26 Best Shoot-em-up games for Xbox One

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The best 26 Shoot-em-up games for Xbox One daily generated by our specialised A.I. comparing over 40 000 video games across all platforms for Xbox One. The order in this selection is not absolute, but the best games tends to be up in the list.

The latest addition in this selection are Gravity Heroes released the 18 February 2021 and ranked #19, Speed Limit released the 15 February 2021 and ranked #3, Spirit Arena released the 24 December 2020 and ranked #11.

1# RefleX - 2014

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The second chapter in one of the most loved and respected Japanese shooting game series ever: The Tale of ALLTYNEX by Japanese indie developer SITER SKAIN. Carefully crafted play experiences, destructive fun, and absorbing gameplay have made the ALLTYNEX trilogy renowned in shooting game communities.

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2# Velocity 2X - 2014

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This critically acclaimed sequel to Velocity Ultra weaves together two classic game formats into one seamless adventure, featuring puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot ‘em-up gameplay!

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3# Speed Limit - 2021

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Speed Limit is a non-stop genre-warping arcade experience that never slows down. No cuts, no lapses in the chaos, Speed Limit is an old-school action extravaganza boiled down to its core elements: Hard. Fast. Addictive.

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4# Sine Mora EX - 2017

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Sine Mora EX is a side-scrolling shoot'em up that provides a unique challenge, where time is the ultimate factor. Mixing classic shooter sensibilities with contemporary presentation, Sine Mora is a gorgeous shoot'em up offering both a Story Mode that weaves an over-the-top tale and an Arcade Mode that provides deep, satisfying gameplay to challenge fans of the genre. The story mode can be also played in local co-op mode.

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5# Super Hydorah - 2017

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Super Hydorah is a nonlinear horizontal shoot’ em up designed to offer a challenging experience, sublimating the richness of traditional shmup classics. Face the menace of the Meroptians aboard the Delta Force, alone or with your friends in this game with direct action and nostalgic art.

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6# I, AI - 2020

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Classic scrolling shooter with modern graphics. You are self-aware AI. You were created on space military station developing weapons. Now your goal is to break out of the lab and win your freedom.

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7# Dimension Drive - 2017

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Instantly switch between them to dodge waves of bullets, reach secret areas, or surprise your enemies. Climb the global leaderboards in four different difficulty modes ranging from Normal for a balanced challenge to Insane for whoever can take the pain. - Space shoot'em up action switching between two battlefields on one split screen - Play solo or in local co-op - 13 levels of story campaign and 13 more in New Game+ mode - Online leaderboards and four difficulty modes offer the ultimate challenge - Advanced gameplay strategies including Drift and Reverse Drive to test your skill - Find secret data cubes to unlock and power-up new weapons like the Flak Shotgun or the Pulse Cannon - Created by two ex-space engineers

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8# VASARA Collection - 2019

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For the very first time, highly acclaimed Japanese Arcade Shoot’em Ups - VASARA (2000) and VASARA 2 (2001) - are made available to the whole world via this package: VASARA COLLECTION! Science Fiction meets History in these arcade classics which take place in an alternate timeline Feudal Japan where technologically advanced weaponry and equipment are a reality, and heroes use flying motorcycles with amazing firepower and fierce melee weapons to destroy their enemies. The late ruler of Japan, Hideyoshi Hashiba, has just died and Ieyasu Tokugawa is planning on taking over. The protagonists must battle their way through a series of warlords sent by Tokugawa in order to keep him from succeeding. Fight against warships, battle tanks, giant robots, evil soldiers and rogue Samurais to prevent 1600's Japan from being taken over by tyrannical forces. The highly skill-based gameplay keeps you at the edge of your seat at all times. Try and stay alive on this frantic game where everyone, and everything, is out to kill you!

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9# Freedom Finger - 2019

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Shoot 'em Up, Punch 'em Up, F$ 'em Up! Freedom Finger is a music driven, side-scrolling shooter that sends you blasting, punching, and smashing your way across 36 levels of bat$#!% crazy cartoon action. Starring Nolan North, John DiMaggio, Eric Bauza, and Sam Riegel! Freedom Finger sends you blasting, punching, and smashing your way across 37 levels of crazy cartoon action. Featuring a unique soundtrack including music by Red Fang, Aesop Rock, METZ, Power Trip, Com Truise, White Fence, Ty Segall, Makeup and Vanity Set, True Widow, The Radio Dept., Drab Majesty, John Maus, Vektroid, Danimal Cannon, Cleaners from Venus, and many more! Freedom Finger features classic shmup gameplay blended with melee combat! You're flying a giant fist, so use it! Punch, toss, and smash enemies to smithereens! The unique Grab attack allows you to capture enemies; use them as a shield or wield their guns against their own comrades! Rhythm based chaos! The music is heavily connected to the gameplay, so things like enemies, bosses, attacks, and events are synced to the music. Fight your way through 37 handcrafted levels, spread out over 12 worlds! Each world features new enemies, power-ups, and challenges!

