Best run and gun game?

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Metal Slug
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Best run and gun game?

Post by outdated_gamer » Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:04 am

Lately I've been playing a lot of run and gun arcade shooters as I like this particular shooter sub genre. But which of them, do you find, is the best?

It might be a bit unfair as I'm comparing whole series against individual titles but you're free to vote for whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, for me, there is no topping of Contra (Gryzor) series. The first two games are fantastic on the NES but so are Hard Corps on the MD and Alien Wars on SNES. They messed up the series a bit with the 3Dish spin-offs on the PS and Saturn but it has seen a return to form with Shattered Soldier on the PS2 and more so Contra 4 on the DS. There was also Contra ReBirth on the Wii and Hard Corps: Uprising on PSN/XBL which I haven't played but they too look good, as does Contra Evolution, a remake of the NES game for mobiles.

As for individual games, I'd say Guerilla War on NES is a real gem but I also like Green Beret (aka Rush n Attack) and lately I'm enjoying Isolated Warrior, a overlooked isometric shooter for NES. There's also other nice games like Jackal and Blaster Master, but they are more "drive and gun" so I'm not adding them to the list.

What about you, which is your fave such game?

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by rossi46 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:22 am

I put a lot of time into Metal Slug when I had a loan of a Jamma cab in my old house, but I would have to go with Gunstar Heroes on Megadrive as I completed it back in the day and felt a proper bond with the game.
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by The Hardest of All Freds » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:04 am

Contra 3 on the SNES. Closely followed by Metal Slug on the NGPC.

Honourable mention goes to Agent Armstrong on the PS1
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by davyK » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:39 am

Contra is truly great but Metal Slug just edges it for me because of its beauty and humour. The Contra Reborn game on WiiWare is stupendously good fun though.
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by MadManDan79 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:40 am

Only really played Gunstar out of those on my old Megadrive... Sunset riders was also cool but you really need 4 players...

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by ShadowMan » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:15 am

Pretty much impossible for me to pick. I love the Contra series, the Metal Slug series, Turrican series, Gunstar Heroes etc. Too many games to pick. Honourable mention goes to the Megaman series, which is sorta somewhere between run n gun and platformer.
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by SonicTheHedgehog » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:01 am

Robocop VS Terminator (Megadrive/Genesis) was the best one i played. Loved the gameplay & level design.
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by ncf1 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:43 pm

Ive loved the gameplay of Commando ever since I could barely see the screen of the arcade machine as a youngster. Difficulty just right, always fun to pick up and play, always delivers.

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:57 pm

Mercs on the MD (where it has some RPG elements). Played this in the retroleague and loved it.

Other than that, Green Bert is probably my favourite outright action game.
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by Gren » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:11 am

Contra for me, mainly 'cos of the amazing Super Probotector; which somehow I could complete back in the day :shock:

Big shout out for Green Beret as well - got seriously addicted to the arcade version after playing Joffa's excellent speccy version...
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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by The Laird » Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:09 am

Definitely Metal Slug with Gunstar Heroes a close second.

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:13 am

Side scrolling = Contra/probotector

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by outdated_gamer » Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:36 pm

Tight competition between Contra and Metal Slug currently... :wink:

Personally, I always found Metal Slug to be a bit generic, samey and devoid of true challenge. Whereas Contra, especially the older titles, hand your ass to you like it's nothing. :P

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by Negative Creep » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:37 pm

Contra for me, if only for Super Probotector which to this day remains amazing. Although I do like the Metal Slug games, it can be a case of played one played them all

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Re: Best run and gun game?

Post by gman72 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:38 pm

Always found the Contra games mildly unplayable but I love Rapid reload so it's other for me.
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