R-Type (SMS) – To continue on with my current flirtation with SHMUPS I decided to add this one to my SMS collection. According to the podcast Master System Masterpieces this game actually plays and looks really good, even if the backgrounds and enemies can look a little disturbing (as in true R-Type form). Overall though, it’s said to be a credit to the Master System and the R-Type franchise. I can’t wait to play it.
This Weekends Play’s
SHMUPS R’US! Over the past few weeks I have added a more than a few SHMUPS to my collection for the SNES, NES, PS1, PS2, XBOX 360, and Sega Saturn. For the most part these follow such famous SHMUP franchises as Raiden, Gradius, R-Type, and Capcoms 194x series, but I’ve added a few other SHMUPS as well. Of course I’ve also added some non-SHMUP titles too including last Friday’s buy Friday the 13th for the NES, in honor of last Friday’s date, the 13th.
Life Force (NES) – This NES classic is also known as Salamander, and is a spinoff of the Gradius series. The basic plot of the game as I understand it is that you are attacking some sort of monster in space from the inside out. It’s kind of got some of those gross bio-horror aspects to it like R-Type.
Urban Strike (SNES) – The “Strike” franchise of games are also considered SHMUPS, but with that famous “2.5D” perspective. Basically it’s somewhere between a SHMUP and a helicopter flight sim. In case your unfamiliar with the “Strike” franchise, it’s basically a series of helicopter shooter games with varying missions all of which have “Strike” in the name. Urban Strike is just one of three of these titles on the SNES, with Desert Strike and Jungle Strike being the other two (both of which are in my play pile). The plot of the games in the “Strike” franchise are all pretty much the same, your a special forces helicopter pilot out to destroy the bad guys super weapons, foil their evil plans, and rescue people.
Cyberia (PS1) – This is actually a pretty good looking and fun little game, and I wish I could have spent some more time playing it. If you know anything about the PS1 and the era it came out in, it explains a lot about this game. This after all was an era that was Goldeneye and Perfect Dark crazy, plus Cyberpunk was all the rage too. This game which I believe was originally developed for the PC has all those elements in it. Essentially the plot revolves around industrial espionage and stealing a nanotechnology device known as “Cyberia”. I’m sure the game goes deeper than that, but it’s as far as I got.
With that said I really didn’t get a chance to play any additional titles for this weekend, but hopefully there’s is always the next. I did however get the chance to play with my iCade this weekend, which has really undergone a lot of changes and has had additional apps added to it since I played it last, but that’s an article for a different time. Hopefully next weekend I can kick off the holiday with some heavy game play, good eats, and Tiki drinks but its a long way till next Friday, so its time to just bear down and hold in there. Till then!