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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:15 am 


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:29 am 


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I tried again with Darius last night, it's one classic shmup I've just never been able to get into. It's just the feel of it, to me, is... off. It feels like a game essentially designed to be 1-lifed, although recovery is certainly possible it feels almost Euroshmup in that once you're reduced back to base power level it's simply no fun tryng to kill anything that isn't popcorn. I don't understand why, with all that beautiful backdrop art, all the enemies are so small and grey. The back half of the play area seems almost useless for anything that isn't a boss fight, because of the speed shots travel at it seems like you need the be playing in the last third wherever possible to keep up a decent rate of fire. Spent a good hour trying to get into it, made it to the third boss, but just not feeling it. Probably try once more tonight just to see if I can get it to click. I was playing Extra by the way, is there any reason not to?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:28 am 


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I was playing Extra by the way, is there any reason not to?

I'm playing the heck out of vanilla Darius, so that when I move to Extra I might have a clear notion of what has actually been changed.
That said, everyone says Extra is the definitve Darius iteration - if only for the final bonus you get for each spare life, as in all other entries in the series.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup Ticker: What are you playing RIGHT NOW?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:39 am 


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I'm back to basics with Hishozame.

There's some nasty artillery in this game and it really makes you feel like battling against impossible odds.
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I'm back to basics with Hishozame.

There's some nasty artillery in this game and it really makes you feel like battling against impossible odds.


Very chunky, savage game. I love it, one of the few times I'll pardon a slow move speed.
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Haven't stuck with anything lately, but I suppose that's OK.

After 50 or 60 hours in Wasteland 2 I played a little Zero Ranger yesterday. I haven't gotten any better, but I haven't gotten any worse either:D
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bottino wrote:
I'm back to basics with Hishozame.

There's some nasty artillery in this game and it really makes you feel like battling against impossible odds.


been doing this too. got the 1-ALL once and haven't been able to do it since. the last bit of stage 4 right after the second midboss and all of stage 5 give me a really hard time.

also shooting for TATSUJIN 10,000,000; best so far is 3-5, 4.2mil. it's mainly a matter of getting all the checkpoints down pat
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been doing this too. got the 1-ALL once and haven't been able to do it since. the last bit of stage 4 right after the second midboss and all of stage 5 give me a really hard time.


Yeah, my limit so far has been those two tank mid-bosses, especially the 2nd one and the zakos mixed up with it, on stage 4. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to put much time on it lately, though.

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Very chunky, savage game.


Now that's a pretty much perfect definition of the game, I think.

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I love it, one of the few times I'll pardon a slow move speed.


Yes, same here; for instance, I could never get into a game like Raiden or it's sequels, despite my most earnest efforts.
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Ketsui. Made the stage 4 boss for the first time after not playing for a month.
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XII Stag. Weird game but I want to figure it out.


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XII Stag. Weird game but I want to figure it out.


It is a bit weird and sometimes can be even annoying. Still good fun and good way to wears out your stick.
Was that the PS2 port?
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Terra Cresta 2 - such a nice game, love it. Only thing to complain about is the current price.
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Darius Gaiden for Saturn. Such a beautiful game. I’m still on the easy route but I feel I can move on probably this weekend. :wink:
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Would love to play my Darius Gaiden! First I need a VGA hat for my HAS.


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Battle Bakraid. Having a hard time getting into it. Anybody love this one?


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Steredenn on PS3. Interesting rogue-shmup, still trying to beat it by learning boss tactics and best upgrades


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Steredenn on PS3. Interesting rogue-shmup, still trying to beat it by learning boss tactics and best upgrades


Top tier -

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Shotgun, Hyper beam, Ultra laser, Impaler, Crusher, Plasma gun are all pretty good in all situations. Don't hesitate to grab any of them. Shotgun is probably the best overall. Impaler and plasma gun are really good too.


A tier -

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Laser, and demuxer are probably the next best. Homing missles and torpedoes are a good grab if nothing else mentioned has been dropped.


The following make good back ups, but aren't anything you want as a main -

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Shockwave, reflect, super gun, death ray, and boomerang compliment anything in the top tier nicely.


At stage end take -

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HP up, followed by damage up. After those it would be Bullet auto, fast reload, and + bullet damage. Kind of a crap shoot after that.


My favorite set up is probably -

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Shotgun/Impaler/Plasma gun, with reflect/boomerang/shockwave back up
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Battle Bakraid. Having a hard time getting into it. Anybody love this one?


Good starting point to get into Raizing/Eighting. I moved on once I got the 1 credit clear, but spent quite some time with it. Pretty straightfoward unless you're playing for scoring. In that case, there's a thread on this forum that covers the mechanics and its very in depth. I'm sure that Batrider or Garegga are much harder to get into (and apparently got a larger player base).
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thinking I might put Tatsujin on hold for a while to focus on Truxton II and Hishouzame. Honestly I'm not sure if I want to do the 10 mil run. Staring intently at a screen for over 2 hours without a break for the 5.9 mil run was kind of taxing by itself, though I do want to get a 4-ALL at some point. Then I'll probably call it done.
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Trying to get the Strikers 1945 2-ALL, best I reached by now is 2-5.
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That's seriously good progress, so I know you've got it in you. :P
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Bakraid, and it's amazing. Really need to get a CRT and a decent controller for my Xbox, the crystal d-pad has massive travel, and the original is awful for diagonals, plus it creaks like no controller I've ever heard before.
I'd forgotten about all the emulation discs I had knocking around. Shame I can't install them, they're a bit temperamental these days.
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Tatsujin and I might love it. Between that and Raiden (1990) I might be a late 80s guy after all. I was sure I was 90s.


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DOJ WL, day 175. Latest PB - dying on 2-5 Hachi third pattern. Of course this mistake makes this game almost impossible to clear but I had a real chance to 2-ALL this game.
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just discovered Mahou Daisakusen. Lots of fun, wondering why I haven't tried it out before...


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