I was wondering anyone here like Shmups? (shoot-em-ups) You know the old horizontal or vertical scrolling types?
I just wanted to start a general discussion about them as it's are one of my favourite gaming genres.
Lately I have been playing a lot of a unappreciated Capcom vertical scroller called Varth which is often thought to be a spiritual predecessor to the 194X series. The game can be easily obtained thanks to Capcom releasing it on Capcom Classics Collection Vol 2 both on the PSP and PS2. You can also play it through MAME with no trouble if that's your thing. (and it most likely is if you are in to these sorts of games!)
What I realy like about it is that is tough but fair. For a start the game has 30 LEVELS which is insane for a Shmup, espeically if you are trying to beat the game without continuing (which I am currently as I have 1CC'ed both 1942 and 1943) but the thing I like about this game the most is the enemy attack blocking pods. I could explain how they work or I could just show you a rad flyer I found on the internet for this game instead...
I used to use the "Auto Pods" when playing the game but I have found them to be to unreliable in heated battles. Instead I have now opted for the "Front Pod" which is very useful for blocking some of the insane bullet pasterns that appear in this game in the later stages and as the flyer states, picking the right power-up for the right stage is essential.
So what Shmups are you guys playing right now? What Shmups do you really like and dislike? Will CAVE ever release another title without it featuring really creepy fetishistic artwork of underage girls again? (and yes I am a fan, I own all of their games that can be played on a PAL Xbox 360 as well as various titles on the Sega Saturn)