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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2020 4:30 pm 


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I'm currently oscillating between Kururin Paradise and Gradius III on SNES with the SA-1 patch.
Having a lot more fun playing the latter as opposed to its original SNES variant. You're much more unlikely to flail your way through crowded sections by way of - mostly - happenstance, the occasional lull gets compressed, and some bosses (or even the occasional whole stage) feel a bit like going by in time lapse. That 5th stage, man.. :lol:

Much more frequently, it's vital to have a clear understanding of your positioning in advance, and applying specific boss strategies instead of bluntly avoiding what gets thrown at you whilst firing away goes a long way. All the same, there's still plenty of leeway for your own deliberation and ad-hoc decisionmaking giving character to individual runs. It makes an already very good game almost perfect, and I always love me some of that classic space-journey feeling augmented by a sublime upbeat soundtrack. It's awesome!


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 4:10 am 


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I've beaten Gaiares on normal mode. Not sure if I want to beat it on very hard mode or not.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 4:25 am 


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one and done I say. I don't think you get any new boss attacks on hard.

Only a few console shmups give you that nicety: Image Fight 2 has bosses throw out some new attacks on Hard mode, as does Darius Force's bosses (whether or not you want to put up with Darius Force's difficulty on Hard is another question!).
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After getting bored of repeatedly dying to trivial things in ESPrade I've been playing IKUSAAAAAAAN!. Got to thank Shepardus and Zaarock for drawing attention to this one because it's fun and I never would've known it existed if not for them.

Despite wearing the Feveron influence on its sleeve it's much more like, I don't know, Psyvariar? It's not really like anything, barely classifiable as a shmup even, since the shooting is basic and you spend most of your time working out how to ram into as many bullets as possible without killing yourself. The gameplay's so specialized I might have to play it exclusively until I get tired of it or risk having to re-learn the entire thing. Music's great, some of the best Touhou arrangements I've heard. The choose-your-own-max-lives concept is a really neat idea, but it seems to become irrelevant after a while given extends are so regular and you'll fail captures if you die constantly anyway. And the numbers are hilarious which I'm a complete sucker for, you can't go wrong with multipliers in the millions on stage 1 and 16-17 digit final scores.


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Ajora wrote:
I've beaten Gaiares on normal mode. Not sure if I want to beat it on very hard mode or not.


Nice!! Beat it on normal last year myself. What did you think of it? I personally really enjoy 16 bit shooters.


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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 12:36 pm 


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Trying to learn how to chain in DOJ. Gonna be honest, it's actually legitimately starting to piss me off. This shit is just way above me.


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 5:53 pm 


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Gamer707b wrote:
Ajora wrote:
I've beaten Gaiares on normal mode. Not sure if I want to beat it on very hard mode or not.


Nice!! Beat it on normal last year myself. What did you think of it? I personally really enjoy 16 bit shooters.


Excellent game with no noteworthy flaws. The first four missions weren't so bad, but the difficulty ramps way up once you get to the mini-boss on the fifth mission. The second last boss is a bitch on wheels but the last boss is a pushover. I wouldn't want to imagine playing the game without the secret T-Blaster weapon.

And yes, there actually are additional boss attacks on very hard mode. I played a tiny bit of it and watched some snippets on Youtube.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2020 11:14 pm 


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Been checking out a bunch of arcade games recently and I was very surprised with X-Multiply by Irem. Great music, especially the first stage along with mostly awesome graphics and gameplay. Thought the movable arms were a weird gimmick at first but they're really fun to maneuver. Didn't take too long to clear either so it's not that difficult if you have an okay memory. Highly recommended!

For fans of Battle Garegga check out Gun Frontier, the similarities blew me away and I also happen to love revolvers...

X-Multiply - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rfhY1wiwD8

Gun Frontier - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZY_-5GWZsk
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2020 8:59 am 


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I pulled out the 360 for the first time in a long while and I've been playing quite a few shmups on there, but I keep being drawn back to Muchi Muchi Pork. I usually play shmups for survival clears (making exceptions for score systems I really enjoy) but being a Yagawa game that isn't going to work here.

