Soukyugurentai

Soukyugurentai

I consider myself somewhat of a lapsed shooter fan.  In the 8 & 16-bit era when you couldn’t sneeze without running into a shmup.  But as the PlayStation and Saturn came along the genre all but disappeared from America.  The...
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Lords of Thunder

Lords of Thunder

As much as I like shooters during the 16-bit era they did become a bit stale.  The vast majority fell into the space shooter category and while I like sci-fi you can only shoot down so many aliens and capital...
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Crisis Force

Crisis Force

The end of a given console’s life is usually the most interesting period in terms of releases.  With years of experience behind them developers tend to craft truly amazing games not thought possible on old hardware.  One need only look...
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Raiden

Raiden

To the casual gaming public the name Raiden probably conjures up a certain thunder god in Mortal Kombat.  Or the nancy boy in Metal Gear Solid.  But for old school shooting fans they’ll remember one of the most well-known shooters...
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Gokujou Parodius

Gokujou Parodius

As much as I love Street Fighter I do hate what it inadvertently caused.  In the 80s and early 90s arcades were home to a large variety of games in every genre.  That variety dried up as fighting games took...
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Undead Line

Undead Line

I really liked Twinkle Tale, a little known Genesis import that suffered from a low print run.  This brilliant game housed excellent art direction and gameplay but somehow never left Japan.  So when I learned of Undead Line I couldn’t...
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Gley Lancer

Gley Lancer

I don’t envy the developers of the legions of shooters in the 90s.  After Gradius and R-Type revolutionized the genre everyone else was left picking up the scraps.  The rare title would come along and innovate but by and large...
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Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams

Growing up there were certain games that had attained mythical status due to their rarity.  Most of these games such as Radiant Silvergun, Psychic Killer Taromaru, and Harmful Park are imports but the occasional domestic release would enter those ranks.&n...
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Harmful Park

Harmful Park

By the mid-90s the shooter genre had a problem: there were too many!  Whether it was on consoles or especially in the arcade no other genre suffered from a glut of product other than fighting games.  It wasn’t long before...
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Panzer Dragoon

Panzer Dragoon

Sega’s surprise launch of the Saturn in May of 1995 was disastrous for a number of reasons.  Retailers were not prepared, gamers certainly weren’t, and more importantly third party titles were not ready in time.  That left their own titles...
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