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Re: Why is "rank" called "rank"?

by Erik_Twice Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:38 pm

EllertMichael wrote:What's the earliest example? Zanac?

Xevious already had a well-developed rank system back in 1982 and I'm sure it isn't the first.
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Re: Why is "rank" called "rank"?

by dunpeal2064 Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:25 am

Xevois, Gradius, and the like had a pretty simple rank mechanic in place though. I believe it gets harder the longer you play on one life?

Zanac changed that up. The game gets harder based on how much you shoot. So, as far as I know, this is the first "controllable" rank, that actually encourages the player to hold back a bit and interact with the rank to control the difficulty. Gun Frontier did the same thing, using auto fire on that game makes it way harder. I performed much better in G&F without auto fire then with it, probably the only shmup I can say that about!

I think it was these games that lead to Battle Garegga and its infamous ranking system.
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