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Best DC Shooter Games
People mustn't like challenging shoot-em ups anymore give just how few games are released nowadays. Thankfully, the Dreamcast is home to a few choice ones.
House of the Dead 2
Gunbird 2 is pure shooting satisfaction. It's a testament to what a once great genre shoot-em ups were. Choose from a variety of characters and begin blasting away at everything that moves. Gunbird 2 reminds us that games can be played just for fun and not just to unlock some trivial hidden option. While the concept of playing for score is lost on most of today's gamers, Gunbird 2 is much needed food for those who still know real gameplay when they see it.
Gunbird 2 is as frenzied as they come.
The graphics are well done -- highly detailed and nicely animated sprites in all sorts of chaos. There's tons of stuff thrown on-screen without a hint of slowdown and flicker, even during any of the huge multi-level boss encounters. Lots of character variety make each "ship" a different playing experience, and everything from the score and bonus incentives to the control and firing scheme are well done. While the game is low on innovation, Gunbird 2 is still oodles of fun, challenging gameplay. The game is just the right length for a shooter, and with seven selectable difficulty settings, Gunbird 2 really makes itself the shooter for everyone.
The Sega Saturn port of House of the Dead was met with several "boos" thanks to the muddy textures and poor framerate. House of the Dead 2 is everything the former console port wasn't -- a near arcade perfect replical of a brilliant gun shooter. With some great B-movie dialogue, nice character design, and challenging gameplay, House of the Dead 2 is the gun shooter for the Dreamcast.
If you like shooting things or have a strong dislike for zombies, this is your game.
Of course, it should be noted that it is the only gun shooter available in the US notwithstanding Virtua Cop 2's appearance in the Smash Pack. Still, House of the Dead 2 is a great game and easily the best available on any system. While the game may prove to be too difficult for some and the fact that you're stuck with a revolver all throughout the game a turn-off to others, there's no denying the quality of the game. Of course, you need the gun, but now that the game's available for under $20, that should no longer be an issue.
If you think you're good at video games, think again. Mars Matrix will destroy you. If you've played GigaWing, also developed by Takumi, then you already know what to expect: swarms of impossibly fast bullets. Of course, while GigaWing gives plays nothing to do but dodge and die, Mars Matrix gives players a new tool to help even the odds and makes things a bit more interesting. The absoption barrier mosquito shot allows your ship to not only suck up enemy bullets and spit them back, but also is used to help gain experience and acts as a bonafide weapon instead of the glorified bomb it is in GigaWing.
Welcome to bullet hell.
It's a combination of the mosquito shot and experience point system which make Mars Matrix so fun and interesting to play. Sure, the game looks old, even ugly, compared to most new shooters on the market, but Mars Matrix has more than enough gameplay to make up for any such shortcomings. You also will be too busy living second by second to really care about the graphics once you get into the game. It's the concepts and implementation of Mars Matrix which make it one of if not the best shooter on the Dreamcast today.
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