143 of Bullet Heaven HD.

08 – Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (PS Vita)

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Strategy RPG is a genre in which I particularly suck at, but there was quite a bit I loved about this Neptunia SRPG spinoff. Never mind that all of your characters are basically Nendoroids (すごい!かわいいです!!) but its difficulty was such that even a total SRPG scrub like me could play it. Great writing and fun gameplay nail this case shut.

Ser’s review on Press Pause Radio

07 – Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space (PS Vita)

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EDF! EDF!! Moving on…

Our review

06 – Mega Man Legacy Collection (PC, PS4, XB1, 3DS)

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When I was young, I made a Mega Man mix-tape by holding a fisher price tape recorder up to TV speakers to capture the signature sounds of the Blue Bomber’s games. Mega Man Legacy Collection does a great job of collecting the NES’ six Mega Man games together with a ridiculous amount of bonus content, but I ended up spending two hours listening to the included OSTs before I even touched the gameplay. Mega Man Legacy Collection gave me my mixtape back.

Ser’s review on Press Pause Radio

06 – Mushihimesama (PC)

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2015 marked the year that the Bullet Hell masters at Cave brought their signature brand of damnaku goodness to PCs worldwide on Steam in fully localized form via publisher Degica. Better still, it was a game that the West hadn’t been yet able to play, in the form of the awesome Mushihimesama. Dodging thousands of bullets a second is scarcely done better, and it even comes complete with TATE (vertical monitor) support!

Episode 139 of Bullet Heaven HD 

04 – Super Mario Maker (WiiU)

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For a very long time starting when I was just 8 years old, I had been an ardent Super Mario fanatic. My loyalty has been wavering in recent years, to be sure, but nothing could keep me from loving Super Mario Maker. With new bits and pieces being added to its already robust tools and millions of stages just waiting to be discovered, Super Mario Maker has something for literally everybody.

Ser’s review on Press Pause Radio 

03 – Superbeat: XONIC (PS Vita)

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Quite easily the biggest surprise of 2015 for me, Superbeat: XONIC is not only a great music game featuring a cornucopia of exquisite Japanese and Korean pop music, it’s the best music game of the year. Sure, you could play a bunch of old, dingy tunes from the 70’s on a plastic guitar… OR, you could jam to some of the freshest music I’ve heard this decade.

Our Review 

02 – Eschatos (PC)

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Eschatos first saw release to the Xbox 360 back in 2011, and it can best be described as the best shooting game made this century. That’s no small statement, but we definitely know our shmups, and Degica’s PC release of the Qute original is a damned fine port at an excellent price point. It even has TATE support!

Episode EX-18 of Bullet Heaven HD 

01 – Earth Defense Force 4.1 (PS4)

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EDF 2 (see #7) on the PSVita is an excellent game with all of the EDF goodness you could want wrapped into a fantastic portable package. But if you want the real deal, Earth Defence Force 4.1 is what you want to be playing. Featuring over 90 missions playable solo or via couch co-op and another 90+ online, four classes, hundreds of weapons for each class and a randomized weapon collection system that rewards players for completing harder missions, EDF 4.1 is flipping fantastic. Plus, you even get into a straight-up brawl with a Godzilla-type kaiju-style monster while piloting a 50-meter-high mecha. Ho-lee-shit.

Read Kevin’s review here.

Ser Flash is an accomplished musician, co-owner of Press Pause Radio and a seasoned shmup flyboy who hosts Bullet Heaven HD.

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