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Yay Contra 3
I'm glad to see you like more than shmups -- it was something I was thinking about as I was pondering the latest 19XX score.
Ha ha yeah. I played anything I had when I was a kid (Megaman X was my favorite game for so long... and still is one of). Stopped playing games for a while and went and lived the crazy life, and when I got back into gaming, I realized I missed so many good games growing up.
You want puzzle with your shmups? Try Twinkle Star Sprites on the NG (not kidding!) Also has 2 player competitive mode!
I love this game on the DC, but sold it a while ago. I really want to give it a spin now that you've reminded me of it. Such a unique game.
But -- only been doing shmups for a year and wiping the floor with all of us? AWKWARD
Ha ha. Its probably all the bullet hell shooters. Stuff with lightning fast bullets I am terrible at, since you have to actually have experience with that particular game. With bullet hells, the skill kinda transfers between games (scoring aside). 19xx is almost a bullet hell, like Batsugun, so I was able to pick it up fairly quick.
I think you should try to get into a bullet hell, just to see how you like it! Some of them are just so hard that only masochists enjoy them, but some of them are fairly accessible
(BTW, Pulstar's nice, but BLAZING STAR is even better)
I have played Blazing Star once, in a Pizza Hut across town, like 4 months ago. Holy crap, what an awesome game. Ironically, I then ended up sending a Blazing Star to Mike, and it was the first arcade board I had ever seen. At that time, I thought I'd never be able to play cool shit like that.