Looking up stuff on Boom Boom Rocket, I discovered that Bizarre Creations is working on a score-based shooter, currently known as The Club. Not a shooter like Geometry Wars, but more like Max Payne, I gather: thirdperson and not abstract at all.
I like the sound of this a lot. I have often lamented how modern videogames don’t reward or indeed require skill. When did the score die?
Edit: The Club’s only been confirmed for the Xbox 360, although it’s listed as “next-gen consoles”.