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What's the best shoot-'em-up weapon?
Bullets
Laser
Wide
Flamethrower
Spinny Things
Bombs
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Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009




The world needs to know what the best shoot-'em-up weapon selection is. You don't want to start playing a shooter and pick the wrong weapon! Your options (and to help you categorize what the weapon you're thinking of is):

  • Bullets - What you always start with. Tiny specks that fly out. At higher power levels they may spread or fire behind you. The choice of boring people.
  • Laser - Anything that shoots a stream of concentrated death. Typically comes in blue. May look kind of like lightning depending on the game.
  • Wide - Anything that fires a wide beam in front of your ship. Often green, but known to come in a variety of colors.
  • Flamethrower - Similar to the laser, but only goes a short distance and doesn't have breaks in the shot. Always red or orange because it wouldn't be a flamethrower if it wasn't.
  • Spinny Things - Short ranged attack that surrounds you. Might be rocks, swords, or metal balls. They might fire outward in a loop, but the important thing is that they start out spinning around you.
  • Bombs - Explode. Limited in quantity and if you use one it usually means you either screwed up or just put the game in and didn't remember which button was fire for that game.

Well, which laser is best. The laser or one of the worse options?

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Fartlancer
Nov 18, 2003


Flamethrower, duh

The Voice of Labor
Apr 8, 2020



homing. reported for false or misleading poll, op

swims
May 5, 2014

Waiter, this band keeps shooting pearls at me.

Metal Slug heavy machine gun. Perfect mix of damage, speed and bigger looking bullets. As far as limited ammo goes it feels like just the right amount to stay “balanced” too. Always a bummer dying when you have one equipped.

KOGAHAZAN!!
Apr 29, 2013

a miserable failure as a person

an incredible success as a magical murder spider



It's that one from Tyrian that shoots bananas OP

Flannelette
Jan 16, 2010




Toothpaste laser is up there.

DEEP STATE PLOT
Aug 13, 2008

Yes...Ha ha ha...YES!




Flannelette posted:

Toothpaste laser is up there.

i knew there had to be more fans of plaque attack

OneEightHundred
Feb 28, 2008

Soon, we will be unstoppable!


It's always the wide beam because nothing can slip through it like they can with gaps in projectile streams and they vomit damage when trained on a single target anyway.

swims posted:

Metal Slug heavy machine gun. Perfect mix of damage, speed and bigger looking bullets. As far as limited ammo goes it feels like just the right amount to stay “balanced” too. Always a bummer dying when you have one equipped.
In Metal Slug the thing you want is the flame shot cause it just deletes everything in the direction you point it.

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017

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The shotgun is incredible but the flameshot has best death animations. Drop shot is worst

7c Nickel
Apr 27, 2008


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0vCY3I5yxo#t=128s
HOMING LASER

Fantastic Foreskin
Jan 6, 2013

A golden helix streaked skyward from the Helvault. A thunderous explosion shattered the silver monolith and Avacyn emerged, free from her prison at last.



The bendy laser from Raiden, but wide if that's not available.

Kaboom Dragoon
May 7, 2010

The greatest of feasts



The shotgun from FEAR - only the first one though, not the ones from the sequels. Makes a sound like God clearing his throat and makes people fly back ridiculous distances.

Origin
Feb 15, 2006



I've been a fan of the "green" weapon option in Toaplan games lately.

Crazy Achmed
Mar 13, 2001



Random Stranger posted:

Well, which laser is best. The laser or one of the worse options?
Did you intentionally leave out “homing” as an option because the dps is usually utter garbage?

I’m a fan of spinny things but just because they look neat as opposed to being that useful.

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009




Crazy Achmed posted:

Did you intentionally leave out “homing” as an option because the dps is usually utter garbage?

I’m a fan of spinny things but just because they look neat as opposed to being that useful.

I though of it, then when making my post it fell out of my head. Obviously that makes it a bad shoot-'em-up weapon.

Crazy Achmed
Mar 13, 2001



Also the best laser is the death ray from raptor, but probably just because of nostalgia (and my childhood astonishment at seeing a video game laser that was actually hitscan)

Flannelette
Jan 16, 2010




I've been thinking and yes the purple toothpaste laser at full power in Raiden 2 is great it might be beaten by the full power spread shot machine gun when you put your ship right in front the boss and kill it in 5 seconds.

BattleHamster
Mar 18, 2009



my heart says laser but my brain says wide

The Voice of Labor
Apr 8, 2020



are you a shmup fox or a hedgehog? is your true challenge a screen filling boss or wave upon wave of screen filling popcorn enemies?

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Crazy Achmed
Mar 13, 2001



A balanced diet is the healthiest.

[Edit] actually now I’m having vague memories of reading a preview for a game in the mid-2000s which was just fights against single boss-sized enemies. The gimmick was that it was two-player, but with one player controlling the “boss”, and roles switching each stage. Was this a real thing or am I hallucinating?

Crazy Achmed fucked around with this message at 01:13 on May 13, 2021

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