I did a thread like this a looong time ago, but can't find it for the life of me. Most of you already know about my penchant for old skool Shoot-em-ups, so this list (which I posted OT in a recent thread) won't come as a big surprise... Consider it a vain attempt to get everyone to share my passion. |
Sadly, you can only get the latest version of MAME32 from Fileplanet which is a pain in the arse, but once you have it, it'll tell you the shortened versions of the game's names on the directory field of the 'All Games' list. There are dozens of places to download the roms from, just google the shortened name and put.zip at the end.
Here are my picks:
Forth in the 1942 series.
Some glitches and missing it's great music, but still worth a pop.
Very similar to the above (infact it might be a sequal) and lacking sound completely. Competant and hard.
Battle Bakraid *****
Similar to the above, but a lot more compatible, therefore easier to play.
Dangun Feveron *****
The game that inspired Treasure to make Radiant Silvergun. and Kenta Cho to make Parsec47. Say no more.
Change Air Blade ****
One of the few VS battle shmups, where you go head to head with a boss. Very original and very difficult.
Darius Gaiden ****
The last in a long list of Darius titles. IMO one of the best side scrollers of all time.
DonPachi 1 and 2 *****
Great games, both of which incorporate alternate fire depending on whether or not you tap the fire button or hold it down.
ESP Ra.De. *****
Just incredible, this. You have to play it to believe it.
If you've ever played Super Aleste, you'll find this one familiar. It's got Toho written all over it.
Giga Wing/Pilot and Fighter *****
One of my all time personal favs. Nuff said.
Gunbird 1 and 2 *****
Hard as nails. Pick a sourcerer and kick some cartoony arse.
Lets you lock onto enemies in the lower distance before they come and get you. Great stuff.
Bright, colourful and slightly simplistic. Fun though, if you can get past the treacherous first level.
Wander through villiages in feudal Japan massacering everying with a guardian spirit (you'll have to play it to understand). Awsome.
Parodius DA! *****
This one was on the Snes yonks ago. It's Gradius, but not as you know it.
R-Type 1,2 and Leo *****
Needs no introduction, really, but the 3rd in the series, Leo, isn't much like the previous games, you don't have a force ball anymore.
Strikers 1945 1, 2 and 3 *****
Basically 1945 with vastly improved graphics. Each is better than the last.
Samurai/Sengoku Aces *****
Much like Strikers, it follows the 1945 vein.
Space Bomber ****
A very silly shmup which is absolte quality.
Vasara 1 and 2 *****
Feudal Japan again, but this time in ships (!)
Metal Slug (all) *****
The arcade versions are the ONLY versions.
All of that list are from about '93 upwards and ooze class and playability. As much as the old, old skool ones go, IMO they're best left as something to reminise about, they don't play that well and they're slow beyond belief. These will give you a guarenteed challenge and they all look great. Infact, if your reactions don't improve within one day of playing these, I'll give you your money back
Edited by Dirtbox at 01:13:28 02-04-2005
Edited by Dirtbox at 13:49:35 02-04-2005
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