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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 7:16 am 


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I've picked Danmaku Unlimited 3 back up again. I got a 'Medium' clear earlier this year, but now gunning for a 'hard' spirit mode clear. No TLB b/c screw that. Also need to get my Esp.Ra.De Psi clear already...

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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.

Yeah, Strikers 2020 crossed my mind the other day... I don't have my hopes up :?


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 1:49 pm 



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I am playing Dodonpachi.

Took me a while to warm up to it. I kept looking at it with a very Batsugun lens. "Why is everything endlessly streaming slow bullets? How is this good design? Why did they keep the 2 part enemies when player shot density makes it irrelevant?" When I stopped doing that, and tried to enjoy it on its own terms, it was much better. Ironically, it also let me eventually see the subtle Toaplan DNA shining through. There's the same sort of threat manipulation and planned maneuvering. Just here it feels different. I'd liken the Toaplan games I've played to making sharp surgical cuts with a scalpel, whereas Dodonpachi feels like painting calligraphy with an ink brush. Longer, curvier, slower strokes manipulating the pink bullets streamed your way as you weave through the blue ones.

Anyway, I guess it's mostly stage 4 and 5 that feel this way. 1 is just a chaining playground, which I'm not focusing on right now, 2 is like I described just a bit sparse, and 3 is just a crappy Batsugun 4, but parts of it are a bit different, especially the second third where you're just trying spawn as many bullets as possible to cancel. Stage 1 boss is a bit boring, 2 and 3 are good. 4 is a bully. I haven't spent enough time with 5 and I've only faced 6 once when credit feeding.

I'm going for the scrubby bomb clear and can no-miss the first 3 stages with some reliability so I guess once I can get through 4 and 5 reliably with <=3 misses and learn to bomb spam 6 efficiently I'll be there.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 2:55 pm 


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Having achieved my 1-all of sorcer strike recently, I picked up Danmaku Unlimited 3.
Some patterns seem really impossible to figure out on the fly, at least for my skill level.
I'm also feeling that I'm not a big fan of games with more than 1 loop (DDP DFK is an exception tho).


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 6:16 pm 


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Sorcer Striker is definitely one of best shmup choice for beginners. I have yet to clear the Japanese version (Mahou Daisakusen) and I prefer this over SS.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 11:34 pm 


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I really enjoyed it! Having read about the JP version, I might give it a try, even though I’m not really sure if my skills are up to it right now. And I might end on a 1-all too if possible.


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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 7:24 pm 


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If you've been checking out the high score forum, you'll see my posts showing up a lot on the Giga Wing games, particularly Giga Wing 2 and Giga Wing Generations. I will admit that GWG is something of a side project (or relaxation aid) with my main goal being a 1cc + good score in GW2.

Replaying Giga Wing 2 (my first time in a long time) is turning out to be a very rewarding and gratifying experience, as I'm in the learning-the-game-for-reals phase of play (early stage: credit feed for fun, mid phase: try -and fail- for basic clear, advanced phase: push scoring techniques higher, final stage: western record chaser). There is a real kinesthetic pleasure in the game's scoring system and of triggering the 'volcanon' medal explosions that other games just don't quite match up. I mean, what is your visual reward for a full chain in DDP? a number on the side of the screen that's in the hundreds. What's the reward in GW2? The whole screen darkening, slowing down, and exploding in medals! No competition there!!!

Giga Wing Generations is not as exuberant with its rewards but it still scratches the reflect-n-medal-collect itch.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 7:51 pm 


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:02 pm 


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Working on Lords of Thunder on the TG16 mini. I've been able to finish it with continues, but I won't quit until I 1CC it. There's a few problem areas, but for the most part I feel like I'm veeeeery close to the clear.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:35 pm 


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I'm in a DonPachi mood after that Truxton II clear. I've been grinding away at stage 4 in save state practice today. I want to see if I can get that 1-ALL.


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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:56 pm 


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:27 am 


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Got the DonPachi 1-ALL, so now I'm playing Hishouzame. Have some unfinished business to take care of with that game.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:29 am 


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Picked up the Konami Arcade Collection on Xbox. Own six of the games on the PS4 already, but due to it being on sale for £4.00 to gold members, though it was worth it for Twinbee and Scramble (which occasionally seems to disappear as an AA title in it's own right every so often?).

Due to it defaulting to the English versions, I gave a few of them a go, which I've never really bothered with on PS4 - I've always though it better to play the original JPN versions.

Didn't realise that Nemesis was so different to Gradius - throws a lot more bullets around earlier on, but offers a bunch of orbs to get you back on your feet after a death. Not sure which I prefer, but it certainly makes recovery more feasible.

I've always found Salamander to be a pretty janky game, but either they fixed a few things for Life Force, or I got lucky. The cell walls on the first stage don't seem to regenerate as quickly, so I managed the third boss on my first go, which can be a bit of a crap shoot on the original. As I say, no real evidence to support this, so maybe just fluked it.

I'm not even touching US/World Thunder Cross.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:15 am 


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Nemesis is ridiculous, I don't think it's possible to no-miss that game. Better stick to Gradius because like most of the checkpoints are recoverable.

