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Quick Look: Devil Engine

Watch as Dan plays a totally easy and completely calming shmup for the GBE crew!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Mar. 4 2019

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Dan

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

Devil Engine

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Anime feels :)

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This does look Thunder Force-y.

Now if we can get Rolling Gunner on the Switch we'll be in business.

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"You going up or across"

"Across"

"Lets just call it a Macross"

... :D

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The name of this game reminds me of Devil’s Crush which makes me think, has anyone ever made a bullet hell shooter combined with a pinball game?

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SHMUP

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Oh man, I really love "shmell."

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Ooo, this looks cool

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They should do Ikaruga for this is the run.

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@phanboy4: Good news, check the Japanese eShop

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@zeeman155: I think he said "shmacross", but yeah I thought the same thing.

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I'm sold

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What is the difference between a Shoot Em Up and a Bullet Hell?

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2019 is shaping up to be a banner year for GB portmanteaus, and I'm here for it.

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I'm right there with Alex; this is giving me nostalgic vibes even though I can't pinpoint the reference.

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John_Wiswell

What is the difference between a Shoot Em Up and a Bullet Hell?

I'd say that a bullet hell is a type of shoot em up, but a shoot em up doesn't need to be a bullet hell.

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Yep, Dan certainly plays a pretty easy shmup poorly enough that it follows that he takes issue with the term "shmup".

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I'm not even close to being good enough to roll with these games but they always look super cool.

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@john_wiswell said:

John_Wiswell

What is the difference between a Shoot Em Up and a Bullet Hell?

"Bullet hell" is a subgenre, typified by large numbers of relatively slow bullets on-screen, which you weave through (or around) with precise movements. They're not really necessarily harder than other types of shooters once you learn how to approach them, but they can look intimidating to people unfamiliar with them. I personally have more trouble with lightning-fast bullets in games like Raiden and Strikers 1945; at least in bullet hell games I have time to read the screen and react.

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Dan sounds like he stuck his head in a bag of cocaine before he did this Quick Look. O_O

Been playing this over the weekend - I'd say Thunder Force 4 comparisons are fair. It's MUCH harder than Thunder Force 3.

Great game if you're into shmups. It's more old school shoot em' up and a lot less bullet hell.

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Are there infinite continues?

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The Thunder Force composer did the soundtrack to Devil Engine. Some of it is his older songs and some of it is new

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There's a GLHB in the starting sequence of the level

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That is some glorious PC-98-Ass PC-98 dithering there.

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I'm with Alex. I love this type of game but am absolutely terrible at them.

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The Thunder Force series is wicked, but among my favorites. Sega owns the series, and they put out Lightening Force (AKA, Thunder Force IV) on the Switch, which is a great version of one of the best shooters on the Genesis. Highly recommended.

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Watching this video is literally the first time I've heard the term 'shmup', and I have to say that's one of the worst descriptors for a game I've ever hear. It almost hurts my eyes to look at that 'word'.

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I have never heard "shmup" before. When did this become a thing? How lazy do you need to be to not say "shoot em up?" You save maybe a quarter of a second? Sorry, but I think this term is dumb.

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Looks great, I'll pick it up after I emerge from my DMC V 100% expedition.

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Does this have couch co-op? Super Hydorah did and it would be great if this does too.

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I've been saying 'Shmup' since U.N. Squadron on the SNES.

Good enough for me. :: shrug ::

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Vinny a bullet hell is a sub genre of the shoot em up so you don't need to combine the words

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im terrible at these kinds of games but i'm sure they feel awesome if you can hack it and im glad they exist

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That loading screen thingy with the white squares and red ones around the border to check for screen geometry and overscan... nice touch.

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The use of stippling instead of alpha blending feels like a specific nod to the Sega Saturn. There's clearly a lot of work that has gone into this to evoke a certain feel, and it works really well.

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@grayfox1210: You must be a fan of "nes" and "snes" (pronounced as one word)

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As a big fan of hand drawn 80s mecha stuff, that opening works for me big time.

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@ripelivejam: Hey that just makes sense and it's easier to say. Schmup is accepted as a term sure, but it's still pretty weird and not saving a lot of time.

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If only Giant Bomb East crew knew about STG, though that really only works when typing it out as opposed to saying it out loud.