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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:39 am 


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EmperorIng wrote:
I didn't realize it came with all that lovely mock-up marquis art! I can Feel the Darius Love.


The marquees and the replica of the PCB box is an exclusive preorder bonus from Beep, an obscure but incredible shop that specializes in PCBs and retro PCs. I'm pretty sure this particular version of the release will be the rarest of them.

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Curious what version of Darius Gaiden is on that. Can you blow up 3 of King Fossil's fins (without dying) and tell us if the bullets get larger and faster?


Tested it for you this morning, the answer is yes, they do increase in size and intensity.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:29 am 


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Guess it's the arcade version then.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:42 pm 


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ACSeraph wrote:
EmperorIng wrote:
I didn't realize it came with all that lovely mock-up marquis art! I can Feel the Darius Love.


The marquees and the replica of the PCB box is an exclusive preorder bonus from Beep, an obscure but incredible shop that specializes in PCBs and retro PCs. I'm pretty sure this particular version of the release will be the rarest of them.

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Curious what version of Darius Gaiden is on that. Can you blow up 3 of King Fossil's fins (without dying) and tell us if the bullets get larger and faster?


Tested it for you this morning, the answer is yes, they do increase in size and intensity.


The BEEP version looks great! I went for the BEEP version of Ketsui and it was ok.. This one looks much better so I wish I had grabbed it. Thanks for the detailed information and pics!

The BEEP Ketsui box is awesome, just the extra art bit included was sorta disappointing.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:25 am 


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So my Cozmic Collection SE finally got delivered today from Amazon, it joins the rest of my still growing Darius collection.

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Random pics from last month´s Megarage collaboration.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:46 pm 


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Great pics, thanks for sharing! That's a lot of awesome.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:28 am 


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Played my copy of G. Darius earlier today. I still say its the best shooter in the PS1 library. And it looks absolutely gorgeous on my 4k Vizio, in my PS3. Plays beautifully too.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:01 am 


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Thanks for sharing the pics! I've been following the twitter account and it looked very cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:27 pm 


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brentsg wrote:
Great pics, thanks for sharing! That's a lot of awesome.


Sure was awesome having all the cabs in one place and playing for a couple of hours. They had a nice little merch store going on, too, picked up some Darius memorabillia as well. Drinks weren´t amazing, but I got me a few Darius themed coasters!


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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Please tell me all of those are from Taito Station. I intend to go there soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:49 am 


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xxx1993 wrote:
Please tell me all of those are from Taito Station. I intend to go there soon.


Those cabs were located in Megarage, an arcade bar located whitin a Taito Station nearby Mizonokuchi station in Yamazaki during the Darius Cozmic Collaboration promotion event, which as far as I know ended when the game launched last February 28th; don't know if the cabs will remain there, but I think they might return to their original places. HEY at Akihabara usually keeps Darius 1, 2, Gaiden, G-Darius, and Dariusburst AC, though they have 2 in a conversion big screen cab; if you wanted to play 2 in an original cab there´s always the Mikado near Takadanobaba station, which had all these cabs last time I went there (last month). Have no idea when you can find a Sagaia cab to play though, that was the highlight of the Megarage event for me as I hadn´t played in that cab before!


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I’m going there next week, I hope to find it.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:15 am 


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The original Darius cab was on loan from Hey I think. If you want to play Darius Hey in Akihabara is absolutely the best place to do it. Also check out Natsuge Museum in Akihabara if you wanna enjoy the fine wine that is an original Darius II cab. We ought to just meet up, I wouldn't mind showing you around Akiba if you are around on Saturday or Sunday.
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Saturday or Sunday? I’m going to Akihabara the minute I set foot in Japan. You live there?


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Wow, those pics!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:35 am 


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ACSeraph wrote:
The original Darius cab was on loan from Hey I think. If you want to play Darius Hey in Akihabara is absolutely the best place to do it. Also check out Natsuge Museum in Akihabara if you wanna enjoy the fine wine that is an original Darius II cab. We ought to just meet up, I wouldn't mind showing you around Akiba if you are around on Saturday or Sunday.


Yeah I think so, too. The one that was at the event had the same cracks in the plexiglass covering the instructions, so I think it's safe to assume it was the one originally found in Hey as it wasn´t in its original location last month.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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I never found Darius 1 at HEY even after going there a million times, only saw the two DBAC, Darius II, G Darius, Darius Gaiden corner. Where was it, so I don't miss it next time :P

Which version of it are they running, anyways?
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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Hey! runs Extra version, because they have good taste :wink: Sometimes they loan it out or send it for repairs, so it's possible it just wasn't around when you were there. Its most recent home is in the corner right next to the two ACEX cabs. PM me sometime if you are out this way, I'm always looking for ACEX partners.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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Sorry for the boring tech question, but I thought someone here might know something about this problem. I've recently started playing the Playstation version of Darius Gaiden (my Saturn died and won't be replaced for a long while), and I'm finding that whether I play it on original hardware (a PAL PSOne with a boot disc) or with an emulator, it can't seem to load any music, freezes for a couple of seconds at certain points, and has a pretty inconsistent, jumpy framerate. At first I thought I had a bad disc, but I've tried two now, both in excellent condition, and the performance is exactly the same. Is there anything I can do about this stuff?

Ed: I'm guessing the framerate issues are a problem specific to this outsourced port with its odd priorities (nice lavish CG intro!), but I can't find any mention of the difficulty with reading music from the disc, etc...


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I think the only Darius game I don't like is Super Nova for the SNES. It felt too dark for a Darius game. I just want to say to that game, "You're so dark. Are you sure you're not from the R-Type universe?"


