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  • Great combo-based
  • arcade-like shooting
  • Empowering abilities
  • like missile-kicking
  • Some pretty groovy music underneath it all


  • Initially super hard
  • then almost too easy
  • Both players onscreen would've been nice
  • Let a man name his profile Fart
  • yeesh

You know all those “bullet hell” shoot ‘em ups that insist on cramming as many projectiles on the screen as possible? The kind that seem to require a superhuman level of hand-eye coordination to survive? Sin & Punishment is the accessible, tough-but-not-impossible version of the genre, tossing endless amounts of lasers, missiles and rocket-breathing monstrosities in your face, albeit in a manageable, less rage-quitty kind of way.

That said, this still sums up most of the game:

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DescriptionA bullet hell shooter that’s just sane enough for anyone to enjoy. The action is nonstop but manageable, and the bosses are freakish and challenging enough to warrant a few repeat plays just to figure out how to totally destroy them the next time around.
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating"12+"
Alternative names"Sin and Punishment 2"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.