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Developed by The Bitmap Brothers for the Amiga and Atari ST as a sequel to the original Xenon (also developed by them), Xenon 2 is widely regarded as a class of the 'SHMUP' genre. It is also one of the Bitmap Brothers' most renowned games, responsible for a large part of their cult following in retro gaming, and long-standing good reputation.

Part of the game's legacy stems from its difficulty, considered extremely steep even by genre standards.

It was later ported to many platforms including the PC (which added a post completion bonus mode) and the Sega Genesis.

The Bomb the Bass song "Megablast" was used on the sound track to this game. Its presence explains the game's subtitle.

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