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  • Summary: A run-and-gun shooting game featuring 8 mercenaries who face a huge terrorist organization, enlist for action on NEOGEO Station! You can choose between 2 fighting styles: Control one character in "LONELY WOLF" mode, or pick up a team of 3 soldiers you can switch between at any timeA run-and-gun shooting game featuring 8 mercenaries who face a huge terrorist organization, enlist for action on NEOGEO Station! You can choose between 2 fighting styles: Control one character in "LONELY WOLF" mode, or pick up a team of 3 soldiers you can switch between at any time in "TEAM BATTLE" mode. Run through the battlefield and choose the best routes and strategy! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 27, 2017
    80
    ACA NeoGeo: Shock Troopers is an ideal game to add to anyone's Nintendo Switch library for playing while commuting, dropping into tabletop mode for some local co-operative action at a friend's house, or even diving into at home on the big screen to try and top the online leaderboards for that strong feeling of satisfaction. It may have a short playtime, but it is extremely enjoyable to go back to it again and again - a truly excellent dose of arcade fun.
  2. 80
    As a co-op game with single Joy-Con support, Shock Troopers is a winner. It may be simple and silly, but I’ll probably find myself breaking this game out on plane rides for years to come. Shock Troopers was totally worth creating a European Nintendo Account for.
  3. Mar 13, 2017
    73
    Shock Troopers is a fast and fun, yet simple, action game that brings back the feelings of the old arcade games. Switch version adds nothing new, except for its different modes: portable, tabletop and home console, but it is still enjoyable.
  4. Mar 17, 2017
    70
    Shock Troopers may not add much to the top-down run-and-gun genre but it's enjoyable while it lasts. The visuals weren't particularly awe-inspiring back in 1997, but everything moves at a slick pace and neat elements of humour prevent things from becoming too serious. In single player you might get a week or so of play out of this, but with two people involved it becomes a lot more appealing - and thanks to those detachable Joy-Cons, co-op sessions are easy to arrange. Shock Troopers 2nd Squad may be considered the superior release, but the original is still worth checking out if you like your old-school arcade blasters.
  5. Mar 20, 2017
    70
    Shock Troopers is a fun, action packed game which feels just right on the Switch. The game has a few downsides like the controls, but overall it is good fun. Especially when you play with a friend!
  6. Apr 11, 2017
    60
    Shock Troopers is a classic that will resonate with the players who have a big case of nostalgia for this game. It keeps up with the test of time when played on its two-player mode but beyond that, some of its gameplay feels anachronistic and stands in the way of making it a more enjoyable classic to most players beyond the circle of connoisseurs who know what they are getting.
  7. 50
    Unfortunately, the game’s high difficulty and unavoidable bullet patterns make it a hard sell for modern players. The game’s multiple pathways and variety of characters don’t hide the extremely simple gameplay at the core – gameplay which wears thin after a few too many cheap deaths. Unless you’ve got a nostalgic soft spot for this one, you won’t miss out on much by avoiding it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Apr 27, 2019
    8
    Shock Troopers is a top-down run-and-gun action game, though I like to think of it as a "twin stick shooter with only one stick." Once youShock Troopers is a top-down run-and-gun action game, though I like to think of it as a "twin stick shooter with only one stick." Once you adjust to the limitations of the control scheme, there's a lot of fun to be had. I'm especially fond of the vividly animated characters and enemies, with lots of expression and humor -- but the real winner is the excellent soundtrack. Be warned: if you like this game, don't bother with its lousy sequel. Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2022
    8
    This is a fun game! Nice retro graphics and sound, smooth gameplay and 8 playable characters who all play a bit differently to each other.This is a fun game! Nice retro graphics and sound, smooth gameplay and 8 playable characters who all play a bit differently to each other. "Team" mode allows you to select 3 of the 8 characters which you can switch between during your game which is a really nice touch. A free-choice branching path system means you can chose the first 5 stages of the game from 3 alternatives each time which adds a lot to the replay value of the game. I also like that a single run only takes around half an hour. The biggest potential improvement would have been the addition of alternative 'twin stick' controls, but as it stands this is still a really enjoyable game to play. Expand