Fans of side-scrolling shooters who haven’t experienced Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer (Himmelsstürmer meaning someone who is set to defy the impossible, easily overcoming true-life obstacles) will probably want to get a tack-hammer and beat their hands with it repeatedly. Published by Eastasiasoft, and released first on the PC in 2007, the horizontal shooter displays eye-popping HD visuals and techno-ish music that, for whatever reason, pumps you up. Soldner-X was released last year on the PSN; I bought it, played it, and slammed my control, for the first time in years, a couple of times. This isn’t your typical side-scrolling shooter, folks. This game is difficult. If you think you have what it takes to overcome the impossible without snapping anything in half, I are you to do so. And if you’ve played this gem and have been waiting for another iteration to surface, you will be happy to know that a sequel has been announced.
Eastasiasoft just announced its second game, this time exclusively for the PS3’s PlayStation Network (sorry PC fans): Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype. Developed by Sidequest Studios, the shooter is expected to hit the PSN this winter. In the meantime, if you haven’t experienced the first Soldner-X, I would suggest you go and grab that one up. It’s a good game but, unless you’re some sort of horizontal shooter god or have the reflexes of one of those Asian dudes in those Kung-Fu movies, you’re going to be really pissed.