I think it's fair to say that the Neo Geo is best known for the masses of fighting games available for it, as well as perhaps the splendid Metal Slug series, but it's also played host to some corking shooters. Like most games on the system, they're hardly the pinnacle of originality but it's tough to complain when the quality is so high! Here's the best five (in my opinion, of course!):
Games-Related Top Fives Disclaimer: I've traditionally stuck to the games I know and love so far, and these game-related top fives reflect that. One of the purposes of this blog is diversify my gaming experiences, to play games I haven't played before, so I will do new game-related top fives in a few years to see how different they are!
5. Viewpoint (1992)
4. Last Resort (1992)
3. Alpha Mission 2 (1991)
reviewed here) and this sequel continues the themes and style whilst adding a few new features of its own. There's millions of power-ups to collect again and the splendid armour-based weapons are even more satisfying to use here! The graphics are much improved as well, of course, and I really like the detail and colours SNK have used which suit the game splendidly. For some reason this game is looked down upon by the Neo Geo fanboys but I really don't know why. It looks and sounds nice, has loads to see and do, and is a game which rewards skill, and even a smidge of strategy, over manic, aimless button-mashing. One of my favourite vertical-scrollers!
2. Pulstar (1995)
1. Blazing Star (1998)