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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:06 am 


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For fun I am also playing a little G-Darius, which is the only arcade Darius I haven't yet cleared. I've made it to one of the final zones on G-Darius in a single credit (the one above G.T.'s level), playing the PS1 port on my PS2. I've cleared the game in two credits earlier today using the same route. I went into that zone with all of my lives. I think a 1cc is within my grasp. I just need to 1) remember which routes to take in-stages to get the boss patterns I am more familiar with (it's hard to keep track!), and 2) find a way to conserve lives.

I can't remember if there are any extends/extra lives in G-Darius. I am pretty sure there are no score-based extends, but I don't know if some levels have them hidden in the scenery like other Darius games. Anyone remember?


Every fourth stage have hidden 1up inside the ground/terrain/cloud like Gaiden, no extends. Also your clear route is one of the hardest, why not go all up?
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:08 am 


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Gamefaqs guide for G-Darius indicates there are 1-Up items in the following zones:

Eta M
Eta N
Theta O
Theta P
Iota Q
Iota R
Kappa S
Kappa T

https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ps/197415 ... /faqs/3906
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:40 pm 


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Thanks for the info you two! I scoured Glacier for the extra life but I didn't find it. Some more searching is in order. Maybe if that gamefaqs list is any indication, they're in the second half of the stage.

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Every fourth stage have hidden 1up inside the ground/terrain/cloud like Gaiden, no extends. Also your clear route is one of the hardest, why not go all up?


I've already made it to the final level without dying, I might as well go all the way. My best run was a 2CC with dying 5 times, that's getting pretty close. If it turns out my attempts at Accordion Hazard all end in failure I might reconsider, but I'm feeling pretty good about this.
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Haven't played a shmup since Shmup Slam in February, but I'm starting to get the itch again a little bit. Thinking about working on Crimzon Clover, maybe.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:59 am 


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Man, I've gotta say I am LOVING this Sega AGES version of Thunder Force AC. The Switch version has almost no input lag, which is rare on the system. I know some prefer the Mega Drive version of TF III, but I couldn't give up AC's kickass soundtrack. When I hit stage 7 I'm jacking my headphones all the way and rocking out to the YM3438 heart on fire blasting through me. I legit seem to like this game more than TF IV, another Sega AGES entry. Also, respect for what they did for the visuals in this version. Some of the later stages could absolutely pass for a Neo Geo game:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:53 am 


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Still messing around on EspRaDe. Falling off a cliff at the 3rd boss using the first character, but that's only an hour or so in over a few sittings. Love this, one of the better Cave games I've played for sure.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
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I really hope Trigon's second loop is a Sunset Riders "Loop 1 with the difficulty maxed" and not a Detana Twinbee nuclear nightmare, because its first's rank is already balls-out by the penultimate stage. Image

Proto-Nose Laughin mkII is a mean and nasty fucker. Currently dropping three bombs on the bastard, though with the game's generosity it's not such a big deal. Could've easily had seven there, if not for an accidental discharge and panic fuckup in the previous stage. I think I could get him down to two with another loop around. Can no-bomb him in practice, but it doesn't feel realistic for a real run (unless I can GIT GUD). Even 2-bomb regularly sees hilarity ensue.

Rank-lowering suicide makes him easily handled, but I'm trying to avoid that. Image This game rocks. :cool: More Raiden than Raiden. Which means it's slightly less Tiger than Tiger.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:29 pm 


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Very awesome. Trigon I find is kicking my ass as early as stage 2, and rarely lets me see the stage 3 boss. I did see the gaggle of pentarous though! Great cameo. 8)

Playing a lot of R-Type 2 at the moment, courtesy the Dimensions double-pack. This means it's the World ROM and not the harder JPN version - though still plenty tough! I think this game is better than the first. Better bosses, better graphics, better weapons, better stages. This morning I no-miss'd up to the stage 4 boss. Stupid mistake! I didn't recover there but spent some time afterward practicing the stage 5 box maze checkpoints. That level is a paragon of how shmups can achieve survival horror-levels of tension and dread.

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Man, I've gotta say I am LOVING this Sega AGES version of Thunder Force AC.

I find myself inexplicably dying in this game at the asteroid stage. Really fun though! I'm glad you're enjoying it; I got the normal TF3 Genesis clear ages ago, but this one I think is mostly a better game.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:47 pm 


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Yeah the Pentarous are classic, I wonder if they were as much a nod to Same Same's dolphins (or soldiers!). :mrgreen:

Stage 3's no joke, with the magnetic minefield followed immediately by the shotgunner tank fort + twin bomber pincer. I like to pointblank a bomber, then BOMBA the rest... DRAGONLAZOR will kill 'em all, in his own sweet time, but blocks bullets only incidentally; GODLAZOR is a sure killer and absolute defender, but its short lifespan demands a deft sweep. I find stages 4 (Arctic Adventure), 5 (BATTLES OF BATTLESHIP) and 6 (power plant guest-starring DISRUPTOR) slightly easier than st3's early gauntlet, provided I hold onto the Trigon. Familiar sense of hard-won, hard-driven early advantage. Like Raiden, like Gradius, like Tiger, this be formative hardcore. Image

Being a noob, I'm not sure if the titular buddy is more Rank than he's worth. I hope not - I love the balance of classic Fast Aimed Shots™ discipline and progressive convenience, tap-dodging away from bullets while Trigon PWNs the miscreants with Robocop headshots. At least the game's generous with bombs, at any rate. I only wonder if there's a massively lucrative max stock bonus, to create TRU Bomber's Remorse™. Again, I hope not - the Yagawa-esque treatment of bombs not as dire last resorts, but mighty SPECIAL WEAPONS to calculatedly cleave through flak and big fuckers alike is MARVEROUS Image Image Image

EDIT: made the loop. Just like director Hideyuki Tsujimoto's Super Contra and Sunset Riders, rank seems permanently maxed out, even after a death. st1's beachhead turrets spew fast, accurate flak just like their counterparts from st9's final defensive line. Unlike Super/Sunset, there's lots of added zako formations, but it doesn't seem like a credit killer just yet (st1 through 3). st1 boss is just like its st8 boss rush clone, ie MAD AS HELL, but falls to similar tactics. st2's the same. Game still provides ample bombs. This is nice. Image

Felt good hearing staff roll BGM "Nostalgic" in-game, twenty years after Napstering the Shooting Battle ASTs. Image
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:55 pm 


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Darius 2 is so wildly beyond any sort of difficulty I've dealt with in a shooter. This game is really REALLY hard.


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
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Sengoku Strider wrote:
Man, I've gotta say I am LOVING this Sega AGES version of Thunder Force AC. The Switch version has almost no input lag, which is rare on the system. I know some prefer the Mega Drive version of TF III, but I couldn't give up AC's kickass soundtrack. When I hit stage 7 I'm jacking my headphones all the way and rocking out to the YM3438 heart on fire blasting through me. I legit seem to like this game more than TF IV, another Sega AGES entry. Also, respect for what they did for the visuals in this version. Some of the later stages could absolutely pass for a Neo Geo game:

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Heh, that looks familiar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTqKvA092pA
Reminds me, now that I have the real PCB I need to get a new video up for it.
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I'm getting so close to this 1CC of Darius Gaiden. I no miss up to Storm Causer...and then I have to fight Storm Causer.


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