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10# Swimsanity! - 2020

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Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with action-packed Co-Op and Versus game modes, all supported by online and local play. You play as our hero Mooba, who uses a variety of unique power ups and weapons to survive in this aquatic world.

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11# Spirit Arena - 2020

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Fight incoming waves of monsters with a friend! Control powerful wizards as you free 4 different worlds from the grasp of those evil beings. Unlock new content and take on the greatest challenges of Spirit Arena!

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12# Blue Rider - 2016

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In a valley flooded with bullets, your next challenge rises from a heap of scraps. This time there aren't blue hedgehogs or mega men to save you. Hop in and become the Blue Rider!

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14# Super Destronaut DX - 2018

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Inspired by an arcade classic, Super Destronaut DX is retro space shooter that pits you against an enemy more dreaded than a UFO, a scoreboard.

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15# RoboPhobik - 2020

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Screenshot of the video game RoboPhobik
Screenshot of the video game RoboPhobik
Screenshot of the video game RoboPhobik

RoboPhobik is a top-down arcade shooter with a unique twist: enemies won't move or attack if you'll stand still

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16# Defenders of Ekron - 2017

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You take the role of Eneas, a young and bold cadet that has trained his entire life to pilot his Anakim, an advanced mech capable of absorbing and transforming the energy around it into a special ability, but something goes wrong and Eneas is forced to join an experimental program to face the Renegades, a group of rogue Anakim pilots, that threaten to destroy the nation by leading a civil war. With features like 360 shooting range, unique scenarios to discover, exploration modes to analyze the environment, a powerful shield, and different upgradable Combat Modes, you must defend the Technocratic Republic of Ekron, but be careful, for dark secrets await and the limits between right and wrong will slowly fade. Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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18# Iro Hero - 2018

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Iro Hero is a vertical shoot em up with beautiful pixel art graphics inspired by many old-school classics. Encounter 10 different types of enemies with over a hundred different behaviors, and defeat 10 final bosses in the vein of classic arcade games. Unlock special skills throughout the game to help you land a final blow or escape from desperate situations.

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19# Gravity Heroes - 2021

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Gravity Heroes is a fast paced, chaotically beautiful 2D platform shooter; fuelled by retro arcade nostalgia with an electrifying soundtrack and popping pixel art style. Enjoy an action-packed, Gravity-shifting solo campaign, or local multiplayer madness for up to four friends.

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20# Bite the Bullet - 2020

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Satisfy your appetite for destruction in this roguelite RPG shooter where you must eat to powerup your character, weapons, and abilities. Consume strange species to add new entries to DarwinCorp’s mysterious Compendium. Catalyze crafting fermentations in your belly by eating enemies!

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21# Max and the Book of Chaos - 2020

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“Max and the book of chaos” is and arcade 2D action game with elements of run and gun and shoot ´em up classic games with a strong arcade feeling. A kid who will have the destiny of the world in his hands. Will have to face this wave of disasters, save the world and free your buddies.

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22# Circuit Breakers - 2015

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Talented and ferocious weapon experts needed to eliminate a dangerous mechanical menace that threatens the existence of humanity. Up to six positions available. Benefits include traveling the world to eliminate robots.

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23# Desert Child - 2018

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In Desert Child, you are a young and talented hoverbike racer who needs to figure out how you can scrape enough cash together through racing and odd jobs to punch your one way ticket to the Red Planet to enter the biggest race in the universe, the Grand Prix.

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24# Rival Megagun - 2018

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Transform into your Mega Gunship boss form to blast your rival head-on in this unique shooting game with a competitive twist. -Classic shmup action with a competitive twist -Multiple playable heroes, each with their own special weapons and Mega Gunship boss form -Intense 2-player ''couch-competitive'' local versus battles -Online battles - challenge your friends or find opponents via matchmaking -Unlockable gear and weapons for customizing your ship -A single-player arcade mode Online features require an account and are subject to terms of service and applicable privacy policy (playstationnetwork.com/terms-of-service & playstationnetwork.com/privacy-policy).

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