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Always outnumbered, never outgunned. [Shmups]

cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm RegentBears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
edited November 2010 in Social Entropy++
Shmups, aka shoot'em'ups, aka the fine art of dodging ridiculous amounts of bullets with one tiny, vulnerable spaceship, mecha, human, etc.

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They're pretty awesome. Here's some cool ones you can check out.

Darius

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One ship. Armies of giant fish.

Availability: Arcade, PS2(Taito Legends 2), Wii(VC,maybe?)

Gleylancer

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The protagonist's father has been kidnapped by aliens.

Are you a bad enough [strike]dude[/strike] woman to rescue him?

Availability: Import, Wii(VC)

M.U.S.H.A. / Musha Aleste

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Terri's entire squad was wiped out by robot alien things.

So she goes to kill them all solo.

Availability: Genesis/Mega Drive, Wii(VC)

Ikaruga

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Known for causing frothing demand that increases.

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A hardcore shmup from the psychopaths at Treasure, a spiritual successor to Saturn's ultra-pricey Radiant Silvergun.

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Be Attitude For Gains.

Availability: Dreamcast(Import), Gamecube($texas), XBLA(you lucky punks)


Castle Shikigami I/II/III

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Crazy ghosts are murdering people. Play as some equally crazy ghost hunters to go kill them.

They like girls, but now,

it's about justice.

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Availability: PS2 (I & II), Wii (III)


Touhou
An insanely popular series of doujin(fan-made) shmups designed, programmed and composed by one guy.
Twelve games and counting. God no I'm not listing them all.

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A narcissistic shrine maiden and/or a deranged witch go on magical adventures to kill crazy spirits.

The series has a couple male characters. I think.

All the games from 6-12 have been fantranslated. Quality varies.

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Availability: PC, imports
You can get demos from the interweb, google's your friend.

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I recommend starting with Embodiment of Scarlet Devil(06), though Perfect Cherry Blossom(07) is my favorite.


Feel free to talk about other awesome shmups or something.


Here's a primer.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Total Biscuit told me to buy Beat Hazard.

    It is a good asteroids style game.

    Play it.

    Also I like 1942 and games like it.

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OP lacks Einhander

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Einhander lacks availability.

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  • EdcrabEdcrab Actually a hack Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Blazing Star's terrible Engrish win screen leaps to mind

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  • TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    What are you talking about?
    I have my disk right here.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Put it on PSN and we'll talk.


    This can also be an Engrish thread.

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  • NaphtaliNaphtali Hazy + Flow SeaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    TheStig wrote: »
    OP lacks Einhander

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    sup

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Put it on PSN and we'll talk.


    This can also be an Engrish thread.

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    I totally wanted to post this

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  • DavoidDavoid Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Hydorah is the shiiiiit

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Also, if anyone's interested in more about the Touhou franchise, I recorded some runs at it yesterday.

    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10808960

    Ridiculous stories aside(good luck figuring out the plot in one go), the series has some great music, and fun bullet patterns.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=win01sQXn68

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  • HyperAquaBlastHyperAquaBlast Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I like simple vertical shmups where there is a little dodging and every power up you get just makes your shots stronger and have a wider shot area.

    So pretty much just Aero Fighters

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4wjVEfYb-c

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  • DavoidDavoid Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Galaga hells yes

    Defender awwww wuuuutttt



    also this thing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-mbSFdUcPs

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    1942 is really my favorite SHMUP

    It's simple and not too hard to get into.

    Also you are a plane and not an anime girl.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    DoDon Pachi is probably my favorite shooter of all time. Fucking gorgeous

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  • DavoidDavoid Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    1942 is awesome yea

    and DoDonPachi is awesome too

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    DoDon Pachi is probably my favorite shooter of all time. Fucking gorgeous

    I like the original arcade version, I never get past the about the third level though.

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  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Is that new Deatthsmiles game a shump? Also I think Captain Forever counts. And there's another one that makes random bosses, I think its like Warning Forever or something like that

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Yes, Deathsmiles is a Cave shmup, and is quite awesome.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMP7a3nbuKk

    The 360 is utterly dominating the shmup market as of late.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

    I think it would be a little more popular, as anime characters are kinda a barrier for me, and I imagine a lot more people who would enjoy it more without the weird ketchum ash vinyl bust vibe it gives.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

    I think it would be a little more popular, as anime characters are kinda a barrier for me, and I imagine a lot more people who would enjoy it more without the weird ketchum ash vinyl bust vibe it gives.

