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To start things off, I need to clarify one thing – I am generally not a fan of the XBox 360. I generally view the games on the system to be repetitive, uninspired and frankly boring. They do amazing things with graphics ( granted ) but frequently don’t cater enough to an old-school gamer like me. Then somebody goes and makes a game like Caladrius.

Tentatively scheduled for a April 25th release in Japan, it’s a vertical SHMUP by Moss, the people who brought us Raiden, with sound by Basiscape and art by Suzuhito Yasuda, artist of the well loved Shin Megami Tensei : Devil Survivor series. Players can choose from three different characters to play through the game with, and there is also different game modes such as boss rush, score attack, world ranking and story mode, which includes voice acting. Cue massive fanboyism…

Add the fact that character portraits of the pilots frame the gameplay, and beautiful absurdity like boss pilots wearing purple dresses, and this author is suitably impressed. So impressed he can’t hope but dream that such a gem somehow makes its way to the fledgling Wii U one day. For those that do own a 360, enjoy the following screenshots!


Josh Speer
Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.