I'd love to get a simple clear, but not sure if I have the required dedication. In any case I'm enjoying my runs for what they are. Been trying to break the "must clear, must score!" mindset a bit and just enjoy the individual runs and blissful deaths like I did when I was new to the genre.
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I moved back after a few years abroad and got reunited with some of my old games. Picked up playing Soukyugurentai this weekend, 14 years ago was the last time I got a hiscore for it. Although I love Yagawa-Raizing games, the Toyama ones are so accessible and easy to get back to.


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Heh, same here! I've got a Japanese Saturn hooked up to a CRT again for the first time in several years, and Soukyugurentai is one of the ones I've been eagerly revisiting. It feels all the more special given that I've never seen decent Saturn or ST-V emulation (at least on my own computers), so it's one of the cases where the "original hardware" experience is meaningfully richer in lots of ways. I need to get this Retro Board installed so I can use a good stick with it again. :)


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Nice to hear, what else are you playing to Saturn now? Unfortunately I sold most of the shmups and the prices aren't encouraging. Will probably some Panzer Dragoon Zwei next though.


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Yeah, PD Zwei is usually still reasonably priced, at least! The others I'm revisiting at the moment are the ports of Darius Gaiden, Battle Garegga, Layer Section and Metal Black (and a bunch of Capcom fighting games). Stupidly, I sold a lot of my favourites thinking it'd be many more years before I got a Saturn up and running again, so I'm after the Parodius games and the Gradius and Salamander collections at the moment. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
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Been playing some Cho Ren Sha and hot damn I think I'm developing carpal tunnel from spamming the Z key. I woke up this morning with a limp left wrist and am debating if I should set up a macro, or possibly switch to stick / controller. I like using what is generally considered to be the default control scheme of a game and am usually okay with rapid fire, but man my wrist is killing me.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 8:52 pm 


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Been playing some Cho Ren Sha and hot damn I think I'm developing carpal tunnel from spamming the Z key. I woke up this morning with a limp left wrist and am debating if I should set up a macro, or possibly switch to stick / controller. I like using what is generally considered to be the default control scheme of a game and am usually okay with rapid fire, but man my wrist is killing me.

Don't play through the pain, or it will become chronic. Stretch the wrist. Lifting weights before bed might help.


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:14 pm 


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Button mashing in shmups is so 1990. Thankfully there's an easy solution: Autohotkey! Download and install it, and use this script in the game folder:

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RunWait latest.exe
ExitApp

#HotkeyInterval 3000
#MaxHotkeysPerInterval 300
p::q
c::z
$*z::
While GetKeyState("z","P")
{
Send {z down}
Sleep 20
Send {z up}
Sleep 20
}
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Now enjoy ChoRenSha 68k with all the joy of shooting and dodging without fear of a repetitive stress injury from constant, relentless game-long button mashing.

It's generally considered bad design in shmups nowadays to require severe button mashing, which ChoRenSha 68k does when at the minimum shot power in particular, made especially worse by it being a lengthy game; the button mashing adds nothing to the game frankly. Go to a high quality Japanese arcade and you'll see many older shmups setup with rapid fire buttons so instead of being worn out or frustrated by the strain of button mashing, you can focus on the best elements of the game such as the dodging and scoring.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:19 pm 



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What amuses me about this is that the developer has talked about how he made a compromise to limit the amount of tapping, yet because the game has so much constant action and no alternative to tapping it ends up wearing you down anyway. He also mentions how the max power shot is "only 1.375 times greater" than the starting one instead of 4 times greater, which is a comfort given how you lose all of it when you die. Funny how standards on these things have changed.


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ZeroNebula wrote:
Been playing some Cho Ren Sha and hot damn I think I'm developing carpal tunnel from spamming the Z key. I woke up this morning with a limp left wrist and am debating if I should set up a macro, or possibly switch to stick / controller. I like using what is generally considered to be the default control scheme of a game and am usually okay with rapid fire, but man my wrist is killing me.


Carpal Tunnel is not something to be taken lightly. It sucks and it can stay with you for a long time. It got bad enough for me that I used to wear a brace to ease the discomfort, and this was in my pre-shmup days.

