Best Shmups....

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#1 Posted by Joystick_n_hand (460 posts) -
Shmups are addictive and nerve shattering. I really love the Gradius series, but I recently played a game called "GUWANGE" that is amazing! It is a vertical shmup that takes place in an alternative feudal Japan, complete with strange creatures and throw-back rickshaw mechs. It is quite awesome. Any other greats anyone knows of to alert us shmupers to some hidden gems...
#2 Posted by kodai (924 posts) -
Raiden Project 1 & 2 on the PS1. They offer original and new music score to boot. The new music is the way to go.
#3 Posted by -NickJC- (25 posts) -

R-TypeIII, UN Squadron, Axelay, Ikaruga, ThunderForce IV, Blazing lazers, Forgotten worlds, Radiant Silvergun.Sexy Parodius

Be warned some of them are very very hard.

#4 Posted by Panzer_Zwei (15452 posts) -

Guwange along the rest of Cave SHUMPS are top-notch. Progear no Arashi is one of their best games.

Musha ALESTE for the Mega Drive was the first game to take on the alternative Feudal Japan idea. Then it was followed by Dennin ALESTE for the Mega-CD.

Vasara I & II are also great feudal Japan SHMUPS.

Everything done by Raizing/Eighting is brillant. Specially Armed Police Batrider and Kingdom Grandprix.

#5 Posted by ebbderelict (3992 posts) -
I always liked Salamander on the C64.
#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -

Guwange along the rest of Cave SHUMPS are top-notch. Progear no Arashi is one of their best games.

Musha ALESTE for the Mega Drive was the first game to take on the alternative Feudal Japan idea. Then it was followed by Dennin ALESTE for the Mega-CD.

Vasara I & II are also great feudal Japan SHMUPS.

Everything done by Raizing/Eighting is brillant. Specially Armed Police Batrider and Kingdom Grandprix.

Panzer_Zwei

I knew I'd find you here :P.

#7 Posted by AuthenticKaizen (284 posts) -

really good suggestions mentioned here already...

so i just want to add einhander for the psone!

if you furthermore like arena shooters (multi directional shooting) like geometry wars for example, check definitely my blog out...

you will find there more than 20 handpicked great freeware games of this type.

#8 Posted by Zathic (2012 posts) -

What are Shmups?

#9 Posted by Panzer_Zwei (15452 posts) -

I knew I'd find you here :P.

Video_Game_King
Certainly. ;)

What are Shmups?

Zathic
Shoot 'em-ups. It is a special genre of shooting games. It was very prolific genre in the Arcades of the 80's and 90's-
#10 Posted by hot114 (4489 posts) -
Gradius V / Gaiden
R-Type Delta
Einhander
Dodonpachi
Psyvariar 2
#11 Posted by Joystick_n_hand (460 posts) -

Oh Yes! Progear is a super-great game. Some serious bullets in that one. And it is sooooo beautiful. Vasara is solid as well. One freeware I played was " Warning! Forever" It is strange in that there is one enemy at a time and it compounds on itself with each successive level. It gets pretty hairy as you progress. It is sad that shmups are rare these days....but thank the gaming-gods that there is a substantial backlog of them out around.

...some Progear madness.

#12 Posted by Joystick_n_hand (460 posts) -

Here's some more pics for ya....

...This is Warning! Forever. The Big-freak is bad. The tiny sprite in the middle is good. Now save the universe!

and...

...the wickedness that is GUWANGE

#13 Posted by SHERBO64 (82 posts) -
IKARUGA
#14 Posted by x-2tha-z (8930 posts) -

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

#15 Posted by Rej72380 (545 posts) -

Thunder Force V: Perfect System (PSOne)

SolarStriker (Gameboy)

R-Type DX (GBC)

Gekio: Shooting King (PSOne)

Metal Black (Arcade)

Gradius: The Interstellar Assault (Gameboy)

Xevious (Arcade/NES/GBA)

G-Darius (Arcade)

RayStorm (Arcade)

Raiden: Fighters Jet (Arcade)

#16 Posted by Panzer_Zwei (15452 posts) -

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

x-2tha-z

The Saturn had the best SHMUPS of any system released so far. The best SHMUP developers of all time, many whom do not exist anymore, all made games for the Saturn.

#17 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -
[QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

Panzer_Zwei

The Saturn had the best SHMUPS of any system released so far. The best SHMUP developers of all time, many whom do not exist anymore, all made games for the Saturn.

