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Sentient_Nebula said:

I would like to point out a particular favorite of mine.

Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View

It's different from the rest of the Touhou games, in that it's a one-on-one competitive STG. I'll try to explain the basic rules of how it works.

  • Killing an enemy will spawn a bullet on the opponet's screen
  • Killing spirits (The colorful bird-like things) will send unique (character-specific) bullets to the opponent's screen.
  • The small bullets can be destroyed with enemies' explosions. Doing this will make them re-appear on the opponent's screen (Bullets can be sent back and forth forever in this way)
  • Players build up "Gauge" over time. Spending this will launch a special attack at the opponent, as well as clear out any nearby bullets.
  • The number of bullets keeps increasing until one player loses all their health. The last player standing is the winner.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P71FMPIcD9c

My favourite LAN experience.

12.3 Comes real close though.