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Steven K

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By shooters, I am not referring to first-person, Doom style games, but rather platform shooters (such as Gradius). These are a dying breed now, but back in the 16-bit heyday, they were all the rage.
My favorite shooters of all time (in order)
1. Gaiares (Genesis)
2. Axelay (SNES)
3. Lords of Thunder (PCE-SCD)
4. Sexy Parodius (Saturn)
5. Gate of Thunder (PCE-SCD)
6. R-Type Complete (PCE-CD)
7. Life Force (PCE)
8. Galactic Attack (Saturn)
9. Raiden- (GenesisTG16)
10. Aero Blasters- (Genesis)
Honorable Mentions:
Thunder Force 3
Super R-Type (SNES)- despite the bad slowdown
Side Arms Special (PCE-CD)
Genga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (PCE-ACD)
Last Resort (Neo-Geo)
 

Michael St. Clair

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In no order:
Blazing Lasers, TG/PCE
Tempest 2000, Jaguar
Viewpoint, Neo Geo
Xevious, Namco arcade
Raiden, various
Radiant Silvergun, Saturn
Layer Section, Saturn
Lords of Thunder, TG/PCE CD
Galaga 88, Namco arcade
Parodius, Saturn
 

James D S

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I play a lot of Blazing Lazers (TG16) and Mars Matrix (Dreamcast).
Would like to get a copy of Radient Silvergun, though. But those prices are too damn ridiculous.
Bert,
Your the first person to claim such high praise for Contra Force. I can't get much info on this title. Why do you like it so much?
Peace.
[Edited last by James D S on November 07, 2001 at 05:22 PM]
 

Joseph Young

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I may have the spelling completely wrong, but Zanax for the NES? The sense of speed as you scrolled upward was dizzying, especially at the time. You had to kind of blur the moving background out of mind, and just concentrate on the hundreds of projectiles homing in on you!
Another shooter I recently played, which certainly breaks no ground but does a great justice to the genre, is
Bangai-O for the DC. An amazing, addictive shooter.
Joseph
 

Steven K

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D-O-U-G-H ! ! !
I cant believe I forgot Blazing Lasers! I must be slipping at my old age of 23.
 

James D S

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That's "LaZers," my good man. Show some respect!
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Mike_G

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My God, all this NEW stuff. Try some of the arcade classics where these "console shooters" came from:
Xevious
Gyruss
Tempest (would you consider this a shooter?)
Star Wars (arcade)
Centipede
Vanguard
Galaxian
Defender
ROBOTRON
Try some of the classics. Mind you, these are 8-BIT and have just as much replay value as the 16-bit console games.
Mike
 

Sean Oneil

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Anyone remember the original Capcom greats:
"Gunsmoke" (the arcade version with the three fire buttons)
"Side Arms" (the first 'Mech' type shooter I can recall)
What about the old Taito classic
"Front Line"
and it's Capcom created knock-off
"Commando"
Personally, I think that the arcade version of "Gunsmoke"
was one of the best, fastest, and most graphically impressive shooters of it's time. One of the first shooters to introduce the 'Boss' at the end of each level.
Has anyone mentioned
"Darius" yet? That was a pretty awesome triple-monitor arcade shooter...
Ahh, the 80's ...when the shooter was king
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Michael St. Clair

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Xevious
Gyruss
Tempest (would you consider this a shooter?)
Star Wars (arcade)
Centipede
Vanguard
Galaxian
Defender
ROBOTRON
In my definition, a shooter has to have limited degrees of freedom and be 'on rails'. I really can't count Defender and Robotron, though they are great games. All hail Eugene Jarvis!
Tempest is definitely a shooter. I own a Tempest upright!
I actually think Tempest 2000 is a better game in many respects. (ducks)
It can be hard comparing home games and arcade games, because the way the difficulty ramps and the length of play often differs greatly.
 

David Lawson

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Gunstar Heroes, the best Genesis game ever.
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Others:
Desert Falcon (Atari 7800)
Life Force (NES)
Lightening Force (Genesis)
River Raid (Atari 2600)
Tempest (Arcade)
Thunder Force III (Genesis)
Xevious (Arcade)
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He obviously misinterpreted what it means to "be bullish."
 

Steven K

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Gunstar Heroes is definitely one of the best Genesis games of all times.
Actually when I used the word "shooter," I was referring to those games in which you piloted some sort of aircraft (usually a space ship), well, you know the idea.
Other non-spaceship type shooters worth mentioning:
Blaster Master (NES)
...ditto on the Gunstar Heroes (Genesis)
MERCS (Genesis)
 

Sean Oneil

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I for got to mention 'Zaxxon'
I used to be so amazed by the 3-D look of it when I was a kid.
 

Kevin T

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i liked galaga a lot back in the day. didn't really play too much shooter type games...more into the first person shooters like operation wolf and what not.
kevin t
 

Calvin Watts III

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Tempest is still the "bomb"!!!
Also Galaga,and the war ones -
1942
1943
&
P-47
The 80's sure were fun times...
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