Ether Vapor Remaster

Ether Vapor Remaster

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AlucarD Oct 15, 2013 @ 3:42pm
More awesome Shmups like this !
Can anyone recommend more awesome shmups like this one ? I would strongly suggest Radiant Silvergun and of course Ikaruga, those are on the Dreamcast, Gamecube and on the Xbox Live Marketplace but no PC release :[ There are also the awesome Gradius games on the Playstation 2 but are there more cool shmups on the PC ? It seems like they dont get many PC releases.
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AmethystViper Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:53pm 
In case you didn't noticed by now, Treasure is trying to get Ikaruga on Steam (PC) through Steam Greenlight (and yes, I have Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun on XBLA).

If you're looking for shooters on PC, The Tale of ALLTYNEX series -- Kamui, RefleX, and ALLTYNEX Second -- is a must, and like ETHER VAPOR Remaster, has been localized by Nyu Media. Kamui is pretty much the awesome sequel to RayForce that Taito never made, RefleX lets you reflect enemy fire, and ALLTYNEX Second lets you control a fighter that turns into a semi-mecha armed laser swords and a powerful wave motion gun. The challenging and unique gameplay, great visuals, and the epic soundtrack throughout the series makes The Tale of ALLTYNEX some of the best PC shooters around. Sadly the games aren't up on Steam yet (although the series could be greenlit), but if you're eager to get localized version of the trilogy they can be purchased at DESURA, direct from Nyu Media or the other places that sells the series.

The eXceed series is also worth mentioning but namely the two later installments of the series since eXceed 2nd -VAMPIRE REX- (a remake of the original eXceed 2nd -VAMPIRE-) is more-or-less Moe-karuga and eXceed 3rd -JADE PENETRATE- BLACK PACKAGE (another enhanced version of the original) is traditional bullet hell game. The first game of the series, eXceed -Gun Bullet Children- is so-so and the visuals will remind why the Virtual Boy was never a success. The entire series is also localized by Nyu Media and is actually up on Steam.

Crimzon Clover is another awesome shooter but it's not for the faint of heart: it can be best described as "DoDonPachi meets RayForce" as it has similar gameplay to them and enough bullets to make Touhou blush. Doubt this game will get localized anytime soon, so good luck on finding legit copies. If you're looking for a free alternative to Crimzon Clover, you could try x.x's Blue Wish Resurrection and a few of his other freeware games, they're very like CAVE's bullet hell games.

If you're looking something more surreal, check out HELLSINKER. It has some very odd scoring mechanics (so much so that it confuses Japanese players IIRC), though I've been hearing lots of goods about it on forums; AbyssalSoul can probably explan this game (and some of the other ones) better than I can.

There's plenty of other PC shoot 'em ups I could talk about, but I need my sleep...
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AlucarD Oct 15, 2013 @ 11:56pm 
:O no way !! Ikaruga is probably my most favorite shmup ever !! thanks a lot for the advice !! I checked out Greenlight and hell yeah its up there, thanks man those news already made my day better !! I have Ikaruga and Radiant Silvergun on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade and I love them so much even thou the difficulty is painful sometimes but it still keeps me going ! Also the epic Gradius V, that one comes close to Ikaruga but its only on the PS2 :[ I abandoned the PS2 a looong time ago.
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AmethystViper Oct 16, 2013 @ 12:17pm 
I know your pain; I had many fond memories on the PS2 (namely from Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner and Devil May Cry) but the hardware was busted and refused to run anything.

As for other PC shooters, check out this video by Ite7 for some vertical doujin/indie shooters from the past couple of years, a few of which I mentioned earlier, some of which are actually free, and very few of them have been published overseas.

The Gundemonium series -- Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne, and Hitogata Happa -- is a pretty good horizontal shooter series with the exception of Hitogata Happa which is a vertical shooter. It was made by the same guy who also made Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils (highly recommend this game by the way) and has some Touhou-ish elements. Rockin' Android brought the series out on Steam and DESURA with updated features like high-resolution and widescreen support and rearranged soundtracks by DM Ashura and Woofle (former worked on beatmania DXII and the later also arranged BMD's soundtrack and composing music for Freedom Planet).

Taito's classic RAY series -- RayForce/LayerSection, RayStorm, and RayCrisis -- have PC official ports but you'll be hard pressed to find legit copies of these games in any shape or form on PC. RayStorm is the game that introduced me into shooters back when I was young and played the sampler CD that came with some PS1s back in the day although I played it on a PS2. The PC port of RayStorm and RayCrisis is more-or-less based on the PS1 ports (no co-op in RayCrisis unfortunately) and still works perfectly fine on WIndows 7. RayForce does have frame-rate issues on newer computers but if you can find a legit copy, there's files on the disc that fixes the problem; the other cause of concern is the cruddy low-resolution that can only be remedied with third-party DirectX programs like D3DWindower to actually play them in window on higher resolutions. But seriously, Taito, bring these games back on PC with PC-centric options in 1080p.

Another shooter that is up on Steam is Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony but I haven't had any experience with this game myself but I heard it's pretty damn hard.
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yampot Oct 16, 2013 @ 12:37pm 
AmethystViper Oct 17, 2013 @ 7:54am 
Good news AlucarD: Ikaruga is greeenlit.
Five Color Durdle Oct 17, 2013 @ 9:42am 
You can also go download Hydorah by locomalito, and Warning Forever by some guy whose name I forget. They're both freebie downloads; Hydorah has a lot of Gradius blood in it, and Warning Forever is a boss rush where each boss is procedurally generated based on how you've been playing specifically to target your weaknesses.

Jamestown is pretty good, and it supports 4 players; I've never tried it at full multiplayer capacity, but I imagine it's got to be impressive. There's also Tyrian 2000 on which is also available for free, but I can't get it to work on my computer so I can't give meaningful opinions about it.
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kagento Dec 3, 2013 @ 5:25am 
I enjoyed Satazius quite a lot :)
seconding exceed 2/3, hellsinker, and ikaruga
jamestown is actually quite easy, but worth giving a try
looking forward to tale of alltynex second now that it was greenlit
can also recommend sine mora on steam and chaos field remaster on gamecube
Avalon4 May 6, 2014 @ 9:04am 
Some of the better J-shmups out there are ports of Dreamcast originals (Things like Chaos Field, Ikaruga, R.Silvergun, Triggerheart Exelica, etc.) It reminds me of how devs used to take their chances on the underdog system - I think everyone misses those days.

...Wait, they re-did Chaos Field again? I thought the GC release was a remake to begin with. Or did they do the same thing EtherVapor did?

For today's shmups, the X360 has the DoDonPachi series, as well as Mushihimesara Futari. I picked up the Black Label disc of the latter myself, it has a few interesting mode variations in it that can help you get used to the more manic shooter style.
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