NOTE: THIS LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
Metal Torrent (DSi, 3DS)
This is the little shmup that could. A great effort by Arika that brings all the great things I love the genre in a small, but awesome package. Simple easy to understand scoring system, great controls, and an online leaderboard makes this my favorite downloadable game on a Nintendo system by miles!
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP, DS, X360)
Clearly Taito was inspired by Namco’s reimagining of their classic Pac-Man series with Pac-Man Championship Edition that they did the same thing with their classic Space Invaders series. Taito did a fantastic job rethinking Space Invaders by adding weapon powerups, bonus stages and more all wrapped up in a crazy presentation and an amazing soundtrack!
The Bourne Conspiracy (PS3, X360)
This game effectively plays out the plot of the first Bourne movie that starred Matt Damon, but without Damon’s likeness or voice. In spite of that it’s an effective and enjoyable brawler/shooter hybrid that’s fun.
Conan (PS3, X360)
A good action game with some very nice parry/counter move animations! Also: boobs. I’m joking here, but seriously, boobs.
The Eye of Judgment (PS3)
I’ve been a long time player of Magic: the Gathering, so when I saw there was going to be a trading card game on PS3 that used the PlayStation Eye camera to bring together a physical TCG with video games I thought, “Sign me up!” The game even has online multiplayer too, not to mention an incredibly OP presentation!
Heavenly Sword (PS3)
More action games are always good and Ninja Theory’s first attempt at one was a pretty good one. It also established their penchant for great voice acting and fun performances. Gotta love Andy Serkis hamming it up as King Bohan!
Stranglehold (PS3, X360, PC)
The official video game sequel to John Woo’s 1992 classic film, Hard Boiled, and it is largely a Max Payne ripoff in gameplay, but I feel it still is a solid offering in that shooter sub-genre. Totally worth checking out if you like dat bullet time!
Stuntman: Ignition (PS3, X360, PS2)
I played the crap out of the demo for this game before I had to finally pick it up. In spite of the extreme trial-and-error nature of the gameplay here, it’s a ton of fun when you get a stunt scene done right. Plus, there’s even a freestyle mode where you can make it up on the fly which is cool too!
Crash Commando (PS3)
Think of this game as a multiplayer, third-person shooter, but from a 2D side-scrolling perspective. It’s quite interesting and fun, so give it a shot!
Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Over the top action and drama involving the Japanese underworld. What’s not to like? While I love Yakuza 4, this entry is really here for the entire series because if the series was properly appreciated, I wouldn’t be begging Sega to continue to localize the series! So yeah, it’s all YOUR fault!