    As much as I like the series, I can't defend the community much. From what I've seen at Doujinstyle(the largest Touhou fansite on the web), more of them are into the games for the characters than actually playing it.

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Oh god so much touhou fan music fully vocalised.

    Also get jets'n'guns and tyrian2k. At least get tyrian2k, it is free.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CFFn336RN4

    And some jets'n'guns for good measure

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SgoIyIgq3c

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    You could spend literally hours just going through Touhou fan music. I've seen 10 remixes of UFO Stage 4 alone.

    I don't even know.

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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

    I think it would be a little more popular, as anime characters are kinda a barrier for me, and I imagine a lot more people who would enjoy it more without the weird ketchum ash vinyl bust vibe it gives.

    As much as I like the series, I can't defend the community much. From what I've seen at Doujinstyle(the largest Touhou fansite on the web), more of them are into the games for the characters than actually playing it.

    I think if they focused on the gameplay more and tried to revive the shmup as an every man's genre rather than appealing to the anime fan demographic it could be really good for them.

    I would play it for sure. I like shumps, but I like spaceships more than characters.

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Also raptor: call of shadows is fucking awesome.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYa2g9_5Ss4

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  • DavoidDavoid Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I guess parts of HeroCore might count, maybe?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfM3vtVlCTw

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

    I think it would be a little more popular, as anime characters are kinda a barrier for me, and I imagine a lot more people who would enjoy it more without the weird ketchum ash vinyl bust vibe it gives.

    As much as I like the series, I can't defend the community much. From what I've seen at Doujinstyle(the largest Touhou fansite on the web), more of them are into the games for the characters than actually playing it.

    I think if they focused on the gameplay more and tried to revive the shmup as an every man's genre rather than appealing to the anime fan demographic it could be really good for them.

    I would play it for sure. I like shumps, but I like spaceships more than characters.

    The gameplay is really good, or I wouldn't like it as much as I do.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Uriel wrote: »
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    I don't think Touhou would be remotely as popular as it is without the armada of female characters.


    There's at least 40 characters in that franchise.

    I think it would be a little more popular, as anime characters are kinda a barrier for me, and I imagine a lot more people who would enjoy it more without the weird ketchum ash vinyl bust vibe it gives.

    As much as I like the series, I can't defend the community much. From what I've seen at Doujinstyle(the largest Touhou fansite on the web), more of them are into the games for the characters than actually playing it.

    I think if they focused on the gameplay more and tried to revive the shmup as an every man's genre rather than appealing to the anime fan demographic it could be really good for them.

    I would play it for sure. I like shumps, but I like spaceships more than characters.

    Shmups are going to be a niche genre no matter what you do. If they didn't appeal to the hardcore crowd, they'd be gone forever.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    If it's any consolation, the guys at the shmups fansite(shmups.system11.org) are hardcore ship/mecha enthusiasts. The only character shmups they like are Cave because they idolize them.

    They despise Touhou.

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  • satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i really don't understand the appeal of the super intense, screen filled with lasers games

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  • guruslothgurusloth Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i really don't understand the appeal of the super intense, screen filled with lasers games

    Nothing quite like the feeling when you realize all those bullets are headed for you, and then you actually survive it unscathed.

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  • Burning OrganBurning Organ Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I dislike bullet-hell-instagib shooters.

    Tyrian, jets'n'guns and raptor: Call of hte shadows I can get behind though.

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i really don't understand the appeal of the super intense, screen filled with lasers games

    yeah pretty much this.

    good op though, cj

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I think I'm the exact opposite. I still love Musha, but I keep thinking I can weave through bullets, and the hitbox is actually the size of the ship.

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  • Sir PenguinSir Penguin Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P34tYD0MO14

    Genetos. Basically every noteworthy kind of shmup put in chronological order, more or less.

    edit: I guess I could put a link to it here, too. It's freeware, and awesome, and everyone should play it.
    http://www.tatsuya-koyama.com/software/wg002_genetos_eng.html

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P34tYD0MO14

    Genetos. Basically every noteworthy kind of shmup put in chronological order, more or less.

    Nice. Raycrisis at 2:45.

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  • Sir PenguinSir Penguin Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Oh, also a lot of these games here are pretty great
    http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~cs8k-cyu/index_e.html

    For example, Torus Trooper:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-jChWwxDLY&feature=related

    Although I'm a bigger fan of Mu-Cade
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa_MPoXLGwA

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