Psikyo

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PSIKYO
彩京
Type Public
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1992
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Products Arcade games, and Video games

Psikyo (彩京 Saikyō?) is a Japanese video game company started in 1992. Psikyo is an off-shoot formed from the staff that created the Aero Fighters series for Video System. Psikyo focused on arcade games, mostly vertically scrolling shoot 'em ups and pornographic mahjong games. The popularity of these arcade games led to them being ported to home consoles, and then ultimately to Psikyo developing games for consoles.

Psikyo was acquired by X-Nauts in mid-2002. In 2003, it was reported that Psikyo was shutting down.[1] Shortly afterwards, X-Nauts stated this news was wrong.[2] Games under the Psikyo label are still being released, but these games are outsourced to other teams.

Psikyo is known for its difficult "second loops"; after completing the game, you start again, with a high difficulty increase over the first "loop". This has been present in every Psikyo shooter, since Samurai Aces, and was present in Aero Fighters. This has even been extended to Aero Fighters 2 and Aero Fighters 3, although these games are not developed by Psikyo.

Psikyo releases[edit]

For Arcade[edit]

Note: The arcade game Cannon Spike was licensed by Capcom.

For Platforms[edit]

Title Release Platform(s) Notes
Gunbird / Mobile Light Force 1995 PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Yahoo Mobile
Sengoku Blade: Sengoku Ace Episode II 1996 Sega Saturn
Strikers 1945 1996 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Sol Divide - Sword of Darkness 1998 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Strikers 1945 II 1998 PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Yoshimoto Mahjong Club 1998 Sega Saturn
Strikers 1945 Plus 1999 Neo Geo, PlayStation, PSP
Yoshimoto Mahjong Club Deluxe 1999 PlayStation
Cannon Spike / GunSpike 2000 Sega Dreamcast Game licensed by Capcom.
Ikuze! Onsen Takkyū!! 2000 PlayStation 2
Gunbird 2 2000 Sega Dreamcast
Taisen Net Gimmick: Capcom & Psikyo All Stars 2001 Sega Dreamcast Game licensed by Capcom.
Zero Gunner 2 2002 Sega Dreamcast
Cho Aniki: Legend of Holy Protein 2003 PlayStation 2
G-Taste 2003 PlayStation 2

Psikyo label games not developed by Psikyo[edit]

Overview over Psikyo label titles
Title Release 6th Gen Handheld Notes
Buggy Grand Prix: Kattobi! Dai-Sakusen 2003 PlayStation 2 N/A
Gunbird Special Edition / Gunbird 1&2 2004 PlayStation 2 N/A
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 1: Strikers 1945 I & II 2004 PlayStation 2 N/A Released and published in Europe by Play It as 1945 I & II: The Arcade Games.
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade 2004 PlayStation 2 N/A
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze 2004 PlayStation 2 N/A
Taisen Hot Gimmick: Cosplay Mahjong 2004 PlayStation 2 N/A
Sengoku Cannon 2005 N/A PSP
Taisen Hot Gimmick: Axes-Jong 2005 PlayStation 2 N/A

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Psikyo shuts its development division down", GameSpot.com, April 29, 2003
  2. ^ "Psikyo not closing down operations as reported", GameSpot.com, May 2, 2003

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