Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

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How do you prefer your Shooters/Shmups

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Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by Black Ridge » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:46 pm

How do you like to play? Ive been playing a fair few shmups recently, despite being terrible at most. I seem to get on better with Vertical scrolling games for some reason. I enjoy both but wondered if anyone else had preference or dislike to one or the other

What's some of your favourites in the genre? Some I've enjoyed a lot

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by c0nfu53d » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Horizontal shooters have always been my favorite. Fun times with Side Arms & Salamander sparked my love of side scrollers though to be honest I dont play them as much these days.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by nokgod » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:11 pm

Vertical. I hark back to primitive times, so it'll always be about Space Invaders, Galaxian, Phoenix, Galaga and Moon Cresta for me.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by crusto » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:15 pm

I'd probably say side scrollers, mainly because I've played far more. Saying that, I loved Gunhed, Terra Cresta and Slap fight way back when. Then there was Dragon Spirit... Turd, more of a close call than I thought it was.

There should be a hybrid option to pick, Salamander is a cracking example of a hybrid.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by resident paul » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:16 pm

Then you got diagonal like Zaxxon or multi-directional like Time Pilot!

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by Sel Feena » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:19 pm

Verts, as generally you don't have to worry about crashing into scenery. R-Type 1 & 2 are particularly horrible examples of that, though they're undeniably ace. Some favourite shooters, Vert and otherwise, are:

Cotton series
Muchi Muchi Pork
Parodius series
Gunbird 1 & 2
Twinkle Tale

There are a lot of region-free shmups that can be bought for 360 if you're getting into the genre, I'd deffo recommend Eschatos and Bullet Soul.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by Dave300 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:30 pm

I voted vertical as going left and right feels more natural in a shooter than going up and down. Xenon 2 and all that...

But then again R-Type...

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by c0nfu53d » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:10 pm

nokgod wrote:and Moon Cresta
I do like abit of moon cresta...

...but not enough to sway my vote to vertical

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by thompson9980 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:27 pm

Crumbs. Lots of choice on this one. From the two genres, some of my favourites are

R-Type (arcade)
Hellfire (MD)

Raiden (arcade)
Psyvariar II (Dreamcast)
Trigger Heart Excelica (XBLA)

I reckon vertical shooters do it for me slightly more. Its a close one god damn it!
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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by the_hawk » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:55 pm

I like my shoot em ups like I like my women, easy & horizontal & full of pretty colours.
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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by Bluce_Ree » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:10 pm

I have to go with vertical even if the background visuals can get in the way a bit.

For me, Cave are the best at this sort of game so I've got to go with them. Deathsmiles was alright but I do prefer their verts more.

Growing up I loved horizontal scrollers but none of them have stood the test of time for me. My fave back in the day was R-Type but take out levels 1 and 3 and you've got a pretty horrible game there.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by felgekarp » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:33 pm

There's awesome stuff on both sides but I slightly prefer vertical ones, Slap Fight, Dangun Feveron and Raiden 2 being amongst the better arcade ones for me.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by Misery » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:09 pm

Mostly verts here. Horis tend to be the sort that have walls to crash into, never been fond of those. Particularly in older games. As it is, I almost exclusively play danmaku types only. There are exceptions though.

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Mushihime-sama Futari
Mushihime-sama (original)
Dodonpachi Daifukkatsu
Dodonpachi Maximum
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou
Shikigami no Shiro 2
XII Stag (I think is the name...)
Raiden 4

It's a long list, but I'll stop there.

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Re: Horizontal vs Vertical Shooters

Post by speedlolita » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:04 pm

R-Rype and Gradius are hori, I'd say that is enough to sway me towards Hori. Though I don't really care for say, Border Down for example.
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