Is that really needed? We all know that the only shooters we'll see this gen are Ikaruga on Live Arcade and Pure White Giant Glastonberry.

#18 Posted by Panzer_Zwei (15452 posts) -
[QUOTE="Panzer_Zwei"][QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

Video_Game_King

The Saturn had the best SHMUPS of any system released so far. The best SHMUP developers of all time, many whom do not exist anymore, all made games for the Saturn.

Is that really needed? We all know that the only shooters we'll see this gen are Ikaruga on Live Arcade and Pure White Giant Glastonberry.

Definitely needed. It's the console with the best library of SHMUP of all time. It beat any other system before it like the Mega Drive or PC-Engine and that's saying something, and the Dreamcast and PS2 nevr came anywhere close to it. They were all filled with generic and boring games.

Raizing/8ing, Technosoft, Cave, Psykyo, Taito, Konami, Treasure, hell anybody who was ever anybody in the genre made games for the Saturn. And the games that were shared or later ported to the the PS were either subpar/downgraded on that system.

I doubt we'll ever see anything like it anymore for many numbers of reasons.

#19 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -
[QUOTE="Video_Game_King"][QUOTE="Panzer_Zwei"][QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

Panzer_Zwei

The Saturn had the best SHMUPS of any system released so far. The best SHMUP developers of all time, many whom do not exist anymore, all made games for the Saturn.

Is that really needed? We all know that the only shooters we'll see this gen are Ikaruga on Live Arcade and Pure White Giant Glastonberry.

Definitely needed. It's the console with the best library of SHMUP of all time. It beat any other system before it like the Mega Drive or PC-Engine and that's saying something, and the Dreamcast and PS2 nevr came anywhere close to it. They were all filled with generic and boring games.

Raizing/8ing, Technosoft, Cave, Psykyo, Taito, Konami, Treasure, hell anybody who was ever anybody in the genre made games for the Saturn. And the games that were shared or later ported to the the PS were either subpar/downgraded on that system.

I doubt we'll ever see anything like it anymore for many numbers of reasons.

I meant "so far". That's why I bolded it.

#20 Posted by Panzer_Zwei (15452 posts) -
[QUOTE="Panzer_Zwei"][QUOTE="Video_Game_King"][QUOTE="Panzer_Zwei"][QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]

Soukyugurentai on the Saturn is really good.

The Saturn had a lot of really good Shmups. If you like that genre a Japanese Saturn would be a good purchase. Most of the good Saturn Shmups were never released outside Japan. Alternatively if you get a PAL Saturn you can get an Action Replay card that makes it region free.

Video_Game_King

The Saturn had the best SHMUPS of any system released so far. The best SHMUP developers of all time, many whom do not exist anymore, all made games for the Saturn.

Is that really needed? We all know that the only shooters we'll see this gen are Ikaruga on Live Arcade and Pure White Giant Glastonberry.

Definitely needed. It's the console with the best library of SHMUP of all time. It beat any other system before it like the Mega Drive or PC-Engine and that's saying something, and the Dreamcast and PS2 nevr came anywhere close to it. They were all filled with generic and boring games.

Raizing/8ing, Technosoft, Cave, Psykyo, Taito, Konami, Treasure, hell anybody who was ever anybody in the genre made games for the Saturn. And the games that were shared or later ported to the the PS were either subpar/downgraded on that system.

I doubt we'll ever see anything like it anymore for many numbers of reasons.

I meant "so far". That's why I bolded it.

I know, and it was worth mentioning it was the best system so far.It's not like they didn't make SHMUPS anymore after the Saturn, the Dreamcast and PS2 all got a whole bunch of them. Problem was that the mayotiyy were all lackluster compared to past offerings and not really worth mentioning.
#21 Posted by Joystick_n_hand (460 posts) -

...Espgaluda 2

#22 Posted by Video_Game_King (27545 posts) -

I know, and it was worth mentioning it was the best system so far.It's not like they didn't make SHMUPS anymore after the Saturn, the Dreamcast and PS2 all got a whole bunch of them. Problem was that the mayotiyy were all lackluster compared to past offerings and not really worth mentioning.Panzer_Zwei

Again, the so far isn't needed because that implies that there's a chance that it'll be dethroned in the future. Why not just say ever, like a normal person :P?