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An Ultimate List of Rail-Shooters: A work in progress.

by Opa Opa Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:11 pm

Editing in progress. Current edit: 06/16/2011

Rail-Shooters

The following games are Rail-Shooters in the same style as games like Space Harrier, Panzer Dragoon, or Sin & Punishment. In these games you control a character that you can move around on-screen to dodge enemy projectiles. Or in some games, like Rez, you control only a targeting reticule only but you still have your character on-screen.

I'm trying to focus on games that got a home console/handheld release so not all games will make it.

LIST
After Burner series- (arcade & misc. ports/sequels)
Blades of Thunder- GBA
Cyberia
Cabal (ARC/NES)
Dragon Drive- GameCube
Defender- GameCube
Dynamite Duke- Sega Genesis
ExZeus-iPhone
Galaxian 3- Arcade and Playstation
Galaxy Force II -Arcade, Genesis, Saturn, PS2 (JPN only)
Incoming
Iridion 3D- GBA
iS: Internal Section- Playstation(import)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space- PS2
NAM-1975 (NEO)
Night Striker- Mega-CD (NTSC-J)
Omega Boost- Playstation
Panzer Dragoon Zwei- Saturn
Panzer Dragoon Orta- Xbox
Panzer Dragoon- Saturn
Panorama Cotton
Punisher, The- NES
P.N.03- GameCube
Rebel Raiders- PS2
Rebel Assault- Playstation and PC DOS
Rez
Rainbow Cotton
Star X- GBA
Space Harrier- (arcade & misc. ports/sequels)
Sin & Punishment- N64
Sin & Punishment- Wii
Star Fox- N64
Star Fox- DS
Star Blade
Star Fox- Snes
Soul Star- Sega CD
Vanark- Playstation
Wild Guns- Snes
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Light-Gun Rail-Shooters

This section focuses on Light-Gun Rail-Shooters, much like the House of the Dead series. In these games you have a first-person perspective and use a light-gun controller to shoot enemies. The game guides you automatically throughout the levels as if you're riding "on-rails", hence the term.

This list focuses on games that got home console releases.

LIST

House of the Dead- Saturn

House of the Dead 2- DC, XBox, Wii

House of the Dead 3- XBox, Wii

House of the Dead: Overkill- Wii

Typing of the Dead, The- DC (Okay, you don't really shoot zombies with a light gun but I'll count it. It's basically HotD 2 but with typing.)

Touch the Dead- DS

Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack- Wii

Point Blank- DS

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles- Wii

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles- Wii

Resident Evil: Survivor- PlayStation

Virtua Cop- Saturn

Virtua Cop 2- Saturn

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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Gamerforlife Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:15 pm

I'm assuming you already know about Starfox and Starfox 64. I'd be surprised if you didn't, but if so....well, now you know.

I consider these three series the big three of rail shooters:

Panzer Dragoon, Sin&Punishment and Starfox
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Opa Opa Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:18 pm

Gamerforlife wrote:I'm assuming you already know about Starfox and Starfox 64.


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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Ack Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:19 pm

Couldn't you move around the screen in Rez? I've only played the game once, and that was years ago, so I don't really remember.

And there's always Rainbow Cotton.
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Anayo Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:19 pm

Panzer Dragoon Zwei is the best panzer dragoon game imo.

I personally liked the SNES Starfox even though a lot of other folks didn't.
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Opa Opa Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:21 pm

Ack wrote:Couldn't you move around the screen in Rez? I've only played the game once, and that was years ago, so I don't really remember.

And there's always Rainbow Cotton.


I haven't played it in a while but I thought you could only move your targeting reticle in Rez?
Not that it matters too much but I guess I'll count it.

And which Cotton? The first one?
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Ack Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:25 pm

Like I said, it's been a while since I played. You might be right.

There a couple of Cotton games from that perspective.

Panorama Cotton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0m0t7SWKyI

Rainbow Cotton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-GuOH0jOdU
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Gamerforlife Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:26 pm

Yeah, it's been a while since I've played Rez but I remember the game revolved around you defending yourself by shooting down everything that came your way. So I don't think you could move around the screen

I was just thinking of Panarama when Ack mentioned Rainbow and he beat me to it with the links. It's all good though
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Opa Opa Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:30 pm

Ack wrote:There a couple of Cotton games from that perspective.
Panorama Cotton
Rainbow Cotton


Added. Thanks.
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Re: Other Rail Shooters like Sin & Punishment/Panzer series?

by Opa Opa Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:33 pm

Anayo wrote:Panzer Dragoon Zwei is the best panzer dragoon game imo.

I heard some pretty good things about Zwei. It'll probably be one of the first ones I'll check out.
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