I completed Ikaruga on GameCube after unlocking infinite lives. I was dying about once every few seconds. That video confirms what I already knew — anyone who can play the final sections of Ikaruga competently must have their brain wired significantly different from mine.
Go for spread and lightning. Spread covers the whole screen at high enough levels, and lightning can pick off the enemies from behind. Basically hold down the mouse for the whole game, though you will need to let go after each lightning upgrade for it to work. Use bombs if you think you’re having trouble, but you should be okay once you get onto the third level. Shoot everything and be shot by nothing :D
Those videos were very impressive, especially the last one. there was a flash game (on here I think) that had something to do with switching polarity, does anyone know what it’s called?
The switching polarity game is called Ikaruga. It’s on the Gamecube, and if you have a Wii or a GC you should go buy it. It’s absolutely incredible, despite having no power-ups, no story, and only a few levels. My only real complaint is that once you get unlimited lives you can’t turn them off. That’s when I stopped playing the game. :( I’ve never seen anyone pull two-at-once before. That’s incredible on it’s own, but in Ikaruga…holy crap…
It’s made by Treasure, who I think is generally regarded at the king of shmups. Perhaps not the most prolific, they’ve put out some of the best, including Radiant Silvergun which is the one I’ve most often seen identified as the best of all time. Sadly, it’s a Saturn import that runs about $100 on ebay, so I’ve only played a somewhat poor emulated version of it. Sigh…
Dazzer – I’m adding you to my friends list just for those videos. I love shmups and I really wish they were more prevalent in today’s games. If anyone wants to try out some shmups, there is an amazing database of PC shooters, including demos and tons of free full games. Fortunately, the genre is still pretty big in the East, so we get some nice new stuff coming out for the PC.
I’d love to chat more shmup talk with people. I’m still learning sometimes, but I have a decent vocabulary at this point. :-)
Perhaps I should have clarified “of the US-released games”. I’ve never heard of Cave since there’s pretty much no presence at all here. Without even translated titles for their games it’s kinda hard to have heard of them…but I’m certainly interested. Sadly, I have no idea how to even try their games. Their website is entirely Japanese and I can’t seem to find any way to translate. C’est la vie, I guess.
The 2 Above “Mushihimesama” and “futari” are by Cave.
Touhou series are by Team Shanghai Alice (and recently, only [ZUN])
Another SHMUP to look at is one of my favourites Raystorm
edit: Forgot Rez as well. Never played it, but any game that comes with a vibrator has got to be good.
There are probably more SHMUPs that I don’t really know of, since I’m not really a avid shmup player. lol I don’t have enough quarters :D But yeh, the point of those videos were really just to highlight that B29 Assault really isn’t that hard. XD And also I get mesmerised by the pretty colours. Go Go Bullet Hell!
Yeah, same here Kannushi. After those games, B29 was easy (but only for those who are practiced at them – I can understand that for non-shmuppers).
I’m really mad that I was unable to find a copy of Rez for my PS2, but I do have a copy for my Dreamcast. It’s freakin’ awesome, and quite trippy. It’s not really a shmup though – more like Star Fox or a rails shooter than a shmup. But it’s incredibly trippy. The vibrator was an additional option btw, I don’t think it came automatically (err…pun not intended?).
I do love Shanghai Alice games. I’ve only really played Perfect Cherry Blossum, but there’s something just beautiful about the patterns they create with the bullets. Extremely entertaining. Aww, I was about to get a link for rRootage, but then I realized you linked it earlier. So, yeah, go check out ABA games (I think they have Linux and Mac ports as well for some of the games). Some excellent free games on that site.
I remember playing a Raystorm demo on my PSX years ago. Was very cool, though I never played the full game. That reminds me of a Korean game that’s pretty highly acclaimed as well – Kamui. I think you can find a demo online.
Also, one of my very favorite PC shmups is Warning Forever, which is another free one. Go check it out!! It’s nothing but badass boss battles.
Oh, and here’s a great doujin shmup primer for anyone interested.
Just thought I’d drop a line here. I never used static shield the whole game. You all make it sould lke you need it to win…I used fireball instead, personally, I think the shield sucks, but, as long as you beat it, it dosen’t really matter.