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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Are Sagaia versions 1 and/or 2 easier than Darius II? I was hoping to play through all three on the Cozmic Collection so I could see all the differences for myself but Darius II is owning me really hard.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:39 am 


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Darius II is a pretty hateful game. Difficulty-wise I would rank them as Darius II > V2 > V1. So maybe start with V1 and work your way up? I wrote a guide for Darius II a few years back that might help as well, though it desperately needs an update.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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ACSeraph wrote:
Darius II is a pretty hateful game. Difficulty-wise I would rank them as Darius II > V2 > V1. So maybe start with V1 and work your way up? I wrote a guide for Darius II a few years back that might help as well, though it desperately needs an update.

Thank you. I did find your guide when I was starting out and it's the reason I was able to get as far into II as I did, but I've hit a wall. I think I'll check out version 1 then 2 for now.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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Quick question about the Darius Gaiden Extra Version, in which I'm currently exploring all the routes I skipped in the past. Is Zone T supposed to spawn so many of the tier-6 Captains (the purple fish with the big gatling guns on their heads)? The midpoint of the level seems to go differently every time for me. Sometimes I get two or three Captains, sometimes many more, and some of them seem to disappear after capturing their orbs, leaving only one fin visible. On my last run I managed to survive their onslaught and capture several of them, only for the game to freeze and basically reset (back to the "wait a moment" boot-up screen). The resetting has happened before under different circumstances, and is presumably related to the excessive amount of stuff going on. It's still possible to clear the stage if you choose not to capture them (I'm working on a Z-route 1LC at the moment), but is it supposed to spam Captains at this point? In the original version it appears as zone H and has no Captain at all, and in the 2P all-stages mode it also appears as zone H, following the original game's zone map, so I can't compare these behaviours to anything.

Has anyone else played any routes involving zone T extensively? There doesn't seem to be any footage of it from other players on YT or Nico, nor any discussion of it as a 'known' issue. I figure it could just be an emulation issue, but if so, it's consistent across various older and newer builds of MAME I've tried...

Getting back to matters of Darius Love, what happened to Hidecade's astonishing Mega Drive conversion of Darius? All mention (and footage) of it seems to have been removed.

Edit: you can see what I was talking about at about 15:20 here.


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:54 pm 


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In case any UK heads are still hoping to play it on a proper cab, I've just learned from a pal that Arcade Club in Bury has DBAC EX!


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:06 am 


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By some miracle Taito had a booth in the main hall at Tokyo game show. In 2019.

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And then this happened:

https://youtu.be/d_qMnDghVNc

Feel the love.
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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:27 am 


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In awe of this legend's tinkering. Incredible Darius rigs approaching fast:

"Six-screen" Darius II MD on Nomad

Darius MD on GameGear

PCE/MD Dual Play

Switch/MD Dual Play

Darius MD with Hori Fighting Stick PS

"Three-screen" Super Darius :P


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 Post subject: Re: Where the Darius Love at?
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https://store.steampowered.com/app/3778 ... _Saviours/

I've had mild interest in Dariusburst Chronicle Saviors on Steam, but now that I've looked up some gameplay footage, I don't really see what the big deal is. Especially for the 50 bucks they're asking for it.

And I had to mute the Steam trailer. Wtf was that music?


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It's gotten a pretty good amount of discussion around here. Personally, I'm a big fan. For a brief overview of its merits, it's got a unique system where you can leave a bullet-cancelling laser turret anywhere on the screen. That gives you a ton of options for how to approach things both offensively and defensively. There's lots of variety overall. Lots of stages, a big list of heavily-differentiated ships, tons of bosses. Survival-wise it's beginner-friendly and low-stress. Don't know how much depth there is to the scoring system as I'm a survival heretic.

Freedom is a bad track and it's unfortunate that they chose it for the trailer, but it's also a complete outlier. The rest of the soundtrack is solid, and as I recall, Freedom is used once or twice in Chronicle Saviours mode and nowhere else.


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Thanks for the info. I'll keep an eye on it, but I don't think I wanna pay much more than 10 bucks for it.


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As with most Hori games of this type a trailer won't do it justice (it's not about epileptic bullet spam), you really need to play it to feel it's depth. As the previous poster said the beam system adds huge strategic depth, but not only that, every ship is drastically different in their mechanics and changing the ship alone is like playing an entirely different game. You can play strategically with the bullet canceling beam but a lower power ship, a more traditional higher powered ship with (basically) no cancelling, a ship with a shot type that can be changed at will to cancel specific bullet types. The ship design is among the very very best in the entire genre.

The other thing DBAC has going for it is the sheer amount of content, a seemingly endless parade of courses all with completely different stages and final boss fights. Just from the basic courses you have about ten different clears ranging in difficulty from chill to fuck you. When that's done you have CS mode with another endless sea of courses (best approached with default ships). This one however I will knock slightly for reusing a lot of assets way too often but it's still really enjoyable. Even if this mode didn't exist the game would still be worth $60. And even with that done you have a third mode with the arcade version's Chronicle mode, where there are so many courses and challenges that it's nearly impossible to clear everything alone. This mode was meant to be completed as a community effort in the arcades. tldr: Just based pure on the amount of content DBAC:CS is probably the most substantial STG ever made. I've been playing from back when it was an arcade exclusive and I still haven't cleared everything.

That song is shit though no doubt. Zuntata is quite experimental with their music and I think that song was just an unfortunate failed experiment. The overall soundtrack is among the best in the genre, watch a run of ADH or ORV and then tell me if you think the soundtrack isn't amazing.
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