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Just to promote some discussion for the fun of it, I thought I'd do a series of forum posts based on the 53 genres listed in VGG.* Here's a GeekList of all 53 threads.

This thread's genre: Shoot 'em Up

Listed below are the top-ranked games in this genre. How does the list fit with your experience?


Have you played any of these games? Which ones? Do you agree or disagree with the ranking? How would you rank the games listed? Are there other games in the genre that you think should be in the top ranks?

And by the way, what do you think of this genre in general?

Star Fox 64
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Ikaruga
River Raid
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Geometry Wars
Jak 3
Galaga
Jamestown
The Chaos Engine

*In case you don't know how to find the VGG genres and rankings, hover over Browse at the top of the screen, then click Genres. Click a genre, and scroll down to Linked Items. Click the Sort window, and sort by Rank.
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Don't recognize any games on this list except Galaga, and I'm not sure I ever played that. Not really into real-time action games, especially fast-paced ones.
 
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River Raid was my brother's favorite game back on the ColecoVision/2600 when we were little kids. Awesome game all around, one of Activision's best!
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I've played Jamestown and The Chaos Engine. Jamestown's theme was better than the game.
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The shoot'em up or 'shmup' genre encompasses a certain type of gameplay, and a lot of the games listed in the genre on VGG aren't even proper shoot'em ups. Ghostbusters and Jak 3 certainly don't belong in the genre.

This looks like something that'll need some time to put in all the corrections.

My favorite REAL shoot'em ups are probably:
Tyrian, Star Fox 64, and Einhander. Transcendence is another favorite, but it's kind of a mix of shmup, RPG, and sandbox adventure game.


EDIT: I've submitted some corrections and noticed that most of the smup games are correctly catagorized, but definitley some were not.
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As Aarontu points, out, Ghostbusters is really not a shmup.

I was very much into shmups for a while, specifically the Project Shrine Maiden series (aka Touhou), a series of shmups done by just 1 person, who programmed, drew and wrote all music. Specifically the music is/was amazing. Instead of a ship, you controlled a shrine maiden or witch, and all the bosses were characters with some dialogue. After the years, the charaster roster had grown to immense numbers, and since it was an indie thing, and the original creator said it was free for all, tons of indie people jumped on, and it became / turned into a huge franchise.

Haven't played anything since game #11 in the series, and I think they're up to 15 now, though.

I played a lot of shmups on the C64, and my favourite was Armalyte. I did manage to beat it once or twice. I also beat Delta. I did buy Gradius V for the PS2, but by then, the shmups were so intricate that it was hard to play "just as a blast".

I still enjoy them, but most shmups today tend to try to be more than what they are, with all kinds of extra stuff, upgrades here and there, and I think it defeats the purpose a bit. A shmup should be you and your skill, and nothing else. Or, at least, I think that kind of shmup has place in today's gaming too.

I did buy "Aces of Luftwaffe" for the Switch, and I really liked that one, actually.

Of the ones in the list, I've played Star Fox 64, Geometry Wars 2, Ikaruga, River Raid and Galaga. But I really don't consider Star Fox 64 as a "shmup" in my head – the 3D ones are a completely different beasts and a completely different type of game from the 2D ones. A bit like FPS shooters are different from Metal Slug. I like 3D "fly into the screen" shooters too, but they don't at all scratch the same itch as a 2D shmup.
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