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What is your favorite Shoot-em-up?



  • @thelostsoul I like shmuppies, too. Especially those who actively live their shmuppiness. :D



  • Radiant Silvergun 1 & 2 (2 being known as Ikaruga but its name as a project was Radiant Silvergun 2).



  • Just a heads up for those Ikaruga lovers out there:
    It's just been released on the Nintendo Switch, in all of its original glory; it has TATE mode, that lets you play it with the monitor upright, 2 player local co-op, and even sports the original end-boss-slowdowns. Plays very well I think, and no remake mumbo-jumbo :-)



  • Some of the ones I end up replaying the most:
    1 - Guwange (this game is a gem, great gameplay mechanics and soundtrack)

    2 - Esp. Ra. De

    3 - In the Hunt



  • @katsudoro I only touched them and they look gorgeous . About ESP Ra.De. I expect a lot, especially because its from Cave and I heard so many good about it. Guwange is on my radar for long time, as it looks good. And about In The Hunt, so many recommend this and its plays so well and so different. I never was sure if it stays like this on later levels or gets boring.

    I wanted bring up a game for the original Game Boy. Do you know Solarstriker? Its made by Nintendo, Gumpei Yokoi involved! It plays pretty well, but its very simplistic. But for what it is, its a cool game with good soundtrack. I don't know why, but I like it a lot.



  • @katsudoro I noticed I don't have In The Hunt in my curated arcade games list. What emulator do you play it on, so I know what to seek?

    Thanks for the tips.

    My favorites are DoDonPachi, R-Type (arcade) and the Thunder Force series (3 and 4) on the Genesis.

    Yesterday I ran into GigaWing and I'm enjoying it a lot so far.


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    @pjft In The Hunt works very well with lr-fbalpha, but it might work with others. There is also a PS1 version working fine with lr-pcsx-rearmed.



  • @mitu thanks. FBA it is!



  • @pjft If you like Giga Wing, check out Mars Matrix, the spiritual successor to it.



  • For me, it's a toss-up between R-type and Truxton 2



  • the might flying shark!


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    @thelostsoul said in What is your favorite Shoot-em-up?:

    Do you know Solarstriker? Its made by Nintendo, Gumpei Yokoi involved! It plays pretty well, but its very simplistic. But for what it is, its a cool game with good soundtrack. I don't know why, but I like it a lot.

    It's a good game in it's own right, but it's also fairly unique in that it stands as one of the few times Nintendo ever ventured into the popular space shooter genre. It's also a great example of how Nintendo would add specific color palettes into the GameBoy Color BIOS for certain R&D1 games. Brilliantly, they included a photo negative palette for 'Solar Striker' that makes all the empty space black and the ship, enemies and stars lighter colors. The result is a very nice effect that makes the game feel almost as if it was colorized all along. Of course, as an added bonus, this palette can be applied to any similar-type shooter to get the same effect.



  • @mediamogul I was wondering about the palette. I thought this would be an emumator specific feature.


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    @thelostsoul said in What is your favorite Shoot-em-up?:

    I thought this would be an emumator specific feature.

    lr-gambatte emulates the palette assignments very well, which is somewhat of a feat considering it doesn't make use of the BIOS. However, it all stems from Gunpei Yokoi and his team creating the palettes for most of their previously released games. Some really nice color choices were made given the limited possibilities. Another great example is Samus appearing yellow and red, set against blue surroundings in 'Metroid II'. Even though I owned the original brick as early as 1989, I'm not particularly sentimental about the green monochrome palette. Between the colorization options made possible by emulating a GameBoy Color and Super GameBoy, I really enjoy playing original GameBoy games with the added color.





  • would cannon fodder count as a shmup :D



  • Would like to throw "Silkworm" on Amiga into the ring....

    I still like it just because of the cool soundeffects....

    rgds,

    SK



  • @sutterkane I loved this game so much. The arcade version is not good as this one. The sound effects rocks on Amiga!
    Btw Swiv is related to Silkworm, but I don't know in which way. Its a over the top view shooter with jeep and helicopter too. And the sound effects are fantastic. I found it on the Snes, in the US known as Firepower 2000.



  • Striker 1945 III



  • Espgaluda

    Mushihimesama

    Samurai Aces

    There are so many more, it is really hard to say 1 only is the favorite.
    Few others to mention

    Apidya - Amiga
    Project X - Amiga
    Wings of Fury - Amiga
    Tengai
    Sengoku Blade
    Gunbird 1 & 2
    Strikers 1945 1-3
    Zero Gunner 2


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