Set in a parallel world resembling Japan's Taisho period, the people have discovered the powerful Blood Swords. Requiring human sacrifices to unleash their immense destructive power, these swords have been used by the empire to crush neighbouring countries. However, all the bloodshed and power gained through sacrificing close family members has made some of the swordsmen reconsider. With new fighter planes and the powered up swords at their disposal, this small band of rebels now fight back against the tyrannical empire.
There are still plenty of fans out there who appreciate a good “shmup” — shoot ‘em up, for short — especially the “bullet hell” variety. These are shooters where ammunition comes flying at you from every single angle, and you need split-second timing or a hell of a lot of power-ups just to stay in one piece. Cave has been a mastermind developer of these sort of games, between such releases as DeathSmiles and its sequel, as well as Dodonpachi Resurrection. Unfortunately, outside of the iPad, it doesn’t see much distribution of its work on consoles. That’s why we’re happy to see Akai Katana get its due for Xbox 360, thanks to Rising Star Games. The game features a simple... Read Review