M2 works its magic once more
Close your eyes. Now think about “classic shmups.” What titles immediately spring to mind? Gradius? R-Type? Thunder Force? Ikaruga, perhaps? More than likely, when you start going through this checklist, the shmup franchise you forgot is Taito’s Darius series. It’s hard to say why this is – perhaps an aversion...
Darius Cozmic Collection Guides
Shoot 'em up, all of 'em
The humble shoot ‘em up has been a staple genre ever since the very beginning of video games when Spacewar! laid down the basic groundwork in 1962. No, that is not a typo; in the year that Marilyn Monroe died and The Beatles recorded ‘Love Me Do’, some boffins at MIT were busy inventing video games. Of course, it...
About The Game
Darius is one of the pioneers of horizontal Shoot ’em up games and was developed by the legendary TAITO Cooperation and first released for arcade machines in 1986. In Darius, the player slips into the role of a spaceship pilot, either alone or in two-player mode, who must shoot and fight his way through enemy hordes with the ship Silver Hawk. Numerous sequels and portings followed over the years and from the outstanding soundtrack to the unforgettable opponent design and the branching paths at the end of each section, the games set new standards again and again. The Darius Cozmic Collection represents the great 2D history of the cult Shoot ’em up series.