Man some of you guys gotta start jumping on Fightcade to play some shmups. Been playing some through that client and my experience so far has been excellent. It's just a shame the rooms for shmups are always empty. I mean I get that playing shmups 2 player is kind of pointless to the score monsters out there but it's still always fun to team up with a friend in a shmup every now and then.
I have a Hori Real Arcade Pro VX-SA (X360) fight stick that I use on PC. If it doesn't work plug'n play with the Steam version then use joy2key. It's a keymapper. That's what I used with the Crimzon Clover disc release back in the day.
Just blasted through the demo of Hard Corps Uprising (I guess run n gun games count as shooters looking at the OP). Think I might shell out on the full version, I'm liking what I've played a lot so far. Not quite sure what the dash mechanic adds to the gameplay yet but I guess it will become clear as I play more.
A lot of shmups during the early 90's were highly influenced by Raiden because it was one of the most successful arcade shooters (commercially speaking) of the time. Similar idea to how big games come out now and other developers tend to follow the industry leaders.
Some of the Raiden clones are actually really solid, though.
already beat guardic gaiden. outside of one particular boss halfway through (the blue tentacle beholder thing - that bastard was brutal) the game was fantastic. it gets a little easy once you know where all the power ups are, though. once you get the level 3 fireball and enough chips to spam everything to oblivion with it, nothing can stop you.
cleared super aleste a few hours ago on normal as well. probably one of the most forgiving shooters i've ever played...i'd liken it to the novice modes in recent cave ports. tricky and lunatic difficulty are really where it's at, and you quickly realize that charge gun is the only thing actually worth using.
out of these two, gun nac, and zanac x zanac, super aleste is probably my favorite compile shooter. i've only played a few levels of musha aleste so i'll have to pick that up someday and put some good time into it to make the call. my only real complaint with super is that some of the levels (especially the first one) go on for waaaay too long.
also, am i crazy or is "the perfect kiss" in the short game bgm?