Cho Ren Sha has a pretty generous auto fire rate, but for long sessions it can grow tiring. My sessions were usually just a credit or two so I generally didn't bother with autofire at first, but eventually I relented and set it up and it makes a world of difference in comfort. I pretty much play everything with autofire these days. If I recall correctly, I think I even set it up for Giga Wing, which has two functions on the shot button. I just mapped the autofire shot to one button and held down another button to activate the barrier.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 9:32 pm 


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Giga Wing is basically the pinnacle example of a game without built in rapid fire that only needs a "gentle" tap speed, where you only need to tap relatively slowly to keep shot speed maxed out (Stuck needs an above average tap speed to reliably keep hit gunpods facing forward). Even with that in mind, I still definitely recommend setting up autofire for Giga Wing for maximum comfort (and they're airplanes that would have machineguns anyways, right??).
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For some godforsaken reason, I have chosen to start playing Strikers 1945 + again. And to my own shock and amazement, I am now getting much further into the game (finally got to 1-8 on single credit this evening). Out of all the planes, I find the Flying Pancake to be the most versatile. I really need to stop being so stingy with my bombs mid-level.
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Kiken wrote:
Out of all the planes, I find the Flying Pancake to be the most versatile.


I always go with the Spitfire. The Flying Pancake could have the smallest hitbox and fastest speed but it's so ugly and ridiculous looking I could never bring myself to use it. Only other ship that bothers me as much is the one in Hellfire, a game I also enjoy.

Also, just did a google search and discovered that the Flying Pancake is an ACTUAL PLANE!!! Thought it was some stupid design created just for the game. :(
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Salamander 2

My loop 2 practice is almost complete but 2-2 boss is scary when doing full run. Any tips how to get consistenly at loop 2?
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Also, just did a google search and discovered that the Flying Pancake is an ACTUAL PLANE!!! Thought it was some stupid design created just for the game. :(


It's actually a very interesting piece of aviation technology that had some impressive performance specs for the time it was made. I'd recommend reading up on it; it was a solid experimental low aspect ratio aircraft that mostly got sidelined because the military at the time was looking to shift away from propeller based aircraft to jet engines (that, and it had some vibration issues they were never given the proper time/budget to address). If it had been made before jet engines were becoming a thing, it had the potential to be one of the most interesting planes in the military.
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@BareKnuckleRoo Just read through the wikipedia article and I agree, interesting but still damn ugly. I'm more partial to WWI planes which are ugly in their own way. The early days of aviation fascinate me most ever since I read 'Fighting the Flying Circus' and played the hell out of Red Baron and Rise of Flight. Favorites are the Spad 13, Nieuport 17, Sopwith Camel and the Bristol F.2.

To stay on topic, my favorite Psikyo game so far is the original Strikers 1945. Wonderful experience until the second loop, damn does it get hard fast. Have you ever attempted the 2-ALL?
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Back at Samurai Aces (aka Sengoku Ace).

Have the PS2 port which has a practice mode including a loop 2 option. A 1-ALL will be enough for me though.

There's a very good guide here so I am following that advice re character select and forgoing the max power up as it ups the ranks and kills you with bullet speed.

Can get to level 5 out of the 7....perservering.


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Played a couple of credits of the extremely silly Garegga hack 1945 Part-2 (which I found while trying to work out what the deal is with the later Garegga revisions). I won't spoil what the changes are but let's just say it's reminiscent of Street Fighter II: Rainbow Edition. Good for a laugh, game overed to loop 2 Black Heart with almost maximum rank and all the midbosses filling the entire screen with bullets.

Also been messing around with StellaVanity for the past few days and by god this game is complicated. Well, it's not bad to just play but optimizing for score is arcane even for the notionally simple mode. Seems like a great game though, if you're at all inclined to the doujin trash subgenre you'll probably like it, and it has years' worth of scalability and content.


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1945 Part-2


WTB Strikers 1946 :lol:
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Sure hope Strikers 2020 actually appears this year. Hope everything's okay at Zerodiv. The Steam releases seem to suggest the going is good, though.
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The Radiant Silvergun rant thread got me to give the game another chance and I'm finally starting to get into it for the first time after impulse buying it many many years ago.

I'll definitely be sticking with story mode for the time being just because having to worry about scoring for weapon levels is simply too much for me as a new player. Even a story clear with saved weapon levels seems much more difficult that the average survival 1cc in a lot of other games.

I noticed my settings for arcade mode have extends set to off. Is that really the default? You have to clear this entire monstrosity with just 3 ships?
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Iirc, there are 2 extends by default in Silvergun.
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