Eschatos (Xbox 360) Qute 2011
Eschatos is a region-free shmup that walks the fine line between bullet hell and old-school shooter. While the action never gets as intense as something like Deathsmiles or Guwange, it does manage to get really difficult at certain junctures, especially the bullet patterns in the final stages. This game is a semi-sequel to the awesome Wonderswan shooter, Judgement Silversword. Eschatos shares similar enemies, attacks, and short stages with it's handheld brother; but it is also has some unique features such as a new power-up system and a different scoring system. The game's graphics are sort of simplistic, and the game can be beaten pretty easily with some practice. Of special note, the music is really great, as it sounds like something straight out of the glory days of the 16-bit era. Eschatos comes with two bonus games, Judgement Silversword and Cardinal Sins. Those two games really sweeten the deal, and make Eschatos a game worth importing.