If you remember the days when the PlayStation 2 was the must-have system for arcade-style shooters – with such games as Strikers 1945, Raiden V, and Steel Dragon EX turning up on budget labels â€“ then chances are youâ€™ll remember the Castle of Shikigami series, aka Mobile Light Force 2.
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire is the spiritual successor, not just developed by the original team (Alfa System) but also featuring the return of a core character. After launching on PS4 and Switch earlier this year, itâ€™s now set to arrive on Xbox One this Friday.
This hyperactive vertical shooter is built around the â€˜Tension Bonus Systemâ€™ â€“ the ability to increase firepower by flying close to incoming bullets. Stages are short â€“ an entire run only takes around 20 minutes â€“ but itâ€™s designed with score-chasing in mind. One credit runs are entirely possible, and the set-up is geared towards achieving this with all kinds of stats and leaderboards to monitor.
On a system which doesnâ€™t receive Japanese shooters too often, this is one to look out for.