Life Force is slightly better game because this one gives you extend each, manageable 4th boss, and Gradius power-up. The cheapness still there tho, sometimes you get hit by nothing. EDIT: Oh wait you're talking of US version of Life Force right? That's basically Salamander with all stage 1 background.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:30 am 


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Plugging away on the Hellsinker 1CC. Segment 7 is the current giant roadblock but Segment 6 consistency is also an issue. I really wanna get there though so on that basis alone I'll probably get it...sometime!


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How is the Vulcan Venture version of Gradius 2? MX5000 seems to be mostly the same as Flak Attack?

The version of Nemesis with the crazy rank and after death power ups is the US version? There's another Nemesis version (UK?) that plays more like the JP version.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:33 am 


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Back to working on Operation Ragnarok/Zedblade on the MVS. This game's rank rise really starts to become a major hurdle come stage 5, and then stages 6 and 7 are just a nightmare.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:36 am 


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BrianC wrote:
How is the Vulcan Venture version of Gradius 2? MX5000 seems to be mostly the same as Flak Attack?

The version of Nemesis with the crazy rank and after death power ups is the US version? There's another Nemesis version (UK?) that plays more like the JP version.


Yeah, thinking I'm sure that the PS4 AA release contains all three... have to check it out later.

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Nemesis is ridiculous, I don't think it's possible to no-miss that game. Better stick to Gradius because like most of the checkpoints are recoverable.

Life Force is slightly better game because this one gives you extend each, manageable 4th boss, and Gradius power-up. The cheapness still there tho, sometimes you get hit by nothing. EDIT: Oh wait you're talking of US version of Life Force right? That's basically Salamander with all stage 1 background.


The stage 4 boss is the vert one with the bouncing balls right? What did they fix?

Also for some reason I dabbled with Thunder Force last night.... what were Konami smoking? I didn't realise it had removed all the extra weapons as well!

The option spacing is the killer though, I'm pretty sure I relied on that on at least one level - the one where you're trapped between the big ships 'arms' and movement is restricted. Seem to remember it being pretty imperative to constantly adjust them to hit stuff before you got over run in the centre, so not sure how I'll manage that, if I reach it. Got no further than ST3 last night.

Achievements are all tied to the US versions as well!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:39 am 


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been playing AERO FIGHTERS 3 on my consolized MV1B. it's my favorite NEO GEO game of all time! i want a dedicated cabinet with video system logo sideart and a custom AERO FIGHTERS 3 marquee one day... :P this game is worth it!


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Radiant Silvergun on 360/XB1. 20 years ago, I played it non stop for a year or so and got burnt out on it. Just got a hori fighting commander controller which is perfect for it, because of the button layout. Also, gotten more into Natsuke Chronicles. Non -shmup wise it's Beyond Blue, an ocean sim that just came out, great chill game


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Beyond Blue, an ocean sim that just came out, great chill game

Too bad beyond blue isnt the sequel to DEEP BLUE for the TurboGrafx-16 :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:01 pm 


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Marc wrote:
The stage 4 boss is the vert one with the bouncing balls right? What did they fix?


Japanese Life Force only have three "cells" onscreen instead of keep spawning in Salamander/US LF. Still cheap but at least doable and you also have extra lives via extend.

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How is the Vulcan Venture version of Gradius 2? MX5000 seems to be mostly the same as Flak Attack?

The version of Nemesis with the crazy rank and after death power ups is the US version? There's another Nemesis version (UK?) that plays more like the JP version.


Vulcan Venture is based on older ver of Gradius II rom. Difference is: Title screen, extend at 20K and 70K (as opposed to 20K and 150K in new ver and PS1/SAT/PSP ports), and continue option after you died. Looks like Nemesis in the collection is the one with crazy rank.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:29 pm 


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Super Ghouls N Ghosts Restoration Version Professional Mode and SA-1 Gradius III on SNES SD2SNES (I own both carts. 8) )


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Super Star Soldier.

Its a love hate thing.

The audio/visual presentation pulls me in and the weapon system/power downs pulls me back out. Clearly not the best game I've played but it has its qualities.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:10 pm 


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Bashing my head against a wall, as I keep failing to get my 1CC on Mushi Maniac.
When not doing it, I just got Sisters Royale on switch so that's a nice change of pace.


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Bawa wrote:
Bashing my head against a wall, as I keep failing to get my 1CC on Mushi Maniac.
When not doing it, I just got Sisters Royale on switch so that's a nice change of pace.


Dont feel bad, I just completed SGnG (Restoration Edition) on Pro difficulty for the first time ever about 10 minutes ago, and it took many lives and continues (95% of my deaths trying to kill that damned Astaroth and Nebiroth with the admittedly shitty Goddess Bracelet). I even got a leg cramp one time from tensing up, lol. Still, Im very proud to have finally done it. What a fantastic game. :mrgreen:


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Steredenn: Binary Stars


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I think tonight i’ll play some Darius Plus on my TurboGrafx-16. What an underrated Darius game! I love the music despite popular opinion.


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I have the original on steam. Fun game.
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neko navy just got a cosmetic update. good excuse to run through it a few times.


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