"This is my last battle," grumbles the smokey-voiced protagonist of Cyberpunk 3776, (more info on Desura, Steam Greenlight, and IndieDB.com) a side-scrolling shooter by Peter Hann smothered in the pulpy dystopian cheesiness of 80's sci-fi action flicks. As our hero recounts, the world as we know it is long gone, fallen to human greed and alien invaders. He's got nothing to live for and no one to save. All that's left is to take out as many aliens as he can before his ship goes down in flames. Use [WASD] to move and click to fire, but don't fire too long without a break or you'll overheat and have to wait for a cool down! Dodge the enemies and debris that fill the screen, blowing up both for a high score, and nab any purple tokens they drop to spend on upgrading your ship's abilities.
The Unity engine lays the smog and rain on thick as you dodge, shoot and upgrade your way towards glorious revenge. Expect lots of aerial debris, as well as conga lines of alien craft ready to blast you into oblivion. The controls are tight and efficient and the graphics are as beautiful as any 2D browser game, but the sound design is what's really noteworthy here. Each laser blast and explosion feels heavy and satisfying and the weather effects perfectly complement the wailing soundtrack that plays you to your grave. Be warned, while the art is gorgeous, Cyberpunk 3776 is a big fan of particle effects, and slower machines can expect some lag when the explosions come fast and heavy. It might not break much new ground for side-scrolling shooters, but the game's ever-shifting obstacles, gorgeous sound design, and shamelessly cynical tone makes it a fun distraction for anyone wanting to go out in a blaze of glory.