Top 10 most Shoot 'em ups

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#1 uninspiredcup
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Hello, recently picked up a TurboGrafx-16 Mini which is chalk to the brim of shoot 'em ups, aside from rekindling a love of the genre, it also reaffirmed that R-Type was indeed, the shit.

It's a genre not really spoken about much now or really all that acknowledged, even though they are still being pumped out from various sources.

Top 10? Or 5 if you can't think of 10. Or just ones you like, whatever.

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#2 I_P_Daily
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Yeah not a fan of shmups, the only one i played a lot back in the day was Transbot on the Sega Master System, really liked the game too.

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#3 warmblur
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Contra Alien wars

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#4 Chutebox
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Contra for NES obviously.

I also remember some game like the picture in the OP...but started with a G....I think.

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#5 Ezekiel43
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M.U.S.H.A., Gley Lancer and Thunder Force IV for the Mega Drive are nice.

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As much as I love R-Type series back in the day, I recently reinstall Redux: Dark Matters which is a tribute to the R-Type and I find Redux more fun then R-Type but anyway, hard for me to say my top 10 shmups are but hey, you can't go wrong with those Touhou games. (Not in this order)

  1. Redux: Dark Matters
  2. R-Type Final
  3. Touhou games
  4. Crimzon Clover: World Ignition (this game is actually fun in my opinion)
  5. Jamestown
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#7  Edited By Renegade_Fury
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At the top of my head:

  1. MUSHA
  2. Galactic Attack
  3. DoDonPachi Resurrection
  4. Mushihimesama
  5. Thunder Force IV
  6. Thunder Force III
  7. Battle Mania Daiginjou
  8. Gley Lancer
  9. Robo Aleste
  10. Raiden IV

So basically I'm a fan of Aleste, and whatever Cave and Technosoft made.

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#8  Edited By Eoten
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Dragon Spirit which was on NES, TG16 and arcade is one of my favorite shoot em ups.

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#9 madsnakehhh
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Yes, Contra is pretty much the safe asnwer, Contra III Alien Wars was damn impressive back in the day.

Aero Fighters was cool as well.

UN Squadron and Darius Twin were among my favorites too.

Among others, honestly i don't quite remember every shoot em up i've played ... oh Shock Troopers 2 was damn fun too.

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#10 narlymech
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Defender, oh yeah the good ol days

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#11 svaubel
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Gradius 3

Ikaruga

Contra NES

Resogun

And what was that one that had the anime girl riding the Vic Viper?

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#12  Edited By Archangel3371
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Some of my favourites would be:

- U.N. Squadron

- Gradius V

- Axelay

- 1942

- Lifeforce

- Gradius III

- Contra III: The Alien Wars

- Sunset Riders

- Contra

- Super C

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#13 WitIsWisdom
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1. Super C

2. Sunset Riders

3. Contra

4. Galaga

5. Life Force

6. Contra 3 Alien Wars

7. Cuphead

8. Raiden

9. R-Type 3/ Super R-Type

10. Radiant Silvergun

11. Honorable mentions go to bullet hells of all kind... since they are awesome games.

I could name a lot more, but these are some of my favorite shoot em' ups off the top of my head.

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#14 JoshRMeyer
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NARC... wasted a lot of quarters. 1942 and Contra

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#15 St_Monica
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My favorites in chronological order.

  • Raiden DX (Seibu Kaihatsu, 1994)
  • Salamander 2 (Konami, 1995)
  • Strikers 1945 (Psikyo, 1995)
  • Battle Garegga (Eighting, 1996)
  • RayStorm (Taito, 1996)
  • DoDonPachi (Cave, 1997)
  • Einhänder (Square, 1997)
  • Blazing Star (SNK, 1998)
  • Giga Wing (Capcom, 1999)
  • Ikaruga (Treasure, 2001)
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#16 pmanden
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Never was a huge fan, but Silkworm for the Commodore Amiga was cool. Featuring coop gameplay, one player controlled a helicopter and the other controlled a jeep.

Menace on the Amiga was also impressive for its time.

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#17  Edited By Litchie
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I have played criminally few for someone who likes shmups a lot. But in my defence, 99% of them are shit. Here's my top... 7.

1. Gradius
2. Life Force
3. Ikaruga
4. R-Type
5. Star Force
6. Overkill
7. Jamestown

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#18 HankMulder
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I remember enjoying them on Amiga, played Xenon 2 and especially Agony where you play as an owl :D

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#19  Edited By Jag85
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Top 10:

  • Space Invaders
  • Galaga
  • The Ninja / Ninja Princess / Sega Ninja
  • Smash TV
  • Sunset Riders
  • Tyrian 2000
  • RayStorm
  • Metal Slug X
  • Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
  • Mushihime-sama

If mini-games count:

  • Tiny Phalanx
  • Dead Ops Arcade

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#20  Edited By Yams1980
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I'm not a huge fan of these games anymore but the ones I had on the SNES were:

UN Squadron, Super Smash TV and Contra 3.

Pretty fun at the time but I really couldn't care less about the genre anymore. The simple music is crazy memorable though, haven't played them for years and still have the tunes stuck in my head.