I've really been enjoying the new Binary Zoo game Mono. It's frenzied Robotron-style gameplay with some beautiful æsthetic and gameplay twists. The graphics are amazingly hypnagogic, lots of tracers and bright colours. Simple, free, and quite fun.
The shooter genre is pretty much dead in the commercial world (poor Rez), it's just not the kind of game that lends itself to $20M budgets and fifty hours of gameplay. But the homebrew shooter scene is making some awesome games. See also the BulletML games at ABA games, or ZUN's games.
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