On rail shooters is a gaming genre that seems to divide opinion. Some love them for the simplistic hi octane arcade style action, while others see them as nothing more than monotonous gallery shooters.
No game in the genre exemplifies this point more than Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s masterpiece Rez. The initial release on Dreamcast and subsequent PS2 port was met with a mixed response. Some loved the heavily stylised vector visuals complete with pumping electronic soundtrack, while others felt that it was too much style over substance. Never the less the title achieved cult status among fans an has stood the test of time to the point that it has now become a killer app for the new PlayStation VR Headset.
In episode 36 of the Maximum Power Up podcast, Phil and Chris discuss some of their personal favourites in the Rail Shooter genre, from arcade classics such as After Burner & Space Harrier to home console releases such as the iconic Panzer Dragoon series and the aforementioned synesthetic odyssey Rez. Proving that there is more to the Rail Shooter genre than meets the eye.
Also in this episode Phil and Chris also discuss the announcement of the Nintendo Switch and what the latest generation of consoles could mean for the evolution of the industry.
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