Thursday, 12 November 2020

My TOP 10 Vertical SHMUPS on the Sony PlayStation / PSOne / PS1 / PSX

I am somewhat of a Sony PlayStation aficionado, and Sony PlayStation games are still played in this household at least three times as much as games on other consoles.

Being fond of retro gaming also, I often still find myself spellbound by the amount of Shmup wonderfulness that is available on Sony's grey breeze block, although at this point they are played on the my Phat PS2 with internal HDD, OPL and PopStarter.

Being in a PAL territory, I knew that there was a fair amount of shmups available for the PS1. I was then pleasantly surprised to find more from the NTSC North American PS1 game library and absolutely stunned by the amount in the NTSC Japan territory.

Having built up quite a collection of PS1 shmups, I thought it was time to list my top 10 favourites. This is a subjective list as its my top 10, so you may not agree with them, but then again, you don't have to, and maybe there is something here that you didn't know existed and will want to try.

Before I start, I will say that I am not a massive fan of 3D remakes and prefer sprite based retro shoot em ups, and if its insanely difficult, I'm also out, but as I said before, that's just me.

I also do not intend to bang on and on about what amazing games they are. I already have a high opinion of them as they are on my top ten. I will provide links so that you can read more about the game if you wish to do so.

and so in no particular order..

1. Space Invaders

Yup the granddaddy of all vertical shmups. The original and still one of the best.

And there are so many variants to chose from.

For the original arcade classic, there is:

  • Space Invaders (NTSC-J)
  • Space Invaders 2000 (NTSC-J)
  • Simple 1500 Series Vol.073 The Invaders Space Invaders 1500 (NTSC-J)

Or if you fancy an updated version / remake there is:

  • Space Invaders (PAL) (NTSC-U) (NTSC-J renamed Space Invaders X)
  • PD Ultraman Invaders (NTSC-J)

Random Fact: Space Invaders original arcade version is an unlockable in Space Invaders Pal / NTSC-U aka Space Invaders X NTSC-J and is also playable in PD Ultraman Invaders.

2. The Raiden Project (PAL) (NTSC-U) (NTSC-J but renamed Raiden Project)

3. Strikers 1945 (NTSC-J)

Strikers 1945 (NTSC-J) is the real Strikers 1945. Strikers 1945 (NTSC-U) is actually Strikers 1945 II (NTSC-J). Confused? You will be!

4. Strikers 1945 II (PAL) (NTSC-J) (NTSC-U but renamed Strikers 1945)

Whether its Strikers 1945 II (NTSC-J) and (PAL) or Strikers 1945 (NTSC-U) which is actually Strikers 1945 II, you will not be disappointed.

5. DonPachi (NTSC-J)

6. DoDonPachi (NTSC-J)

7. Sonic Wings Special (PAL and NTSC-J)

7. Gunbird (NTSC-J) aka Mobile Light Force (PAL)

8. Airgrave (NTSC-J)

9. Zanac X Zanac (NTSC-J)

10. Stahlfeder - Tetsukou Hikuudan (NTSC-J)

Some Honourable mentions for those that didn't make the Top Ten:

  • Gekioh Shooting King
  • Simple Characters 2000 Series vol.08 - Gatchaman The Shooting (NTSC-J)
  • Dezaemon Plus (NTSC-J)
  • Night Raid
  • Xevious 3DG +
  • Toaplan Shooting Battle (NTSC-J)
  • Time Bokan Series - Bokan to Ippatsu! Doronboo (NTSC-J)
  • Time Bokan Series - Bokandesuyo (NTSC-J)
  • Soukyu-Gurentai Oubushutsugeki aka Terradiver
  • Two-Tenkaku (NTSC-J)
  • Strike Force Hydra

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