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What Shmups Are Essential for a good collection?

by racketboy Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:39 pm

Ok, shooter experts....

What shmups are must-haves for anybody series in building a good shooter library?
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by Pullmyfinger Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:15 pm

Gradius for NES, Parodius Series, Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga
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by alexkidd Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:52 pm

man, Galaga is as fun today as when i was a kid. It gets INTENSE. But I love the newer stuff to like RS, Dodonpochi, Strikers 1945, Ikaruga
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by arion Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:27 pm

Galactic Attack for the saturn..my favorite shump :D and Darius Gaiden
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by CurulleanCat Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:26 am

Thunder Force 1-4.
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by moofree Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:35 am

I'm not a big fan of most of the games i find in the shmup genre, but Bangai-O (dc version) is one of the best games I've ever played.

Though i stumbled upon Blazing Lazers for the TG16, and have been enjoying it very much :D
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by Jakanden Wed Jul 19, 2006 6:42 am

Pullmyfinger wrote:Gradius for NES, Parodius Series, Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga

In addition to the above, Life Force (Salamander) for the NES and Lords of Thunder
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by SegaVega Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:52 am

A great genre...I prefer vertical shooters over the horizontal ones like R-Type and Gradius, though Gaiares on Genesis is excellent.

Some others: Zero Gunner 2, ESPrade, Shienryu, Axelay, Xevious, Zanac, Vertical Force
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by jemsic Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:01 am

Zero Gunner 2 is fun ;)
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by whupthewickedwurm Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:59 am

Well, I'm no expert but I've really enjoyed these games:

Thunder Force 2-5: Actually I haven't played the 1st or 3rd yet. The 1st one is incredibly obscure and hard to find and it involves completely different gameplay from the rest of the series. The 3rd one is supposed to be pretty good.

Raiden 1-2: I haven't played the 3rd one yet. It looks kind of lame.

Donpachi & Dodonpachi: I think Dodonachi is generally regarded as the 1st "manic shmup"... I heard that somwhere. :)

Esprade: Great game I never heard of until pretty recently.

Lords of Thunder: Great soundtrack... why can't more shooters have soundtracks like this?

M.U.S.H.A.: Maybe the best shooter on Genesis.

R-Type: I never beat it but it's still pretty addictive.

Soukyugurentai: Lousy soundtrack but one of the best traditional no-frills vertical shooters.

In The Hunt: It's too bad this one never got much attention. It's a little different from other "shmups" in that the screen doesn't automatically move forward... it's kind of like Metal Slug but with a submarine. I guess because it was designed by some of the same people.

Galactic Attack: It's really a cool game... but it just pisses me off that Taito never uses rotation effects... was their arcade hardware incapable of rotating sprites or something?

Cotton Boomerang

Keio Flying Squadron

I've also heard Pulstar is supposed to be pretty essential. I've played a little bit of Last Resort and it seemed pretty cool. Check out Guwange too. The Gunbird games are pretty fun too... Soldier Blade is pretty cool from what I've played... what else... the Aerofighters/ Sonic Wings games... Twinkle Star Sprites... that's all I can think of for now. yeah.
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